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St Matthew’s Ladies Group

Our first meeting following the Covid-19 pandemic break will be on 13 September 2021. As there may still be concerns about sharing food, we suggest everyone brings their own plate of food and a drink on that occasion.

Please note the meetings are now on Monday afternoons from 2.00pm till 4.00pm in the Parish Centre, on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

We should be able to return as normal, just ensuring the room is ventilated. We will also be required to clean areas we use afterwards. We are sure you will appreciate the guidelines are subject to change so we may need to be flexible.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back and if you have any friends you would like to introduce to the group please bring them along.

Your Committee

The Group has been in existence for over 50 years, starting off as St Matthew’s Young Wives. The name was changed in the mid-Seventies as members got older and didn’t want to give up their get-togethers.

Meetings begin with announcements, followed by a guest speaker who entertains for approximately one hour. Speakers are usually local people who have an interesting hobby or talent they wish to share or even a personal story to tell.

Each year a local charity is nominated and some of the meetings are dedicated to fundraising. These take the form of Quiz nights, an American Supper and Beetle Drive, and in the Autumn a Sausage and Mash evening with Bingo. There is also a Christmas Auction which significantly boosts the fundraising efforts. This evening is great fun and includes mulled wine and mince pies.

In addition to the meetings at the Centre the committee organizes a Christmas meal at a local restaurant and a Summer outing. A committee runs the group and organizes events and the AGM is held in September. Meetings are very informal and friendly and new members are always welcomed so please come and join in. There is no membership fee, just £2.00 on the night to cover costs and this includes a raffle ticket and refreshments.

Around 30 ladies came to the 50th Anniversary American Supper in 2013. Entertainment was provided by ‘Our Flossie’ Song and Dance Show and there was a short speech given by Edna Wright, one of the founder members and still at regular. Chairman Avril Stephen made two celebration cakes and there was also a raffle and a tombola.


Spring / Summer Programme 2022

10 January

A Musical Evening (there will be two dogs at this talk)

24 January Bob, saxophone player – An afternoon of entertainment
14 February Red wrapped gifts (£1 per gift) and Quiz

28 February

Speaker: Rob Kendall – The Masque Theatre

14 March Speaker: Michael Brown, Historic Gardener – Easter and Springtime Customs
28 March Fish and Chip Lunch with Beetle Drive (+£1) Meeting starts at 1.30pm
11 April (Holy Week – no meeting)
25 April Speaker: Glennys Grimshaw – Russian Nesting Dolls
9 May John Bucknell – Northampton Suffragettes and Suffragists
23 May

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Afternoon Tea
Graham Harding and ukulele players

13 June Speaker: Jan Henson – Flower Arranging Demonstration
27 June Lunch at Ye Olde Cobbler

Please find below a selection of photos taken at the 50th Anniversary American Supper in 2013.




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