Recent Meetings

March 15th:- Zoom Meeting

  • Sex, secrets and salacious gossip of the scandals surrounding the royal court of the 17th and 18th century By Sarah Slater, all the naughty bits of history you would probably not have learnt about at school
    The web page for the Hampton Court Guides is below, it is in alphabetical order


May 17th:- Zoom meeting

  •      The Pearl Lady – Frances Carlaw
    If you would like more information on the speaker here is her website

June 21st :- Zoom Meeting

We then resumed in person meetings on the third Monday of each month in St Martins Church Hall.

September 13th :- in the Hall

  • Colin Bird from the Bracknell society will be talking on
  • Warfield Park – a tale of India, a country house, electric fish & cricket

October 18th 

  • Dorothy Cook :-Tales of a Midwife
  • a host of tales – both funny and thought provoking – from Dorothy and her 30+ years as a midwife & teacher

The raffle will return as well as coffee & biscuits, but please bring your own mug

November 15th

  • We’ll be making Sugar ( fondant icing ) or Marzipan mice.
  • This is a nostalgic nod to our childhood Christmases, when we’d have a mouse in our stockings.
  • All necessary equipment will be provided

January 17th 2022

  • “Take the Healthy Option” from Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson:
    Which will include food sampling. all under covid rules

Jennipher Marshall-Jenkinson has been Chairman of the UK’s Microwave Technologies Association since 2003 to the present day.
Her work promoting healthy eating and environmentally friendly cooking methods prompted a nomination for ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and regular cooking programmes on BBC radio – both national and local and BBC television

February 21st 2022

  • The Waterways of Bracknell – The Cut and its Tributaries from Colin Bird

Colin has spoken to the group a few times giving us an insight into our local history, he is a member of The Bracknell Forest Society

March 21st 2022

  • This is our AGM but we have Jean Hill who will entertain us with her poetry (Pam Ayres style). The emphasis is on light hearted, funny topical poems with which we can all identify.

April 25th 2022

  • Berkshire Lowland Rescue from Andy Viner

Andy is an ex-policeman who now volunteers in searches using the latest high tech equipment as well as doing river searches.

May 16th 2022

  • Scams from Malcom Phillips

Sadly Malcolm was unable to join us, and this talk will hopefully be rescheduled; in the meantime Chavey Down WI member Anita West did a marvellous job of filling in with her talk about Jersey and her time with the WI there.


  1. POEM OR PROSE – On the subject of SCAMS (Won by Lesley Beagley)
  2. FLOWER OF THE MONTH (Won by Angela Mitchie)

June 20th 

  • William French – the Royal Butler

William gave a most interesting talk with stories about the Royal Family & other stars he has worked for; everyone who attended agreed it was an outstanidng evening and we are hoping to book William again for the Bailiwick meeting to be held in April 2023


  1. PLACEMAT – Design and create a placemat to celebrate the Jubilee in any medium (eg sewn, knitted, decoupage, etc) (Won By Jane Dunbar)
  2. FLOWER OF THE MONTH – bring a single flower from your garden in a vase, voting by silver pennies (to be collected & donated to charity at the end of the year)

July 18th 

  • Berkshire Birds of Prey 

Sadly this meeting had to be cancelled due to the very hot weather, however we hope to book the Berkshire Birds of Prey for a future meeting


  • No meeting but a Summer Party was held at the Newtown Pippin and ws enjoyed by all who attended.

September 19th

  •  Helen Francis from Smart Works Reading

Sadly this meeting was cancelled as it coincided witht he funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The speaker will be re-booked for another date

October 17th

  •  ‘Working with the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace’ from Sarah Slater.

Sarah has worked at Hampton Court Palace as a State Apartment Warder, Tour Guide and Guide Lecturer for 12 years. Although, due to various illnesses amongst members the turnout was small, Sarah gave an entertaining glimpse of what it is like to wander the galleries late at night on her own in the dark, and will lead us on an exploration of the history, stories and sightings of some of the ghosts that have been reported over the last few hundred years