why become a member?

There are many reasons why women join us. The reasons are as individual as you, but here are some of the great things you can expect when you are part of the NWR family.

  • Build new and lasting relationships
  • Open new doors on life
  • Make instant friends when you move
  • Engage in stimulating discussions
  • Get out and about with GREAT member discounts
  • Connect and share through our many groups FacebookTwitter and Pinterest
  • Make friends across the country - and from the comfort of your own home - with one of our special interest groups that include pen friends, correspondence mags and postal book groups.
  • Attend our yearly National Conference at a discounted rate
  • Gain access to our resources library
  • Participate in the Big Read
  • Join the annual Telephone Treasure Trail
  • Enter our competitions for the chance to win great prizes
  • Receive two NWR Magazines per year plus regular e newsletters

However, with all the unprecedented change brought about by the Coronavirus and Lockdown, where groups are not currently able to meet physically, we have added many benefits at a National level for members:

  • Online speakers on fascinating subjects that members can attend by Zoom
  • Online Quizzes
  • Free access to all members of the DigitalTheatrePlus website, where you can watch hundreds of high quality theatre productions.
  • Regular newsletters so that members can keep in touch across the country and share news and ideas

With NWR you can be sure to find a group in your area of wonderful women with inquisitive minds who are open to discuss almost any topic you can think of. If there is no group in your area, you can start one up yourself with the support of our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. staff. 

Membership cost

Becoming a member only costs £25 per annum. This covers all of our national administration costs so that we can put on the fun-filled events and activities mentioned above. Some local clubs may charge a small additional fee.

Ready to join?

Please fill out the contact form on the join NWR page and we will be in touch promptly.

Not yet convinced?

  • Read more about us
  • Scroll down to read our FAQs and what our members say about NWR
  • Read our blog post Why I'm a member?
  • Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a complimentary edition of NWR Magazine
  • Try three meetings for FREE before you decide!

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Where is my nearest NWR group?

Use the Groups section on this website to quickly see locations of NWR groups near you or contact the office who can find the details of your nearest groups. New groups start regularly so even if we don't have a group listed near to you please do get in touch.

When are NWR meetings?

Each group has its own programme of events and activities, which are available via the website or from the group themselves.

How do I make my application?

We’re very glad you’d like to join – welcome! Membership application forms are available from your local group organiser or from the office. You can pay via your group’s treasurer or directly to NWR by Direct Debit or cheque.

Can I start my own group?

Yes, we can support you with posters and helpful resources to start your own NWR group.

Visit our FAQs page for more questions and answers.

What our members say

We thought you might like to read for yourselves what members love about being members...

"If NWR did not exist, I would have to invent it. Where else would I get to meet regularly with a bunch of interesting women and talk about any subject under the sun?"

"I love being a member of NWR, because in these days of virtual friends and short tweets, I appreciate face-to-face meetings with real women, where we can discuss real topics in real time."

"As an NWR member I get to talk about subjects that do not usually crop up in most day-to-day conversations. NWR refreshes parts of me and my brain that nothing else quite reaches. Long may it continue and help us thrive."

"Over the past few years NWR has widened my horizons and circle of friends considerably. If you feel starved of good conversation, my advice is to get yourself along to an NWR meeting and life will become more interesting."

"When I move to a new area it is a quick and easy way of meeting new friends who are generally lively and fun but up for discussing more serious subjects. Meeting in people's homes and the size of the group makes it easier to turn up alone to the first meeting."

"Being sight impaired, social interaction is difficult to achieve so my local group gives me the opportunity to meet other women and participate in group discussions and activities."

"Membership of NWR has been like a friendship tree. Two of the people I met at NWR over 20 years ago became close friends, and new links and absorbing hobbies have followed on from those friendships. The weekly topics have broadened my horizons as I have found interest in places I never would have thought to look. No topic, however unpromising, has ever been boring on the night."

"The meetings are always interesting and thought-provoking; the subjects challenge my opinions and make me see things from the point of view of others. It makes me try new activities and take on challenges. The friends I have made in the group are supportive and fun and definitely friends for life."

"When I moved I was keen to join a women's group – one that would be interesting, lively, informative and fun. Five years on and I'm having a great time, our group is expanding (over 30 members) and I’ve made lots of friends and am now Local Organiser. Long may it continue."

"I belong to NWR because it stretches my mind, challenges me and nourishes my grey cells. I belong to NWR because in the jigsaw puzzle that is my life I need a piece that is just for ME. I belong to NWR because it offers up new opportunities, new ideas, new friends, new books, new topics for discussion and new opinions."

"A great variety of topics with events and outings on offer. Good for the brain and the opportunity for learning and research. A chance to meet with others and to form firm friendships if that is an aim. If not, one can meet and chat on a casual basis."