Looking Ahead to What's On

NEW -  August 2021 Northamptonshire Federation Newsletter
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Please Note: By booking a place for any event organised by NCFWI you agree to receive an email which we may send prior to the event, giving you (1) information about your event and (2) certain information relevant to payment for your booking.
Application forms should be returned by your secretary, either by post to WI House or email to events@ncfwi.org.uk. Payment should not be sent with the form. An invoice will be emailed to your secretary and payment should be made by your treasurer within 7 days of receipt.
By making a reservation for any event with NCFWI you enter into a direct (legally binding) contract relationship with NCFWI. Failure to pay for any event booked may result in action by NCFWI to recover the money and/or refusal to attend any future events.

ZOOM EVENTS
Email events@ncfwi.org.uk to reserve a place and receive your Zoom invitation

Friday 30 July - WI House Coffee Morning 10.30 to 12 noon
We are pleased to announce that Coffee mornings at WI house are back!
It will be lovely to see members and friends reconnecting after the last difficult 12 months. Please come along and enjoy a lovely social morning whilst supporting your Federation. There will be a raffle and it will also be an ideal opportunity for you to stock up on gifts and cards.
Entrance on the day £3.00 to include a hot drink and slice of cake. We look forward to welcoming you back to WI House.

Saturday 14 August - Footpath walk from Isham
10am start    Approx 4.5 miles
Meet at The Lilacs in Isham, where cars can be parked and lunch may be pre-ordered.The walk will take us over a railway bridge and into fields where we may come across horses and foals (if we are lucky) and into Burton Latimer Pocket Park. Please let the leader know by Friday 6 August if you would like to join us.

Tuesday 17 August - Trip to Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Coach - Members £22 Non-members £25  Entry £14 payable on the day
Our first outing since Covid! Although the Ticket Allocation Date has passed, there are still 3 seats available on the coach, so if you would like to join this trip to the home and beautiful gardens of Katharine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, please email events@ncfwi.org.uk as soon as possible.

Friday 20 August - WI House Coffee Morning 10.30 to 12 noon
Entrance on the day £3.00 to include a hot drink and slice of cake.
Please come along and enjoy a lovely social morning whilst supporting your Federation. There will be a sale of Craft items and a raffle; an opportunity for you to stock up on gifts and cards, renew friendships and, of course, enjoy delicious cakes. We look forward to welcoming you back to WI House.

Saturday 4 September - Mindfulness Mandala Dot Painting with Tina Bodsworth
WI House  10am to 3.30pm  Members £20 Non members £25 plus £5 for mateials payable to tutor on the day
Consider joining like-minded WI members for a day of relaxation, mindfulness and chatting whilst crafting and creating. All the materials you need will be provided by the tutor for an additional cost of £5 that is payable to her on the day. There will also be an opportunity to purchase the equipment you use if you would like to continue with this craft afterwards. We will be painting on pebbles. Please bring a packed lunch.
Application form with your Secretary this month. Ticket Allocation Date Friday 20 August 2021.

Saturday 11 September  - WI House Coffee Morning 10.30 to 12 noon
We hope you will be able to pop in on a Saturday morning.
It will be lovely to see members and friends reconnecting after the last difficult 12 months. Please come along and enjoy a lovely social morning whilst supporting your Federation. There will be a raffle and it will also be an ideal opportunity for you to stock up on gifts and cards. Entrance on the day £3.00 to include a hot drink and slice of cake.
We look forward to welcoming you back to WI House.

Thursday 16 September 2021 - Afternoon Tea at Barnwell
2- 4pm  Members Only £12
This really is the last reminder for this event as the ticket allocation date is fast approaching. Don`t delay any longer! Contact your secretary who has the details and booking form. Very much looking forward to seeing you all in a beautiful part of our county. Ticket Allocation Date Tuesday 24 August 2021.

Saturday 18 September - Walk from Maidwell
Lunch can be pre-ordered at The Stag, Maidwell where car parking is available. We shall be walking by-ways, bridleways, an old railway and, of course, footpaths. Please let the leader know by Friday 10 September if you would like to join us.

Monday 20 September 2021    GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE, LINCS 
Members £43 Non-members £46  Price includes a guidfed tour of the park and a guided tour of the castle
Grimsthorpe castle has been the de Eresby family home since 1516. Included in the price is a one-hour tour of the beautiful deer park and a one-hour tour of the castle. Wander at leisure around the formal gardens which include topiary, ornamental pools and a kitchen garden. The tearoom is not open but there are mobile food and drink vendors on site and you can take your own picnic.
Application form was with your secretary last month. If you have already registered your interest, please now ask your Secretary to return the application form on your behalf, either by post or email to events@ncfwi.org.uk, as soon as possible. Ticket Allocation Date Monday 23 August 2021

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

Don’t forget to apply to join the Scrabble competition evening! There will be two one-hour sessions with a break for refresh-ments. The Collins’ Scrabble Dictionary 2020 edition will be used. Please bring a Scrabble set, and perhaps a torch in case you have to park in the lane. Application form was with your Secretary last month. Ticket Allocation Date Wednesday 1 September 2021

Friday 24 September - Science Lectures Return - Stargazing, a Whistle Stop Tour across the Universe
7.30 pm  Great Houghton Village Hall Leys Lane Great Houghton NN4 0AN Members £6 Non-members £9
Dave Eagle FRAS, BSc (Hons), PGCE, amateur Astronomer, Planetarium Operator, Presenter, Author and Tutor, will present a mind blowing journey from Earth out to the very edge of our observable universe, visiting objects of interest along the way. Come and be amazed by the stunning images of our universe.
Application form with your Secretary this month. Ticket Allocation Date 10 September 2021

