Meetings Programme

We hope you have enjoyed the 2020 meetings despite the majority of them being held on Zoom. Here are the meetings we have planned for 2021.

2021

All meetings subject to change

Wednesday 17th March
ZOOM QUIZ NIGHT 7.00pm
St Patrick’s Day Theme

Shamrocks and Guinness at the ready! Another fun quiz with Hilary as Quizmaster, who will dress to impress as usual!

A relaxed quiz, where the participants are divided into small groups so it’s a team effort and a chance to make new friends. 
Prizes for the winning team! 

Please come armed with a pen and paper – and a drink if you like!

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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Wednesday 7th April
at 7.00pm via Zoom
Guest Speaker:
Liza Jones

Liza has been a speaker in public for well over a decade and is very popular with WIs. She has a variety of talks and we have chosen Knickers! Knickers is the history of underwear, with examples, among others, of Victorian and Edwardian drawers, pantaloons and combinations, and a selection of 20th century pieces such as a range of stockings and suspenders, girdles, a bullet bra, a Liberty bodice, exotic knickers and the modern waist cincher.

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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Wednesday 5th May
at 7.00pm via Zoom
Guest Speaker: Penny Simmonds, Reflexologist

Penny has run her own therapy business since she qualified as a Reflexologist in 1992.

We will find out about the origins of reflexology and learn the different parts of the body that are reflected in our hands. As well as watching some mini videos, we will have the opportunity to practise on our own hands and have some interaction with Penny.

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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OR:
Wednesday 5th May
Meeting at the White Hart
Guest Speaker: Ginny Alexander

The Worshipful Mayor Of Oldham 2019-2020 & 2020-2021

The role of the Mayor is to be an ambassador for Oldham and represent the Borough at a variety of events and functions.

We will hear about Ginny Alexander’s time in the office of Mayor of Oldham since 2019 with her husband, Adrian, as the Mayor’s Consort. This was extended to two years due to her term being hit by the Coronavirus crisis and mayoral fundraising events and engagements being cancelled.


Wednesday 2nd June
at 7.00pm via Zoom
Guest Speaker:
Stephen Wells – The Story of Butlin’s Holiday Camps

Stephen is a well known speaker who has appeared on Cruise Lines for Cunard, P & O and Viking.

Stephen went from being a Butlin’s Redcoat to being Entertainment Executive responsible for putting on the biggest names in show business. His presentation will chart the rise and fall of an empire, fully illustrated and with lots of great stories about the stars. Many of us will have holidayed at ‘Butlin’s’ in our childhood and this will bring back some memories.

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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OR:
Wednesday 2nd June
Meeting at the White Hart
Guest Speaker:
Esme Ward

Esme was appointed as Director of Manchester Museum in April 2018. She is the first woman to hold the role in its 125 year history. Prior to this, she was Head of Learning Engagement at Manchester Museum and the Whitworth, where she led the growth of audiences and programmes, to include award-winning early years, health and culture and age friendly work. For several years, she worked alongside Maria Balshaw on the £15 million transformation of The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester.


Wednesday 7th July
at 7.00pm via Zoom
Guest Speaker:
Hayley Scott, The Life of a CSI

Hayley is a former Crime Scene Investigator working with the Metropolitan Police for fourteen years. She will talk about forensics, the life of a CSI and what actually happens behind the crime scene tape. She will also talk about fingerprints and how they are matched from a crime scene to a suspect. There will also be an opportunity for us to code our own fingerprints.

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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OR:
Wednesday 7th July
Meeting at the White Hart
Guest Speaker: Misba Khan

Misba describes herself as an ‘ordinary’ mum turned rambler, turned polar skier. She was part of the Women’s Euro-Arabian, North Pole Expedition 2018. Misba was one of our Zoom speakers in 2020 and proved very popular so she has agreed to come and talk to us face to face and hopefully she will bring some of her expedition gear with her.


Wednesday 4th August
at 7.00pm via Zoom
Guest Speaker:
Jane Barnes, The Life of a Dairy Farmer’s Wife

Jane is very proud of the Barnes family dairy farm and is passionate about sharing her farm life experiences.  She will give us an insight into life on a dairy farm, milking 250 cows twice a day  and tell us how they produce milk for the award winning Long Clawson Blue Stilton Cheese.

Meeting ID: 856 9072 4676
Passcode: 456789
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OR:
Wednesday 4th August
Meeting at the White Hart
Guest Speaker: Anne Bromley and Turner

from the Guide Dog Association

The Guide Dogs story started in 1931 with two amazing British pioneers, Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond. These remarkable women organised the training of the first four British guide dogs from a humble lock up garage in Wallasey, Merseyside. The Association has come a very long way since those early days. Today Guide Dogs is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs.

Anne together with her dog Turner, who is an Ambassador for the Association, will talk to us about this British charitable organisation founded in 1934 and tell us how they help blind and partially sighted people across the UK.


Wednesday 1st September
Guest Speaker: Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams is the Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She has been the Member of Parliament since her by-election victory in January 2011.

Debbie will talk to us about Women in Politics


Wednesday 6th October
Guest Speaker: Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra Patrick is an internationally bestselling author who has been published in over 20 countries around the world. Film rights for her second book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper have been optioned in the US by a major Hollywood studio. Her fourth book, The Secrets of Sunshine was released during the Covid19 pandemic. Phaedra lives in Greenfield.


Wednesday 3rd November
Guest Speaker: Penny Dean OBE

Penny is the Chair of the Dwarf Sports Association. She will talk to us about Dwarfism and coping with childhood, marriage, children, society etc .


Friday 10th December
Christmas Party Night!

Watch this space for details of our Christmas Party Night!