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Maryanne Pike, local organiser for the Wimborne National Women’s Register, gives readers some insight into the organisation and how it is coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. She writes:
Yes, it was definitely the pill! It had been a lively discussion topic, ‘The Most Influential Thing to Come out Of the Sixties’, so many contenders: fashion, music, free love (possibly due to the aforementioned medical advance?) to name but a few. However, the new opportunity for women to control their own fertility was certainly the majority favourite.
It was also the decade that started NWR, the National Women’s Register, formerly National Housewives Register, and it was the members of the Wimborne group of NWR that had been debating the topic as part of NWR’s Sixtieth Jubilee this spring. All over the country members were celebrating the week when Maureen Nichols, the founding member, wrote a letter, with a brilliant suggestion, to a newspaper.
Maureen had been moving around the country with her young family following her husband’s job moves. This was the era when greater mobility of the workforce was becoming more usual. She thought how wonderful it would be to have a group of like-minded women, a register she called it, who would be readymade friends wherever you went.
The need for such an organisation was shown by the overwhelming response to her letter and NWR was born.
So there we were, 60 years later, and looking forward to our spring programme of discussions, visits, trips and talks, (not to forget the odd party). Then something shook the world and all our activities were put on hold.
It took a couple of weeks to come to terms with the situation and our disappointments. Then, like so many people and organisations, we decided we were not going to be beaten and we took a dive into the virtual world.
Our fortnightly meetings usually take place in each other’s homes but now we meet in a virtual room and, instead of twice a month, it’s twice a week. We have a weekly coffee morning (bring your own coffee), and a weekly evening get together (bring your own…whatever you fancy, most often it’s in a glass).
Of course it’s very different and there’s been a lot to learn, not least the etiquette of this new social contact. Many of us have also learnt that we are not as bad at technology as we thought. Each meeting has a topic, the discussion mentioned at the start of this article was at one of our evening meetings, sometimes we need to give it a bit of thought beforehand and, most importantly, it is giving everyone an opportunity to stay in touch.
We are very grateful to the National Organising Group too. They have stepped up to provide access for all members to the Digital Theatre resources and have organised webinars with interesting and entertaining speakers and quizzes for any members throughout the country that would like to take part. Their regular newsletters with useful links and ideas help us to feel less alone.
So, this remains a difficult and challenging time for us all but, being a member of NWR is helping to make it more bearable.
"Oh the times they are a-changing" as Bob Dylan sung and at NWR we are also trying to adapt to the new challenging conditions. Many groups are getting far more technically savvy than they ever imagined possible, holding ZOOM groups with aplomb and forming WhatsApp groups. Here at the NWR office we are also working hard to keep people connected and entertained .
So although we are all social distancing and meeting physically isn't yet possible, in some ways it feels as if we have never been closer.
Keep alert (as the government is saying now) and unleash your creativity!
Initiated by the 60th Anniversary of NWR, Buckhurst Hill & Woodford Green reunited some "old timers" as we call ourselves (going back forty years in some cases) and, having arranged a date in early March, we were pleased to be able to go ahead with our plans before the full restrictions were put in place. Most had moved away, but travelled to London for a very enjoyable lunch. In the event, twelve were able to attend (some travelling long distances), and for those who couldn't make it, it was good to have been in touch again. It inspired us to try and make this an annual event!
Please note that the office is currently closed due to the Corona virus but staff are continuing to work from home.
Alternatively you can leave a message on the office answerphone 01603 406767 and we can pick it up remotely.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Sam & Adelia
WhatsAppening, WhatsAppening ?
Confusion, chaos reign
I try to answer Maureen but
Kath interrupts again
From Canada to custard creams
Camels, change and crocus
Such abundance of the C word
Makes it very hard to focus
Kaiser Chiefs and croquet
Covens, haircuts will be fun
Clever curtains closing
Crosswords, colouring, cajun
I’ve a finger that’s arthritic
Which slows me down somewhat
I’m always getting left behind
Slow down, you rotten lot
The typos keep on coming
With gauge tees, mooing couse
The doves seem to be coping
But groping photo’s not allowed
It was late when Antje joined us
She couldn’t find the link
Connected to another line
Talking to herself we think
You can’t have your cake and eat it
It was virtual you see
And we also lacked a hostess
To make our cups of tea
That did not seem a problem
For in reality
Our ladies, safe behind their screens
Were sipping G&T
One by one we said Goodnight
And signed off for a rest
I so enjoyed my time with you
Bedale Ladies, you’re the best !
