Diary Dates

2018 -  was our super  Centenary Year (click here)



(In these unprecedented times, we have sadly had to postpone or cancel events)


NEW - June 2020 Northamptonshire Federation Newsletter


Saturday 18 July - Summer Walk
10am start   approx. 4+ miles
Discover the flora and fauna in Collyweston Nature Reserve, locally known as The Deeps. Collyweston on the East Northamptonshire border is well known for the slates quarried here until 1960. Optional lunch may be pre-booked at The Collyweston Slater.  Contact WI House for further details.

Wednesday 22 July - Treasurers Financial Statement Workshop (members only)
To be confirmed

Saturday 12 September - Fabulous Faberdashery Sale
10am to 3pm  Denman College
This is a fabulous Faberdashery Sale with bargains of all kinds of craft materials. Tea/coffee also available. Bring your own picnic. A good way to see Denman and enjoy some retail therapy.

Wednesday 16 September - CELEBRATE THE WI
With lockdown easing, hopefully there will be opportunity to celebrate the WI. These past months will have been very difficult for many. Why not use this day to demonstate how the WI can bring people together to educate and entertain. Make the most of your WI and show others what it can mean to you and to them. WI House would love to hear how you celebrate.

Sunday 20 September - WI Flower Festival Kelmarsh Hall
We know that in lockdown it is difficult to imagine participating in future events, but ladies, we all live in hope! With that in mind and keeping our fingers crossed that the Flower Festival at Kelmarsh Hall will go ahead in September, it would be lovely if as many of you as possible would support this event by entering a small vase of flowers, a large display from your WI, a lovely pot plant or some fruit and veg to make a display.
You do not have to be a wonderful flower arranger, just enthusiastic, so that we can put on a wonderful display which Northamptonshire Federation can be proud of. Use your imagination. It could be a wreath or garland or bouquet of some sort, anything you like, but please do support this.
Contact your secretary for details or email events@ncfwi.org.uk

Even if you cannot participate, do not forget to visit and see the lovely displays. It is a wonderful house to visit with beautiful gardens and an excellent tea room. They do charge an entry fee for the house and gardens.

Monday 5 October - Speakers Selection Evening
WI House  7 to 9pm.  Members only.  Refreshments from 6.30pm
To be confirmed in the coming months.

Spinney Theatre, Northampton
Please keep watching the newsletter for more news about our Annual General Meeting.

Saturday 31 October - Winter Craft Fair
The Tithe Barn, Wellingborough NN8 1AH
WIs may not be having meetings, but I am sure that members are keeping busy and there are many keen crafters who have been making full use of their extra time producing beautiful items. This year's Craft Fair is earlier than usual and that means we should be able to get in early with presents for Christmas.  
Although it did say in the May newsletter that we require applications by 31st May, please continue to apply for tables.
Application forms are available by email from events@ncfwi.org.uk

Friday 13 November - Literary Lunch
Northampton Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, NN4 7HW
We are still planning for this event to go ahead and it will be a real treat to get together again with friends and also meet new ones. The menu, which went out with the May emailed newsletter, looks delicious and, like last year’s will, I am sure, taste delicious too. Although the ticket allocation date isn’t until 1 September, the Office will be happy to receive them earlier. Application forms were with the May newsletter but can also be obtained by contacting our events secretary, Claire, on events@ncfwi.org.uk


Friday 12 to Sunday 14 March 2021 - Federation Weekend to Denman College
Don’t forget our Federation weekend next March –all details with your Secretary, do ring/zoom and ask her. If she has mislaid them (perish the thought) contact me and I will send you ALL the information and an application form. This may well be the first holiday some of us will have had for months – apart from the long lock-down holiday of course!!!!  Denman were due to open their doors again on 1 July, but unfortunately this will now not be the case! Obviously the 10 July Denman Faberdashery sale will not take place -we hope the one scheduled for 12 September will go ahead, but who knows? Watch this space!!