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 http://llanblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/llan-now-has-its-own-wi-calendar-girls 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.
“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’!!”