Written by Judith Brickwood, a member of Bedale group after their first WhatsApp meeting.
Women of the World
we see your life,
in a world of conflict,
pain and strife.
Women being wives,
we feel your pain,
trying to build towards
a life of gain.
Women being mothers,
we know your cry,
aiming, for your children,
for the best of life.
Women being strong,
we share your loss,
and the heart-felt cost.
Women being heard,
your voice is loud,
it can also be seen
through the dark, dark cloud.
Women of hope,
never give away
your pride, and the effort
towards a better day.
Women of the future,
work through this test,
to help you all
we’re doing our best.
The women here
have not forgotten you
and send strong support
for all that you do.
Nikki Bennett. Copyright
Bury St Edmunds group held a 'Bring an Object' meeting which always provides an opportunity to learn something and have a bit of a discussion.
Objects are deposited in a bag and then they are picked out one at a time and members try to work out what it is, what it's importance might be, and who it belongs to.
The tems shown are a cherished 'Brumas' toy bear, a St Thomas' hospital nurse's badge, a Lincoln Imp brooch, Fitzroy Storm Glass, butter curler, walking stick ferrule, Romanian egg ornament, Dorset button rings, and tiny metal sticks to draw peg numbers on a shooting party. Quite a mixture!
A Saga in a nutshell
Lively minded ladies, that is who we are
Finding fun and frienship in the NWR.
Researching topics of many diverse kinds
Laughing at our gaffes as we're broadening our minds.
Our association was started by a few
of stay at home Mother who had the idea to
Host meetings in their houses to enjoy a lively chat
Sharing views and ideas and starting something that
Led to home group meetings that spread out wide and far
And thus became the founding of NWR.
by Rosemary Crawford (Plympton NWR)
Before we break for the festive holidays we wanted to share with you these examples of completed anniversary Scrapbook pages which have kindly been shared by some groups in Hampshire.
We hope that you will find these helpful and please do share with your groups.
Don't forget that you can also look at our Pinterest pages for more inspiration. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nwrorguk/nwr-uk-2020-scrapbook-project
Antoinette, Natalie and I recently spent a wonderfully interesting day at The Women’s Library (part of the British Library and currently housed at the London School Of Economics, LSE, in Central London) looking at 60 years of NWR heritage.
The Women's Library houses England’s primary library and museum resource on women, women’s issues and history, and the women’s movement from, primarily, the 19th and 20th centuries. The main collection dates back to the mid-1920s, though the core collection was formed from a library established by Ruth Cavendish Bentinck in 1909. These archives moved to LSE, as part of the British Library collection, in 2013.
We had the opportunity to view photos and marketing materials dating back to the early 60s even the official annual reports and financial returns, though we decided to leave those for another day!
It was lovely to see photos of the women who set up and ran the organisation from 1980 - having read the book that details our first twenty years 1960-1980 (“The Lively-Minded Women” by Betty Jerman published in 1980) and it was great to see the original materials upon which it was based. Antoinette was delighted to find some photos of the National Group in the 1980's which included her.
Some of the publicity materials looked very dated, as they would, but the Golden Anniversary literature (from 2010) looked fresh and vibrant. We also found a hidden gem – a poster from the 1960s – which we are thinking of rejuvenating for our anniversary! (watch this space). It was sobering and yet reassuring to find that the problems and issues we have today have been there over the years and are really a feature of informal organisations such as ours.
I felt very nostalgic when I found some local press cuttings from Leighton Buzzard from the 1980's and recognised the names of friends I met through NWR. I’d like to thank our members and LOs for keeping such excellent records of our history and I think we owe it to the next generation of NWR to ensure we continue to send in materials from the last 10 years and onwards.
