Marwood Ladies

 Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month in Marwood Church Hall


We are always looking for new members and as you know they can be assured of a warm welcome so please forward this message to anyone who you think may want to join us. They can attend as a visitor while they make up their minds.   

Visitors are very welcome. For more information please contact Margaret on 01271 344433.

Lunches are at 12.30 and Meetings in Marwood Church Hall are at 2pm.


Visitors are welcome at our meetings and lunches. Please ring me on 01271 376744 for more information. 


Programme for Marwood Ladies March - December 2024

Thurs 7th March Tiffany Berreclorh -  Making Soap

Wed 20th March Lunch Squires, Braunton


Thurs 4th April Prof Catherine Loveday- Music and the Brain

Thurs 18th April Lunch Marwood Hill Gardens


Thurs 2nd May Judy Throup - Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Wed 15th May Lunch Williams Arms. Wrafton


Thurs 6th June Mark Mumford - A Journey in Music 

Wed 19th June Lunch Storm in a Tea Cup, Watermouth Cove


Thurs 4th July Garden Party at The Old Rectory, Marwood with West Down WI at 2.30pm

No July Lunch


Thurs 1st Aug Tea at Marwood Hill Gardens at 3.00pm

No Aug lunch


Thurs 5th Sep AGM

Wed 18th Sep Crown West Down TBC


Thurs 3rd Oct Sarah Spurr - Farming Flowers

Wed 16th Oct Lunch Heanton Court


Thurs 7th November Speaker TBC

Wed 20th Nov Lunch Ashford Garden Centre


5th December Quiz and Advent Tea Party

No lunch in Dec


DECEMBER 2023 - Margaret welcomed 25 members and visitors to our Advent tea party. We are very grateful to Erika for driving so far to provide us with our festive Advent tea table and little goodies on each place setting. Food, as always in Marwood, was very plentiful and delicious. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the afternoon a success.

       Thanks to everyone who participated in the famous faces and baby photo competition. I am sure there was an outright winner but it’s all about taking part, helpful nudges and swapping answers. Some faces were more obvious than others and some names just on the tip of our tongues. I know Sarah and Debbie had very high scores which I think they achieved by themselves. I hope you all took a chocolate coin as a reward.

        Our extra treat this year was David Pepper reading a selection of winter themed verse and prose. To please me and I think several other ladies he read Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Twelve Days of Christmas by John Julius Norwich. Such a very special interlude in our Advent meeting.



 This was a North Devon Hospice cheque presentation to the ladies (all members of Marwood Ladies) who helped raise £665 by holding a Nearly New Sale in Marwood Church Hall in September 2023 Stephen Roberts (Chief Exec of ND Hospice) popped into the November Community Coffee morning to say thank you and to briefly explain the current needs of the hospice.




Leader's report - at Margaret's request Angela read out a list of Marwood Ladies speakers, outings and events between Sep 2022 and August 2023.


Treasure's report - in Carol's absence Angela informed the members that annual income had exceeded expenditure. W had paid out £505 in hall, speaker and admin expenses but had paid in £716 in fees and subs. Therefore we do not have to increase our annual subs or meeting fees for 2023/2024. With the money carried over from last year we have a total of £661 in the bank excluding any subs paid for 2023/24. However, costs will increase next year and we already know that speaker fees are increasing to cover petrol and other expenses etc. Annual subs £15, members meeting fees £2 and visitors £4.


Sue proposed a vote of thanks be recorded to Carol for her efficient account keeping for the group.


Secretary's report - Angela gave a list of Speakers and topics already booked for the next year including Willow Weaving and the Basket Makers Association, Paper Conservation, David Pepper reading Christmas themed poetry , Lace Making, A Ranger from Torrington Common, Soap Making, Music & Wellbeing and Chair of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.


A vote of thanks was proposed by Topsy for the work carried out by Margaret and Angela for their work on behalf of the group.

Margaret P - Leader, Angela - Secretary, Carol - Treasurer - Sue proposed and Hilary seconded that all continue for a further year. Voted unanimously.


Consultation paper
Meeting changes- meetings will now start at 2pm throughout the year.


Refreshment - three ladies will provide sandwiches, cake, tea or coffee at each meeting as previously. The ladies will be offered £3 each towards the cost and no meeting fee will be charged. Angela will draw up a list of the ladies able to make and help with teas and try to combine current capabilities.


AGM closed at 2.55


New Members Welcome 

 Contact Angela 01271 376744