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                LADY CRABTREE AT FAIRLIGHT HALL  (July 2019)  and ROYAL EASTBOURNE GOLF CLUB (May 2019)

THE DOWAGER LADY CRABTREE has been entertaining 
audiences since April 1978

           

            

 The doyenne of ladies' clubs and Women's Institutes, Lady Crabtree is ideally suited to the more mature audience

         



 IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER OR ENTERTAINER, 

LADY CRABTREE CAN BE BOOKED TO: 

 

* RAISE A LAUGH AT YOUR WI, CLUB, GROUP or SOCIETY WITH ONE OF HER AMUSING TALKS. There are currently FIVE to choose from: 


1.  "HOW TO GROW OLD DISGRACEFULLY "
Lady C reveals that the advancing years are to be enjoyed rather than endured.
Anyone over the age of 50 will be able to identify with many of her wry observations!

             "I don't think we have ever had someone who made us laugh so much. The ladies had a wonderful time."
Gill Bird, Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club

 "The peals of laughter and the attention of the audience confirmed her huge success...an afternoon to savour." 
CommunityWise Ladies Club, Eastbourne

"So many people came up to me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed your talk... a good laugh keeps you young!"
Valerie Winstone, Stratford-upon-Avon Ladies' Lunch Club

"Many thanks for the simply fantastic entertainment you gave us.
We have had so many comments on how much everyone enjoyed your talk."
Lioness Conference, Maidstone

"I am already being bombarded with requests for a return visit!" Pat Allen, Gables Court

"I haven't laughed so much for a long time!"  Jane Craig, Castle Group WI, Ringmer

"An outstanding presentation...the best we've had throughout our large District this year....absolutely excellent."
Philip Leng, Oddfellows Friendly Society, Bexhill 

"A big thank you for a cracking evening, Lady Crabtree was fabulous! I've heard loads of terrific comments from folk
that were there... We definitely want her back again!"  Alison Attwood, Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club 

"Amongst the comments I received as our members made ready to leave were 'amazing' and 'the best speaker ever',
which of course delighted our committee."    Beryl Bodey, Catsfield WI

"Having the ability to establish such a great rapport with your audience is obviously second nature to you.
It was clear you enjoyed entertaining us just as much as we enjoyed being entertained by you."
Wendy Jones, Willingdon Flower Club

"I have never heard a U3A audience laugh so much in all the years I have been organising events.
Everybody left feeling far better than when they arrived. That is a sign of
a very successful, highly executed performance."       Gary Cooper, Horsham & District U3A


2. "THE DOWAGER ENTERTAINS"
Lady C gives a jocular account of her life and work, with the occasional comic monologue
thrown in for good measure. From her early days in the theatre to becoming a society hostess;
from her career in the Royal Household to her public life today... it has truly been a life of variety.

                                                                "An hour of almost non-stop laughter!"     Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre

"Many thanks for such an entertaining afternoon - we haven't laughed so much for ages." 
Russ Fry, West Chiltington Theatre Arts Club


3. "GREAT SOCIETY HOSTESSES"  
A light-hearted but informative talk, in which Lady Crabtree speaks about some of her favourite Society Hostesses and their extravagant lifestyles.

                                                                "She enthralled us this time and so many members have asked if she can come back again to give another of her talks."     Royal National Lifeboat Institute


4.  "GLAD TO BE GREY"
Lady C's sequel to "How To Grow Old Disgracefully" .... another celebration of maturity and the many
advantages of getting older.

   "Another great performance... I felt exhausted with laughter."    Derek Mepham, Langham Hotel Lunch Club, Eastbourne


5. "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CHRISTMAS?"
 
        **FOR NOVEMBER - DECEMBER EVENTS**




6. "CIS - The Life & Work of Dame Cicely Courtneidge"
        **In development.....only suitable for audiences that remember Cis Courtneidge (1893-1980)**

   

 


                        

                                                                                     Eastbourne Herald 13th December 2013                                                                                LADY CRABTREE                    

   
* SHE CAN MAKE A TAILOR-MADE, WITTY SPEECH AT YOUR EVENT OR SPEAK AT A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

* OPEN FETES and FAIRS ..... PRESENT PRIZES  or AWARDS ......  or CUT A RIBBON AT YOUR OPENING CEREMONY.....and will always draw the raffle!    


