Hats On for staff at St. Richard's Hospice
Creations by Caroline is helping to raise money for a Worcester based charity, St Richard's Hospice. Milliner Caroline Butcher will be donating 15% of the price of every hat or fascinator which she is commissioned to make by employees of the Hospice.
The fundraising idea started in the summer when Caroline was approached by Tricia Cavell, St Richard's Hospice fundraising director. Tricia wanted a bespoke fascinator to wear at Ladies' Day at Worcester Racecourse on June 9. She was so delighted with Caroline's creation that she recommended her colleague, Lizzie Brazier, also contact Caroline. "Caroline made me the most gorgeous dusky pink hat adorned with bows, pink feathers and 3 ostrich spines, designed to perfectly complement my dress for the race day," says Lizzie. "Tricia and I are delighted to spread the word at work about Caroline's excellent millinery skills, especially as it will benefit the hospice." St Richard's Hospice cares for patients and families across Worcestershire who are living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Over one thousand people work for St Richard's Hospice, in full-time, part-time or voluntary positions. The donation offer applies to all employees on headwear made by Caroline until the end of the year.
Crowds Turn Out To First Fashion Show
People from across the region turned out to support our first hat and accessories show at Gaudet Luce, Droitwich, on 22nd November 2013.
A fashion show with adult and child models was a tremendous success - the children stole the show! Many local businesses supported the event including Emms, Evolve, Tranquility Spa, Bag & Belt Company, Rosena Jewellery and Julie's Cakes. As well as being a great night out for our guests the event raised over £200 for Alzheimers Society. Given the success we are now planning a Spring/Summer 2014 show. Check this website for details nearer the time.
Photo Competition Winner
Congratulations to Josie Wheeler, the winner of our April / May photo competition. We had 27 entries and it was Josie's picture which was pulled out of the hat. We love the way it captures the moment. We presented Josie with a £50 voucher to spend at Creations by Caroline. She was absolutely delighted. "I never win anything," she said!
Caroline SPArkles at the WI
On 5th June Caroline, from Creations by Caroline, presented to ladies from the Droitwich WI, SPArkles.
The organising member said: “It was fascinating to hear about the history of hats and how styles have changed over the years. I’ve had some great comments from members about the evening.”
Please contact Creations by Caroline on 01905 412162 if you would like to enquire about Caroline talking at a future event you are holding.
Guest Speaker At A Birthday Event
On 1st October 2014 Creations by Caroline presented to the Stourbridge and District Tangent as a guest speaker to help celebrate their 5th birthday. The group gave Caroline Butcher, who owns Creations by Caroline, a very warm welcome and the group enjoyed a lovely meal at the French Hen in Clent. Caroline put small hats in the flower displays on the table and all the wine glasses had little hat trinkets at the bottom of the stem. £35.00 was raised for the Alzheimer's Society, Caroline's chosen charity. It was a very enjoyable evening for all.
Bromsgrove Standard Jubilee hat competition
Jules Evans was the winner of the Bromsgrove Standard Jubilee hat competition. Pictured here modelling her millinery creation. "I love wearing hats but have never had one made for me before". Caroline was lovely to work with and gave me lots of ideas for how the hat might look. I shall be proudly wearing it again for my youngest son's graduation in Brighton next month."
New Shop Open
The Mayor of Droitwich Spa officially opened our new millinery shop on 1st December, 2012.
Councillor Anne Taft cut the ribbon and made a short speech welcoming Caroline to the town centre and wishing her well. Following this guests were treated to an intimate concert in the shop, performed by Britain's Got Talent saxophonist Julian Smith and soprano vocalist Amelia Whiteman. Guests then enjoyed mince pies as they browsed the extensive collection of hats, fascinators and accessories on display in the shop. Pop down to 59a High Street, Droitwich Spa, soon to view the hats, fascinators and accessories in stock, to arrange a personal consultation for a bespoke creation, or for some gift idea inspiration.
The Wild Collection - Launched October
Creations by Caroline is proud to announce the launch of a brand new hat collection for Autumn / Winter 2012.
"The Wild Collections" is an exciting selection of hats inspired by African wild animals. Hat styles for adults and children are available, including Cloche, Trilby, Paddington, Russian and Snuggles. Hand made from the highest quality soft felts, faux fur, fabrics and trimmings, the collectionalso features co-ordinating scarves and gloves to complete this season's outerwear look.
- Ring Tailed Lemur
- Brown and Cream Cow
- Black and White Cow
This collection is no longer available.
The First Gloucester Hat Festival
Creations by Caroline took part in the first ever Gloucester Hat Festival on 13th and 14th of July 2012.
This was the first hat festival of its type in the UK. Events included a festival parade, vintage bonnets - classic cars, Rap on a Hat competition, hat trade stands and workshops, with a sumptuous Black & White Hat Masquerade Ball heralding the grand finale of the 2 day celebration of all things millinery. "I was thrilled be involved with the festival," says Caroline. "I met many interesting people from the world of millinery including veteran milliner Stephen Jones, considered to make the finest hats in the world!"
CAROLINE TREKS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE Last October Caroline raised almost £5000 for the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity - the nearest local branch is in Wildmoor, Bromsgrove. Caroline embarked on an eight day trek to Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, on October 1, 2011. The challenging venture required her to trek for six hours per day through dense jungle conditions in 36 degree temperatures, with humidity of 98 degrees.