Meetings Programme

2021

All meetings subject to change

Friday 10th December
Christmas Party Night!

This year we will be hosting our own SWI Christmas Dinner and Disco at Dobcross Band Club with a three course meal, disco, games and much more.

Get your glad rags on and eat, drink and be merry!


2022

Wednesday 5th January
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.

Due to Covid19 Ginny had a 2 year term of office which ended in May 2021.

We will hear about her time in the office of Mayor of Oldham with her husband, Adrian, as the Mayor’s Consort.


Wednesday 2nd February
Guest speaker: HOME INSTEAD Local home care provider

Local home care provider Home Instead provide support in the home and offer many CAREgiver services.

They will talk to us about how to recognise the early signs of dementia and how to deal with and care for those in need.


Wednesday 2nd March
Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting followed by a quiz with Quizmaster Paul Norfolk.


Wednesday 6th April
Guest speaker: ESME WARD

Esme Ward 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 4th May
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 so very popular that 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 1st June
Guest speaker: Reverend DAVID IRELAND

Chief Executive of Francis House Children’s Hospice

As architect for the Rainbow Family Trust, David oversaw the conversion of a former convent into Francis House Children’s Hospice in 1990. He will talk to us about the hospice and the work done there as well as the fundraising treks and events he has undertaken to raise funds.


Wednesday 6th July
Guest speaker: Sarah Kelly – The Shipman Investigation

Sarah is an award winning communications consultant who currently works in international development. In 1997, when Sarah was Press Officer with Greater Manchester Police, she received a call to tell her that a local GP was being investigated by the police. Sarah found herself managing the communications between the media and police for an investigation into Britain’s most prolific serial killer and an inquiry that became international news.


Wednesday 3rd August
Guest speaker: Baerbel Grayson – With and without the Berlin Wall

Baerbel is a retired German teacher from Blue Coat School. She grew up not far from the Berlin Wall in West Germany but had family and friends in East Germany. She tells us what life was like with and without the Wall.


Wednesday 7th September
Guest speaker: Babs Bray A – Z of De-clutter

Babs had always enjoyed cleaning and keeping a tidy home. After working cleaning offices early on in her career, she set up her own business. She soon had 75 regular commercial and domestic clients. Babs subsequently sold the business. She now focuses on helping people declutter and enjoys showing her clients the benefits gained by getting rid of ‘stuff’. She has written a book The A – Z of Declutter, the proceeds of which go to her daughter’s charity, The Lily-Jo Project.


Wednesday 5th October
Guest speaker:
Father Philip Sumner from Oldham Interfaith Forum

The mission of Oldham Interfaith Forum is to promote harmony, understanding and co-operation between all members of the community, especially with regard to issues that relate to faith and belief. Father Phil is currently Parish Priest of St. Mary’s with St. Patrick’s in Oldham and Rural Dean for Oldham, Ashton and Mossley. He was the first chair of the Forum and still serves as a Trustee. Father Phil has been the Chair for many organisations, a presenter on the radio and has lectured for UNESCO in several parts of the world.


Wednesday 2nd November
Guest speaker:
O’Donnells Solicitors – Wills

A team from our local O’Donnell solicitors will talk to us about the importance of an up-to-date will. We will hear about this subject from different angles and how modern family life can impact on this.