This is the website and online noticeboard for Rutland Red Hatters, a social group for women aged 50+ (and those who are looking forward to being 50+ soon!) who live in and around England’s smallest county: Rutland in the East Midlands. Take a look around the site at what we’ve been up to in the last five years: we’ve had a lot of laughs together. … Continue reading Welcome to Rutland Red Hatters
January Hoot 2018 – Making Hats from Bras You really should have been there! 21 Rutland Red Hatters met in Belton Village Hall for an extraordinary craft Hoot. We were assured that making hats from bras was fun, and indeed an obvious way of recycling said garments. I have to admit to a degree of curiosity (mixed with some scepticism) and several of us muttered … Continue reading Bras into hats
We celebrated this event in the lovely Exeter Arms at Barrowden, enjoying the approach of Christmas and marvelling at the elegance of Norma beginning her 80th year. We took a trip back to the 1950s when Norma really would have been 18 and teemed our 1950s outfits up with 1950s rock and roll music (which you could hardly hear over the chat!) and silly vintage … Continue reading Christmas and Norma’s 80th (or should it be 18th?)
Gin Distillery Visit with Tasting. Our November Hoot seemed to be in an unlikely place – a small farm in the depths of Charnwood Forest. It has to be said, it was quite a challenge to find in the dark (one car load of Red Hatters was ten minutes and another an hour late!). However once inside Bawdon Lodge Farm, we were ushered into a … Continue reading Gin Distillery
Two groups of us booked in with Robin at the recently opening Rutland Cookery School on the Ashwell Prison site on consecutive evenings to learn how to make pasta. I went to both, but the first just to welcome, greet and observe. The second to cook. Apart from a slight hitch at the beginning involving a bit of trouble following instructions to find the venue, … Continue reading Rutland Cookery School
Top Hat at Kilworth Hall. Top notch! On Saturday 3rd September, 20 Rutland Red Hatters and friends, beautifully turned out in red and purple, met on the lawns of Kilworth Hall. Everything was laid on – beautiful surroundings, lively company, warm sunshine, plentiful drinks, and a delicious picnic packed in Queen Tess’s elegant individual boxes. We have been to the theatre at Kilworth several times … Continue reading Top Hat, Kilworth
A small gang of Red Hatters headed to Southwell (say it Suth’ll or South-well whichever you prefer) Racecourse for Ladies Day on 20 August. Inspired by The Lady Tryss de Rioja (aka Joanne from Wing) who clearly has an eye for the gee-gees and had been the previous year, we decided to go for the Trackside Lawn ‘upmarket’ enclosure. We therefore had the luxury of … Continue reading Racy Ladies!
On Sunday 9th July, 26 Red Hatters and friends were picked up bright(?) and early by a cheerful coach driver. The journey down was slow and traffic-jammed, but by midday we arrived and negotiated the walk over the stepped bridge and into Hampton Court Grounds. Some of us looked at the formal gardens round the Palace, before entering a large and bewildering showground packed with … Continue reading Hampton Court Flower Show