Looking Ahead to What's On

NEW - February 2021 Northamptonshire Federation Newsletter


Friday 12 February 2021   7pm    Zoom talk  £5.00
Kirsty Murphy - Red Arrows' First Female Pilot
Kirsty made history in 2009 as the first and so far, only, female pilot in the RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.  With a MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering she joined the RAF and became a frontline, fast jet pilot, flying 39 operational missions over Iraq in the Tornado GR4.
Kirsty is used to operating in intense, stressful, high performance situations.  She shares anecdotes, experiences and her coping strategies when her father, a Tornado navigator, was shot down and taken prisoner-of-war during the Gulf War and she had to retrace his steps on a mission of her own, and when she witnessed the loss of friends in two fatal aircraft crashes while in the Red Arrows.
Since leaving the RAF, Kirsty has flown with The Blades Aerobatic Team.  In 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport made her an Aviation Ambassador, with the role of inspiring and motivating young people.
Email events@ncfwi.org.uk to reserve your place.
Closing date Monday 8 February. A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 10 February.


Saturday 20 February 2021 9.30am - 12.30 noon   OR  2.00pm - 5.00pm   FREE
Presidents and Secretaries Workshop by ZOOM
If you are new to either of these roles or would like a refresher, places may still be available for this workshop. A 10 minute break will be built in and some exercises and questions will be emailed out to participants in advance.
Please email your application to events@ncfwi.org.uk.  Ticket allocation date will now be Monday 8 February.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 16 February. There will be no charge for this workshop.

Friday 12 March 7.00 p.m. £5.00
THE CLUBLAND OF ST JAMES, LONDON - a virtual tour by Zoom
Former local policeman Rob Welsford (The Chap in the Hat) has a passion for London and ‘in normal times’ loves to show people round our capital city on foot. As he can’t do this just now, he will take us on a virtual tour through the ‘Clubland of St James’ one of his favourite walks. Starting outside St James’s Underground Station he will take us to the Mall and explain how it got its name, see where London had its only full state Nazi funeral attended by a King, the curious grave of a true companion and the crime scene of an Egyptian general’s murder. We will wend our way through the capital’s clubland and visit various purveyors of Gentlemen’s Requisites. We will sit where Churchill used to smoke his cigars and visit the man who dressed us all. We will squeeze into the smallest square in London and see the oddest and shortest lived embassy. Rob will explain why a notorious London Bobby’s murder went unpunished despite the perpetrator being trapped literally “in a corner”. All this is sure to be punctuated with more anecdotes and stories. Find out more at www.londonsafari.org.uk
Please email events@ncfwi.org.uk to reserve a place.
Closing date Monday 8 March.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 10 March.

Tuesday 16 March 11.00 a.m. £5.00
WHO KNEW YOU COULD PAINT? - A Zoom paint-along session with Quirky Bird

This zoom session is aimed at anyone who would like to learn to paint but never got round to it. With simple techniques and excellent guidance, Lynn Barrow, from Quirky Birds will guide you through painting some quirky birds and elegant ladies with simple pen and watercolour wash. If you have some watercolours (a child’s paint box will do) and a brush or felt tip pens and some paper, then you are set to go.
Lynn is an excellent teacher and very experienced. You will be surprised at what you can achieve under her tutelage. Do join in for a really fun and inclusive session.
Please email events@ncfwi.org.uk to reserve a place.
Closing date Wednesday 10 March.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 12 March.

Wednesday 17 March 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Members only - FREE
The Speakers Selection Evenings are always popular and as this is the first one to be held on Zoom we anticipate this will be no different. All speakers attending are willing to do their presentations by Zoom.
As the event is by Zoom, tickets will be allocated for one person per WI. Those WIs that had tickets for the previously cancelled Speaker Selection evenings will be given priority.
A link to the event will be sent out once places have been allocated. Members are reminded of the need to comply with current Covid 19 restrictions.
Application form with your Secretary this month.
Closing date Monday 8 March.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 15 March.

Friday 26 March 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. No charge

No, not an actual one at WI House but the next best thing ~ via Zoom ~ in the comfort of your own home!
How have you been spending lockdown? Have you finished any handicraft projects? We’d love to see them so
have them to hand for “Show & Tell”.
Do let Claire know at events@ncfwi.org.uk by Friday 19 March so she can send you an invitation and will know how many would like to join in. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 23 March.

Tuesday 30 March 7.00 p.m.

Keep this date free. More information to follow

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!'
Please email events@ncfwi.org.uk to reserve a place.
Closing date Wednesday 21 April.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out on 23 April.

Thursday 27 May  2021   CHIPPING CAMPDEN and SEZINCOTE HOUSE – a return visit
Members £33   Non-members £35 – includes entry to the House and gardens

Spring will come, the weather will brighten, and we can all hope. We are counting on all things improving and that the planned visit to Sezincote and Chipping Campden will be able to go ahead. Sezincote House is not your usual stately home and has a fascinating history.  Chipping Campden is a lovely old Cotswold market town with many interesting features - not least a craft centre where it is possible to watch gifted silversmiths ply their trade. We will be stopping at Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre for a comfort stop and coffee break. After the visit to Sezincote we make the short journey to  Chipping Campden - arriving there in time for a late lunch.  Priority will be given to those balloted out in 2019 and to those who had tickets for the cancelled 2020 trip.
Please note this outing will only take place if government restrictions allow. It will be kept under review and booking details will follow if and when restrictions allow.

Friday 21 May 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm    SPORTS DAY
Great Houghton Village Hall Playing Field

An outdoor event.  Save the date, more information in due courseMonday 21 June 2021

Monday 21 June 2021
A visit is being planned to this venue in Lincolnshire but will be dependent on the Covid 19 restrictions in force at the time and that the castle has been re-opened. Further details will follow in due course.

Click on this link to discover the wide range of courses and talks on offer, such as craft, cookery, history and travel: https://www.denman.org.uk/whats-on/?_search=Online%20Course