What is Ladies Circle?
Ladies Circle is a club that exists to offer the best opportunity possible for young women
to connect, have a great time and give something back. Though the club was established in a
different time, the original aims and principles remain as relevant today as ever.
Considering the modern, fresh attitude of Circlers, it often comes as a surprise to new
members that the national movement of Ladies Circle has been around for 85 years. The first
group, Bournemouth No. 1 Circle, first met in 1932 as a social group for the wives
of Round Table members. Now entirely modernised, the club is still going strong and stands as a
testament to how Ladies Circle has moved with the times.
A National Movement
After the formation of Bournemouth Ladies Circle in 1932, more Circles followed: Manchester, Hastings, Liverpool, Doncaster, Middlesborough, Wolverhampton and Southampton. By 1936, the movement was going from strength to strength and the National Association of Ladies Circles Great Britain & Ireland was formed with Win Hussey as our first National President.
Members struggled to continue to meet during the years of World War Two but our longest serving National President, Edina Headon, kept the movement going during her nine year term from 1939 to 1948.
In 1947 Ladies Circle went international with Great Britain & Ireland helping to set up Circles in Denmark and Sweden. This led to the founding of the Ladies Circle International organisation in 1958 to bring together Circlers from across the globe.
Our Charitable History
Later that year and to celebrate 21 years of Ladies Circle, the National Executive decided to adopt Imperial Cancer Research as the Ladies Circle national charity. The first donation was £6,607 and we continued to support the charity as our national cause up until 2013 raising hundreds of thousands of pounds during that time. Clubs now focus on raising funds for their own local causes and supporting the National President's charity partner for her term.
Opening Up to a New Century
In the 1990's Ladies Circle opened up its membership to all young women regardless of ties to Round Table. We remain proud of our roots and are still part of the Round Table family but we have transformed into a unique and truly open organisation that welcomes ALL women aged between 18 and 45. We hope you’ll join us as part of our continuing story as the oldest, best and most effective social network for young women everywhere – women like you!
If you would like to know more about the history of Ladies Circle please click here or read some of the words below from members on what Ladies Circle means to them.
What Circle means to me
National President 2019/20
Now I’m a member myself and I love being part of a network of women who support each other and contribute positively to their local, national and international communities. I’ve made some great friends and had lots of fun trying new activities (even slightly improving my terrible craft skills!), but also helped to raise funds for some great local and national charities.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, it feels like I’ve known them forever! It’s really helped me find my own identity again and have some ‘me-time’ after having children and losing myself in the chaos of parenthood.
During the current situation our regular virtual meetings have kept my spirits up - we have shared the highs and lows of lockdown as well as some useful resources for things like homeschooling, and I always end our catch-ups feeling more positive and recharged.
To stand up and be counted,
not forgotten on the shelf.
Circle meant new people, new friends, new group, new me,
To be all those exciting things, I want the world to see.
Circle is a ladies, my gang, my girls, my crew.
Circle is a binding, a thread for me and you.
Circle is for jumping with both feet, giving it my all.
Circle is a pretty dress, a dance, a hoot at a ball.
Circle is mucking in and helping those in need.
Circle is my calling, my task, my job, my creed.
Circle is kicking off your heels to dance into the night.
Circle is for others and doing what is right.
Circle is my family, my love, my fun, my hobby.
Circle doesn't judge me for being loud or too gobby.
Circle aims to push me to do things I would have never tried.
Circle pushes my emotions on a wonderful rollacoaster ride.
Circle has the shy ones, the thinkers and wall flowers. It also has the loud ones, the ones who talk for hours.
Circle is to try those things you thought you could never try.
Circle is a friend to share a laugh, a joke or cry.
Circle is to push myself to be the best version of me.
Circle is my chance for me to set my cheeky self free.
Circle is for memories, that stay with me forever.
Mostly Circle is a bunch of beauties who just want to hang together.