French Third Republic after 1870.

French political History Group meet in February on Tuesday 11th and 25th 2:30 at Kensington House.

The Modern France series continues considering the nature and stabilisation of the French Third Republic after 1870.


Foodie Group – Soups

This post was published last year but is well worth repeating at this cold time of year. Ed. 

The theme of our meeting 19/4 was soups. Firstly, we discussed any recipes people had tried since the last meeting. A few members had successfully had a go at the ham hock terrine. The recipe can be found here.The ham hocks had been purchased at the butchers department at Morrisons. Another member had had a go at the quick and easy fresh basil pesto recipe which can be found here. Basil is very handy to have in, as it can be used with a variety of dishes including pasta.
Everyone brought a soup recipe they had tried, the most popular seemed to be lentil soups. Here are some of the recipes used:

Spiced Tomato and lentil soup

Smoky Bacon and Lentil Soup.

The next to be tried was Mushroom Soup which received a 10 out 10 from the group. Instead of using potatoes it was suggested using 150g of cream cheese with herbs for a change. Another variation on the mushroom theme was Fresh Mushroom Soup with Tarragon & a dash of Sherry 
A soup that would be good for the summer is Courgette and Mint Soup which is also very good when trying to lose weight, as is ‘Simply Vegetable’ Soup. Another interesting soup is Roast Tomato & Red Pepper Soup.
Our meetings in May will cover Chinese cooking and our expert Denis will take the lead. We also hope to visit a Chinese supermarket to purchase items and finish the experience off with a meal. It has been agreed to close for the Summer period. We will finish the term with a BBQ when we will all bring a dish along, as well as the vino!!! cheers

Compton Verney Warickshire. Sat. May 3rd

Early notice of this trip as I know it will be very well attended.

We already have a substansial list.

Compton Verney is a restored  grade 1 listed country mansion

Built by Richard Verney  which now houses some special art work.

In addition we will be viewing  Moore and Rodin sculptures in the beautiful grounds

we are leaving Maghull Sq.

Return Maghull Sq. 5.30 pm.

cost of coach travel and entry plus tour  £28.00

a cafe is on site and is willing to take lunch orders in advance

February Book clubs

The Friday morning meeting is on 14th February, 10.30 at 23 Buckingham Road, will be discussing the book, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. This is the original book for older children which has been adapted for the stage by the National Theatre and has been translated into German and currently on in London and Berlin. An English play translated into German, it has a German cast singing English folk songs in German. “I was there on the first night in Berlin, writes Michael Monpurgo – a night to remember. It is a play and book about peace and reconciliation and about the pity of war too in the very theatre where Hitler and the Kaiser sat!”
Anne Carr

The next Thursday evening meeting is on February 13th at 22 Orchard Hey to discuss   Fine Balance by  Rohinton Mistry, set in Bombay in 1975, during a period of great political and social unrest and  described as “a magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.”  David K


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Hello and I wish you all a very happy new year. This month gardening is the last thing we think of especially when the weather has been so wet but their are some jobs we need to do especially if you have roses. Prune roses by cutting each stem to the lowest bud on the stem removing all dead wood and shortening the leader shoots about a third. You can also prune and shape any bare trees.

Fragrant winter flowers are available to buy and can be planted now. However I prefer to put mine in pots. One of the best for heavenly scent is Daphne odora. Continue reading

Book Club

We have been reading The Hundred Year Old Man  Who Climbed out the the Window and Disappeared by  Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson is the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people’s home one afternoon and does a runner – or more of a shuffle. Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny, the novel quickly develops into a romp that takes in all the major events of the 20th century. ( Read more here )

We are meeting to talk about this book and others individuals have been reading over the holiday on Thursday 9th January 7:30pm

Our other group meet next on Friday 10th January 10 30am. They have been reading an older tale of adventure and intrigue, “The Thirty Nine Steps” by John Buchan

New Book Club members are always welcome. Please contact David on 526 6001 or Anne on 526 2734 for more information.