Sharing Australian Red Hat Information



The latest event for the Ritzy Red Hatz was their white and silver Christmas party held in the Collings Room at Geebung RSL.

They had a fabulous time playing games, singing songs (especially their Ritzy Song) laughing, chatting and generally just enjoying being together.  A place mat decorating competition was held – judged very seriously by a couple of RSL patrons - the winner was Lady Scarlett Rose, Cheryl.  A tree decorating competition was also a lot of fun and with Queen Carol’s team winning. Blind drawing was too funny and won by Lady Nicholas de Breezy (who is now Queen Knick, having left to start her own chapter - D Bay Dazzlers.

The trip on the train was fun too.  22 of the RRH’s were able to attend, with four away travelling. All in all a great end to a fun filled year.

Queen Carol extended her Thanks to Lady Jenni and Lady Adie for arranging the games - great effort girls and lots of fun.

Now for 2018!


Ladies in Red held their Christmas Luncheon on 29th Nov at Cane Country Kitchen with ladies from Rum City Reds and BRATS also joining in.

Everyone had a great day with some ladies receiving lucky door prizes. There was also the Secret Santa.

Queen Maree wishes all Red Hat Ladies a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018, with yet more Fun and Friendships.



The sun was shining and 180 Red hatters were smiling when they flooded into the Caloundra Power Boat Club to attend the Red'n Purple Ragers annual Christmas party - this is an 'invite only' affair and invites are much sought after as the "Ragers" and QM Julie pull out all stops to give everyone a fabulous day and there was not a person who was disappointed. The Power Boat Club, located right on the waterside and overlooking Pumicestone Passage, delivered great service, food and atmosphere with a view not to be rivalled, while Totally Charlie gave the ladies first class entertainment - this was very obvious when the dance floor was packed to over-flowing onto the carpet, ladies at the other end of the room chose their own spot on the carpet to dance along as well.

A wonderful array of raffle prizes created a 'sell out' of tickets while Bottles of GHMUM for lucky door prizes were received with great delight. MOET CHANDON prizes each for the BEST XMAS HAT and BEST XMAS OUTFIT were given to happy winners - a very difficult task for Functions Manager Priscilla to choose as the entrants paraded and were photographed.

Princess Patti Perfect (Pat Brennan) had excelled in making gold and silver Xmas tree favour boxes of Roses chocolates' in spite of only arriving back from a Cook Island holiday the day before.

The Pelicans room looked fabulous with a theme of red, silver and gold - setting off the many different colours of costumes and red hat regalia worn by the ladies. A long line to the bar came about when they ran out of champagne but this was soon rectified when a fresh supply was delivered from downstairs celler and extra staff to speed things up.

QM Julie welcomed her lovely Red'n Purple Ragers plus 2 ladies on their wait list to be Reducted in February, her special guest Val Fane from the Jazz Club, along with ladies representing 27 visiting chapters North from Bundaberg to Gold Coast and west to Mt Archer and Kilcoy as well as other local chapters.

At the close of day, she thanked everyone for coming and making the day such a success, as well as her helpers and Priscilla and staff and Management of the Power Boat Club and Charlie, with most vowing to be there again next year. Charlie had on sale, his CDs with proceeds to go to Currimundi Austic School and a number of ladies took advantage of buying a CD and having Charlie autograph it for them.



It is that time of the year when chapters acknowledge another year of fun and fellowships, and so it was that Queen Merveen – Hatters to Go of Burnie extended her special Christmas Message to her ladies in the last newsletter of the year thanking them for their support of herself after an operation; to the Queen-Betweens during 2017 - without who the outings would not have happened and to Joan and Merlene for the many hours they spend at the Makers Workshop during Cruise Ship Season, welcoming tourists to Burnie, on the groups behalf.

Duchess Dottie was acknowledged for all her fabulous photographic work at the gatherings and for postie delivery of the newsletter to those ladies who don’t have email, while Lady Peealot’s talents were recognised for up-dating the HTG banner with Birthday Hats with TLC.

Thank was also extended to the creative, loyal, wonderful, online Email Female “Lady Purple Velvet Cupcake; Baroness of High Tea” (aka Lady Cupatea), Trudy, for production of the monthly newsletter – especially as she now lives in Victoria and writes the news remotely.

And finally, Q Merveen extended her Seasons Greetings to all of her Red Hatters for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hopes everyone has a safe and fun-filled Christmas. And to those of who are struggling, may your struggles lessen, and may life be kind to you. Queen Merveen of Pigalot is looking forward to the New Year for more Red Hatter fun and frivolity which will no doubt include be more of the likes of the following activities reported upon in the recent newsletter:


Black Friday was a fun day as they dressed in black from top to toe and enjoyed blacking out for the day! They had a visit from Queen Lilimarlene from The Roving Rubies Central Coast NSW, who encouraged them to set a record in Tassie doing the Hokey Pokey all dressed in Black!! Well, they had 13 HTG ladies take part but perhaps the record will be short lived as the other Tassie Chapters will be out to knock them off next year? What fun they have! Loretta was the lucky lady to win chocolates.


