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The Highland Highnesses hosted their final event of their busy year with a combined chapter lunch at the Kalamunda Club.   They invited the Scarlet Darlings, Roving Red Rebels and Dazzling Diamonds to join them and there were 64 ladies in attendance.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious traditional Christmas lunch followed by entertainment from 7th Heaven Duo who soon had everyone joining in singing their old favourites and up dancing to the music of ABBA and Elvis.

All ladies went home with a bottle of wine wrapped in purple cellophane with a red ribbon and box of Lindt chocolates in a red box.

Queen Heather reports that the chapter is looking forward to more fabulous fun and frivolous frolics in 2019.


The Ritzy Red Hatz Night Time Group had a fabulous night at the Redcliffe Tavern, with the 14 members in attendance all wearing red with a touch of Christmas for the dinner.  It was a most enjoyable evening with a Secret Santa exchange, lucky door prizes and fabulous company. 


Some of the (day group) Ritzy Red Hatz boarded the train at Kippa Ring headed for Geebung RSL where they had hired a private room to enjoy their activities. A competition for best decorated shoes and handbag with two separate categories with a prize for the best in each.  Lady Lynda won best shoes and Her Ladyship of the Rose, Jenni won the best handbag competition.  Members of the club were asked to be judges and what a hard decision they would have had.  The girls did a splendid job with their imaginations and talents.


A Secret Santa was held, with many special door prizes, all donated by the members.  They sang Red Hat style Christmas Carols (provided by Queen Nettie) as well as their own Ritzy 'Anthem'.

Lady Eveready joined in the fun and entertained everyone and gave them many belly laughs and chuckles.  Members were also given a voucher to have a drink on the Purple Purse. 

“We really did have a great day”, relays Queen Carol.

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What a fabulous time was had by all when the Roving Rubies of the Central Coast celebrated the end of another fun-filled year at the Xmas Party this week - not one complaint about the food - everyone raved about the 3 courses - phew!

Newly acquired friends, Mrs Brown and Beau joined in to get the ladies laughing, singing and dancing, just what a Xmas party needs. Everyone took on the Lemon Challenge.

Queen Lilimarlene has issued an invitation for Thursday 14th March for St Pats celebrations to be held at the  Honeysuckle Hotel situated on the Lee Wharf, Newcastle. All welcome. Wear a touch of green and bring some Irish jokes. Need to book direct with Shaun, the Manager (see details on Events page).  Easy access by train and the light rail should be in action.


Irene was accredited for the great job in organising the Scarlet Women’s Christmas Lunch held at the Kew Hotel. With only 2 women absent, it was their best roll up for a while.

There was lot of fun with the Kris Kringle. Amazingly when you have a set budget, that there were no 2 gifts the same. Some women have a lot of imagination putting their gifts together.

The group has marked their calendars for the January gathering at Miss Nellies at Kendall.

Shirley has taken on the task of arranging the luncheon.



The room looked fabulous decked out in red, silver and gold, with a fabulous array of raffle prizes for the winning numbers.

Ladies arrived in a variety of attire from their regular red and purple hats and outfits to some very creative Christmas hats and outfits. On her arrival, Jen Speedy (GoGo Red Girls) had a special little Santa hat which played “I just Wanna Dance” to which she proceeded to do a wild dance  for QM Julie – keeping others around – including bar staff nearby – entertained and laughing – what a fun lady.

The ladies were not disappointed in this great annual event, - great food – wine and company and music supplied by “The Man of Man Hats – Billy Guy”. As a special treat, QM Julie had arranged for Lily M Hats – who supply hats all around the world, but live close by – to have a supply of hats for sale (now the ladies can’t say “I can’t find a red hat to buy”) plus a lovely “Hat Parade” followed with 7 Ragers showing off some beautiful creations. Brenda, Mary and Kylie – milliners – were kept busy with ladies at their area and also signing up ladies for classes – Brenda runs classes on “How to Make your Own Hat” plus maybe “reinvent an old one”. If you would like to contact her to arrange to attend a class – maybe make up a group as fun outing, please contact QM Julie – for more information.

Julie also spoke on her hope that ladies will put aside the last Friday in July each year to attend Aussie Red Hat Day – she says – “The most important day of the year for Red Hatters as this is a tribute to the late Supreme Matriarch of Australia – Florence Slattery – who first brought the concept to Australia” – information will be posted on matildarose2 in the near future for the event in 2019.

If you think that you would like to join in the fun next year – it is usually an ‘invitation only affair’ please feel free to contact Julie to have your name and contact put on her invite list.

Information and registration forms for the Mackay Sugar Babes Gaggle in August 2019 was made available and many advised their interest in attending plus a flyer for the 2020 Girlfriends Giggle was also there for all ladies, with contact for registering for that event.

