Meetings Programme


It’s getting to the time of the year when we start investigating possible speakers for the following year. As usual we will be booking our speakers over the next couple months so that we have our Programme of Speakers published and ready for inclusion with the members renewal letter.

If you have any ideas or suggestions please let us know either by email at or by speaking to any member of the committee.  Every suggestion is investigated. We often receive proposals of speakers on a similar subject and as we want as varied a programme as possible, if this is the case, we simply retain the details in our file for subsequent years. As we do if a chosen speaker is unavailable to us.


Wednesday August 19th

Zoom Code: 835 0196 4818

Wednesday September 2nd
Guest Speaker: Andrew Nelson “Women in Art”

Zoom Code: 885 9423 9473

Wednesday October 7th
To be confirmed
International bestselling author

Phaedra Patrick is the internationally bestselling author of Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone, and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in over 20 countries around the world. Her new book (2019) is entitled, The Library of Lost and Found, with a fourth book scheduled for 2020. Phaedra lives in Greenfield

Wednesday November 4th
To be confirmed
Guest Speaker: NIGEL DURKAN
Manager of the Weavers Factory in Uppermill

Nigel is the Manager of the Weavers Factory in Uppermill.

For 50-years the Weavers Factory was home to the award-winning textile artist Joan Charnley. The Grade-II listed building was restored in 2018 and opened as a contemporary art gallery on April 6th 2019.

Nigel will talk to us about The Story of Joan Charnley Textiles and tell us the history of setting up the Weavers Factory.

Joan Charnley with SWI Committee November 1982.
Her talk was ‘The Art of Flower Painting’

Wednesday December 2nd
To be confirmed
Guest Speaker: ROB KNOTTS

Our festive December meeting!

Ex Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Rob Knotts, will talk to us about Christmas Traditions and wood carvings.