December 2018 and January 2019 have been busy months. Our December meeting commenced with a vote of sympathy with Michael John Campbell (Community Centre Caretaker) on the death of his sister Margaret RIP. A minutes silence was observed. On a happier note there was a vote of Congratulations to Breda Caulfield, Mary Mc Kenna, Betty McElmeel and Mary Sherry on the arrival of grandchildren. Congratulations also to Breda O’Reilly ETB tutor on the arrival of her baby son.

The Gempack competition is taking place at the next Federation meeting in Clones on Monday 18th February. The competition is for an Oxford lunch cake in a 2 lb loaf tin. President Susan has been in consultation with Coral Leisure re Pilate’s classes. We will have more Information later. The ETB have agreed to do a course on making the best use of your smart phone and iPad beginning on Thursday 24th January in Tydavnet Community Centre commencing at 7pm. Line Dancing continues on Tuesday 22nd January in Tydavnet Community Centre 7-8pm and the crochet classes have started back on a Monday night for the month of January. Also on a Monday night at 7pm a number of our members have started back walking around the GAA training grounds at Kilmore. A few of our members have submitted entries for the new ICA book on Bread and Baking. In early January a large parcel of hand knitted and crochet baby garments hats and blankets were delivered to the Rotunda Hospital Knitters group by guild secretary Patricia Cavanagh. All  are the proceeds of the crochet and knitting class undertaken by guild members over the winter months. Really beautifully crafted items by talented ladies with guidance from Mary Sherry and Breda Caufield sponsored by CMETB and donated to the premature baby unit, well done to all involved.

 Following the December meeting we had a festive fun quiz with our quizmaster Deirdre and the 4 lucky winners were Karen Humphreys, Mary Sherry, Loretta Sherry and Mary Craig.  After our January meeting we had a presentation from Martin MacKenna local photographer, showing old photographs and postcards of the villages and surrounding areas of Co Monaghan. This was a stunning glimpse into life and times gone by and we really appreciate Martin taking the time to come and share his photo archive with us.  Next meeting in February will be a short one as we have our ETB course taking place on the same night.. Earlier start of 7pm for those attending ETB course. New members always welcome.