Lapworth Ladies Supper Club

Lapworth Ladies meet monthly on the first Wednesday of every month, from October to March.

Meetings take place at various venues (hotels and golf clubs) within easy travelling distance of Lapworth, and they include a three course meal and an after dinner speaker.   The talks are both informative and entertaining.  If you are interested in joining the Supper Club, please feel free to contact Jacqui 785022, Yvonne 783595 or Heather 783638 for more information.

You can view and download the Lapworth Ladies Supper Club Programme of Events from October 2023  to March 2024 and Booking Forms by clicking here.

You can also download a Lapworth Ladies Supper Club Membership Subscription Form by clicking here.

 

 

Chair:

 

Secretary:

 

Treasurer:

 

Jacqui Arnott

 

Yvonne Joyce


Heather Day

 

Tel: 01564 785022

 

Tel: 01564 783595


Tel: 01564 783638

 

jacqui.arnott@icloud.com

 

ymjoyce@btinternet.com

 


heatherday57@hotmail.co.uk

Hurray! We are back at Supper Club and having a lovely time!



On Wednesday 7th February Lapworth ladies Supper Club met at Ladbrook Park Golf Club for our penultimate meeting of the season.

We had roasted fillet of sea bass with crushed new potatoes and fine green beans, served with a lemon caper sauce for our main course. Dessert was a very generous helping of apple and cinnamon crumble served with custard which was followed by tea or coffee and mints.

Our speaker was Karen Nolan from the Hill Close Garden Trust in Warwick.

We had a few technical problems to solve before she could show her pictures, but finally she was able to deliver her talk to us!

Hill Close Gardens on the edge of the racecourse are a rare example of Victorian detached gardens. There are only four such sites in the country. Originally in 1845 there were 32 individual plots but over time some land was sold for housing and now there are 16 beautifully restored little gardens for us to enjoy. This is due to a local action group who became the Trust which now manages the gardens. They were in a bad state of repair in 1993 but with lots of hard work from the trust and many volunteers, the gardens were finally opened to the public in 2007.

They have 160 varieties of snowdrops, over 50 varieties of apples, wonderful changing displays of plants in the gardens, and 8 restored, (now listed) summer houses, along with plant and produce sales, a small gift shop and a cafe to enjoy.

Having been there a couple of times myself, it is well worth a visit, especially at the moment as they have an amazing display of snowdrops!

For more information go to their website www.hillclosegardens.com

Our last meeting is on Wednesday 6th March at the Forest Hotel, Dorridge, where the speaker will be the florist Lorena Dyer. Please bring a couple of pounds with you if you would like to buy raffle tickets to be in with a chance of winning one of her arrangements.

Heather would like your payment and form NO LATER than Tuesday 27th February. Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you (and maybe bring along a guest) on March 6th!



The first event of 2024 was held on Wednesday 10th January at The Limes Country Lodge Hotel in Earlswood. Despite it being a cold damp and dark January evening, the event was well attended.

Barry Durman, President, and Chairman of the 41 Club fascinated his audience as he explained the origins of the 41 Club and how the Millenium Way Walk came into being.  As Meriden is the heart of England, it was appropriately chosen as the central point for the Millenium Way. The whole direct route covers 100 miles, but along the route are 44 smaller circular walks ranging in distances from 3 to 10 miles.

For those who find map reading challenging, the 41 Club have provided the most idiot proof direction guides. In addition, the individual circular walk guides indicate if walks are dog friendly and provide other useful information such as places of interest cafes, pubs churches historical sites etc. To ensure that the information provided is always up to date and accurate, the 41 Club welcome feedback from walkers but also wardens regularly complete and check the routes for any changes. As you can imagine the intrusion of HS2 has caused many challenges and necessary amendments to walks!

A big thank you goes to Barry, who despite a few technical difficulties at the start, gave an extremely informative and entertaining talk.  Our thanks also go to all the friendly and efficient staff at The Limes Country Lodge Hotel, who made us very welcome and served us with a delicious meal.

Our next meeting. On Wednesday 7th February, at Ladbrook Park Golf Club. Please note that arrival is no earlier than 7pm for 7.30pm sit down. Our talk will be the Hidden hedged gardens of Warwick

Please ensure that booking forms and payments reach Heather Day as soon as possible and no later than 10pm Tuesday 30th January. A link for forms and contact details are provided above.



The Lapworth Ladies Supper Club met at Copt Heath Golf Club for final event of 2023 on Wednesday 6th December. The evening was well attended by member and male guests. In the spirit of the Christmas season all present were very warmly welcomed by delightful music from a quintet and enjoyed a 3 course meal with all the trimmings. The meal concluded with Coffee and mints as our speaker, Kevin Thomas began his talk.

