Polstead WI had a very interesting Speaker, Clare Locke, of the Suffolk Hat Company, who is a Milliner.  Clare spoke about how she individually makes Tailored Hats and Fascinators. This included day hats, wedding hats, winter hats, fascinators and bespoke hats together with co-ordinated bags, pashminas, bridal headpieces.  Clare creates these hats and fascinators by using a selection of feathers, sinamay, crinoline, felt and much more.

Clare circulated a copy of photographs of “Women Institutes in Hats” over the years.  We all thoroughly enjoyed Clare’s talk and admired all the beautiful hats and fascinators she had brought with her. 

We are looking forward to our visit to Hintlesham Hall in November for an “afternoon cream tea”, and later on this year a Wine Tasting evening at Waitrose.

Please contact Carmel Evans on 01787 210865  or  email for more information