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Hereford & Worcester

Hereford and Worcester (H&W) Group was formed in the 1990s by a small group of local women who had seen the 1996 BBC documentary on the founding of Growing Old Disgracefully. Over the years, H&W membership has steadily grown to over 50 members who come from a wide area including Worcester, Malvern, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Monmouth, Herefordshire, and Stourport.


Our calendar of events is normally planned to cover six months at a time. Usually one or two volunteer members take suggestions and put together a calendar. Visits to local places of interest are always popular and a local pub allows us to use one of their meeting rooms for our indoor pastimes, such as discussions and board games, in return for us enjoying their lunch menu.  Our recent programme included a walk along the lovely Droitwich canal near Churchfields, the farm where they produce the eponymous delicious ice cream as well as the famous Droitwich salt used by top chefs (plus lunch and cakes, of course!)); a theatre visit, a walk on the Malvern Hills, plus some kite-flying!

H&W has taken its turn at producing the Network News newsletter and has organised two Annual Gatherings.  The most recent in 2018, held at the Bank House Hotel near Malvern, coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Growing Old Disgracefully network where we celebrated the Suffragettes’ achievements. We are now busily preparing for next year’s Annual Gathering in Stratford-on-Avon where we look forward to welcoming disgraceful friends from all over the UK.

H&W has evolved with an ethos of mutual support and strong bonds of friendship, partly as an outcome of some events being arranged in members’ own homes. Obviously this is not feasible for everyone, so we also hold events in community hubs as well as smaller local gatherings of up to 6 people, such as afternoon tea in the garden. New members can be assured of a warm welcome and are invited to attend three meetings to get to know us before making the decision to join the network.

Want to know more?   Then get in touch with our Group Contact:

Val Monaghan                    Tel. 01905 923018

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