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During December the Red Hat Tropicana’s and the Red Hat Glad-A-Bouts joined for the Christmas Luncheon at the Camelot in Gladstone. Thirty ladies attended and were ready for a day of fun, which included a large raffle, photos and a table for the ladies to place their secret Santa and another table for their decorated handbag. Margaret and Alicia decorated the tables beautifully, with surprise presents for each of the ladies and guests. 

MC, Sandie took everyone through the program. Starting with seating arrangements thought out by Antoinette. Next, the Polish Tradition of breaking a wafer with another lady and wishing each other health and happiness for the New Year, which the group have taken on and is popular. Vice Queen Jan lead all in the saying of their pledge, and Queen Linda welcomed everyone and thanked all her ladies for the tasks they have taken on to make this day a success. Meryl said Grace and ladies started with desserts first. In between Kim played games, one of which ladies had to place a paper plate on their head and she gave directions of what was to be drawn onto this plate. Well, abstract art is what was achieved and lots of laughter. Queen Linda questioned: “You would think we could draw on a plate on our head at our age wouldn’t you?”

Colleen from the Glad-a-bouts read a beautiful Christmas Poem, and also the Glad-a-bouts donated a wonderful lucky door prize which was wanted by all in attendance.

Susan’s task of best decorated handbag, drew in some excellent entrants including a naughty Santa one. Jo the manager had the job of selecting the winner, thank goodness as it was very hard to judge.

Jean looks after the special bib, which Alicia made so lovingly, which is used when ladies have an accident.  They are called upon to pop it on, pay a small fine and get a photo taken and then wear the bib backwards to keep it clean. Needless to say firstly they try very hard not to spill or drop anything BUT Jean has an eagle eye as well as Red Hatters tend to tell on each other with glee. Soooo, Dribbler Of The Year, where one lucky lady that has adorned the bib through the year and worn it the most, won a special badge to pin to her sash. There was also a photo wall of all the wearer’s of the bib to add to the day. Jean gave everyone the day off for the recent luncheon.

Lastly there were 2 Mrs Santa Claus’s this year, as it a very demanding job. The Chapter have a Secret Santa where ladies write down 3 items they would like up to the grand amount of $10. That takes some doing, but as this is their second year they are getting better at the task. Names are added on the paper which is placed into a jar and sent around whereby every ladies pulls out a name who then buys for and wrap ups the gifts for the name she has drawn. Very interesting.

After the announcing of the raffle which Pam and Jean worked very hard on putting together, and coffee and Christmas cake eaten, and tidying up attended, ladies made their way home. BUT look out next year, as they can only get better.

Queen Linda send Hugs to everyone and the RED HAT TROPICANAS wish every Red Hatter a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!



The following article refers to the recent Gala celebrations held to acknowledge and support the continuation of all things good about red hatting provided by Babs of Forresfield (Fabulous Foxy Frivolettes).


You may have heard of the movie "The Power of One", and although that movie was set in another time and country, WA Red hatters have their own "Power of One" story.

This event was birthed 15 years ago when Beverley Fussell first heard about a group of "mature" women getting together to have fun. It was her vision to see women throughout Western Australia form Red Hat groups to "age disgracefully" and have as much fun and adventure as life can hold.


Ably supported by her daughter, Kerry Fussell, along with Val Ryan, Ruth Patterson, Coral Loxley, Jossie Bright, and Elizabeth Miller this small group of intimate and daring friends began an adventure of a lifetime. Under Bev's leadership these amazing ladies have been trail-blazers and laid a path for us to follow. Because of Bev, Kerry, and all the Red Hatters who have shared their time and talents with us, our lives have been enriched and changed forever.

In Bev's words the Red Hatters of WA has "grown beyond my wildest dreams and imagination". With over 80 chapters and several thousand members, we say a huge THANK YOU. We Love you and honour you for following your dream and vision.

We also pay tribute to those Hatters who have passed to their eternal reward but will always have a place in our hearts, they have inspired us, and left us with fond memories.

Thank was extending to the Queens for their support and to the "Gala Committee" who have spent the last 12 months putting this event together; i.e. Bev Beverley Fussell, Kerry Fussell, Heather Fife, Helen Herbert, Elaine Holmes, Caren McLaren and Babs (Barbara Aramowicz).


And last but not least thank you to the 270 ladies who attended and made this wonderful evening so much fun.


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The Dames Down Under gathered for morning coffee at the Once’n’Again Book Café, with the help of Zina, Czarina of Amberlee.  They had a happy couple of hours there, enjoying the different venue and all it had to offer.


Special guest for their Christmas Lunch at the Buckingham Arms was Darby, the grand-daughter of Kathryn, Countess of Cornwall. Princess Darby gave out the Kris Kringle gifts.  And received a special one for herself also!

The chapter will meet for their last gathering for 2018 for their usual morning coffee in Gay’s Arcade.



