Spire Handmade Chocolates – Lindsay Gardner

Image result for spires chocolatesLindsay set up her business as a chocolatier in her home kitchen in 2012 with help from The Prince’s Trust. Since then, her business has gone from strength to strength and just recently, she has moved into The Chocolate Studio alongside Duffy’s Chocolates in Humberston. Here she has more space to work and, not only sell her delicious products, but also run classes and workshops for lovers of chocolate.

A chocolatier buys chocolate as an ingredient whereas a chocolate maker such as Duffy, makes chocolate from scratch. All chocolate is made from cocoa beans which are handpicked and carefully roasted to bring out their flavour; they are then broken into small pieces (nibs) and added to a granite grinder. Over the next couple of days, additional ingredients are added to the grinder until the liquid chocolate is ready to be poured into moulds.
As a chocolatier, Lindsay receives her chocolate as buttons which are easy to melt in air heated tanks for about 12 hours. It is then tempered or reformed to the right consistency until the structure becomes shiny, will snap easily and pour smoothly. Using freeze-dried fruit, she can create up to eight different flavours which are then piped into chocolate moulds and left to cool; the result, is filled chocolates with a flavoured centre. Lindsay has recently added to her repertoire and designed moulds in the shape of an alpaca and a polar bear which are also proving to be very popular.

Not only was this talk most interesting to listen to but, it was also a feast for the eyes and the taste buds as Lindsay passed round samples for us to look at and savour. In addition, she adorned her display table with a selection of her lovely wares which could be purchased.

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Valuation Event

A number of our members met today bringing a variety of bags, boxes and parcels with the sole intention of having family heirlooms valued by two professional auctioneers.
The valuers were kept busy from just before 10 am until the final keepsake had been valued just after 1.30 pm.
The items ranged from fob watches to oil paintings and everything in between. Despite some people having a long wait to be seen everyone took the time to catch up with friends. The whole event was helped along by the tea, coffee and cakes supplied by an enthusiastic team.

We are grateful to Sharon Rupp for all her organising skills and the sleepless nights she experienced worrying that it would turn out OK. We shouldn’t forget that these events don’t just happen – they take effort, commitment and dedication. Thank you Sharon!

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Details below of two exhibitions this year which may well be of interest to many of you.

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On Wednesday 18th July, a visit has been arranged for members of U3A and also of the Market Rasen Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club, to go to the new Bomber Command Centre at Canwick Hill, Lincoln.  After lunch, a visit will also be made to the RAF Memorial Collection at Wickenby Airfield.  The InternationalBCC comprises exhibitions, gardens and the spire memorial which can now be seen atop Canwick Hill, near RAF Waddington.

Full details and costs for the coach, entry fees, donation to Wickcnby etc should be available shortly.

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University Research – Help Required

Do you pay for your own care?
Are you over 65?
Do you have carers that help you at home?
Do you pay for your care yourself?

We are researchers and want to find out how easy or difficult it is to find the right kind of help. Would you be interested in taking part in an interview to talk about your own experiences of finding and paying for help?
We would like to interview you on three occasions and there will be about six months between each conversation. Interviews can take place at your home or at a location close to you.
After we have collected people’s experiences and views we will produce a report which local agencies can use to gain a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of paying for your own care and help.
To find out more please get in touch:
The researchers in your area are Claire Markham and Mo Ray

If you would like to talk to Claire or Mo
Telephone: Claire – 01522 886121,
Mo – 01522 886289
Or email: cmarkham@lincoln.ac.uk or mray@lincoln.ac.uk

Project funded by: The Wellcome Trust

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Laptop Sealed Bids

The sealed bids for the three laptops were opened in front of two committee members after the General Meeting on Thursday 8th February. There were five bids in total. The committee had already decided the sale price would be the lower of the top three bids to make it absolutely fair. The laptops will be sold for £61.50 and the winning bidders will be informed by Tuesday 13th February.

If you have any questions please contact me at chairman@westwoldsu3a.org.

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Mental Health Nursing Programme

We are engaged with University of Lincoln and from time to time they ask us to help with their courses and students. Currently they are looking for assistance with their Mental Health Nursing Programme – see below:

As part of our Recovery Focused Care module (Mental Health Nursing programme) we are planning to run a workshop that explores “Open Dialogue”. This is a quite radical but effective way of working, particularly for people who have unusual experiences or beliefs typified as “psychosis” who have not previously welcomed traditional Mental Health Services. Further information about Open Dialogue click here…

We are looking for service users or carers who have experiences of psychosis who might be comfortable exploring this approach with our students.

