Calendar Girls mark 24th anniversary

24 years ago today (12 April) at 11am we launched the Alternative WI Calendar – a movie, a play , a musical & over £6 million raised for Blood Cancer UK!

Sidor Avoda: from the Kibbutz to the Calendar Girls’ Yorkshire – Skipton Town Hall – 23 March-17 June 2023

Members of the Shaar-Hagolan Kibbutz in Israel had an incredible experience meeting members of the WI Calendar Girls at the launch of their tribute calendar exhibition at the Skipton Town Hall gallery last night.

This heart-warming event brought together different cultures and communities. If you’re in Yorkshire, be sure to check out the exhibition, entry is free!

Sidor Avoda: From the Kibbutz to the Calendar Girls’ Yorkshire

Thu 23 March – Sat 17 June 2023

Gallery Open 9.30am-4.30pm

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Like father like son! Tricia’s grandson keeps Calendar Girls company

Tricia’s grandson, who lives in the US but is in England to study and play rugby, recently enjoyed a night out with Tricia and her fellow original Calendar Girls – some twenty years after his dad kept the Calendar Girls leading actresses company when the film came out!

Tricia’s grandson with the original Calendar Girls in 2022
Tricia’s son with actresses Dame Helen Mirren, Julie Walters et al in 2002

Tricia shows Susan Calman around the Dales

Last summer, Tricia welcomed Susan Calman to Yorkshire to hear the story of the Calendar Girls as part of her Grand Day Out travel series on Channel 5. The episode was broadcast earlier this month.

You can watch the episode here: My5 – Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out – Season 3 – Episode 2 / Herriot Country (

Grassington Players perform first amateur performance of Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls the Musical has been released for amateur dramatic companies. The first performance was in the Yorkshire home of the Calendar Girls story by the Grassington Players.

In 2012, the Grassington Players also staged the amateur world premiere of the play, so it was only fitting that they should also be the first amateur company to bring the musical to the stage too.

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.

You can buy tickets here:

‘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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