Ladies Club

Ladies ClubCharity of the year: The Hope Nature Centre

Current Subscription per year: £8

Contacts: Rachael Lawes Tel. no 870070
                    Rebecca Locke Tel. no 870588
                    Sandra Crumpler tel.no 870906

Date Speaker / Event Raffle / Teas
September 16th (8pm) Cheese and Wine (plus talk from Hope Nature Charity) Raffle – Claire F, Audrey, Mary W, Paula
October 21st (8pm) Skittles Evening Milk / Raffle – Rebecca
Raffle – Di D, Rosie, Veronica
November 18th (8pm) Bead Decoration – Debbie Wood Raffle – Carol C, Sylvia B, Catherine C, Kirste
December TBC Carol Singing
December 16th (7:30 to 8:00pm) Ladies Christmas Meal TBA Raffle – Pat Putt, Gill V, Jackie Adams, Kirste, Debbie E, Mary S
January 20th (8pm) Jill Hazel How to grow sweet peas Milk/Raffle – Sylvia T
Raffle – Sue S, Beryl, Sandra
February 17th (8pm) ‘Looking at life’ – amusing and light hearted observations by Jean Collens Milk/Raffle – Rachael
Raffle – Joyce N, Sue S-Smith, Anne T
March 16th (8pm) Gourmet Dinner Raffle – Di N, Carolyn, Sue A, Rebecca
April 20th (8pm) AGM + Bring and Buy Milk/Raffle – Carol B
Raffle – Cathy B, Rachael, Sandra
May TBC (8pm) Fete Planning Meeting
Saturday in June – Ladies Club Fete – supporting Hope Nature Centre
(10.30 am set up – 2.30 pm fete)

HISTORY:

This club began over forty years ago when 7 ladies met for coffee in each others’ homes.They almost called themselves Great Hinton Young Wives but as one founder member said it was a good job they as she is still a member today! There are approximately 35 members who meet in the Village Hall at 8:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month from September to April. We break for holidays for holiday and gardening commitments. Meetings are very informal and last for 1.5 – 2 hours.

The subjects have included:

  • Skittles (annual event)
  • Gourmet cooking (annual events with partners)
  • Xmas meal at a local hostelry
  • Invited speakers covering:
    • weaving
    • embroidery
    • cake decorating
    • cabal art
    • bees
    • well dressing
    • miniature musical instruments
    • tomb stones
    • bonsai
    • etc
  • Hands on evening – making crackers; silk scarves; painted glass to name a few
  • Belly Dancing

On 2009 we celebrated our ruby anniversary with lunch in the Village Hall for past and present members. Five founder members were present and others came from from away as Cornwall, Devon and Derbyshire.

Each year we chose a charity to support. The summer fete is the main fundraiser for this but we also raise funds through carol singing, harvest supper and our Xmas raffle. We have raised over £17,500 pounds for 25 or more different charities ranging from National charities such CLIC, the KIdney Foundation, RNLI and the Hungerford Fund to local ones such as RUH New Born Baby Unit, Dorothy House, Steeple Ashton Church.