Wreaths, reindeers and rent

Today was our festive rent day and wreath making workshop.  Thank you to all our members who came along to pay their rent and sign their new tenancy agreement.

Members enjoyed mulled wine, spiced apple punch, tea and coffee.  There was also a gluten free squidgy chocolate log, a traditional Christmas cake, delicious Cherry and pecan chocolate brownies (recipe below), mince pies and festive nibbles.

Jars of honey mustard, plum jam and plum chutney were sold in decorated bags- a perfect Christmas present.

The children enjoyed making a herd of reindeers decorated with glitter glue and pompom noses.

Later members made beautiful seasonal wreaths and bunches of greenery using willow and foliage from around the site.

A lot of Christmas trees also went to their new homes.  There are still plenty left if you would like to buy one.

Committee members will also be on site next weekend to collect any outstanding rents.

 

Here’s the recipe for Jane’s cherry and pecan chocolate brownies.

It was based on Jamie Oliver’s cherry brownie recipe, but fresh cherries have been swapped for tinned (and more were used) and soft light brown sugar was used instead of caster sugar.

For one large traybake, i doubled the amounts of the original recipe. So, per tray:
250g unsalted butter
270g 70% dark chocolate
220g tinned cherries, drained of syrup (this was one tin)
90g roasted pecans
450g light soft brown sugar
110g cocoa powder
150g plain flour
Half a teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs, beaten
90g milk chocolate, broken into pieces.

The method:
Toast pecans in oven for 10 mins.
Melt the butter & dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (gently).
Take off the heat & add the chopped cherries and pecans.
In a separate bowl,  mix flour, cocoa powder,  baking powder and sugar.
Add this to the melted chocolate/butter mixture & stir to combine.
Beat the eggs & mix in to the other ingredients.
Add the chopped milk chocolate.
Pour into your tray & bake for 25-30 minutes – 180 degrees for 20 mins then 160 degrees for 10 minutes.
Leave to cool before cutting into squares & dusting with icing sugar.

 

Festive Rent Day – Sunday 8th December

It’s that time of year again – time for Members to pay their rent.  This year Members will also need to sign a new tenancy agreement and terms and conditions as agreed at our Autumn General Meeting on 2 November.

There will also be free festive food for Members to enjoy, and Christmas craft activities for all the family.

Plum chutney, plum jam and honey mustard made from produce grown on site will also be available for sale and would make lovely Christmas presents.

After rent day we will be holding a Christmas wreath making workshop from 3pm to 5pm.

We hope to see our Members on Sunday 8 December.

Brilliant Bonfire Bash!

After a not-so-promising start to the day, it cleared up in time for our Annual Bonfire Night party.   As well as a huge bonfire and fireworks display Members enjoyed pumpkin soup, hotdogs and Jane’s delicious ginger parkin. There was also a leaf-lantern making workshop.

Thank you to everybody who built the bonfire, lit fireworks,  tidied the Clubhouse and prepared food as well as those who donated fireworks.

Earlier in the day we also held our Autumn General Meeting.  We discussed and adopted the new tenancy terms and conditions. These will be issued along with rent renewals in December.  Rent day will be on Sunday 8th December.