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NEW -  May 2024 Northamptonshire Federation Newsletter






Friday 17  May 2024 at 10am  and Friday 24 May 2024 at 2pm
Cost: £3, Members only (numbers restricted)

Following last year’s resolution looking at river water quality, learn more of the facts behind waste water treatment Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation Date Monday 8 April 2024

Friday 24 May 10am  SUMMER COFFEE MORNING  £3, including coffee and cake
WI House  10am to 12 noon

An opportunity to hear about the work of The Nene River Valley Trust from our speaker, Molly Simpson.  No need to book. Just turn up.

Saturday 8 June  LOIS WEEDON Area walk
9.45am for 10am start.  Approxc 5.5 miles

The walk is along footpaths and bridleways to the hamlet of Astwell, past Astwell Mill and returning through fields via Wappenham. There will be short break midway. Lois Weedon and Weston WI are providing a salad buffet lunch with (of course) a variety of homemade cakes at a cost of £10 per person. Please let the leaders know by Friday 31 May if you intend to come along Venue: Lois Weedon Village Hall, Milthorpe, NN12 8PP

Friday 14 June 2024   GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK  Cost Members £10, non-Members £13 (includes cream tea) Great Houghton Village Hall  2pm - 4pm
Bring your friends and enjoy a delicious cream tea as we mark The Great Big Green Week. Our expert speaker, Brian Eversham, CEO, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust, will talk about how local wildlife has responded to Climate Change, and how we can help. Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation date Tuesday 7 May

WI House  7pm    Members Only £5

If you are new to either of these roles in your WI, or feel that you could do with a refresher, do come along to this joint workshop, where members of the Membership & Training Sub-Committee will be pleased to help. We will cover essential information and your responsibilities in supprting the running of your WI. Useful hints and tips and exchanges of ideas with other participants are also helpful. We will also show you where to find information and guidance, with handouts to assist you in your roles. Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation date Monday 3 June

WI House  10am to 12.00 noon  Entry £4.00  

Members of the Arts, Sport and Leisure Committee will be running the July Coffee and Craft Dabble morning. There will be a chance to watch various craft demonstrations, as well as craft packs to buy and then try at home. A real treat at only £4 entry, with delicious tea/coffee and cake and your dabble experience included. If craft is not your interest then please do come along for the cake and ALSO we look forward to making the County Raffle draw. Could you be a winner?

WI House  7pm to 9pm  Maximum of 2 Members per WI. Tickets are £3 each.

These are very popular evenings, showcasing future speakers for you to consider and book for your members evenings. They get booked up quickly so please get your application in early. Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation date Tuesday 24 June

Monday 15 July  2pm and Tuesday 16 July 7pm FRAUD AND CYBER CRIME PRESENTATION

Have you been scammed? Are you frightened of being scammed? Not sure what to look out for, or what to do if you are scammed? Come along to one of these events. PC Joanne Barlow, from Northamptonshire Police Economic Crime Unit, will provide information on Fraud and Cyber Crime, and help and advice on keeping safe and avoiding phone/text and email scams.
Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation date Tuesday 7 May

Saturday 20 July 2024   ODELL and HARROLD COUNTRY PARK
9.45am for 10am start Approx. 4 Miles

Odell, our meeting point, is a very old village that can trace its origins back to Roman and Saxon times. The country park has two picturesque lakes, river meadows alongside the River Great Ouse, a Nature Reserve and a range of managed habitats. There is a single stile. Please let the leaders know by Thursday 11 July if you wish to book a meal.
Venue: The Bell, 81 High Street, Odell MK43 7AS

WI House  7pm Members Only £5

Do you do your WI accounts online, or would you like to do them online? If yes, and you would like some help, do come along to WI House and members of the Membership & Training team will take you through the information that is available to assist you. There will be time to practice the skills needed, with tea/coffee provided.
Application Form with your Secretary. Ticket allocation date Monday 1 July

Wednesday 11 September  TRIP TO LINCOLN -
Members £27, non-Members £30. Coach only

Enjoy a day in Lincoln, home of a beautiful Cathedral dating back to 1543, and a castle built by William the Conqueror in 11th century (pre-existed by a Roman fortress) - one of only two castles with two mottes and the only place to see an original copy of the Magna Carta. There is a shuttle bus to take you up Steep Hill (formerly known as Ermine Street) should you require this to visit both. Entry to castle grounds is free, and there are a selection of 300 shops and plenty of eateries.
Application Form with your Secretary next month. Ticket allocation date Monday 29 July

Saturday 5 October    CRAFT FAIR   £12 per table
WI House  10.30am to 1.30pm  

Tables are for WI members only and there will be no external traders at this event. To assist with administration and invoicing tables must be booked through your WI secretary. Tables will be allocated on a ‘first come. first serve’ basis and, depending on uptake, may have to be limited to one per WI. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the refreshments available throughout the event. Application Form with your Secretary this month. Closing date Monday 15 July 2024

Thursday 24 October 2024  NCFWI Annual General Meeting
Northampton High School, Hardingstone, Northampton NN4 8UU
Turi KingWe are delighted and just a little bit excited to announce that we have managed to secure Turi King as our guest speaker at the AGM.
Turi is a scientist, presenter, speaker and author who is passionate about communicating science to the public. She has worked in the field of genetic genealogy since 2000, using genetics in the fields of forensics, history, and archaeology. She is perhaps best known her work “cracking one of the biggest forensic DNA cases in history” (Globe and Mail, February 2013), leading the genetic analysis for the identification of King Richard III. Named as one of the world’s ‘rockstar genealogists’, her work since has covered not only family history but the use of genetic genealogy in forensics and historical cases

WI House  10am to 12.30pm AND 1.30pm to  4.00 pm W

Tina Bodsworth has been making candles for about 8 years. Her workshop is all about learning something new and having fun. Tina will explain the candle-making process, how to use the dedicated melt equipment, and how to prepare your candle container. You’ll hear about some common candle making problems and how to look after your candles. You’ll also decorate your candle boxes and enjoy some refreshments. At the end of the session you’ll have a hand-poured Christmas fragranced candle in a 9cl-votive glass container, a decorated box, and a 4-clam wax melt. Application Form with your Secretary. Allocation date Monday 25 September

Friday 22 November 2024  A LITERARY LUNCH
11am to 3 pm Delta Hotels (Marriott Hotel) Northampton Members only, £35

Once again, the literary lunch will be at the Marriott Hotel, Northampton and we have managed to keep the price the same as last year. Our speaker is local author Graham Brack. Graham has written fourteen crime novels in two series. As an unpublished author he was (uniquely) shortlisted three times for the Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger prize but never managed to win it. He now combines writing with being a Church of England curate in Northamptonshire, but for forty years Graham and his wife Gillian (a WI member!) worked as pharmacists before retiring in 2018. They have a son and a daughter, and three granddaughters aged 10, 7 and 4. Menu and Application Form with your secretary this month. Ticket allocation date Monday 9 September 2024