Events Committee Events and Visits

Ladies Who Lunch!

Are you someone who likes to lunch! If so why not join us on Saturday 15th October at St Lukes Church Hall, Cannock for a two course lunch and talk from Jennifer Rigby, Actress and Raconteur. Details and application for available to download below.

WORTH THE WAIT !


Delayed by Covid for two years, the Homes & Gardens Day at the Staffordshire County Showground finally took place on 26 April and was much appreciated by the ladies of Staffordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes. It was made even more special as the original programme -including Keynote Speaker Diarmuid Gavin – was fulfilled.
Verity Conner, Chair of Homes & Gardens who organised the event said,’It was great to meet up face-to-face with the ladies after all this time and to listen to three interesting speakers who engaged so well with the audience. The fabulous shopping experience added to the day’. Ladies were able to browse and shop from over 20 stalls selling a wonderful range of unique items from home made cakes to jewellery, felted animals, artisan chocolate, hand-made cheese, bags, collectables, gin from Uttoxeter and wine produced in Tamworth. Derbyshire Federation’s Christine Booth and Nancy Hawksworth judged competition entries for floral art and Penny Detmar judged the cakes which used fruit or vegetables.
The first speaker of the day was Gordon Baillie, Head Gardener at Arley Hall in Cheshire who gave an interesting talk on the work undertaken throughout the seasons beautifully illustrated with slides. Arley Hall is also used as a film set for Who Let the Dogs Out ? and Peaky Blinders. Gordon was followed by David Hunter of Hunter’s Gin Distillery in Uttoxeter who led us gave the history of Gin production from the back street distilleries when turpentine was the unlikely sweetener to the sophisticated use of botanicals today.
The Keynote Speaker was Diarmuid Gavin, Garden Designer and TV Presenter whose life story was told in a most engaging way. His slides charted how he has been influenced throughout his career from when his interest was first piqued by a quirky suburban garden in Ireland to his creation of contemporary designs at Chelsea. There were glimpses into his personal life, too, with the transformation of a modern house into a beautiful home, complete with a functional bath in the garden.
The event may have been two years late but it was certainly well worth waiting for !