28 May – A Taste of Downton Abbey Tea

The DBE Barrington Court Chapter cordially invites you to our spring fundraiser, “A Taste of Downton Abbey Tea”. The event features a talk by Historian Michael J. Harkins, President of the Barrington History Museum, entitled “Five Faces of Victoria: Jubilee Queen”. A silent auction and raffle tickets will also be available.


The event begins at 1 p.m. at The Garlands of Barrington, located at 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL  60010. Proceeds benefit the Cantata Adult Life Service in Brookfield, IL, with a portion donated to the Barrington History Museum. Tickets are $40 per person, and reservations are requested May 26th.

Contact Jackie at 847-277-7153 or Sally at 847-381-0288. Our e-mail address is dbebarrington@yahoo.com.

The Afternoon Tea menu includes:

Assortment of Scones

Jams, clotted cream and lemon curd

Hob Nobs

Selection of Finger Sandwiches:

Asparagus Wrapped in Roast Beef

Turkey Salad with Grapes on Croissant

Egg Salad on White Bread

Chicken Salad on Wheat Bread

Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel

Assorted Truffles and Petit Fours

Variety of Teas


Think you know your British history? See if you can guess who is described by this quotation:

“He was clever but sent class against class and never tried to keep up the honour and prestige of Great Britain.”

The answer will be revealed during the talk.

13 May – DBE Barrington Court Chapter Meeting

dbe-crest2.pngAre you a Daughter of the British Empire? Would you like to be? Please attend one of our monthly meetings to learn about the DBE experience. Membership is extended by invitation to women who are residing in the USA who are of British or British Common-wealth heritage by birth, naturalization or ancestry, and to women who are the wives or partners of persons of British or Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization, or ancestry. Doesn’t apply to you? Don’t worry – you may still join us as a “Friend of the DBE”. We meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting is Wednesday, 13 May, 2015. Contact DBEBarrington@yahoo.com for details. Cheers!

17 February – Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Flour, eggs, milk and a few other basic ingredients combine to make those fluffy discs of deliciousness known as pancakes. Celebrate the mighty pancake on Shrove Tuesday by tossing them, flipping them, racing with them, and eating them! Pancakes, thought to resemble the solar disc, were originally called upon on Pancake Day to help harness the power of the sun to usher in spring after the cold, dark winter. Click here to learn about Shrove Tuesday races and events around Surrey.  Click here for pancake recipes – from BBC Good Foods (metric) or from Food Network (US measures).

1 Feb – Happy Yorkshire Pudding Day!

Dating back from the mid 1700’s, the Yorkshire Pudding is a much-loved staple of the traditional Sunday Roast. To honour its place on the plate, National Yorkshire Pudding Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday in February. Try Yorkshire Pudd’s “Award Winning Yorkshire Pudding Recipe” by clicking here, and click here to read about the history of this esteemed classic.

Sep 20 – Cantata English Garden Dedication and Open House

Cantata announces their English Garden Dedication & Open House on Saturday, September 20, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Cantata English Garden

“Come enliven your senses and witness how much our therapeutic garden space has grown since we
first broke ground last September. The Cantata English Garden Dedication will take
place at:

     Cantata Adult Life Services Brookfield Campus
      8700 West 31st Street
      Brookfield, IL 60513

Please enter our campus off 31st Street. Staff will be on hand to direct you to parking in the zoo lot
and will provide shuttle service to our buildings. Please RSVP by Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Call 708.485.1155 or visit www.cantata.org.”

“Picnic” Fundraiser

DBE Illinois raised funds while having great fun attending the play “Picnic” at the Theatre of Western Springs April 23rd. Although the night was a bit chilly, the atmosphere inside was very warm indeed. Raffles of picnic baskets, a Kindle and various British-themed items sold many tickets, and snack sales helped raise additional funds. See below for pictures of our gala theater night…

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