For those of you (individually or as a group) who would like to see the archives for yourselves NWR members are welcome to visit by appointment - see http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/the-womens-library or call LSE Library 020 7955 7229
Josephine Burt, Chair of Trustees
This year NWR made a commitment to our members to improve our accessibility as an organisation, including our responsibilities under the Equalities Act and financial accessibility, and to become and remain a Carbon Neutral organisation.
One initiative, launched in April, is the NWR members’ hardship fund. This is designed to ensure that members are never forced to leave NWR due to financial issues, illness etc. It also allows potential new members to receive subsidised membership, should hardship otherwise prevent them from joining.Our first hardship fund applicant came almost immediately via Susan, an LO.
Susan explained that a longstanding member, Belinda, had become seriously unwell and, when group subs renewals came around, found herself in difficulties. Her group felt — as I would — that it would be inappropriate to approach Belinda or her husband. So, what to do? Previously Belinda’s membership would have lapsed, along with that all-important connection with other women through our organisation’s local groups, regional events and conferences, regular newsletters and magazines and, of course, our very popular national conferences.
Fortunately, LO Susan knew about our new hardship fund and approached me directly. We discussed what NWR meant to Belinda and the nature of her illness. I decided to grant a three-month membership subsidy. Three months rolled by and Susan and I spoke again. Belinda had approached the group to ask about remaining a member and, to our delight, she said “Of course I want to stay!” Happy Days!
However, this isn’t about NWR or about one NWR group losing a member: it’s about making sure that women who want or need to be connected to likeminded women may do so - regardless of financial restrictions. Sitting at home today you might not consider that the loss of one member, long-term or new, matters - but it matters to them and it matters to me.
I am delighted to be with NWR to celebrate the diamond 60th anniversary and I am excited to see what we can do to involve as many women as possible in the years to come. So, as you peruse the magazine and attend your meetings, please think “What can I do, in my group or as an individual, to make sure that the objectives of NWR — to connect, to educate and intellectually stimulate women in my community — are honoured?” We all need to be thinking back over the past (nearly) 60 years and asking “What did I need?” and “What can I do now?”
Happy 59 and a halfth anniversary, and I look forward to seeing you all next year! AMH
Nantwich & Audlem group are very sad to announce the loss of a much-loved member. Sue had been an NWR member since 1988 when she joined as a young mum living in South Cheshire with husband David and their three sons Oly, Tom and Ben. They enjoyed a happy family life in a beautiful rural area and Sue was an active member of Nantwich & Audlem organising walks, treasure hunts and many other activities. Once the boys had grown and fled the nest Sue and David travelled far and wide in their cosy motorhome, enjoying the wonderful experiences of many countries. Sue was always interested in hearing about everyone else's travles too and loved to receive postcards, news and photos from around the world.
Sadly in 2014 Sue was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and during the past six years has received outstanding care, and several different lines of therapy, at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. She lost the battle on 18th May 2020 which was a sad day for everyone who had ever known her. NWR has lost a valued and lovely member, who attracted friends wherever she went. She is sadly missed by so many and we at Nantwich & Audlem send out heartfelt love to David and her family.
Park Gate NWR is sad to report the passing of long standing member Helen Mitchell, who had also been a member in Tring many years ago before moving to this area. She was a funny, kind and lovely lady who gave so much of her time to others. Even though disabled by many ailments her full and active life was a great inspiration. Meetings just wont be the same without her.
It is with great sadness that Poynton 3 NWR would like to announce the death of Marie Catherine Moncaster on 13th February 2020 aged 64. She had only been a member of our group for a few years, moving here following the death of her husband to be near her children. She immediately embraced Poynton life joining many activities. Her indomitable faith helped her to cope with cancer, having an eye surgically removed and later secondaries. Yet she always thought of others before herself and has left a huge void in people’s lives. She won’t be forgotten.
