The science of soapmaking was revealed at the October meeting, when members welcomed Dr Kate Hewis as speaker.
The chemical reactions and complex mathematics needed to produce a commercial bar of soap were explained and she went on to talk about making the artisan soaps you see at craft fairs.
As well as a have-a-go soap making session, there was a scent identification quiz - not as easy as it sounds.
And at the end of the evening, everyone went home with a lovely lemon scented duck shaped soap.
Kate will be returning next year to give a talk on forensic science.
This month’s competitions were both won by Marina Cawley, with her Campanula flower head and handcarved soap to look like a cat.
At the next meeting, on November 6 in the Reading Room, Claxby bell ringers will be teaching members how to ‘make a tune’ using hand bells.
And during December, there will be a trip to the races, a group carol service, Christmas party meeting and Christmas meal.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the enterprising women will be at the Christmas Fair in the village hall on December 1 with their popular roll-a-penny game.
For more information phone Marina 01472 399501.