Meetings Programme


Wednesday April 1st – CANCELLED

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. And thanks to their dedicated staff and volunteers – and vital donations – they have helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence.

Wednesday May 6th – CANCELLED
Guest Speaker: JAMIE EDWARDS
Leading Mental Performance Coach

Think Differently: The Five Sources of Performance for the Game of Life

Jamie is a leading Mental Performance Coach. His work has been tested at the highest levels of sport. Clients have included World Cup rugby winner & former England Captain Lewis Moody MBE, Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff & Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Luke Shaw, Joe Hart & Ruben Loftus Cheek. Prestigious clubs such as The All England Lawn tennis Club, Wimbledon and current top 100 WTA player Katie Boulter.

In the business arena he coaches executives and their teams to think differently beyond the numbers and in this presentation for Saddleworth WI Jamie will share insights into thinking differently for the biggest game of all – Life.

Wednesday June 3rd

Rona’s talk is titled Rhyme and Reason

Once upon a time…

We will learn about the origins of Fairy Tales and it’s not all sweetness and light!

Wednesday July 1st
Guest Speaker: ESME WARD
Director of Manchester Museum

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 August 5th

The Worshipful Mayor Of Oldham 2019 – 2020 

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

Ginny’s term of office will have ended in May 2020.

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

Wednesday September 2nd

MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth since 2011

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 October 7th
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
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
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.