Given the current circumstances, I am not able to do talks and events in person but in the meantime I am offering to do any of my talks as a virtual experience on such platforms as Zoom or similar. I look forward to hearing from you – please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
7 Oct Ridgeway WI
Delighted to talk to Ridgeway WI about Christmas Baking Traditions on Zoom. They enjoyed it very much but said that you wished they could try the Christmas baking at the same time!
20 Jul Bexleyheath & Crayford Waterside WI
Hurrah for Zoom! Meryl did her first virtual talk to this group on ‘The history of Afternoon tea’. They so enjoyed it and it was a real privilege to support their group meeting. Stay safe and stay together!
Meryl’s Christmas talk and baking samples made a great addition to the fizz which the gardening club members enjoyed. Nutmeg Cake was a big hit!
Meryl talked to the group about rationing in WW2 and some of the members could remember Woolton pie. They especially enjoyed the Beetroot cake and Anzac Biscuits afterwards but were a bit unsure about trying the not so temptingly named Vinegar Cake. It’s actually OK!
Meryl took a tray of Yorkshire Parkin as a prize for the raffle – and it was the first to be chosen! A lovely evening with a very warm welcome.
Meryl enjoyed talking to this group about Afternoon Tea. One member talked about her experiences of afternoon tea in New Zealand in the 1960s which apparently was done in great style.
Meryl had a lovely time with this friendly group talking about Afternoon Tea. She met Carol who had been to Tea at Reids in Madeira – what an experience!
Meryl had a warm welcome back in Worsborough to talk about the History of Afternoon Tea. Some members had taken tea at the Ritz and couldn’t wait to go back to stir their tea properly. Any excuse…!
3 Oct St Lawrence Church
This group had lots of stories to tell about their family members who had been in service – and I met a school class mate from the past.
15 April Carcroft Local History Group
Meryl's return visit to the Clifton Park and Museum Friends was to tell them the story of Afternoon tea. The group knew all about Boston Castle in Rotherham and were holding an Afternoon tea event there later that month.
Meryl had fantastic support from Lucy, Emma and Martin over the 2 days she spent baking recipes from the World World 1 era as part of Doncaster 1914-18 project. The recipes were based on letters sent home from soldiers at the front about what they liked best.
This group had much to say about their own family members who had been in service - some had travelled long distances on foot to start work.
15 Jul Emmanuel Church Barnsley
There was't a crumb left when Meryl served out Grandma's tasty cakes. One member said she had a recipe for 'courting cake' which sounds intriguing!
14 Jul Harlington & Barnburgh Mothers Union
Meryl really enjoyed meeting members of this group, some of whom remembered Grandma's sister, Edith and her son, Cedric and daughter in law, Louisa who lived in the village. One member actually lived next door!
1 Jul Chapeltown Ladies
This group enjoyed Grandma's cakes and her story on this lovely summer's evening.
8 Jun Sprotbrough Bake–Off
Clifton Park Museum Rotherham