The Village Ladies

History of the Group

The Village Ladies was established in 1988 when our children left Papplewick Playgroup and moved on to several different schools. We wanted to keep in touch with the friends we had made on the playgroup committee and felt we would be more successful if we had a ‘purpose’. We continued meeting monthly with the intention of raising money for different charities, whilst enjoying ourselves and providing entertainment for others within the villages.

Structure

Since our first meeting 20 years ago we have lost 5 members and gained 4 new ones, and the group has remained unchanged for over 10 years. We meet monthly to share a box of wine and plan our next event.

Our AGM is held every September when the officers are decided and we vote which charities to support for the next 12 months.

Charities

Our constitution says that our charities have to benefit children or local causes. If you know a charity that would benefit from our support please let us know and we will take it forward to our next AGM.

In addition to our nominated charities each year, we have also held ‘one off’ events to support worthwhile projects such as a children’s ward at the QMC, where funds have been required immediately.

The Village Ladies sponsored Zione’s education from 2001 until 2012. Zione is a young girl living in Malawi who is now 18 years old and has now left school. Through translators, we were also able to exchange letters with her 4–5 times a year. We now sponsor Wendel who lives in Brazil.

We support Guide Dogs for the Blind by collecting for their ‘Treasure Appeal’, so if you have any of the following, please let us know.

Next Charity: Cystic Fibrosis

Fund Raising History

One thing we try to do is think up different ways of fundraising that will also appeal to the many different sectors of the community. As you can see from the list below, some events are very popular and are repeated frequently, but we would welcome any new ideas. Raffle prizes are always gratefully received.

Many of the functions are themed and fancy dress is encouraged, so if you have seen tramps, cowboys or even SS Officers walking round the villages they were probably on their way to a Village Ladies ‘Do’.

