Recent Speakers

Thank you to all our past speakers.

2020 Speakers

NOVEMBER 2020 via ZOOM

David Allen welcomed us to the extraordinary world of Victorian etiquette! The Do’s and Don’ts of the Victorian Upper Class. What to wear, what to say, how to find a suitor, the mysterious calling cards, dinner party etiquette, and the language of the fan. A fun meeting!   

OCTOBER 2020 via ZOOM

Frances Carlaw ‘The Pearl Lady’ gave us a lively and entertaining talk about the history and science of the world’s most secretive and only living gemstone, the pearl.
Visit her website: The Pearl Lady

SEPTEMBER 2020 via ZOOM

Andrew Nelson gave us a brilliant talk on “Women in Art”. He looked in detail at four paintings from different centuries and revealed fascinating secrets about them.

AUGUST 2020 via ZOOM

Misba Khan gave us a fascinating insight into her part in an “All-Woman expedition to the North Pole”.

JULY 2020 via ZOOM

Sally Mabey gave an interesting talk “From Eggheads to Mastermind” about the Glamorgan Poppies WI team’s winning appearance on Eggheads and her own appearances on Mastermind.

JULY 2020 via ZOOM

Alison Marsden from Gardening by Design in Kent gave a talk on “Right plant, right place: understanding what will thrive”.

JUNE 2020 via ZOOM

Beth Butcher from Finchley WI spoke about her job working with deaf teenagers and gave us a taster of British Sign Language.

FEBRUARY 2020

Judith Barker, television and theatre actor, pictured here with her grandaughter and Cath Fletcher, Saddleworth WI member

JANUARY 2020

Michelle Nye, owner of Chocolates and Truffles of Skipton, pictured here with Pam Armstrong, President of Saddleworth WI

2019 Speakers

DECEMBER 2019

Robert Ellams, close-up magician


NOVEMBER 2019

Glenn Clarke of Oldham Foodbank, pictured here with Pam Armstrong, President of Saddleworth WI and donations from SWI members which filled 25 shopping bags


NOVEMBER 2019

Miriam and Dawn from Transport for Greater Manchester


OCTOBER 2019

Alan Redfern and Tony Plant of Blood Bikes, Manchester


SEPTEMBER 2019

Pam Jones of Saddleworth Cookery School


AUGUST 2019

Darcy Browne, Graduate of Newcastle University and member of Team Kenya


JULY 2019

George Pilkington of Nurturing Nature


JULY 2019

A special event – Afternoon tea with Edwina Currie – former Member of Parliament, novelist, radio and tv presenter and reality tv star


JUNE 2019

Carol Talbot, Oldham based author of Working Class Suffragette, The Life of Annie Kenney, pictured with Saddleworth WI member Sue Greenhalgh


MAY2019

Suzanne Thorpe, Owner of the Frostery, Uppermill and specialist cake maker with appearances on channel 4’s Extreme Cake Maker


MAY 2019

PC Lee Cullen
GMP’s Saddleworth South Neighbourhood Beat Officer


APRIL2019

Sara Rowbotham (pictured with SWI President Pam Armstrong) Councillor and Deputy Leader of Rochdale B.C.
Leader of NHS Crisis Team that exposed the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal