About the Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society is fun. It’s about friendship, freedom and fulfillment for women aged 50+

Queen Tess of the Purplefrills
Queen Tess of the p’Urplefrills is our Queen!

In Rutland, England, the local chapter is called the Not Stuck in a Rut-land Red Hatters or, as that’s a bit of a mouthful, NSIA Rutland Red Hatters, or, increasingly, just Rutland Red Hatters! What’s in a name anyway?

The inspiration behind the Red Hat Society is a poem written by Jenny Joseph called Warning which opens: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit”.

Watch Jenny Joseph read her own poem on YouTube.

The founder of the Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper, took inspiration from the poem which is about embracing life and fun, rather than being held back by age and conforming to what everyone expects an ‘old lady’ to be and to do.

Over the past decade The Red Hat Society has become an international network dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today’s culture, and encouraging women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness. In the UK Red Hat Society there are now more than 100 Chapters/groups.

Whilst the Red Hat Society is specifically designed to attract women over the age of 50, younger women are also welcome. The only difference is that they must wear lavender garb and a pink hat until they reach their majority and can step up to Red Hat status!

The Rutland Chapter of the Red Hatters is run by our Queen Tess of the p’Urplefrills, otherwise known as Tessa Angell.


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