WI Calendar Girls’ in Ribble Valley

Barbara Barker, centre, vice-chairman of Ribble Valley Macmillan 100 Club, with WI Calendar Girls Angela Baker (right) and Ros Fawcett.

Barbara Barker, centre, vice-chairman of Ribble Valley Macmillan 100 Club, with WI Calendar Girls Angela Baker (right) and Ros Fawcett.

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TWO of the original WI Calendar Girls were special guests when the Ribble Valley Macmillan Cancer Support “100 Club” held its first Ladies Lunch of the year at Mitton Hall.

More than 90 members and guests were treated to lunch followed by a presentation by Angela Baker and Ros Fawcett who told their remarkable story, starting from an idea in 1999 to raise funds for a leukaemia charity in memory of Angela’s husband John, who died from non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

From an initial run of 1,000 original Rylstone and District WI calendars, they hope their final calendar, for 2012, will sell in excess of 500,000.

Angela and Ros described how their story has been told over the past 12 years in books, a film and now a touring play. Calendars have found their way to Buckingham Palace and been sold worldwide. In October, the Calendar Girls will bow out with a farewell concert at London’s Albert Hall, so this will probably have been their last visit to the Ribble Valley.

Meanwhile, the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity has benefited to the tune of more than £3m. from their efforts.

At the Mitton Hall lunch, more than £1,200 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. In addition, the Committee Vice-Chairman, Barbara Barker, received donations of more than £2,600.

The Committee would like to thank all the members for their generous support over the past year in helping to raise more than £35,000, and for the support of local businesses and Ribble Valley residents generally.