Category Archives: Meetings

January 2020: Below Stairs


For our first meeting of 2020 we were joined by local historian Paul Jennings who took us on a journey back to Edwardian Harrogate. Paul spoke about domestic servants in Edwardian Harrogate and kept us entertained with his interesting stories, impressive knowledge and both old and new photographs.

By using the censuses of 1901 and 1911 Paul has collected information on the working women in Harrogate. He shared this with us and explained to us where they worked, what they did, where they came from, why they may have arrived in Harrogate and even some personal stories of their lives. It was fascinating what he has been able to find out.

Paul showed us photographs of houses in present day Harrogate where they would have worked and what these houses may have been like in the past, before explaining their daily lives. We heard about the national servant shortage across the country that occurred when more jobs became available to women and how this lead to an increase in servant wages and an improvement to their working conditions.

We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the lives, loves and losses of the domestic servants in Edwardian Harrogate, thanks Paul!

December 2019: Christmas Quiz


Our December meeting was a fun-filled festive quiz! Things got quite competitive and from round 1 there was a hushed hum of collaboration from all our teams. We had rounds on Christmas food and drink, festive films, music and more. We even had a round to decode the anagrams of our 2020 Spa Sweethearts programme, so those who were there got a little sneak peak. It was a really enjoyable evening with a lot of laughter. Scores were very close at the end but there were some well deserved winners who each walked away with a M & S gift card. We had lots of yummy food and drink to keep us going and it definitely helped keep energy levels high throughout the evening – so thank you to all that brought some along.

From all of the committee we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2020!


November 2019: Make-Up


We were joined for our November meeting by local make-up artist Victoria Edwards. Victoria showed us how to create a natural daytime look on model Edwina. She explained the mysteries of foundation, concealer and which brushes to use. She recommended products for all ages and skin types. The daytime look was then changed to evening with a change of lipstick shade and then to the full party look with some smoky eyes. Our Sweethearts were full of questions on products and problems and Victoria helped show us how to feel good. So now we are all ready for the Christmas party season which is lucky as Spa Sweethearts has lots of fun events planned.