Ladies Days are absolutely wonderful events, so when we heard that one was being held at Judges Hotel in Yarm, we just had to go! It had been organised to raise funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, a charity that is dedicated to helping children with life limiting and life threatening conditions, so it’s a really great cause. If you’d like to find out more about Zoe’s Place, or how you can help to raise money for them, please take a look at their website. So yesterday (22nd September), a group of us headed to Judges, dressed up to the nines, ready for the day of fun and fundraising.
When we first arrived to the beautiful hotel, we were offered a tea or coffee as we browsed the stalls in the foyer. There was plenty to see and buy, like jewellery, Christmas cards, handbags, clothes and more! We may have treated ourselves to a few new bits and bobs, but how could we not when there were so many lovely things? There was also a tombola that had 100 prizes to win, so of course we all had to have a go. Let’s just say that some of our group were much more lucky than others. Before we knew it, it was time to sit down for lunch!
Lunch was absolutely scrumptious! There were two courses, with the first being a beef bourguignon with mushrooms, onions, smoked bacon, garlic and red wine, served with creamed potatoes, carrots and peas. There was also a vegetable gateau for vegetarians, but we all opted for the meaty meal. We were slightly confused about how the beef was presented, but it was just so gorgeous that it didn’t even matter! Shortly after we’d finished the main course, dessert was served, which was caramelised lemon tart with sweetened berries and vanilla ice cream. It was deliciously tangy, and the sweet ice cream was a great accompaniment. Tea and coffee were brought over as we finished, and most of us were far too full to even manage the little chocolates we were offered! It was an amazing lunch, and the company around the table made it even better. We talked and laughed right up until the after-lunch performance started.
If you haven’t heard of the History Wardrobe before, we definitely recommend you take a look. They are a group that host lively and exciting talks on history, which feature some very funny acting, and they draw their inspiration from clothing. This particular talk at the event was Jolly Hockeysticks, which was all about girls education, so it was quite a blast from the past for us! There were school stories, gym knickers and homemade uniform galore! It was so interesting to hear about education through the years, and Lucy and Merry were great at keeping everyone’s attention. They were funny, charming and very, very knowledgeable! If you ever get the chance to see a History Wardrobe presentation, then do go along to see it. You can take a look at their Facebook page for more.
Once the presentation was over, the raffle was drawn. Sadly, our ladies weren’t too lucky, but a big well done to the others that won the fabulous prizes! There were all sorts of things to win, like afternoon tea at Middlesbrough Football Club with a player, 2 cinema tickets, a facial from HairFayre in Yarm, and more!
Overall, it was a great day and we had such a lovely time. We couldn’t have asked for any more! We aren’t too sure how much was raised for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, but if you take a look at their Facebook page, they may announce it soon. You can also see the other events that they’re hosting, so why not pop along to one to help out a really wonderful charity?