For Melbourne Cup "Queen Joan of Arke" hosted 15 HTG and 5 friends joined with Club guests and  enjoyed a gorgeous High Tea at the Burnie RSL. Raffle winners were "Duchess Dottie of Used~lot" and Nicole.


Christine "Lady Peealot" was very creative and made 2 purple sashes with red hats on them and presented one to the Race Lady, Kristy Douglas and one to Heather Keegan for winning the Best Hat. Runner-up, Merlene; Matriarch of Chatter, received a prize too. Thanks was extended to Joan, Chris, and Roseleen for the Hat & table decorations and prizes.  Another great event!


25 lovely Hatters to Go attended the mid November Garden Party function in Vicki’s stunning garden, where the weather was kind and they played and dined. Hatters were sent leaping around the garden to find 3 hidden frogs (Freddos, of course). Faye, Val and Susann all received a potted plant for their sleuthing skills. After much singing, a shared lunch was enjoyed by all. Queen Merveen and Janice were the winners of the lucky plates.


For the New Year the HTG are planning to meet with the ladies of the Coastal Robin Red Hatters at Burnie Park in January for a summer picnic and the much-anticipated Tassie Red Hat bi-annual REDHATTERSMATTAZZ,  hosted by Roses of The Tamar will take place at Westbury Village Green during February.



It was disappointing that the planned trip for the Dames Down Under – Sth Plympton SA on the Popey Cruise boat had to be cancelled due to the predicted high temperatures on the day.  This activity will be rescheduled for next year, perhaps in the Autumn, with the hope that the weather is kinder to them – or at least more predictable!


Morning Coffee in Gay’s Arcade was the last gathering for the Dames Down Under before their break for Christmas/New Year, with ladies being encouraged by Queen Colleen “to come in full regalia with some tinsel in your hair, on your hat, around your ears or whatever … and bring a Kris Kringle gift and a festive spirit.” 

Q Colleen shares her quote: “What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”  (Agnes M Pharo)

                                   BIRTHDAY GIRLS HOST DECEMBER LUNCH

It was a lovely way to finish off another year of hatting adventures for the Scarlet Women (Laurieton, NSW) when they gathered at the LUSC celebrating both of the Irene’s birthdays.

They were given their own room isolated from the rest of the club so they could misbehave as much as they wanted!

Somehow Santa Claus managed to find them and leave everyone a lovely gift, so proves that they must of all been good this last year.

Plans for the next luncheon have been noted to be held at Miss Nellies in January with Shirley as organiser for the start of what is sure to be another great year of Red hat  activities for the Scarlet Women.



Queen Dee (previous Queen of the Hawksebury Happy Hatters) who is moving to Qld, was farewelled at a fun evening with a Rio theme. There was a slide presentation with Hugh Jackman soundtrack, together with Hugh Jackman trivia.


Dee was presented with many special gifts and was very appreciative, especially of the Quilt which is indeed the most precious memento. Many of the ladies donated fabric and one of the talented ladies made the Quilt which was 2 years in the making. The very special cake was made by another of the amazing members.


Dee may be leaving the Hawkesbury but the special friendships and memories will be with her forever.

                                      CELEBRATING 12 YEARS OF FUN!

Queen Crystel – Cousin Jennies of the Copper Coast relayed news of the end of year activities for the Moonta - SA chapter.


At the end of October Gill and Deb from Ardrossan, Rosemary, Kate and Q Crystal travelled to Victor Harbour for the Red Hat Retreat.  Dinner on Friday night was at the Grosvenor Hotel where they enjoyed a superb meal and plenty of socialising. Kate held a craft session on the Saturday demonstrating how to create a beautiful fabric flower. Later in the afternoon attendees made their way down the road to the Boulevard licensed Café for a couple of pre dinner drinks before a magnificent 2 course dinner with live entertainment. The Skits, poems and jokes kept everyone laughing until their sides hurt. The sights at the pyjama breakfast were amazing on the Sunday morning.  It was hen time to pack, ready to travel home.  Then off down to the seaside for an extended morning coffee break before heading back to the venue for lunch and the final goodbyes.  Another fabulous weekend over for another year with Princess Rosie Posie acknowledged for organising such an amazing weekend.


During November the group held their last afternoon tea for the year with 22 ladies in attendance. Yvonne Queen of Arts from the Renmark Roses was a guest and everyone enjoyed being able to swap ideas for gatherings.  It was a fantastic afternoon of socialising.


The Cousin Jennies celebrated their 12th Birthday at the Anglers Inn, Wallaroo. Guests included Queen Lorraine Bubby Bubbles from Geelong, Queen Ann and Pirietts, Queen Lesley of Bluebells and the Westside Glitzy Girls, Queen Jules and her Lifestyle Ladies with H’attitude and Murray Darlings.   Queen Jules won the first prize for her costume of a Red Hat calendar and the Pirietts came a close second with all of them dressed as a purple choir.   It was a most enjoyable meal with plenty of socialising, a fantastic birthday celebration.


Four ladies then travelled to Adelaide the next day and attended the Westside Glitzy Girls luncheon cruise on West Lakes.