Kevin presented a most interesting and lively presentation on ‘The Lost Pubs of Birmingham’.  Unfortunately, some of the pubs Kevin referred to in his talk are no longer in existence. Nevertheless, he shared many interesting facts about them which made them quite unique from your normal local e.g. some of the pubs minted their own currency!  A number of local celebrities had links to the pubs. However, some characters were less desirable than others and Kevin told us about their connections with various establishments and their criminal activities in the underground world!

We wish to thank the quintet for entertaining us on our arrival and Kevin for a most enlightening talk. Our thanks also to all the staff at Copt Heath Golf Club for their hospitality and efficiency.

Our next meeting. On Wednesday 10th January 2024 the Limes Country Lodge Hotel. Please note that arrival is no earlier than 7pm for 7.30pm sit down. Barry Durman will be our speaker for the evening and will be sharing with us The History of the Millenium Way Walk.

Please ensure that booking forms and payments reach Heather Day as soon as possible and no later than 10pm 2nd January but, if possible, preferably before Christmas. A link for forms and contact details are provided above.



The Lapworth Ladies Supper Club gathered at Olton Golf Club for their second event (excluding their AMG) on Wednesday 1st November. 45 Ladies attended the evening which followed the normal format of a 2-course meal plus coffee and concluded with a speaker.

Our speaker was Denis Plater, Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. As you might expect his talk started with a BANG as he commanded our attention and brought the room to silence with one loud strike of his gavel!

Denis, dressed in his full Master of Ceremonies (MOC) finery, provided a  fascinating background and history to the role and attire worn. For instance, the red coat was first used in 1894 so that the MOC so that he could distinguish himself from the butler. Having received royal approval, the red was then adopted as the standard dress.

Denis recounted many tales and snippets of some of his most interesting personal experiences and challenges whilst doing this role including how he coped when he arrived to preside over a wedding breakfast having forgotten all his records and notes of instructions from the happy couple.

We wish to tank Denis for a fascinating and enjoyable talk. Our thanks also to all the staff at Olton Golf Club who, once again, provided a most delicious meal and excellent service.

Our next meeting. On Wednesday 6th December,  is our Christmas event at Copt Heath Golf Club. This is our only meeting which is open to male guests. Please note that arrival is no earlier than 7pm for 7.30pm sit down. Kevin Thomas will be our speaker for the evening and enlightening us on of ‘Lost Pubs of Birmingham’.

Please ensure that booking forms and payments reach Heather Day as soon as possible and no later than 10pm Tuesday 21st November. A link for forms and contact details are provided above.



On Wednesday 4th October, Lapworth Ladies Supper Club had their first meal of the season at Hogarth’s Hotel. Our main course was blade of beef, grain mustard mash and savoy cabbage with mushroom and red wine jus followed by citrus sponge served with creme anglaise.

Our speaker was Richard Harris who was talking about his fascinating visit to North Korea. Visitors are strictly limited and are accompanied at all times, usually by someone from the military. The hotel was a fairly typical four-star standard, but you were not allowed to leave without an escort and the guards placed around the hotel made sure that rule was not broken!

Richard spoke about how poor the country is and things we take for granted are not available to most of the people. For example, electricity is turned off at 10pm every night, even in freezing temperatures, and only the very important citizens are allowed use of power all the time.

He showed us pictures of the capital Pyongyang, there was hardly anyone in the photos – the place was empty except for special days like Kim Jong Un’s birthday when the citizens had to celebrate for the tourists to watch.

Citizens have no right to complain, there is no health care system for the masses, and there is not enough food for everyone. It made us very glad to be living here despite our problems in this country.

We would have liked to have listened to Richard for longer, but due to Hogarth’s taking a long time to clear dessert plates and serve the tea and coffee, he had to shorten his presentation.

Thank you, Richard, for a very informative and thought-provoking talk.

Our next meeting is on November 1st at Olton Golf Club.  We would be grateful if you did not arrive before 7pm, and be ready to sit down at 7.30 pm.

The speaker will be Denis Plater, Toastmaster.

Please ensure both payment and form reach Heather Day no later than Tuesday 24th October.  Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!



The Lapworth Ladies Supper Club met at Rowington Village Hall on Wednesday 6th September for their AGM. Approximately 45 members attended. The existing committee were elected for another year. The members were given a brief outline of what they could look forward to in the coming year’s programme.

There was plenty of time following the meeting for the ladies to socialise and catch up with old friends over drinks and nibbles. 

The Lapworth Ladies Supper Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month between October and March at various local venues. Each event cost £30 and included a 2-course meal with coffee/tea and an after-dinner speaker. An annual subscription of £15 is also required. 

The first event with supper and speaker, Richard Harris, will be on Wednesday 4th October at Hogarths Hotel. All bookings must be made by Tuesday 26th September, members are invited to bring along guests to each event and new members are always welcome. For further details please contact Yvonne Joyce 01564 783595.