* ACT AS HOSTESS or COMPERE FOR CHARITY EVENTS or CORPORATE FUNCTIONS

                                                                                                      Eastbourne Herald, 19th Sept 2014

                                                                                                                          

ADD A TOUCH OF COMIC CLASS TO YOUR EVENT
EMAIL TODAY WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS
AND DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES
connie@ladycrabtree.co.uk
LET THE FUN BEGIN ! 



PHOTOS FROM A FEW RECENT APPEARANCES: 

Chalk Farm Hotel, Willingdon - January 2022
A 90th birthday celebration

Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne - Boxing Day 2021


Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club - December 2021


Eastbourne Arts Circle - December 2021

with concert and opera singer Elizabeth Muir-Lewis

Brighton Five Deans U3A - December 2021


Association of Carers - December 2021


NHS Retirement Fellowship - November 2021


Harbour Friends, Eastbourne - November 2021


RASCALS, Pevensey Bay - November 2021


Heartsease, Seaford - October 2021


Firle & Beddingham WI - September 2021


Wadhurst WI, 100th Anniversary - September 2021


Scaynes Hill WI - September 2021


Sandhurst Friendship Club - September 2021


Steyning & District Flower Club - August 2021


Findon Village WI - August 2021


Polegate WI - August 2021


Rye Harbour Sailability - July 2021


Fairwarp WI Birthday Meeting - March 2020


Holbrook Horsham WI Group Meeting - February 2020


Playden WI Birthday Meeting - February 2020


Colonel Stevens Court 25th Anniversary - February 2020



Probus Shelley Annual Lunch, Horsham - January 2020


Hailsham Nightingales WI - January 2020


National Trust, Horsham - January 2020


Waldron WI - January 2020


Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne - Boxing Day 2019


Arun East U3A - December 2019


Ferring Probus Club Lunch - December 2019


RAFA Lunch, Arundel - December 2019


Hailsham Rope Makers WI - December 2019


Crowborough Bereavement Support Group - December 2019


Crowborough U3A - December 2019


Willingdon Flower Club - December 2019


Association of Carers Christmas Lunch - December 2019


Kingscote WI, East Grinstead - November 2019


Lions 50th Anniversary Charter Lunch, Seaford - October 2019


Wealden Senior Citizens' Partnership - October 2019


90th Anniversary of the Townswomen's Guild - October 2019


London & South East Region Trefoil Guild Annual Review - October 2019



Battle & District U3A - October 2019


Forest Row WI - September 2019


Waffle Club, Rustington - September 2019


NARPO Hastings & District - August 2019


Blatchington Hill Townswomen's Guild - August 2019


Horam & Heathfield Flower Club - August 2019


Hands of Hope charity lunch - August 2019


Birthday/Anniversary Lunch, Arundel - July 2019
 

All Saints Monday Wives, Hastings - July 2019


Bexhill Seagirls WI - July 2019


ESFWI Centenary Garden Party, Fairlight Hall - July 2019
  

Southdown Strollers 20th Anniversary - July 2019


The Twenty-Ten Club - June 2019


Peacehaven & Telscombe Flower Club - June 2019


Edenbridge Active Retirement Association - June 2019


The Tangent Club, Horsted Place - June 2019



The Thursday Club, Sedlescombe - June 2019


Active Leisure Club, Little Common - May 2019


Heathfield U3A - May 2019


Royal Eastbourne Golf Club - May 2019


Sovereign Harbour Friends - April 2019


RASCALS Pevensey Bay - April 2019


Brighton Five Deans U3A - April 2019


Catsfield WI 1001st Birthday - April 2019


60th Wedding Anniversary Lunch - April 2019


70th Wedding Anniversary - April 2019


Chiddingly WI 100th Birthday Lunch - March 2019


Rother WI Group Meeting, Battle - March 2019


Waldron WI - March 2019


Rustington Flower Club - February 2019


Darby & Joan Club, Crowborough - February 2019


Tuesday at Friends 60th Anniversary - February 2019


Bexhill 100 Motoring Club - January 2019


Horsham U3A - January 2019


National Trust, Horsham - January 2019
 

Ladies Who Lunch - January 2019


Langham Hotel - January 2019


St Catherine's Court, Littlehampton - December 2018


Hillborough House, Little Common - December 2018


Gables Court, Eastbourne - December 2018


