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Monthly Meeting: Wednesday 19 June 2019 - 10.30am
Venue: Beccles Public Hall
Speaker: Jenny Gibbs A Turkish Shirley Valentine
Admission: Free to U3A Members, £2.50 for Guests

Monthly Talk

Wed 15 May 2019: Dawn Blunden Cake Icing for Royal Weddings

Dawn Blunden The charismatic Dawn Blunden gave a very entertaining talk detailing how she started her cake business, Sophisticake in Woodhall Spa, and some of the very special cakes she has created including those for various Royals.

Dawn grew up in Poole, Dorset, before moving to Lincolnshire in 2003, and it was then that she indulged her hobby further by signing up to lessons with Mary Ford, in Bournemouth, where she learnt more about baking as well as the decorative arts of piping and icing. Her story continues:

‘My son Darren, a freelance chef who cooks for the Prince on occasion, happened to mention that his mum and aunt ran a small specialist cake business in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire and we were asked to send some of our rich fruit cake to the palace for His Royal Highness to taste. He enjoyed it and we were later asked to supply 3 different types of cake for sale at his Highgrove gift shop.

Several months later we were asked to attend a meeting at Clarence House in London to discuss the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Having secured the commission in the face of fierce competition from 12 other big names in the field, we were given just 4 weeks’ notice to plan, bake and decorate not only the huge wedding cake itself but 2,500 slices of additional cake for special commemorative tins, all the while keeping the whole thing secret.

The palace supplied the base board, a beautiful piece of solid oak, bevelled around the edges and measuring 30 inches (76cm) square and 2 inches (5cm) depth. When finished the mammoth cake weighed in at a staggering 17 stone (110kg).’

Dawn also creates other unusual custom made cakes to order and these include a Dalek, stiletto cake, a watering can with garden trowel, plus stunning ‘dripping’ cakes.

It was a truly inspirational talk about how a relatively small business can succeed in reaching the very top.

Thank you Vicki John for a fascinating report. To read Vicki's full report go to Monthly Talk

Monthly Meeting - May 2019

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Events News

Last date for booking Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament trip - 23 May 2019 Last date for booking coach only 7 June 2019

Additional Option for London Trip 8 June 2019 - Entry to Kew Gardens with coach £40pp

DATE CHANGE The visit to East Ruston Gardens will now take place on the 12th June 2019 and not the 10th as previously advertised.

Proposed Outing
It has been bought to our attention that there is a Museum of Power at Langford just outside Maldon Essex. If anybody would be interested in this trip please use the Bird on the Visits page to let us know. If there is enough interest a trip could be arranged for Sept/Oct.

New Outing - 15 July 2019 - Barkers Boys farm at West Thorpe Stowmarket please go to outings page for more information