April 2019: Harrogate Tipple


We were joined by Steve from Harrogate Tipple who talked us through the different tipples they have created and their journey so far. Harrogate Tipple began around 2 and a half years ago and have gone from strength to strength with their premium gin already winning a number of awards.

They pride themselves on being local with the water used when making their drinks being 100% Harrogate spring water. Not only that but with the exception of Juniper, all their botanicals come from the local area – either Harlow Carr or Ripley Castle gardens.

The Sweethearts were very excited when Steve brought along lots of tasters for us to try! We tried the award-winning premium gin, gooseberry gin, blueberry gin and their rum.

Spirit We tried it with Opinion of one of our Sweethearts Harrogate Tipple’s serving suggestion
Premium gin

(award winning)

Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic Smooth with a kick Serve with a curl of cucumber
Gooseberry gin Fever-Tree elderflower tonic Fresh, sharp and very more-ish Serve with a curl of pear
Blueberry gin Fever-Tree light tonic Blue and strong Serve with a sprig of thyme and some sugar syrup
Rum Straight Delicious! Drink straight or for a warming treat add to hot chocolate or black coffee

With an overwhelming majority the premium gin won the Sweethearts’ vote as our favourite but they were all amazing!

It is a very exciting time for Harrogate Tipple as they have opened their first shop in Ripley where you will find all of their drinks as well as a number of gift items such as gin or rum scented candles. They are currently working on a botanical vodka as well as brewery tours and a unique gin school. You can find out more on their website.

We all had a fantastic evening, full of giggles, boozing, tea and cake. Thanks Steve!

See you next month x



March 2019: Pilates


For the first meeting of our new programme we were joined by Jackie who led a Pilates session for the group. We had a great turnout and everyone got stuck in, we performed cat poses, planks and even had a go at a swan dive. After a lot of giggling, falling over and pulling our tummies in we went into a relaxation session which was much deserved. Then back again to working hard, finishing off with a group activity called ‘what’s your favourite time?’.

After our workout we enjoyed tea, cake and hot cross buns over a good catch up. We loved welcoming lots of new members to this meeting and look forward to seeing them again next month.

It was a fabulous evening and a big thanks to Jackie for such a great Pilates session and a big thank you to our Sweethearts for generally being amazing!

February 2019: Annual Meeting


February saw our annual meeting and as usual it was one of our quieter ones, this year it also fell on Valentine’s Day so maybe our Sweethearts were distracted with other matters! We started the evening with a soup supper, provided by our lovely Sue, with a choice of Winter Vegetable or Spicy parsnip and locally sourced artisan bread.  This also provided a chance to chat and with tea and homemade ginger cake in hand we tackled the formal part of the meeting.  Our wonderful treasurer, Sam, took us through the financial statement, which has been independently audited. Our departing Secretary, Sarah looked back over 2018, while our also departing President, Amy, looked forward to 2019. Both Sarah and Amy have worked hard for all the Spa Sweethearts over a number of years and we thanked them with flowers and presents. Our WI advisor , Anne, then helped with the election of the new President, which will be Felicity, with Lucy H as the Secretary. The new committee were  also confirmed and we all look forward to the new year for Spa Sweethearts.

We finished the evening with a fun and slightly raucous Beetle Drive, despite the ‘silent’ dice! The new committee would like to thank everyone for supporting the annual meeting and look forward to an exciting 2019.


Felicity Jennings

New President – Felicity Jennings

You can view our annual report here  2018-19 annual report