Robertsbridge Historical Society - December 2018


Mannings Heath WI - December 2018


Fryern Ladies Probus Club - December 2018


Lashmar Ladies WI - December 2018


NHS Retirement Fellowship - November 2018


Meads WI - November 2018


Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club - November 2018


Random Hall Hotel, Slinfold - November 2018 


Eastbourne Business Awards - November 2018

with Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd

The Trefoil Guild, Heathfield - October 2018


Rustington WI - October 2018


St Mary's Church, Willingdon, Harvest Supper - October 2018
 

Sainsbury's Veterans Association - October 2018


Horsham Flower Club Emerald Anniversary - October 2018
 

Hellingly WI 100th Anniversary - October 2018
  

West Adur WI Group Meeting - September 2018


University of Dundee Reunion Dinner - September 2018


Forest Row WI - September 2018


Hillborough House, Little Common - September 2018


Willingdon Floral Club Emerald Anniversary - September 2018


Mannings Heath Horticultural Society - September 2018


West Chiltington Theatre Arts Club - September 2018


Crowborough Evening Townswomen's Guild - September 2018


Battle & District U3A - September 2018


RAF Association, Hailsham - August 2018


Thalia House, Bexhill - August 2018
 

Second Hartley & District Active Retirement Association - August 2018
SHADARA


Sandhurst Friendship Club - August 2018


Edenbridge U3A - July 2018


Forum Society 60th Anniversary - July 2018


British Legion, Little Common - July 2018


Findon Village WI - July 2018


Barclay's Bank Spread Eagles Club Lunch, Eastbourne - July 2018


Chiddingly WI 100th Anniversary - July 2018


Sainsbury's Veterans Association, Crawley - June 2018


Sidley Friendship Group - June 2018


East Preston Festival - June 2018



80th Birthday Dinner, Hydro Hotel - May 2018
 

Hailsham & District Flower Club 60th Anniversary - May 2018
   

Warnham WI 100th Anniversary - May 2018

Jewish Association of Cultural Societies - May 2018


Ham Manor Golf Club - April 2018


Angmering Green WI - April 2018


Crowborough U3A - April 2018


Polegate Sundowners WI - April 2018


Under Ground Theatre - April 2018



St Wilfrid's Pevensey Bay - April 2018


Hailsham FM Radio - April 2018


Double Golden Wedding Anniversary Lunch - March 2018

Ferring  Downs WI - March 2018


The Earl Okin Show - February 2018
 

Rushlake Green WI - February 2018


Eastbourne Rambling Club - February 2018


Chatsworth Hotel, Worthing - February 2018
National Federation of Occupational Pensioners


Cinque Ports Club, Uckfield - January 2018
 

RNLI, Eastbourne - January 2018
 

Burwash Ladies Group - January 2018


Ladies Who Lunch, Highwoods Golf Club - January 2018
 

Langham Hotel, Eastbourne - Boxing Day 2017
 

Meads Ladies Circle - December 2017


Conquest Hospital, Hastings - December 2017


RAF Lunch, Arundel - December 2017


Midhurst Garden Club - December 2017
 

Mayfield Bonfire Society - December 2017


East Preston Floral Club 50th Anniversary Lunch - November 2017


Crowborough Wolfe Bowls Club - November 2017
  

After 8 Club, Burwash - November 2017




ChatterBex Club, Bexhill - October 2017
  

Centenary of WI in Sussex - Crowborough - October 2017
 

Catsfield WI - October 2017
   

Friends of Clapham & Patching Churches - September 2017
 

WI Group Meeting, Durrington - September 2017


Tuesday at Friends, Brighton - September 2017


Oddfellows Society, Tunbridge Wells branch - September 2017
 

Parkinson's UK, Worthing branch - August 2017


80th Birthday Lunch, Cooden Beach Golf Club - August 2017


45th Wedding Anniversary Lunch, Seaford - July 2017
 

Go-Getters Club, Uckfield - July 2017


Active Leisure Club, Little Common - July 2017
 

Hydro Hotel - July 2017


Friends of Devonshire Park Theatre - June 2017


Hastings & Rother U3A - June 2017


East Preston Festival - June 2017
 

Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild - May 2017
 

St Wilfrid's Pevensey - May 2017
 

Adur East Lions Club - May 2017


South Down WI Group Meeting - April 2017


Hampden Park Bowls Club - April 2017


Fairwarp WI - April 2017


Crowborough WI - March 2017


Clair Hall, Haywards Heath - March 2017


Christ Church, Eastbourne - March 2017

     

Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club - February 2017


Devonshire Club, Eastbourne - February 2017


Rustington Manor Hotel - February 2016


RNLI - January 2017


Ferring WI 80th Birthday - December 2016


95th Birthday Lunch, Horsebridge - December 2016


Private soiree, Langney - December 2016


40th Wedding Anniversary Lunch - November 2016


Gables Court, Eastbourne - November 2016


Thalia House, Bexhill - November 2016


Meads U3A - October 2016


Riverside Club, Lewes - October 2016


Cardiac Support Group, Eastbourne -  October 2016


Langham Hotel Lunch Club - October 2016


Herstmonceux WI - October 2016


East Blatchington Townswomen's Guild, Seaford - October 2016


Oddfellows Society, Bexhill - September 2016


Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild - September 2016


Bexhill 100 Motoring Club - August 2016



Sidley Friendship Club - August 2016


The Hawthorns - August 2016


Barclay's Bank Spread Eagle Club lunch - July 2016
  

Joyce Barrette 80th Birthday Tea - July 2016


Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne - July 2016

                                                                                                                                     Photo: Hannah Francis

Active Leisure Club, Little Common - June 2016


Harbour WI - June 2016


Willingdon WI - June 2016


West St Leonard's Townswomen's Guild - May 2016
 

Regency Group WI Spring Meeting - May 2016
 

Little Common WI Birthday Meeting - March 2016
  

Meads Ladies Circle - March 2016


Little Common Horticultural Society - March 2016


Ladies Who Lunch, Bexhill - March 2016


Polegate WI - March 2016


Cross-in-Hand WI - February 2016
 

Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club - February 2016
   

Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club - February 2016


Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove - January 2016


East Dean Village Hall - January 2016
   

The Hawthorns, Eastbourne - January 2016


Golden Marigold Club, Bexhill - December 2015
   

Stratford-Upon-Avon Ladies' Lunch - December 2015
 

Westham WI Christmas Party - December 2015


Patcham WI Christmas Party - December 2015


Pevensey Castle Masonic Dinner - December 2015
The younger generation are in a world of their own !!
 


Ladies' Executive Lunch, Rochford - December 2015
 

The Hawthorns, Eastbourne - November 2015
 

Meads WI - November 2015
 

Gildredge Park Bowls Club Lunch - October 2015


Harbour Friends Lunch - October 2015


Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes - September 2015


Anderida WI - September 2015
      

100th Anniversary of Women's Institute in UK - September 2015


Maples Court, Bexleyheath - July 2015


Barclay's Bank Spreadeagles Lunch, Wickwoods Country Club - July 2015


Healthy Living Centre, Worthing, July 2015
 

Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild - July 2015
 
Telscombe Cliffs WI's 80th Birthday - July 2015


Oddfellows Friendly Society, Bexhill - June 2015
   

Butt's Brow WI, Willingdon - June 2015
 

Little Common Communty Centre 70th Anniversary Dinner - June 2015
 

Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild 50th Anniversary - May 2015


Thalia House, Bexhill - April 2015
   

Castle Group WI, Ringmer - April 2015


Southdown Group WI Spring Meeting, Hove - April 2015
     

Bexhill 100 Classic Car Club - March 2015
   

Shirley & Colin Nash's 60th Wedding Anniversary
Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne - March 2015

Waiting for the chauffeur to take her to the hotel

Gables Court - February 2015
     

Lioness Conference, Maidstone - February 2015
 
 
East Dean Village Hall Trust, "An Evening with Lady Crabtree" - January 2015


The Twenty-Ten Club, Little Common, January 2015
  

Meet & Greet Lunch for Carers, Seaford - December 2014


Sovereign WI - December 2014
 

Lewes Westgate WI - December 2014
     

Meads Townswomen's Guild - December 2014
     

Kingston WI - December 2014

  

Catenian Association Dinner - December 2014
       

Bexhill Horticultural Society - November 2014
  

St Wilfrid's Hospice 30th Anniversary Lunch - October 2014

     

The MORE Club, Eastbourne - October 2014

       

Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, Eastbourne - September 2014

           

Trefoil Guild, Heathfield - September 2014


Under Ground Theatre, Old Time Music Hall - September 2014



        

St Michael's Hospice, Hastings - August 2014

         

Concentus Chorale - August 2014

  

WWI Centenary Show, Under Ground Theatre - July 2014

           

East Grinstead Meridian WI - July 2014

      

Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group - June 2014

 


Buxted Court, Buxted - April 2014


           

Telscombe Cliffs Civic Centre - April 2014

   

East Sussex WI Spring Meeting, Lewes - April 2014

Polegate Afternoon Fellowship - March 2014

               

Gables Court, Eastbourne - February 2014

    

 R N L I, Eastbourne - January 2014

   

Meads WI - November 2013

          

    
 
     

Sovereign Rotary Club Dinner, Chatsworth Hotel - October 2013

           

     

CommunityWise Ladies' Club - October 2013

     

The Good Life Show, Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne - October 2013

Edwards Coaches Lunch, Langham Hotel - September 2013

     

FOR A FULL SELECTION OF LADY CRABTREE PICTURES FROM ACROSS THE YEARS
CLICK ON PHOTO ALBUMS


THE DOWAGER LADY CRABTREE is a comedy character created in
April 1978 by author and entertainer Paul James -
although don't spoil it for your audience by revealing the secret!


HOW IT ALL BEGAN......

In the Summer of 1976 PAUL JAMES was introduced to the comedy double act of Patrick Fyffe and George Logan - HINGE & BRACKET - and was inspired by this extremely clever female impersonation, where the line between reality and make-believe became blurred. He saw many of their live performances over the next twenty-five years, met Patrick on numerous occasions, and in 1985 Dame Hilda Bracket wrote the Foreword to one of Paul's books. Today Paul is very proud to own two of Dame Hilda's original stage costumes.

  HINGE & BRACKET
Dr Evadne Hinge & Dame Hilda Bracket
http://www.hingeandbracketofficial.co.uk/

HINGE & BRACKET         

It was while appearing in cabaret in 1978 that Paul James decided to create his own character - and Lady Crabtree made her first public appearance. Originally intended to be a single performance only, Paul was surprised by the audience demand to see more of Lady C - and so the act began to develop. 

        Cabaret, Bournemouth 1980    Porchester Hall, London 1980    1990    2013


Wanting Lady Crabtree to be as credible as Hinge & Bracket, yet completely different in style and character, he avoided their cosy nostalgia and made Lady C very much a woman of her times. The redoubtable Lady Crabtree told stories of her marital problems with husband Claude (chairman of the mid-Yorkshire Swine Breeders' Federation); the difficulties she had encountered on marrying into the aristocracy; the embarrassment caused by her twin sister Millicent (currently on husband number five), and was not afraid to air her views about public figures - especially when Mrs Thatcher entered Downing Street in 1979.

 London 1982

Although Lady Crabtree occasionally sang, there was a deliberate attempt to avoid comparison with Hinge & Bracket and she lacked Dame Hilda's incredible operatic skills.  Lady C was much more likely to launch into a Joyce Grenfell style monologue... plus she was just a touch more glamorous.

  In the rain, 1980One of the Queen's old frocksLondon, 1983 

Various invitations soon came in and Lady Crabtree judged a fancy dress competition and a beauty contest in Devon; made a presentation to Sir Anthony Harris (the son of 'Bomber' Harris) in London, and by 1982 had appeared on a celebrity panel game for BBC Radio 2, had undertaken many press interviews for newspapers and magazines, continued to perform in hotels, and frequently aired her views in the media. She made her first TV appearance on the popular BBC 1 programme 'Pebble Mill at One' , and wrote two books that became international best-sellers, for which she made extensive promotional tours across the UK and undertook the inevitable bookshop signings at well-known stores in towns and cities across the country.

The act developed further when Lady Crabtree was joined on stage by her son GILES CRABTREE in 1984, followed a year later by her old chum from Finishing School days MORAG AUCHTERMUCHTY.

Since 1991 Lady Crabtree has performed mostly as a solo act. She appears at a variety of functions each year, entertaining a number of clubs groups and societies, is regularly booked to appear at special events and anniversaries, and is a popular speaker giving many talks and loves acting as compere at events.

With clean, genteel humour, reminiscences and no offensive language, Lady Crabtree brings merriment to any occasion.

IF THE QUEEN ISN'T FREE, THEN BOOK LADY C....

Paul James                                   Lady Crabtree


    Paul James - June 2012        


 ADD A TOUCH OF COMIC CLASS TO YOUR EVENT
EMAIL TODAY WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS
AND DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES
connie@ladycrabtree.co.uk
LET THE FUN BEGIN !