Village Ladies Group

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.


Since our first meeting twenty years ago we have lost five members and gained 4 new ones, and the group has remained unchanged for over ten 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, the hardest part of the year – we vote which charities to support for the next twelve months.


Our constitution (yes! we do have one) 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 causes such as a children’s ward at the QMC. where funds have been required immediately.

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

We also support Vision Aid, an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries.  If you have any old prescription spectacles you would like to donate, please let us know and we will arrange collection

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.  We have held many different types of events over the years..  Below is a glimpse of the events that have helped us raise almost £65,000 (see final paragraph)

As you can see from the list below, many of the popular ones 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’.


Themed meals with discos:
St. Trinian’s                                       Sixties
Gyspy Night                                       Wild West
World War II                                      Tramps’ Supper
Hallowe’en                                          Valentines
Mediaeval                                           Robin Hood
Salsa Night                                        Thanksgiving
Curry Night                                        Burns’ Night

Bus Trips to :
Stratford upon Avon

Old Time Music Hall                              Barn Dances
Car Rallies                                          Coffee Evenings
Sponsored Scavenger Hunt                  Millionaires Evening
Auction of Promises                             Trivia Quizes
Quiz Sheets                                        Fashion Shows
Home Dining Nights                             Walks & Barbeques
Wine Tasting                                      Race Night (horses)
Car Boot Sale                                     Bring & Buy
Coast to Coast Walk                           Nearly New Sales
Carol Singing                                      Hay Ride
Outside catering                                 Flat Cap & Ferret Night
Table Top Sale


Stephanie Haigh (Chairman)
Carol Spencer (Secretary)
Stephanie Roberts (Treasurer)
Linda Westwood
Sue Lord
Margaret Passey
Angela Brown
Sue Wilkinson
Barbara Smith
Teresa Shaw
Margaret Geer
Brenda Harvey


For more information contactCarol Spencer     0115 963 5455

Margaret Passey 0115 963 3271


Neo-natal Unit at City Hospital                    £600
Burns Unit at City Hospital                         £600
Hayward House Hospice                             £800
Heart Link                                                £800
Martin House                                            £850
Leukaemia Research                                  £850
Renal Unit at City Hospital                       £1,100
Hucknall Asthma Society                         £1,100
Rainbow Hospice                                    £1,200
Anthony Nolan                                       £1,200
Peter le Marchant Trust                           £1,150
Sutherland House                                   £1,150
The Village Hall                                          £900
Kinder                                                      £900
Cystic Fibrosis                                        £1,500
Children’s Diabetes                                 £1,500
Rutland House                                        £1,700
Early Start Nursery                                 £1,900
Millennium Millions                                   £2,525
Fountaindale School                                £2,300
Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance                    £2,000
Macmillan Nurses                                    £1,200
Carlton Digby School                              £1,200
Hope Lea                                               £1,425

Multiple Scleros                                   £1,425

Aplastic Anaemia                                 £1,450

Leukaemia                                             £1,150
Kings Mill Neonatal Unit                           £1,000

Muscular Dystrophy                                       £1,000
Alzheimer’s Association                                £1,600

Nottinghamshire Hospice                         £1,550
Local child with Meningitis                            £145
Under One Roof                                      £1,000
Prostate Cancer                                      £1,000
Homestart                                             £1,000
Maggies                                                 £1,250
Stroke Unit                                            £1,250
Papplewick Day Centre                             £1,000
Motor Neurone Disease                            £1,000
Michael Clarke – Special Olympics                 £500
Headway                                                £1,000
Teenage Cancer Trust                             £1,000
Papplewick Playgroup                              £1,000
Child-carers Association                          £1,000
Samuel’s Boxes                                     £1,000
Samaritans                                            £1,000
Bowel Cancer Research                           £1,000
Meningitis                                              £1,000
Beau Beau Fund.                                      £200
Compassionate Friends                           £1,000
Jericho Road                                          £1,000
Cystic Fibrosis                                        £1,000
Help for ex-servicemen (Framework)         £1,000
Riding for the disabled                             £1,000
Jigsaw                                                   £1,000
My Sight                                                £1,000
Nottingham Transplant & Renal Unit          £1,000
Mencap                                                   £433.10


Zione: sponsorship of girl in Malawi              £1,584
Wendel: sponsorship of boy in Brazil               £612

We also collect old prescription spectacles for Vision Aid.
Please let us know if you if you have any you would like to donate and we will arrange collection

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