Poetry by Claire

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Exceprt from Seagirls Newsletter


Well what a great way to end 2014 at the Seagirls WI, not only did we have beautiful Carols from our wonderful Seagirls Choir, but the lovely Claire Baldry also kept us superbly

entertained with her witty poetry. It was a great evening, and we would like to thank both our Choir and Claire for coming along to celebrate with


Exceprt from Oddfellows Newsltetter (2015)


In March, thirty-one members enjoyed

a sparkling talk, entitled “Retiring with

Rhyme”, by former head teacher and

school inspector, Claire Baldry. Claire

described how, at the age of fifty-eight,

she had left the world of education and

reinvented herself as a performance

poet. Claire took our members on a

humorous journey, as she discussed

her change of career at the start of

retirement. She combined informal

chat with a smattering of rhyme to

provide an unusual and fascinating

insight into her life as a poet.

A number of Claire’s poems, such

as “Moving to Bexhill”, “Simply

Bexhill” and “The De La Warr Date”,

focussed on the local community,

and were much appreciated by her

audience, who applauded her warmly.

At the end of her amusing and very

interesting presentation, which

she ended with a song, Claire was

thanked by Trustee, Derek Fickling,

who presented her with a cheque for

her nominated charity, Diabetes UK.


Not So Young Club

I thought you might like to know of the very enthusiastic feedback from your visit last week.Everyone enjoyed your talk very much so please accept  our thanks for giving us an interesting and and thought provoking afternoon.

'Not So Young Club' Burwash

Ladies Supper Club

Thank you so much for last evening at the Christchurch Ladies Supper Club. It was one of the best meetings we've had in ages! I had a special text from one of the members commenting on it all this morning! Great stuff!!!

Bespoke Poetry for Events

" The poem was fantastic, many many thanks"

" Yes we received the poem, it was fantastic, she will love it"

WI poetry

Crawley Down PK Group

On behalf of our chairman, Sue Smith, and the members of our group I would like to thank you sincerely for making our monthly branch meeting such fun.  I have received several comments from those who attended your presentation such as - brilliant, very funny lady and so clever !

I do hope that you will pay us a return visit in the not too distant future.

Little Common WI

Huge thanks to Claire Baldry for coming to entertain our ladies with her very humorous verse - a lovely afternoon with plenty of giggles and even a song ! We shall all look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future.


Uckfield Visually Impaired Group


May I, on behalf of all our members and helpers, say a big "Thank you" for your very uplifting, funny and inspirational poems and stories. It was evident that everyone really enjoyed it and I was

listening to the comments afterwards which also confirmed this.


We all loved having you Claire! After you had left there was still a buzz with everyone singing your praises. THANK YOU for a very special evening. It's so good that you are willing to share your gifts and talents!