Tricia visits WI meetings at HMP Send & HMP Bronzefield

Tricia visited two women’s prisons to speak at their WI meetings recently. 

HMP Send & HMP Bronzefield have WI groups inside the prison which have been created by inspirational pioneers which evolved from the 2008 Care not Custody campaign.

The ladies from Send prison have a sewing department, where they design and sell products, and they gifted Tricia a hare in a sunflower dress. Tricia has named her Googie – after Googie Withers – the actress who starred in ‘Within These Walls’ .

Calendar Girls begins national tour!

Following the brilliant West End run, Calendar Girls the Musical is now on national tour.  The tour finishes, in Chichester, in November 2019.

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‘The Girls’ announces UK tour in 2018

The Girls will end its West End season on 16 August, but will begin a UK tour from 15 August 2018, kicking off at the Leeds Grand Theatre before visiting over 40 other theatres across the country.

The producers, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, said, “We are so proud and thrilled with this production, and we want to take it to everyone who wants to see it in the country, and at prices they can afford.”

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The ‘girls’ at Chelsea Flower Show

Two original ‘girls’ in the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ garden with three of our actresses from the musical ‘The Girls’- ‘Celia’, ‘Cora’ and ‘Ruth’.

The musical will run until July 15th this year then go on tour from August 2018.

Still got our fingers crossed for Broadway too!

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Calendar Girls receive lifetime achievement award

In May, the Calendar Girls were honoured with the W R Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award  from Dalesman magazine.

Said the magazine: ” They first started thinking about producing a charity calendar almost 20 years ago, never imagining the impact they would make. Since then there have been further best-selling calendars, a smash-hit film, a top-selling book, a stage play that became the most successful to ever tour the UK and now, in 2017, a hugely successful musical in the West End. Most importantly of all, the ladies of Rylstone & District WI have raised more than £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. What an achievement.”

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Calendar Girls celebrate 18 years

In April, some of the original Calendar Girls gathered recently in Burnsall Village Hall for a tea party with friends and family to mark 18 years since the publication of the first calendar.

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Five star review for The Girls from The Independent

It’s been really exciting seeing the public and press reaction to The Girls, having been involved in the development of the show since it was first conceived back in 2012.  [Read more…]

Winning a Sue Ryder Lifetime Achievement Award

Here are some of the original Calendar Girls receiving a Sue Ryder ‘Women of Achievement’ award in 2016, pictured with our photographer and Sir Gary Verity – the CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire.