The Girls



"I have many memories of growing up in Castleside and playing with my friends at the Village Hall. Now, some 20 years on, we’re holding our weddings there. It’s an integral part of our community. The same could be said for Willow Burn – everyone here knows someone who has been cared for at the hospice. Raising funds for these causes was a great way to spend a beautiful summer."


"As the parish council clerk, I know how much the Village Hall relies on the hard work, dedication and commitment of its volunteers and locals. It was a privilege to take part in the calendar with the local ladies who have so much pride and passion for their village and to raise money for such worthy charities." 


"My mam, Julia, was only 58 when she died of cancer so I know only too well what this horrific illness does to families. Mam was my best friend and my inspiration and I know she’d have been proud of what we’ve done."


"I am proud of being from Castleside. I wanted this calendar to be a focus for like-minded people to express their affection for our village, with the Village Hall in its rightful place at the heart of our community."


"Stripping off wasn’t easy for any of us, but our discomfort was temporary and easily overcome. That can’t be said for people battling cancer. My participation is dedicated to the loss of a good friend, Paul Brasington, and the hope that we may raise enough money to help prevent others leaving us before their time."




"Women in my family have suffered breast cancer, I’ve had two scares myself and I’m terrified for my 15-year-old daughter’s future. I’ve enjoyed not only the community spirit created with this calendar, but I’m also proud that I’m doing my bit to raise awareness of this hideous disease."


"It’s for such great causes and I knew it would be terrific fun."


"I've done this in memory of my mam, Jessie, who we lost to cancer five years ago. She loved living in Castleside and was involved in many of the Village Hall activities. Our chosen charities are very close to my heart."


"I’ve finally fulfilled my secret ambition - doing a nude calendar has been on my bucket list for years!  I’m over the moon I’m doing it for charity."


"Having survived cancer twice I know how important research is, and also the service Willow Burn provides in this community. Doing this was scary at first, but it’s been not only fun, but very liberating."




"I didn’t hesitate for a second to say ‘yes’ to this calendar as I knew it would be a laugh and would raise loads of much-needed cash. But what I didn’t know was how many good friendships would be forged by being involved."



"I was married in Castleside and had my wedding reception in the wonderful village hall. When I heard they needed to raise funds, I was more than happy to take my clothes off."


"Photographing these remarkable ladies has been an honour and one of the highlights of my career. I lost my mother-in-law, Eleanor, to cancer and I know she would have loved to have taken part in such a fun project had she been with us today."