Looking Ahead to What's On

NEW -  April 2021 Northamptonshire Federation Newsletter


Tuesday 13 April  11am to 12 noon   £5
READY, STEADY, SEW with Claire Salmon
Do you have a sewing machine but are not sure how to use some of the features? Do you need some help to become a more confident sewer?  Then this is for you.
Claire is a long-time crafter, lecturer and Denman Tutor, probably best known for the "WI Dolly". She will cover 4 different types of machine sewing - zigzag and overcasting stitches, buttonholes, zips and using bias binding. You can just "watch and learn" or you can have a go during the session, in which case you will need some fabric scraps and, depending on which techniques you want to try, a zip, some bias binding, an overcasting foot or a buttonhole foot (these may be lurking at the back of a drawer or in the unopened bag of bits that came with your machine!).  
You can find Claire on Facebook as Cherry Orchard Crafts.  A Zoom invitation and course notes will be sent out on 8 April.

Tuesday 19 April  7pm  £5
THE HISTORY OF HIGHGATE CEMETERY - a talk by Gill Hodgekinson-Price
Gill will take us on a tour of Highgate Cemetery, not as dull as it sounds – it is a wonderfully atmospheric place and there are numerous interesting and famous people buried there including Karl Marx and George Michael. The mausoleum of Julius Beer is a wonderful testament to a father’s love for his daughter.
Architectural highlights include two chapels, one for the Church of England and the other for Dissenters, these were housed within one building, built in the Tudor Gothic style, topped with wooden turrets and a central bell tower. The archway beneath the bell-tower gives an imposing entry to the Cemetery. Highgate Cemetery is listed as a Grade 1 Park by English Heritage.
The wildlife, flora and fauna that live within the cemetery were recently featured on BBC’s Countryfile programme.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 15 April.

Tuesday 27 April 2.30 p.m. £5.00

Join the Victorian Baroness Bolsover as she demonstrates the essential Do's and Don’ts of Afternoon Tea Etiquette. Bring along a napkin, teaspoon, cup and saucer and learn how to become the Crème de la Crème of the Tea Party. Take a step back in time as the Baroness recollects her Afternoon Tea experiences in the reign of her beloved Queen Victoria and discover the answers to some of life’s most difficult dilemmas, milk or tea first? Afternoon Tea will never be the same again!
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 23 April.

Friday 7 May 7pm   £5.00
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GERTRUDE JEKYLL - a talk by Letta Jones, former Denman Tutor
Join us to hear about the Life and Times of Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). Jekyll created some 400 gardens across the world. Her influence on garden design can still be seen today. Most of her life was spent in Surrey where she ran a garden centre and bred new plants. You can visit some of her gardens that have been restored.
Gertrude Jekyll is well known for her association with the English architect, Sir Edward Lutyens with whom she collaborated on gardens for many of his houses.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 5 May.

Wednesday 14 July 2021
Sporting history was made here during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Live the magic all over again, where medals were won and World records were broken. Explore the park at your leisure. Maps will be available. The choice is yours.
The travel situation will be kept under review and booking details will follow if and when restrictions allow.
So that we have an idea of potential numbers, please register your interest in this trip by emailing events@ncfwi.org.uk or leaving a message at WI House - 01604 646055

WI House 3-5pm or 7-9pm    Members Only £5.00

This workshop is run jointly by the Federation Treasurer and the Membership and Training sub-committee. WIs pay for their Treasurer and/or Assistant Treasurer to attend. Come along and learn some helpful tips to ensure your year-end runs smoothly.
Application form with your Secretary next month.

Monday 20 September 2021    GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE, LINCS  
In view of the Government’s Roadmap guidelines, the date of this visit has been changed.
Further details will follow in due course.

Wednesday 22 September 2021 SCRABBLE COMPETITION
WI House 7.00pm                Members Only £5.00

It is not easy at this time to hold on to optimism. We are all becoming reluctant to plan ahead in fear of yet more disappointment, but this event (postponed from 2020) is scheduled for Autumn, so we really do hope that it will go ahead.
The evening will follow the usual format of two one-hour sessions with a break for refreshments in between. We shall be using Collins’ Scrabble Dictionary 2020 Edition. Please bring a Scrabble set with you, and you may find a torch useful if you have to park in the lane.
If plans go ahead as hoped, application and payment information will be published nearer the date.

Here we go again! We should have more luck than last year – so put this date in your diary and look forward to a wonderful day out! More details next month.

DENMAN COLLEGE  Christine Farmer (Preston Capes WI)
They say no news is good news! But not sure!!
In the meantime Denman at Home continues in its diversity and currently is offering about 20 different courses a week, do check out their website, https://www.denman.org.uk/whats-on/?_search=Online%20Course or sign up for their mailing list - alternatively I post something on the unofficial site every day.  
Something to look forward to – when WI house does reopen, I have some Denman goods still here, ready priced - and they will be on sale!