Forthcoming events


4 July     Summer Lunch with Carol Sheakespeare – Eyley (see below)

18 September   Rachel Linstead from Firecracker – ’10 Top Tips for being Happy, Healthy and Productive daily’ – Held at Langleys, Doddington Road

20 November  Sue Richie – details to come

5 December   Christmas lunch




4 July 2019 – Summer Lunch with Carol Shakespeare-Eyley



Jessicas mum


BWL is thrilled to introduce Carol Shakespeare-Eyley as this year’s Summer Luncheon speaker. Carol’s story is sure to inspire and motivate everyone because it tells how a determined young woman fought alongside others to change history by working with the Movement of the Ordination of Women (MOW).

Carol’s fight to be heard, not only took the Secretary for the Worcester Diocese to Westminster Abbey, but also to her local radio station to spread the word and raise awareness of her and MOW’s drive to get equality for females within the clergy.

And, in 2014 her efforts and those of her peers were rewarded, with news of the first woman ordained a Bishop in the Church of England.  History was well and truly made, thanks to Carol and MOWs’ energetic and determined fight.

But, there’s more!  Carol’s life story doesn’t end there.  Whilst working in Dudley as a nursery nurse, she pursued her dream of becoming a teacher. Despite leaving school with few O-Levels, she eventually succeeded to become a respected and well-loved Headmistress, transforming a failing school into one of the country’s top Primary Schools.  She went on to become an OFSTED Inspector and was also Chair of Governors for several schools around Leicestershire.

Carol achieved all this whilst raising two daughters and battling illnesses which saw her frequently hospitalised. Her inspirational story highlights the power of sheer determination and standing up for what you believe in.

Incidentally, if you were wondering about Carol’s connection to Lincolnshire – she is mum to BWL’s very own Jessica Eyley!

Booking – In due course



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