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Next meeting, Tea is by History GROUP.

HEADFIRST – THE LIFE OF A LONDON MILLINER 
Sylvia Fletcher,  (link) is one of London's leading milliners. Her collections can be found exclusively at Royal Warrant Holders James Lock & Co, St James Street, London.
Her distinctive and stylish hats are worn by many celebrities and members of the Royal Family.(Kate).
Throughout her career her creations have complemented the collections of Paul Costelloe, Stella McCartney, Bruce Oldfield, Prada,
Anna Valentine, and many more and have appeared regularly in the fashion press, including Cosmopolitan, Tatler and Vogue.
Sylvia is also a poet and writer, and her approach is best described in her poem "Two Passions": 'Two passions intertwine.
A tangle of fantasies. I make no attempt to unravel them. They burn together like small coals.
Sparking my imagination'. "Headfirst" contains an amalgam of couture milinery, poetry (both humorous and romantic) and prose. Partly biographical,
the book gives an insight into the eccentric world of hats with just a touch of fantasy. 

Sylvia Fletcher retired five years ago having been one of London's leading milliners for over fifty years. Her distinctive designs have been worn by celebrities and members of our Royal Family. She developed a fashionable, couture ladies department at Royal Warrant Holders James Lock & Co men's hatters.There will be an opportunity at the close of the talk to ask questions and maybe try on the right hat for you. So bring your phones or cameras (men included ) and practice your photographic skills.
Sylvia is also a poet and writer and her illustrated book HEADFIRST, which gives an insight into the eccentric world of hats, is available at £5.

Sylvia is a member of Meopham u3a – and as such does not receive a fee for talking to us. BUT she uses her talks and the proceeds from book sales to raise funds for Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled. So come along and enjoy listening to one of our own members and gain an insight into the wonderful world of hats!
If you try on a hat send me the photograph and we will include it in the May bulletin.
A Collection bucket will be available for Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled so please remember to bring along some CASH.

Birling Road, West Malling, Kent ME19 5HZ - www.lgrcd.org - 01732 872844

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Offering both Disabled and Able Bodied Riding Lessons
A little about Leybourne Grange Riding Centre 

Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled provides recreational and therapeutic riding sessions for those with disabilities and learning difficulties.  It became a self funding charity in 1992 when the hospital it was originally part of since the mid 70’s closed.
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e work 7 days a week to provide lessons, a significant number of which are to enable disabled riders to continue with the benefits, enjoyment and freedom of riding a horse which is suited to their needs. It is also a great therapy which many of our current riders have benefitted from.
Our website is www.lgrcd.org where all the information with regards to our centre, pricing, lessons, photo's of our horses and what's on is available, together with our email form.   
W
e do have spaces available during the week so please do call us on 01732 872844 to arrange a lesson.
You are welcome to also email if needed