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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…
Take a look at MY WI. Keep up to date with the latest news from "National" on the way forward during this pandemic, as well as so much more (ie how to run a WI including information on President, Secretary and Treasurer roles). MY WI is a mine of information and has the Latest News and Quick Links, which are really useful.
Chairman's letter - August 2020
At the time of writing there has been a gradual easing of the lockdown including Hairdressers now allowed to open which I am sure will be a relief to many! Six people from different households are still the maximum size group allowed to meet outside, unless of course guidelines change by the time you read this. Garden parties may need to be in the plural rather than one large one and dotted around your village or town. This may be easier as not too far to carry your own chair and refreshments! Perhaps a member or two at each to report how it went and take a few photos to share with all members and forward on to Margaret for the Newsletter or Barbara for the website.
The latest issue of WI Life has lots of ideas for “socially distanced” summer fun, from flying a kite to foraging and stargazing at the night sky.
My WI website now has a section called Low cost and No cost Meeting Ideas.This can be found under Running Your WI and then clicking on Guide to Running Meetings.
I have been really enjoying the Denman Simon Gregor lectures and have had a regular date with him at 11am on a Friday morning since May.They have been very popular and are now also held at other times on different days. More tutors are undertaking sessions including the very well received tutorials from the Cookery School where you can either bake along or watch and bake later. Look on the Denman website www.denman.org.uk and click on the second tab at the top, Denman at Home. Courses are being added all the time for £5 each, see page 5 for details of some of the August courses. Christine Farmer gave more information in the July Newsletter on how to download and access Zoom.
For those on Facebook look for WI Wanderers and ask to join if you are interested; you could attend WI meetings or events all around the country, some free and some with a charge.
I do appreciate that a lot of members do not have access to the internet and are therefore not able to enjoy all the virtual activity that has been made available but I hope you are keeping in touch with other members of your WI via phone calls or socially distanced chats in an outside space.
Stay safe and hopefully September will see some more easing of restrictions, if the virus is showing signs of being suppressed, and a little more normality may return.
Cakes for Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Tiffield WI has delivered a delicious batch of cakes, which were very gratefully received. The hospice says that NCFWI's cakes make a huge difference to them and have been greatly missed during lockdown! It would be very much appreciated if the weekly deliveries could be restarted.
If any WI is able to take part in this, please contact Claire on email@example.com so that delivery dates can be agreed and co-ordinated. Thank you very much.
Chairman's letter - July 2020
The last couple of days I have been speaking to various WI Presidents and Secretaries. Along with the other WI Advisers we have really enjoyed hearing about how your WI is keeping in contact with you the members. During May I received a lovely handwritten letter by a member who is not on line but is very appreciative of how she has been made to feel included with her WI who has been doing a lot of virtual activity. The committee have ensured that she is kept up to date with a print out of quizzes and discussions held, delivering books and telephone calls to ensure she is up to date. I know some of you are hoping that you may be able to hold “socially distanced” garden parties during the summer if the guidelines allow and the weather permits. At the time of writing this in early June the weather has changed for the worse from those glorious days we enjoyed in April and May. Hopefully the sunshine will return soon! Stay Safe and look forward to when we can meet again, attend events and enjoy fully all the WI has to offer.
WI Walking Group - click for more of this group
Very slowly easing out of lockdown, 14 key members (including one dog) of the WI walking group met up at Irchester country park.This was their first socially distanced gathering and walk since February and the beginning of lock-down. They are now looking into how they can extend the numbers and planning further walks.
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
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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
Congratulations Weston Favell Evening WI on your 70th birthday!
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
'SENSATION' ABBA Tribute Band - We had a blast!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
The Mahjong Club celebrated their 15th Anniverary.
Click here for more on the Club
Plenty to see and explore on a recent trip to Trentham Gardens.
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.
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.
Badby and Fawsley WI turn 100!
Sue Kendall, County Chairman joined Badby and Fawsley WI as they celebrated their centenary in style.
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.
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.
Northamptonshire's Centenary Picnic at Sulgrave Manor was a memorable day.
2015 Centenary Annual General Meeting at Royal Albert Hall
Wendy Dunkley, President of Hackleton & District WI took to the podium
WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
Photo shows the Presidents of Northampton Martinis and Denford WI
about to enter Buckingham Palace
Day Visit to Wightwick Manor & David Austin's Rose Gardens