We value your input and as such offer to reimburse for your time.
If this is of interest to you or someone you know and you would like to find out more then please contact our Participation Worker:
Lucy Picksley on Tel: 01522 886251 or Email: lpicksley@lincoln.ac.uk

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Christmas Wordsearch Answers

If you want to see the answers to the Christmas Wordsearch in the December Newsletter, click here…..

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Laptop Sale

The sealed bid sale of the three laptops owned by West Wolds U3A will start on Thursday 11 January and the closing date for bids will be Thursday 8th February. All bids are to be given to the Chairman in a sealed envelope by the closing date.

The specification of the laptops is as follows:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz
  • Installed RAM 4.00 GB (3.90 GB usable)
  • System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor

One will be available for inspection at the 11th January meeting
The lowest of the three top bids will be the selling price.
For further information please email chairman@westwoldsu3a.org or call Steve on 07540 302603

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Antiques Roadshow Valuations

Antiques Roadshow

We all enjoyed the presentation by David Palmer at an earlier Monthly Meeting, and he is willing to come back to see us, accompanied by a colleague. They will give you a valuation on your prized possessions, and talk to you personally about what you have brought along. This is a real exclusive for us, so please show your support! Each item you bring, up to a maximum of three per person, will be valued for a fee of only £3.00. Amazing value, so get digging in Auntie’s drawers and see what you can bring to light!

Sharon Rupp

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Third Age Matters Survey

Third Age Matters Survey

In the last issue of Third Age Matters (November 2017) readers were invited to offer their views on the magazine via a survey. We are still accepting submissions until January 31. Please encourage your members to fill it out online if they have not yet done so. The survey is available at u3a.org.uk/survey .

Your opinions are important so please take a few moment to take the survey.

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Hi-Di-Hi at Louth Riverhead Theatre.

I have blocked off twenty seats for the performance on Wednesday 14 March, 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost £8.50 each.  This is a Louth Playgoers show.

Booking Form will be available from the January Monthly Meeting onwards.  Travel by own car/car share.

If anyone wants to return to the idea of a pre-show meal in Louth (we have gone to the Marrakesh a couple of times previously, but Wetherspoons would be cheaper), we can discuss the idea.

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New Short Course on Architecture planned for 2018

I am proposing to start & co-ordinate at short course on Architecture in the new year. It will be a proactive course and members of the group will be expected to give a presentation on an architectural style of their choice i.e. Tudor, Classical, Art Deco etc, (I will get in first and give a presentation on Gothic Revival). A sign up sheet will be available in January and I suggest interested parties get together to plan the course / venue / date etc. some time later.

David Oliver – 01673 880188 Or complete the form below:

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University of Lincoln – Help Required

The University of Lincoln are looking to the community for assistance with setting up several courses for students as outlined below:

People who have experience of living with or recovering from skin or tissue damage who can share their experiences with students. They are looking for a range of experiences, from skin ulcers, pressure sores or lymphedema. They hope you will share how these conditions can impact on your social lives and personal life choices. Case studies will be anonymised as they hear your story and work these into case studies for students to formulate a holistic and person-centred clinical management plan. Your input is valued and as such they will reimburse you for your time. Contact details at the end.

People who can talk to students about their experiences of being elderly and the impact that this can have on medical needs and the various medications that can be prescribed. Students will want to take a medical review considering all of the medications being taken. Two dates are available: Friday 22nd February or Friday 16th February 10 am – 1pm. Reimbursements and car parking will be provided. Contact details at the end.

People living with Diabetes who would be happy to give a short talk to some Pharmacy students about their experience. Students will be keen to hear about the diagnosis, what treatment plans were put in place and some information about your on-going care. Two dates are available as follows: Tuesday 17th April 2pm – 5pm or Thursday 19th April 10am – 2pm. Reimbursements and car parking will be provided. Contact details at the end.

People living with neurological conditions (any conditions both common and rare e.g. Charcot Marie Tooth Syndrome, migraine, epilepsy) includes an online survey for their experiences:

  • Carers for people living with neurological conditions
  • Voluntary Sector/ Statutory organisations
  • Medical/ Allied Health Professionals

More information can be found via this web link…

If this is of interest to you or someone you know and you would like to find out more then please contact our Participation Worker: Lucy Picksley on Tel: 01522 886251 or Email: lpicksley@lincoln.ac.uk

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To reward the group’s members for another season of hard work, a collective photo of those attending the final class of 2017 was taken recently.

  After the class ended, they adjourned to partake of a light, healthy and calorie conscious (ha, ha!!) buffet meal at Jossal’s Bistro, to round off their efforts.  Many thanks to Dancing Dawn for all her hard work helping us all to retain or develop our racing snake outlines, ready for the Festive Season.

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