Archive | September, 2015

Charity Calendar

Friday 4th September 2015

Launch of the Vintage Llangollen Calendar


The following blog is taken from a press release which was used during the launch period. With a few photos from our “launch” coffee morning at Plas Newydd. Again the wonderful “llanblogger” in the form of the lovely Phil Robinson was in attendance to capture the moment see for a full account


Valley Girls WI, based in Llangollen, is launching the Llangollen Vintage Calendar which depicts sights of local interest and features members of the WI dressed in vintage costume with period hairstyles and make-up.


The calendar is the brainchild of Gail Ellson, President of Valley Girls WI, and Langollen based photographer, Kim Price and will be sold to raise money for two local charities, Nightingale House Hospice and Hope House Children’s Hospice.

Gail, said: “I met Kim by chance at a WI event, we had a brief chat about producing a locally based calendar and the ideas we exchanged sent our creative minds into overdrive. 

“After much planning and lots of fun taking photos in and around Llangollen, we are now proud to be launching our first charity calendar. 

2015 is the centenary of the Women’s Institute, which started in Anglesey in 1915.  We wanted to mark this pivotal moment in the movement’s history so based our programme this year on exploring the WI’s 100 year history.

“Our meetings have involved lots of period dressing this year, which gave us the idea for a calendar celebrating vintage costume and hairstyles.”

Kim, added: “The Dee Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Llangollen, where the Valley Girls WI is based, has a world heritage site within it.

at plas newydd

“The countryside and scenery around us is outstanding, with people traveling from all over the world to visit, so we are privileged to have it on our doorstep.”

“We are passionate about this amazing part of the country and wanted to showcase the local beauty featuring the ‘local beauties’!!”


Mikron Theatre

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Raising Agents a play by Mikron Theatre


The Valley Girls were honoured to host this fantastic play written by Maeve Larkin, and for Llangollen to be the only venue in Wales included on this tour by Mikron Theatre.

The evening was full of excitement with many travelling from far and wide to come and see the show (we even let in a few from over the borders!!).


We rolled out the red carpet!


Hung out the bunting and stocked up the bar…..not to mention the lovely bar staff!!


Invited some VIPs.


Provided a warm welcome…..and…..


…..on with the show!!

For a much more in-depth and much more eloquent report of this fantastic evening see

Royal Icing

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Royal Icing (cupcakes!)


In our exploration of the WI’s 100 years we are up to the decade 1975-1985, the title for this meeting was inspired byt the two major events of this era i.e the Silver Jubilee and Royal Wedding.


Thank you to Sally for loaning us some visuals for the evening, these lovingly preserved ladybird books!


Our host (and facilitator) for the evening was the lovely Carolyn from Vintage Rose Tea Room (a favourite haunt of the Valley Girls)….#bestcakesinllangollen have I said that before??


Team Vintage Rose generously shared their expertise with hints and tips on getting the best butter icing swirls. Apprentice Molly showing us all what the future of baking looks like…..the future of WI….hopefully!


…..but alas there are always the odd few who will lower the tone!!

Next meeting – Tuesday 6th October Roller Disco!


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