Thank you to all our past speakers.
FEBRUARY 2021 via ZOOM
Chris Duffin recounted some of the many stories and incidents from her 20 year career as a Prison Governor in the UK Prison Service. More of these feature in her book ‘Jail Tales’.
JANUARY 2021 via ZOOM
Sam Durrani, a professional stuntman, gave us a fascinating insight into the world of stuntmen and women.
DECEMBER 2020 via ZOOM
Lynn Barrow from “Quirky Bird Watercolours” gave us a painting demonstration and, following her brilliant demo, we created Christmas card designs. A fun evening, even just to watch.
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.
Judith Barker, television and theatre actor, pictured here with her grandaughter and Cath Fletcher, Saddleworth WI member
Michelle Nye, owner of Chocolates and Trufﬂes of Skipton, pictured here with Pam Armstrong, President of Saddleworth WI
Robert Ellams, close-up magician
Glenn Clarke of Oldham Foodbank, pictured here with Pam Armstrong, President of Saddleworth WI and donations from SWI members which filled 25 shopping bags
Miriam and Dawn from Transport for Greater Manchester
Alan Redfern and Tony Plant of Blood Bikes, Manchester
Pam Jones of Saddleworth Cookery School
Darcy Browne, Graduate of Newcastle University and member of Team Kenya
George Pilkington of Nurturing Nature
A special event – Afternoon tea with Edwina Currie – former Member of Parliament, novelist, radio and tv presenter and reality tv star
Carol Talbot, Oldham based author of Working Class Suffragette, The Life of Annie Kenney, pictured with Saddleworth WI member Sue Greenhalgh
Suzanne Thorpe, Owner of the Frostery, Uppermill and specialist cake maker with appearances on channel 4’s Extreme Cake Maker
PC Lee Cullen
GMP’s Saddleworth South Neighbourhood Beat Officer
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