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Pearl en­thu­si­ast Frances Ben­ton was the speaker at our July meet­ing. Last year, she en­ter­tained us with her talk ‘A Pas­sion for Pearls' and such was the in­ter­est she gen­er­ated, she was in­vited back for a very lively fol­lowon pre­sen­ta­tion ‘Pearls of Wis­dom'.

Frances ex­plained how cul­tured pearls are cre­ated and showed us how to test pearls by rub­bing them gen­tly against our teeth; if they feel gritty, they are not fake! We were en­cour­aged to han­dle pearls of all colours, shapes and sizes while hear­ing about how to chose and wear pearls, the colour of which would com­ple­ment the skin.

While watch­ing a demon­stra­tion of the art of pearl­knot­ting, when Frances knot­ted a neck­lace and made a pair of ear­rings, we learned how to care for pearls.

Dur­ing the rest of July there will be a visit by the Craft Group to Walling­ford to explore the craft shops, an evening walk to a lo­cal pub and a visit to Eltham Palace. We have no for­mal meet­ing dur­ing Au­gust but we will, as usual, pro­vide the re­fresh­ments at the monthly farm­ers' mar­ket; there is also a visit to Kens­ing­ton Palace and our an­nual Pres­i­dent's Summer Lunch to look for­ward to.

Dr Jill Ey­ers will be our speaker on Septem­ber 9 when the sub­ject will be ‘Ama­zon Ad­ven­ture'.

We meet in Lit­tle Chal­font Vil­lage Hall at 7.45pm and vis­i­tors are al­ways en­sured a warm wel­come. www. lit­tlechal­

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