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2020

2021 Membership Subscription Extension - click here for full details

NFWI is offering a three month extension to this year's membership subscription. Renewal date will be 1 April 2021 and thereafter membership renewals will be in April.

Full FAQs have been added to My WI to help you understand a bit more about the process and how this will impact WIs. The FAQs can be found here: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/…/faqs-membership-subscription-ex…

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The Time is Now
Our climate change ambassadors attended the Lobby at Westminster in June 2019 and in June 2020 attended a virtual lobby of MPs. Click here for our Campaigns & Concerns page
The Time is Now

Focus on the Federation
What better way to spend a winter Saturday morning than with friends - with plates on your heads and indulging in coffee and croissants, with fruit too! This was the annual get-together of sub-committee members, Federation appointees and Trustees. Much fun had by all.  Why not come and join us?
With plates on heads
Laughing

Walking off the Mince Pies
The Walking Group sends their very best wishes for 2020.This happy group paused briefly in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, on the way back to Barton Seagrave.
Walking off the Mince Pies

2019 Christmas Coffee Morning
Forget the dismal weather outside, we enjoyed wonderful warming company at WI House, including coffee/tea and cake with a bonus of a free second cup!
Who picked out his own ticketMeeting up with friends

November County Walk - Ashton / Oundle  The morning turned out to be mild and almost dry Ann had quickly improvised a 'town' walk owing to many of the riverside paths being flooded. We explored Oundle on the way to Barnwell Country Park before retracing our steps to the Chequered Skipper for refreshments. Click here for more on the Walking Group
Admiring the architecture

MOT for Federations - Our National Chair came to Northamptonshire! She is also a National Trainer but quite capable of carrying a tray of cups! Along with Catherine Blaxhall we were guided through an MOT and not a car in sight! A fun but informative day for Trustees.
National Chair serving tea

2019 AGM - Baroness Floella Benjamin received a standing ovation for her inspirational talk. A fantastic evening where reports of our amazing year were heard, upcoming events publicised, winners of our raffle and bursaries were delighted and everyone had a super time!
Sue with Wilson Brown bear

October County Walk on a Wet Saturday - 23 intrepid walkers braved the weather for a 5 mile walk. Unfortunately the views of the Welland Valley were masked by conditions! Click here for more on the Walking Group
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Congratulations Weston Favell Evening WI on your 70th birthday!
Phyllis & Diane cutting cake

Federation four day trip to Sunderland 13-17 October 2019
Another great trip for NCFWI members (and family and friends) to the North East. Huge thanks to the Travel committee for organising such an excellent break.  Here's to the next one!  Click here for more photos
Sunderland by the Sea

'SENSATION' ABBA Tribute Band - We had a blast!
Members of Wootton WI

WI Climate Ambassadors - out and about again!
Say 'Hello' to Cloudier who was at the Daventry Food Festival with Braunston WI members.Cloudier was featuring the Climate Change scarf that the ladies from Braunston WI had knitted- each row represents the temperature of every year from 1919 to help us visualise the impact of climate change.
Visitors to the WI stand were met with words of encouragement to learn how we can all make small changes in reducing our carbon footprint and were encouraged to eat seasonally. #The Time is Now to take action on Climate Change!
Well done to the Braunston WI ladies and special thanks to Kate who always supports our #Showthelove campaign.
Braunston WI members with CloudierSay Hello to Cloudier

WI Climate Ambassadors were at Daventry Family Cinema Day.  Members of both Braunston and Daventry WIs spent the day encouraging the children to make bug hotels and so learn about the importance of pollinators. By playing Veggie Top Trumps they started conversations about eating seasonally and some children made origami hearts to record their carbon reduction transport pledges.  WI members had a lovely day offering plenty of activities for children, as well as the opportunity to talk about climate change issues.


The Walking Group took a circular route in August

Congratulations to Bozeat WI as they celebrate their 70th anniversary

"One Man's Legacy to Kettering"
This month was the annual fund raiser for the Walking Group. Family and friends joined the group at Barton Seagrave Village Hall for a talk by Wicksteed Park's Community Link Manager,followed by tea and cake,prior to walking around Wicksteed Park.  Click here for more photos
Wicksteed Train

2019 NFWI AGM in Bournemouth
Delegates from Northamptonshire joined 4000 members from other Federations for the AGM. An inspiring Conference, meeting up with friends but not forgetting the real purpose of the Conference - to conduct the business of the AGM.
Before the AGM

Chipping Camden & Sezincote House
A beautiful sunny day to visit the Cotswolds. Click here for more photos.

