Afternoon Tea With Tessa Boase


From 3:00pm until 6:00pm

At The Function Room, (above the Carlton Cinema).

Town Hall Buildings, St Mildred’s Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE


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WestgateLit is proud to announce that an Afternoon Tea with Tessa Boase will be held at 3pm on Saturday 27th April 2019 in the Function Room, Town Hall Buildings, St Mildred’s Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE (above the Carlton Cinema).

Author Tessa Boase

Tessa Boase grew up on the Ashdown Forest, Sussex; studied English at Oxford and Italian in Florence; and has worked for a variety of magazines and national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph.

As a freelance journalist she's written widely on society, the environment, the food chain, and the link between all three. As a narrative non-fiction author, her interests lie in uncovering stories of invisible women from the 19th and early 20th-centuries. She lives with her family in St Leonards-on-Sea. 

When social historian Tessa Boase told the RSPB she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her revisit their archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was a challenge she could not resist . . .

For half a century, from the 1870s to the 1920s, women were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wings, bird and whole bodies of birds – often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery. Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of angry woman with a splendidly simple goal. They were going to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats.

Leading the battle in Britain was a fearsome Hythe woman who has not been remembered by history. Her name was Etta Lemon, and for 50 years she was the driving force behind the RSPB, Britain’s biggest conservation charity.

 Join her to hear the intriguing untold story of women, birds, hats – and votes.

Our Afternoon Tea With... events start at 3pm with the Author's talk and afternoon tea is served at 4pm. The Bar will be open from the beginning of the event so why not treat yourself to a glass of something nice while you listen to the fascinating talk.

Tickets are priced at £17 per head and includes a full afternoon tea comprising a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. Prosecco will also be available for purchase at the bar as an extra special touch! Spaces are limited so early booking is strongly advised and please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.


To book go to:, email, or call Gina on 07828199547

Please note that the function room is reached by stairs so may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility.