Terrific Tosca!

Both the venue and the music proved a big hit with Rutland Red Hatters in February. First of all, the Regal Cinema in Melton Mowbray is just lovely, a beautifully-restored Art Deco cinema that’s family-run and wonderfully-civilised, with comfy seats and either wine and nibbles or tea and cake available to take in with you, or enjoy in the interval. The ladies’ loos are pretty … Continue reading Terrific Tosca!

Bras into hats

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

Christmas and Norma’s 80th (or should it be 18th?)

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?)

Top Hat, Kilworth

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

Racy Ladies!

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!

Hampton Court Flower Show

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