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Talks Testimonials

“The W.I.’s motto is “Inspiring Women” Alison O’Neill certainly fits the bill, a sensational speaker, attracting our biggest audience ever and some new members too. A brilliant boost to this years programme.”

Christine Sharples
Beetham W.I


“Clitheroe lady farmers were delighted to welcome Alison O’Neill, a lovely lady who tells a very inspirational story of sheer determination and shows despite all the doubters, including Grandma that she can be successful. A shepherdess
who designs tweed products, farmer, walker, mother and now author whose enthusiasm is infectious and whose story, interspersed with humour, hardship and setbacks whilst living and working on the Howgill fells in Cumbria has turned to success through diversification and is on going. With best wishes.”

Angela Whitewell
Clitheroe Lady Farmers


“The sparkling delivery of the Barefoot Shepherdess in her talk, belies the hardship of life in the dales,with great humour her determination to succeed shines through.Whilst rearing her own flock of sheep she also designs tweed clothing, arranges walks around the beautiful Howgills and further afield.Her love of her life in the remote region of Shacklabank combined with the sophistication of life as a speaker is truly inspirational.Great fun.”

Prisilla Robinson
Spring Green Ladies Walking Group, Ilkley


“Alison is a shepherdess, with sheep that range across the Howgill Fells, between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Alison springs from a family of farm folk. She appears before an audience clad in Tweed with a shepherd’s crook
in her hand.She sometimes has a sheepdog at foot. Alison talks about her upbringing and experiences in a lively, anecdotal way. Her audiences chuckle.What she says is well-remembered.”

W R Mitchell
Former editor of The Dalesman Magazine


“The members of Burton, Carnforth and Milnthorpe Farmers’ discussion group, recently had the immense pleasure of listening a talk by Alison O’Neil. All our members agreed that Alison’s life story (so far) was one of the best talks we have had for many years. It made us think, laugh and even nearly cry at times. I have recommended several other groups to contact her and share this wonderful experience for their members too.”

Jim Stewart


“The Lyth Valley WI Group had the very real privilege of hosting an Autumn Meeting at Brigsteer Village Hall where Alison O’Neill, ” The Shepherdess” had kindly agreed to be our speaker.The Group comprises seven local WI’s and such a prestigious speaker attracted an audience of nearly 100 members and friends. For nearly an hour Alison held a captive audience spellbound, she did not need props or pictures but simply told her life story.
She inspired, enthused and entertained us with a delightful thought provoking insight of her journey from an early age to her present day success. Alison was humble, gracious and certainly showed her joy of life. Her energy, enthusiasm and hilarious stories inspired us all and made us realise if you set your heart on something and work hard it can be achieved.
We thank Alison for sparing the time to speak to us and wish her every success in her future ventures.”

Judi Webster
Group Co-ordinator  


“Alison O’Neill’s talk was as refreshing as a lovely walk on a fell on a sunny day.Not only did she captivate her audience with her natural charm and her humour; she also enthralled us with tales of her life in farming. Alison was a delight; she inspired us and we admired her drive and determination to follow her dream.We wish her all the very best for the future.”

Martin Clarkson, Director
Eventful Lunches with Individual Inns

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