...is now arranged on our Google Members' site, to which all members can contribute. If you are a member but do not know the password, please contact First Lady.
Second Saturday of the Month,3pm:
**10th September 2011 - CHANGE OF VENUE: For this month only, at Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead (off the A6 by the Wixams - signposted from roundabout)**
usually Caprioli Tea Shop,
Free Car Park near church, tea shop is on the main road over the
Please contact us by 11.30am on the day if you would like to come to this, so that we can let the tea
shop know numbers.
Last Wednesday of the Month, from 8pm:
Flying Horse PH, Clophill . Pub is directly on the crossroads, car park round the back on the Bedford side. Just turn up, or contact us if you want to be sure of a lift or having a hat to borrow.
Assume these are on unless stated otherwise.
Some past events
- 2004 Oct Jenny visits the States and first hears about the Red Hat Society; visits their webshop and falls in love with a purple feather boa with integral red fairy lights; and decides she needs one and somewhere to wear it.
Nov Finding no chapters nearer than Leicester and Ipswich, Jenny registers the chapter and becomes First Lady (technically 'Queen', but we've already got one in our country and she's good enough for us).
Almost immediately contacted by expat Americans Lorraine (since returned home) and Barb. We agree to meet
- 2005 January 1st Pam sees the American Red Hatters in the
London New Year Parade and resolves to get in touch
- 2nd Jenny and Lorraine meet for the first time in London, together with Deb, Helen & Marie who are over from the States for the New Year's Day Parade; we go for a Thames boat trip and up the London Eye, and Deb, Helen & Marie shower us with gifts of Red Hatting Stuff!
- 15th - INAUGURAL GATHERING: Gang of Four meet for first time at the Caprioli Tea Shop in Woburn. Map out style of group. With members in Stotfold, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Weston Turville, decide to be 'the Beds & Bucks chapter' for now.
Other stuff we've done
Visit to Walter Wright's hat factory and hat section at Luton Museum ~ The Best of Joyce Grenfell, Corn Exchange, Bedford
~ Vitality Show, Olympia ~ Guardian photo shoot, Pilgrim's Progress, Bedford. (the resulting article was a real hatchet job, and many of us felt the photo wasn't much better!) ~ Dance workshops - Belly dancing and Line dancing ~
Picnics - Woburn Abbey and Hyde Park ~
African evening at Whipsnade Zoo ~ Hampton Court flower show ~ Meet the llamas - a visit to Joan's llamas near Newport Pagnell with a bring & share meal in the garden ~
Ten pin bowling ~ All-male Swan Lake, Milton Keynes ~
Hat-making workshops - everybody makes at least one good one, promise! ~ Taking part in London New Year Parade, with other chapters and large American contingent ~ Ghost tour of Cecil Higgins Gallery, Bedford. ~ Games afternoon ~ The Andy Warhol Syndrome, Bedford ~
Sing-along-a-Sound of Music at Milton Keynes
~ Posh afternoon tea at Flitwick Manor Hotel.
~ Sing-a-longa-Abba at Bedford ~ Murder mysteries - Wild West at Woodlands Manor, Clapham - 60s at a member's home ~.
Stately Homes - Waddesdon Manor - Buckingham Palace - Althorp House - Belvoir Castle ~ Monster vehicle ride and quad biking ~
Cream tea canal cruise ,Pitstone ~
British National Conventions with many other chapters - Isle of Wight, Worthing, Colchester, Swindon, Portsmouth ~ Christmas parties with jelly, ice-cream and kids' games ~ Having our feet nibbled by fish
Last updated September 2011