Saturday 2 October - Mosaics Workshop with Anna Conti
WI House  10am to 4pm  Members £60  Non-members £65
Anna will teach us how to use stained glass off-cuts to make a unique mosaic mirror. All materials needed to make the mirror are included in the above price. A list of things you will need to bring will be sent out with your confirmation email.
Application form with your Secretary this month. Ticket Allocation date Friday 3 September 2021

Saturday 16 October - The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
Coach only - Members £20  Non-members £23
There is so much to see at this beautiful, peaceful place with 150 acres of memorials, statues, woodlands and gardens. Guided tours by land train can be booked and paid for independently on arrival. Free talks are given daily at certain memorials. There is a coffee shop (takeaway only) and a restaurant, or bring your own picnic.
There has been a high level of interest in this trip, thank you; please now return the application form which was with your Secretary last month. Applications also welcomed from those who have not already expressed an interest. The form can be posted to WI House or emailed to events@ncfwi.org.uk . Ticket Allocation Date Monday 6 September 2021.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 - NCFWI AGM - 7pm by Zoom
This is an important meeting for our Federation and we have decided to hold it via Zoom again this year. We will be reviewing what has been happening in our Federation over the last year and as before, tickets are allocated to one member per WI.
The Northamptonshire Federation Board of Trustees would very much like one Delegate from every WI to attend. Unfortunately we won’t be able to accept applications from Observers in this instance. If your WI has any questions please forward these in advance so they can be dealt with at the appropriate time or by email afterwards.
Application form with your Secretary this month. Ticket Allocation date Friday 15 October 2021.

Saturday 30 October - Circular walk from Roade via Stoke Bruerne
9.45am for 10am start    Approx 5 miles
Meet at The Cock, Roade where cars may be parked. The route takes us along the original horse tramway ‘Boathouse Road’ to the tunnel at Stoke Bruerne.We shall be walking on both hard surfaces and field tracks.There are four stiles towards the end of the walk. There are beautiful cottages to admire in both Roade and Stoke Bruerne. Food can be ordered at The Cock prior to the walk. Please let the leader know by Friday 22 October if you would like to join us.

Friday 12 November - Literary Lunch with Simon Michael
at the Marriott Hotel   Members £35  Non-members £40
MY LIFE IN CRIME – Simon Michael. Full details of the event were in the July newsletter and your secretary has the application form, that also includes the menu choices. Tea and coffee will be served from 11.00 am; lunch will be served after Simon’s talk that will start at 11.45 a.m.
Closing date for applications Monday, 27 September 2021 Find out more about the author at www.simonmichael.uk

Saturday 4 December  - Powertex with Liz Dixon
WI House 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members £40 Non-Members £43
plus approx. £20 for materials payable to the tutor on the day

We have arranged an exciting course for you! Powertex is a fabric hardener which is an environmentally-friendly water-based alternative to acrylic. It can be used for artwork, statues, painting and jewellery. The tutor is Liz Dixon – some of you may have seen her at Denman College – Liz is from Boddington, west of the county, so it is lovely to have an ‘in’ county tutor. It is intended you will make a figure sculpture – which could go in the garden if desired – approx. 450 mm high. Please bring a packed lunch; tea and coffee will be available all day. Application form with your Secretary next month.

Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 March 2022 - Four day stay in Cardiff
(including visits to SS Great Britain, Bath and the Royal Mint)
I expect you are already making plans for your holidays in 2022. Make sure you mark these dates in your diary to ensure you are able to enjoy a visit to the ss Great Britain, visits to the Royal Mint and to St. Fagans open-air museum and a guided coach tour of the Cardiff Bay area followed by a cruise around the Bay itself. There is also a guided tour backstage of the Wales Millennium Centre. All culminating in a visit to Bath on the way home.
A detailed itinerary and application form will be with your Secretary next month.

26 April 2022 - County Quiz at Wicksteed Park
A date for your diary

DENMAN COLLEGE  Christine Farmer (Preston Capes WI)
I am sure things are happening behind-the-scenes but we are not privy to any of these discussions. If you were at the annual general meeting, which was from a virtual platform last Tuesday, you will have noted that hardly any mention was made of Denman. Reprinted below is the little bit we were given on the finances of Denman and a bit of a blurb from their promotional page from the Denman ‘room’ at the meeting.

‘DENMAN COMES TO YOU…
Learning and development have been at the heart of the WI since its very beginning. In May 2020, we opened our virtual doors to Denman at Home, our latest offering in a long history of delivering added value to WI Membership and the community at large. Just one year since the launch of Denman at Home, we’ve had over 70,000 different people join794 online courses and events. Could you be the next to discover that hidden talent you never knew you had? There’s something for every ability and interest – and all at the click of a button.’

And on the finances –
TOTAL INCOME £1.324m
TOTAL EXPENDITURE £2.489m
DEFICIT £1.165m
GAINS ON INVESTMENTS £16k
NET DEFICIT £1.149m

Go to https://www.denman.org.uk/whats-on/ to view courses on offer in July, including:
* The History of English Gardens
* The Spitfire Women of World War II
* Getting to know Beethoven’s 5th Symphony