2019 Skittles Final
Earls Barton Working Mens Club was the venue for the Skittles Final between Great Billing WI (last year's winners) and Welton WI (who had never been to a final before). This year's final did not disappoint - it was hotly contested with an entourage of enthusiastic supporters. Huge congratulations are due to Welton WI our 2019 Champions!
Champions Welton WI with County Chairman

Congratulations RAUNDS WI on receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor for their time and service at Raunds Town Council coffee and film afternoons, which are aimed at people on their own to come and make new friends. Sometimes up to 150 people turn up. Well done!

Watercolours Fast and Loose
Watercolourists "had a go" and found this to be a fascinating hobby.This was a return visit for Gill, our excellent tutor who made the workshop just as enjoyable as previous times.

2019 County Quiz
The closely contested County Quiz held at Wicksteed Park Pavilion was won by Northampton Kingsley WI, closely followed by Geddington & Newton A team which came second and Cosgrove WI which came third. Photo shows David Saint presenting the trophy to the Northampton Kingsley WI team.

Northamptonshire Denman Weekend  - click to go to our Denman page
Some photos from the recent Federation weekend stay at Denman College. Members chose from 3 course options Blenheim and The Churchills, Wildlife Walks or Pewterwork - and a fun time was had by all!

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The Mahjong Club celebrated their 15th Anniverary.
Click here for more on the Club

Trentham Gardens
Plenty to see and explore on a recent trip to Trentham Gardens.
Admiring the Gardens

Walking Group in March 2019 enjoyed the Spring sunshine and flowers near Welford. Click on title for more on the Walking Group.
2019 March walk near Welford

Spring Coffee Morning 2019
Climate change was on the Agenda as Towcester Evening WI brought along their display, including a washing line. More significantly they showed us their Best Green Heart Award which was presented at the Climate Coalition's Show the Love" Green Heart Hero Awards. No Coffee Morning would be complete without shopping, WI coffee & cake and lots of fun meeting members from round the County.
Our Climate Ambassadors

Science Lectures - "Microbiotics" & "Yuck that's Disgusting"
Professor Hilary MacQueen informed and entertained us with her talk on "Microbiotics". Doctor Rachel McMullan introduced us to her "Disgust-o-meter". In a relaxed way we learned of the Good Bugs and the Bad Bugs in our bodies. Also of experiments and advances in medical science. Who would think science could be so interesting!



Chipping Warden and Edgcote WI - Federation Centenary Celebrations

Chipping Warden and Edgcote WI recently had their own Federation Centenary celebration. They planted a Silver Birch tree outside the WI hall which was publicised by the local newspaper. A beautiful slate plaque joins the tree.

The picture of the tree was taken this spring once it had grown and was in leaf and it still doing well.

They also held a cheese and wine party with music for the village. Plans are in hand for the celebration of there WI’s centenary in May next year.

Does your WI have their banner ready for the Centenary picnic at Althorp House? Here are some that are ready to be displayed at what will be a fabulous day on the 24th June 2018.
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Badby and Fawsley WI turn 100!
Sue Kendall, County Chairman joined Badby and Fawsley WI as they celebrated their centenary in style.  

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We enjoyed a Cream Tea at Milton Malsor Village Hall to celebrate United Nations International Day for Rural Women. Click here for more news on this event and the work of ACWW in Northamptonshire.
Sue Kendall, County Chairman, with Jackie Gregory of ACWW with some of the jams she has made to raise funds for ACWW

The "Scottish Royal Highlights & the Edinburgh Tattoo" tour was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed. Photo shows just a few who were lucky enough to taste the delights of Scotland.
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Northamptonshire's Centenary Picnic at Sulgrave Manor was a memorable day.
Six C ounty Chairmen planting a tree

2015 Centenary Annual General Meeting at Royal Albert Hall
Wendy Dunkley, President of Hackleton & District WI took to the podium
Wendy Dunkley speaking at Royal Albert Halland afterwards!
Wendy Dunkley of Hackleton %26 District WI who spoke at AGM

WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
Photo shows the Presidents of Northampton Martinis and Denford WI
about to enter Buckingham Palace
Lauren Hills & Fran MacKenzie outside Palace

Day Visit to Wightwick Manor & David Austin's Rose Gardens
David Austn Roses