The University of Leeds Ladies' Club

Summer 2019


This year has flown by and already we are looking towards the next season of the Ladies' Club. But before that, we hopefully have an enjoyable summer ahead of us. So far this year we have taken tea with the Lady Mayoress, had an interesting and instructive day at the School of Medicine and been inspired by the talk by Johnny Hayes MBE on his work helping independent shops in York. We still have the Carvery Lunch to come and we look forward to welcoming the Chancellor, Dame Jane Francis, to the event.


Our Summer Outing this year is on Wednesday 22nd May to       Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster, which is a property in the care of English Heritage. There is a booking form to accompany this programme and you will see that if you are an English Heritage member, the cost is significantly reduced. Do not forget your membership card! We have deliberately arranged for this day to be less busy than on other occasions and so we will start a little later when the traffic may be lighter. We hope for fine weather but do bring umbrellas if wet as the gardens should not be missed.


Originally the Garden Party was planned to be at my house but the Committee felt that transport would prove to be difficult for  some, so Mrs Gill Lydon has very kindly agreed to host the  Garden Party at her home this year in my stead. It will be on the original date of Tuesday 11th June. I am sure it will be as successful as on previous occasions and I hope there will be plenty of support – and sunshine!   


The AGM will be at Devonshire Hall on Wednesday 26th June. At this event I will be handing over to our next President. The Committee very kindly asked me to serve a second year but, for personal reasons, I have decided to decline. However I am delighted to say that Mrs Moira Wallace has been persuaded to be President again next year. The Officers have agreed to continue in their current positions but, as always, we would be delighted to have new faces on the Committee. Why not  volunteer?


I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as your President and   having the chance to get to know members better and I am very grateful for the support I have received from the Committee and Officers. Thank you to you all and I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing Summer.


Diana Wetherill, President 

April 2019


 Summer Outing to Brodsworth Hall 


For details of this event please see below the Programme  

on this page. 

         Wednesday 22nd May            9.30am prompt

               Coach leaves at 9.30am from St Chad’s  Car Park,          

               Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds LS16 5JT

               Return 5.30pm approx

                Please see separate booking form for details


               RSVP by 14th May (TOGETHER WITH YOUR 



               to Mrs Gillian Roche


               Guests welcome      £30/£21  


               Garden Party                                                   

               Tuesday 11th June 2.00 - 4.00pm 

               At the home of Mrs Gill Lydon, 1 Alderhill Cottages,                           

               Stonegate Road, Leeds LS6 4JH


               RSVP by 4th June to Dr Margaret  Wilkinson, 


               Members only                    No charge 



               Annual General Meeting

               Wednesday 26th June             2pm for 2.30pm

               in the Fenton Room, Devonshire Hall 

               RSVP by 19th June to Mrs Gillian Roche as above

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 9. 30am - approx 5.30pm 


ULLC Summer outing to Brodsworth Hall 

Google: Brodsworth House and Gardens Things to do English Heritage.

For our summer outing this year, we have arranged a visit to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster, a part of Yorkshire with which some of us may not be so familiar.

Brodsworth Hall was built by the very wealthy Charles Thellusson in the 1860s, “to create a country seat suitable for his position among Yorkshire’s landed classes”.  The finest materials were used and the family continued to live there until 1988, when English Heritage took possession.  By now, time and a diminishing income had created an air of faded grandeur, which E.H. decided to conserve rather than restore to its former glory.  The gardens, however, have been immaculately restored and are worth a visit alone.

We will have the opportunity to have a short private tour of some rooms limited to 20 persons and also a simultaneous tour of the gardens after morning coffee, before the house is open to the public at 1.00pm.  Everyone will be able to look round the house and gardens after lunch in their own time.

We have planned this Outing to be fairly relaxed and there will be time to sit and chat as well as admire the property. Let us hope for fine weather.

The cost of the outing (which includes coffee, lunch and gratuities but not car parking) is £30.00 or £21.00 for members of English Heritage. Please note that you must have your membership card with you on the day to claim free entry and the discount of £9.00, otherwise you will be charged the full price.


Plan of the day

9:15am      Members and guests meet at St Chad’s Parish Centre. Parking (by the wall by the            Parish Centre) now costs £2 per car and so we would advise car-sharing where possible.  

9:30am      Coach departs

10:45am    Coffee and pastries on arrival 

11:30am    Tours of the House and Gardens simultaneously, finishing at 12:30pm 

12:30pm     Sandwich lunch 

1:30 pm approx    Free time to look round house and gardens, visit café and shop etc

 4:00 pm approx   Coach leaves for Leeds (expected back at 5:30pm)

To book for the outing please fill in the form below, detach it and return it with your cheque to  

Mrs Gillian Roche, Flat 3, The Grange, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 6EY


The number of places is limited and so we advise early booking Closing date 14th May 


Please reserve me …….. places at £30.00 and ……places at £21.00 on the Ladies’ Club outing to 

Brodsworth Hall


Name ……………………………………………………..


Tel …………. …… Mobile …………………… (for possible emergencies on the day) 


Name(s) of guests: ……………………………………..


I am/am not a member of English Heritage (please delete as appropriate)


I/we would like tour of house/garden tour/ no tour  (please circle preference)


I enclose a cheque for £……. made payable to the University of Leeds Ladies’ Club    


Please advise us if you have any dietary requirements          

              Members only                    No charge