The University of Leeds Ladies' Club

Autumn 2020


University of Leeds Ladies’ Club

Monthly Newsletter     -    September 2020

Dear Ladies,

Welcome to the first newsletter of this academic session.   We hope it finds you all well and keeping Covid free, even if rather frustrated at the restrictions on normal life.  

With the restrictions going on for so long, and now due to continue until the spring,  we are all feeling the loss of personal social contact with friends and family.  Accordingly, the committee has been thinking of ways to keep in touch with everyone and to let members have news that they would otherwise miss.   One of the ways we discussed at our last, virtual, meeting was the idea of sending out a monthly newsletter at the end of each month.  We decided to start the newsletters with effect from the end of September and we hope that you will find this first issue of interest.


Sadly, we are not able to offer our normal programme of events this term as both University House and Devonshire Hall are closed to any external bookings for the term.  Because of these closures we were not to be able to hold the Harvest Lunch in September, an event which is so popular with everyone, and have had to cancel also the Christmas Coffee morning in December, another very popular event.  In addition, we have had to postpone two afternoon talks which we had arranged for October and November. These have not been cancelled as such, just merely postponed until the situation becomes clearer. Watch this space!  

The good news is that we have been able to make some provisional bookings for the Spring Term (Covid permitting!). 

Dates for your diary (so far) for 2021 are as follows: 

Tuesday 9th February at University House - Tea with the Lord Mayor.  This year the Lord Mayor (who is a lady), and whom we met at the Civic Hall in the spring, is continuing in her role for another year and has accepted our invitation to tea at University House.

Sunday 11th or Sunday 18th April (date to be agreed) at University House - Carvery Sunday Lunch.

If we find that we are able to book any further meetings we will let you know as soon as possible.


As you will be aware, at the (virtual) Annual General Meeting, a new committee was confirmed and we would like send our gratitude to the outgoing members of the committee for all their hard work and support. We thank especially Christine Roy, who has worked tirelessly as Honorary Treasurer for several years and Gillie Andrews for taking the minutes of our meetings and making sure that a full and accurate record was made of all that was said and agreed.  

We would like to welcome two new committee members, Candace (Candy) Arbor and Jean Williams, who are joining the committee for the first time.  We would like also to thank existing members, Angie Robinson, who is once again taking on the role of Honorary Treasurer and Diana Wetherill for agreeing to take over the role of Minutes Secretary.  This will be a strange year for everyone and we wish you well in your new roles.


Sadly, we have to report the death of former Club Secretary and long-term member of the committee, Joan Wilson.  Joan had been very ill for several months and sadly passed away last week.  She was a much valued member of the committee for a number of years and we send our sincere condolences to all her family. 


As this is the first issue of the newsletter, we have only been able to use what information we had to date but if you have any news or items you think will be of interest to the membership please let me know.   Items for inclusion could be as varied as, news of other members, upcoming birthdays, reports of any interesting things that you have done, any visits you may have made, either virtually or in person, or any handy hints for making the current restrictions a little less onerous.   As I will be sending out each month’s issue on the last day of the month please could you let me have any items for inclusion by no later than 28th of the month so that I have time to make the necessary entries. You will find my email address and phone number on the letter sent to you by email.


I hope you have enjoyed reading this newsletter and will look forward to hearing from you with any news or items you would like me to incorporate in next month’s issue.  

In the meantime, I send my good wishes to all and hope that it will not be too long before we are able to meet again in person. 

Carole Tabbron