Year Charities Events
Year 1 (1988–9)
  • Neo-natal Unit at City Hospital—£600
  • Burns Unit at City Hospital—£600
  • Coffee Evening at Castle Mill
  • St. Trinnians at Linby House
  • Coffee Evening at Institute (Neo-natal Unit & Burns Unit Talk)
  • Tramps’ Supper at Linby House
  • Car Rally
Year 2 (1989–90)
  • Hayward House—£800
  • Heart Link–£800
  • Sponsored Scavenger Hunt
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Sixties Disco at the Institute
  • Coffee Evening at Institute (Heart Link & Hayward House Talk)
  • Gypsy Night at Linby House
Year 3 (1990–1)
  • Martin House—£850
  • Leukaemia Research—£850
  • Halloween Disco at Institute
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Old Time Music Hall at Institute
  • St Trinnians the reunion at Linby House
Year 4 (1991&nash;2)
  • Renal Unit at City Hospital—£1,100
  • Hucknall Asthma Society—£1,100
  • Barn Dance at Institute
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Sixties Disco at Institute
  • Millionaires Evening at Western House
  • Wild West Evening at Linby House
  • Car Rally
Year 5 (1992–3)
  • Rainbow Hospice—£1,200
  • Anthony Nolan—£1,200
  • 40th Celebration bar profits
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Auction of Promises at Institute
  • Trivia Quiz at Institute
Year 6 (1993–4)
  • Peter le Marchant Trust—£1,150
  • Sutherland House—£1,150
  • St. Trinnians Disco at Institute
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Valentine’s Disco
  • Trivia Quiz at Institute
  • Robin Hood Evening at The Spinnies
  • Quiz Sheets (Name the Village)
Year 7 (1994–5)
  • The Village Hall—£900
  • Kinder—£900
  • Fashion Show at Bestwood School
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • Winter Disco
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home at Linby House
  • Barn Dance at Institute
  • Barbeque at The Spinnies
  • Quiz Sheets (Name the Town)
Year 8 (1995–6) Cystic Fibrosis—£1,500
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • London Bus Trip
  • Wine Tasting at Linby House
  • Trivia Quiz at Village Hall
  • At Home at Greenford House
  • Quiz Sheet
Year 9 (1996–7) Children’s Diabetes–£1,500
  • Coffee Evening at Hanson House
  • London Bus Trip
  • Wine Tasting Evening
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home at Linby House
  • York Bus Trip
  • Quiz Sheet
Year 10 (1997–8) Rutland House—£1,700
  • Fashion Show at Longdale Nursery
  • London Bus Trip
  • Wine Tasting at Linby House
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home (Linby House Centenary)
  • Newstead Abbey Walk & BBQ at the Spinnies
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 11 (1998–9) Early Start Nursery—£1,900
  • London Bus Trip
  • Wine & Beer Tasting evening
  • Fashion Show at The Police Station
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home Linby House
  • Newstead Abbey Walk & BBQ
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 12 (1999–2000) Millennium Millions—£2,525
  • London Bus Trip
  • Burns Night at Linby House
  • Fashion show at Police Station
  • Race Night
  • Car Boot Sale at The Griffin
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home at Linby House
  • Newstead Abbey Walk & BBQ
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 13 (2000–1) Fountaindale School—£2,300
  • London Trip
  • Valentine Meal at Linby House
  • Trivia Quiz
  • At Home at Linby House (The War Years)
  • Newstead Abbey Walk & BBQ at the Spinnies
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 14 (2001–2) Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance—£2,000
  • Indian Evening
  • London Trip
  • Bring & Buy at Angela’s
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Summer Celebration at Linby House
  • Newstead Abbey Walk & AGM
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 15 (2002–3)
  • Macmillan Nurses—£1,200
  • Carlton Digby School—£1,200
  • Aplastic Anaemia Trust—£300
  • Coast to Coast Walk
  • London Trip
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Nearly New at Angela’s
  • St. Trinnian’s at Linby House
  • Quiz Sheets
Year 16 (2003–4)
  • Hope Lea—£1,425
  • Multiple Sclerosis—£1,425
  • London Trip
  • Carol Singing
  • Burns’ Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Hay Ride
  • Wild West Night
  • Quiz Sheets
  • Nearly New
Year 17 (2004–5)
  • Aplastic Anaemia—£1,150
  • Leukaemia—£1,150
  • London Bus Trip
  • Valentine’s Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Coffee Morning
  • Quiz Sheets
  • Gypsies Tramps & Thieves
Year 18 (2005–6)
  • Kings Mill Neonatal Unit—£1,000
  • Muscular Dystrophy—£1,000
  • Bus trip to Chester
  • Netball Teas
  • Burns’ Night
  • Quiz Night
  • At Home
Year 19 (2006–7)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease—£1,600
  • Nottinghamshire Hospice—£1,550
  • Boy with Meningitis—£145
  • Coach Trip to Stratford upon Avon
  • Burns’ Night
  • Quiz Sheets
  • Flat Cap & Ferret Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Nearly New
  • Summer at Home
Year 20 (2007–8)
  • Under One Roof—£1,000.00
  • Prostate Cancer—£458.46
  • Harrogate Coach Trip
  • Burns’ Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Nearly New
At the AGM on 9th September 2008 it was decided to raise £1,000 for each charity rather than sharing the amount raised between two charities. Prostate Cancer was therefore carried forward to Year 21. Once the balance was raised to make £1,000 our next charity was Homestart.
Year 21 (2008–9)
  • Prostate Cancer—£541.54
  • Homestart—£1,000.00
  • Maggies—£1,250.00
  • Stroke Unit—£1,250.00
  • Motor Neurone Disease—£130.38
  • Coach trip to Leeds
  • Nearly New
  • Burns’ Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Auction of Promises
  • C/F
Year 22 (2009–10)
  • Motor Neurone Disease—£869.62
  • Papplewick Day Centre—£1,000.00
  • Michael Clark (Special Olympics)—£500.00
  • Teenage Cancer Trust—£500.67
  • Salsa Evening
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Burns’ Night
  • Table Top Sale
  • Nearly New
  • Bus Trip to York
Year 23 (2010–11)
  • Teenage Cancer Trust—£499.33
  • Papplewick Playgroup—£1,000.00
  • Headway—£1,000.00
  • Child-carers Association—£928.42
  • Bus Trip to London
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Burns’ Night
  • Nearly New
  • Ferret Night
Year 24 (2011–12)
  • Child-carers Association—£71.58
  • Samuel’s Boxes—£1,000.00
  • Samaritans—£1,000.00
  • Bowel Cancer Research—£115.55
  • Burns’ Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Jubilee Event
Year 25 (2012–13)
  • Bowel Cancer Research—£84.34
  • Meningitis Trust—£1,000.00
  • Compassionate Friends—£566.03
  • Jerricho Road
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Dance
  • Burns’ Night
  • Trivia Quiz
  • Summer Coach Trip
Total to date £55,221.62

Members

Forthcoming events

17th May
Trivia Quiz
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Summer coach trip
15th November
Ferret racing