Queen Lilian reports that 40 ladies had a fantastic day when they turned up for a luncheon in Melbourne and then proceeded to the Crown Casino to look at the Christmas Spectacular of lights, mega-decorations, and lifelike Christmas critters - that come to life every half-hour. Spontaneously they decided to sing a Christmas Carol for all people there. They chose to sing jingle bells and there was applause and many photos taken from the audience.


The next function planned is high tea at the Victorian Parliament.  Currently there are 50 ladies on Queen Lilian’s list.


The Tagalong Divas is a very suitable name, as it is all about friends gathering for lunch and friendship. Their goal is to enjoy each other's company and welcome national and international guests to the city of Melbourne.



The Highland Highnesses hosted an inter chapter concert in November in the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.

This was a wonderful afternoon of friendship, fun and frivolity with over 160 Red Hatters in attendance and over 20 items supplied by 11 chapters. There was a great variety of entertainment including songs, a piano recital, skits, poems, stand-up comedy, an accordion player, jokes, and dancing.

Ladies were amazed at the huge amount of talent within the Red Hat sisterhood. All the chapters involved went to a great deal of trouble and expense with their costumes and props.

A delicious boxed afternoon tea was provided by the Kalamunda Club.

The stage manager and production director, Elaine Holmes, did a wonderful job in getting all performers onto the stage in the correct order and kept things running smoothly; whilst the MC, Helen Herbert, kept the audience entertained during the breaks between items.

Queen Heather extends her thank to all participating chapters for their items and for making this inaugural concert such a great success. There has been so much positive feedback that it will definitely be repeated at some time in the future.

The Chapter was also recently treated to lunch at Parliament House by their two local members from Forrestfield and Kalamunda, Matthew Hughes and Stephen Price.


A luxury coach was laid on to transport the red hatters to the venue where they were met by two gentlemen who escorted them into the executive dining room where they enjoyed a delicious three course meal with flowing wine.  They were then taken into the Parliament to view Question Time which was a real eye-opener with members from both sides of the house shouting and insulting each other.


A most interesting and enjoyable day was had by all.


The Ritzy Red Hatz enjoyed lots of activities during November:

The chapter’s night group enjoyed an evening at the Ceylon Inn in Redcliffe sharing each other’s company and some great food.


Every year a small group of the RRRH’s go to Make it Hobby and Craft where they are helped to design a new Christmas fascinator. They have a great time feeling creative while enjoying morning tea.  The talented owners of the craft shop are always so helpful and the ladies come away with something new to wear for Christmas.

The Ritzi Red Hatz monthly Hatter Chatter was held at Café Ape, which is a new venue for the group.  There is lots of space for everyone and the owners are very welcoming. There is lovely food, great coffee and the cafe has a really good vibe.  The red hatters really enjoy their Hatter Chatter where they sing their special song and generally get to know each other while finding out what future activities are being planned.  It’s the meeting you have when you are not having a meeting, relays Queen Carol.


The final activity of the month was the Teddy Bears Picnic about which Dorothy wrote the following article for the RRRH/s news - she said it so well it is being presented now on MR2:


"Ritzy Red Hats had a delightful Teddy Bears picnic in Redcliffe. Beautiful setting in a park by the sea in Scarborough, Redcliffe. Weather was perfect. Each of us had a Teddy bear story! It was hilarious!

Queen Nettie and Queen Marlene joined us from the other groups.

You've got travelling teddies that go cruising, teddies that grew up with their owners (one has lost a leg), teddy that changed sex (started as a girl and ended up as a boy), teddies that go twinning, teddy from a Rescue Shelter, mine started off as a rabbit skin coat, etc etc. Lol!

Lovely company, lovely food and lovely beach."


Some of the Ritzi Red Hatz also attended Queen Marivi and her Round Table's 4th birthday where they met up with other friends as well and generally enjoyed celebrating with the lovely chapter’s special celebrations.

View more photos on the RRH's album on the gallery


Rum City Reds gathered at the Melbourne Hotel Function room in November for the Crowning of the new Queen Lynne and Induction of new members to the Chapter.


Outgoing Queen Lucy performed the Crowning Ceremony.  Both she and Vice Queen Theresa have stepped down and have new titles and positions. 


Newly crowned Queen Lynne appointed Sharon as her Vice and Margaret was reappointed as Vice Queen (photography being her Vice).


Queen Lynne and Vice Queen Sharon were wished a long and happy reign.

Flowers and gifts were given to the Royal ladies from Queen Lynne and Outgoing Queen Lucy, who’s many years as Queen has been greatly appreciated.

The Induction Ceremony was held for 7 new members and 3 returning members. It was great to see their return. Instead of them all reading out the Warning poem, Queen Lynne gave them a couple of lines each to act out. Florence getting the Oscar for her acting. They received their badges and a gift bag of "Important Necessities".

Queens past and present and some of the visiting chapters, BRATS and Ladies in Red had their photograph taken.

It was a lovely evening full of fun and frivolity not to mention food, with desserts first!
See more photos on the gallery.