16 April 1999

Happy 20th birthday party with a red nose flavour…

GLOUCS Farm Womens Club is 20-years-old and just goes from strength to strength under the leadership of Phyllis Charter, Sue Baber and Ann Littleton.

The birthday party was such a happy, enjoyable occasion, everyone, husbands especially, enjoyed the camaraderie and good food. They all brought their own drinks so it was amusing to watch the arrival of members with their favourite tipple packed in shopping baskets.

Lord Dennis Carter, government Chief Whip in the House of Lords, was the guest speaker and spoke to us of the latest news from Brussels relating to agricultural policy as well as his experiences in the Upper House. As it was Red Nose Day his Lordship was a great sport, wearing one in exchange for donations to Comic Relief.

Jean Howells

This informal friendship club has more than 60 groups

nationwide and is open to all female readers of FW.

Details from Jean Howells (0181-652 4927)

CUMBRIA-PENRITH

Wed, May 12, 8.30am. Meet at Southend Road car park for trip to Wallington Hall. One-hour coffee stop at Hexham. Evening meal at Cook and Barker Inn, Morpeth. Contact Marlene Cowperthwaite (01931-712248).

HAMPSHIRE

Wed, Apr 28, 10.30am. Meet for coffee at the Smithy Cafe near entrance to Exbury Gardens, Beaulieu, followed by tour of gardens. Entrance £4.50, £4 concessions. Lunch at 12.30pm. Contact

Pat Owens (01705-550887).

ISLE OF WIGHT

Wed, Apr 21, 10.30am Meet at Sue Bairds home, Newbarn, Shorwell, for coffee. Contact Sue Baird (01983-740302).

KENT

Wed, Apr 21, 2pm. Visit to Maidstone Town Hall and CCTV monitor. Lunch at 12 noon to be arranged. Contact

Sally Todd (01892-730204).

NORTHERN IRELAND

Sat, Apr 24, 12 noon. Meet at Ellas Barn, Tannaghlane, Caledon, Co.Tyrone, for lunch and demonstration. Contact Sheena Birch (012477-28030).

OXFORDSHIRE

Thur, Apr 29, 11am. Meet at Brimstone Farm for a talk by Richard Martin of the Cotswold Woollen Mill. Contribution lunch. Contact Mary Berry

(01367-240507).

SHROPSHIRE-SOUTH

Thur, Apr 25, 2.30pm. Visit to Jackfield Tile Museum and Craft Workshops with afternoon tea. Contact Muriel Walker (01746-763224).

SOMERSET-YEOVIL

Mon, Apr 26, 2.30pm. Meet in the foyer of the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil for a backstage tour. Contact Sylvia Reed (01963-350431).

WILTS AND GLOS

Thur, Apr 22, 12 noon. Meet at Park Farm, Braydon for talk Pam and the Animals by Pamela Weaver. Please bring contribution to a finger buffet. Raffle. Names to Sue Rawlings

(01666-860321) by April 20.

(Note change of venue)

Tue, May 18. Coach leaves the Chippings, Tetbury 8am, Beeches car park, Cirencester 8.20am for visit Portsmouth Warships by Water tour and visit to Mary Rose exhibition. Husbands and partners welcome. Names and

£10 deposit to Amy Bliss

(01285-653453) by May 1.