Red Hat Society’s Woodbridge group celebrate first birthday

Ladies enjoyed the first birthday of the Woodbridge group of the Red Hat Society at the Coach and Ho

Ladies enjoyed the first birthday of the Woodbridge group of the Red Hat Society at the Coach and Horses in Melton. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Around 45 ladies have celebrated the first birthday of a very colourful local group.

Bright colourful outfits are a key part of the society. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Bright colourful outfits are a key part of the society. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Red Hat Society began in America in the late 1990s but has had great success in the UK.

The society’s name comes from the poem ‘When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple’.

Members are encouraged to be colourful: with those under 50 wearing lilac clothes and pink hats, while those over 50 wear purple clothes and red hats.

The Woodbridge branch of the group, the Blooming Fuchsias of Woodbridge, were set up a year ago for people to make friends and support each other whilst also taking part in activities.

The Red Hat society started in America. The Woodbridge group has been running for a year. Picture:

The Red Hat society started in America. The Woodbridge group has been running for a year. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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Anne-Marie Regnault who leads the group said: “We could never have dreamt that only one year on we would host a birthday celebration for over 40 ladies.

“It’s lovely!”

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The group meet at Wyevale Garden Centre in Woodbridge every 2nd Thursday of the month.

The Coach and Horses in Melton was the venue for the birthday party. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Coach and Horses in Melton was the venue for the birthday party. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The society meet up monthly and join with other groups for activities and visits. Picture: SARAH LU

The society meet up monthly and join with other groups for activities and visits. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Cathy McKenna, Anne-Marie Regnault, Sue Shepherd, Janet Tompkins at the party. Picture: SARAH LUCY B

Cathy McKenna, Anne-Marie Regnault, Sue Shepherd, Janet Tompkins at the party. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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