Clare & Janet
Our first ELLE Lunch took place in September 2002 at The Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth. We had 20 attendees for this lunch which were friends. Since the early days, we have grown in membership and expanded our venue range too. Some of the currently frequented venues being:
Sandbanks Hotel, Poole
Guildhall Tavern, Poole
Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth
Orchid Hotel, Bournemouth
Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Christchurch
Yalbury Cottage, nr. Dorchester
Our ladies lunches are held approximately once a month and usually on a Wednesday. We have a Presentation from a Guest Speaker before most lunches; after which a three course luncheon is served. Members will receive a newsletter for each event approximately a month in advance and we ask for menu choices and payment to be returned a week prior to each event.
Our presentations start at 11.45am and are for around an hour’s duration; with lunch then being served around 1pm. We have been privileged to have had some fantastically interesting Speakers over the years, many of whom are happy to return. To name just a few:
Matthew Lacey – Bonhams Auctioneers
Roger Cooper – Forensic Science & Investigation
Kathy Mc Nally – Mata Hari, The Making of James Bond, Edward & Wallis Simpson
Rev. Stewart Timbrell – Discovering Dorset
David Beardsley – The Bankes Estate & Corfe Castle
Each November, we have a “Christmas Shopping Event” before our luncheon with several festive stalls. Each December we have a Christmas drinks reception.
There is a one-off membership fee payable of £30.00. Members lunches are currently priced at £35.00 whilst Non-Members pay £40.00.