The Kilbarchan group is sad to report the death of 91-year old Brenda Munday, a long-standing member of the group. Brenda served on the National Group for several years from 1993 and attended many conferences, the last time being at the Glasgow Conference when she met many old friends.
Beith NWR is sad to report the death of our long standing member, Catriona Daly.
Catriona had been an Assistant Head Teacher in the local primary school, where she had taught for many years. She was a keen tennis and badminton player, giving much time to coaching children. Catriona was an enthusiastic NWR member, always keen to contribute by way of ideas, hospitality and enthusiasm and opinions. She was indeed a lively minded woman.
Anne, who died of cancer in July this year, had been a member of NWR and its predecessor the Housewives’ Register for more than forty years.
She was born in Shrewsbury, one of four sisters. Anne obtained a degree in History from Oxford University and a Diploma in Social Administration. After graduating she worked for the National Council of Social Services in London.
Anne married John in 1967 and they had three sons. They moved to Beccles in 1973. She had been diagnosed in early childhood with Retinitis Pigmentosa and her sight deteriorated until by the end of the Eighties she was totally blind. Despite this severe disability she was very involved in the community life of Beccles and took an active role in many organisations such as the Women’s Institute, Local History Society and Probus, where she was the programme secretary for many years.
She was the author of ten local history books, including “Daniel of Beccles”, a book of mediaeval manners. All proceeds from her books were donated to charities. She supported the Talking Newspaper for the Blind and Cancer Research and was instrumental with her husband and sons in raising money towards building Beccles Scout Hall.
For much of her life she was accompanied by a succession of five guide dogs, and they were familiar figures around the town. Lately she campaigned as a disabled person against the proposed ‘shared spaces’ traffic scheme.
Anne spoke French and German and had recently taken up re-studying Latin. She was well known and well respected in Beckles. Her full, active life and enthusiasm were a great inspiration to all. She is survived by her husband, two sons and four grandchildren.
Lyn died on 27 March. She had belonged to NWR for well over 20 years and had a truly lively mind. She was the mainstay of Witney group in attending meetings, organising theatre trips, concerts, an annual carol concert at Christchurch, Oxford, and much more. She was THE best advocate for the Telephone Treasure Trail which she hosted most years as well as being a clue holder.
Self-effacing, Lyn had a brilliant mathematical mind, was interesting on many topics, much respected, had a wicked sense of humour and was very kind. New members were always made very welcome but never in a pushy way.
Lyn was very much a family person. In later years, she and her husband Eric took every opportunity to travel widely and had some terrific adventures. She died young and will be missed by more people than she could ever imagine.
Rest in Peace Lyn.
Salisbury Group is sad to report the death of Rona, who was a founder member of NHR in the early 1960s. Rona was an enthusiastic NHR/NWR participant and attended almost every meeting and at least 33 annual conferences. She willingly took turns as LO, always came fully prepared with careful research and was not afraid to speak her mind firmly but sympathetically. As a lively minded mother of three she made the most of all the aims of the NWR.
Rona was closely involved as a hands-on member of Friends of the Earth and other environmental projects, and spent weekends at Greenham Common supporting the peace movement. Riding her bike until the age of 80, she continued to put her beliefs into practice.
Her lively mind and smiling presence will be much missed.
Evelyn passed away on 24 January 2019. She was a long-time and loyal member of the Dibden Purlieu Group. She will be very much missed by us all.
It has been said that life after death is how one lives on in the memories of those one has known. Beryl is certainly someone who will be remembered by many with affection.
She had extraordinary energy and a wide range of interests. She joined Stafford NWR in the early 70s, moving to Trentham in 1979 and Harrogate on retirement in 2002. In discussions she was an attentive listener, making pertinent contributions after careful consideration. She had strong convictions but was considerate of other peoples’ feelings.
Beryl had a great interest in languages and, after Aberystwyth University, she taught French and German in London, Stafford and finally in Stoke-on-Trent where she was head of French at St Joseph’s College, a job she loved. She cared greatly about her pupils’ well-being and success. In retirement, she was a secondary school volunteer mentor and, in her private life, she helped two children who had been through difficult times, having them to stay and introducing them to new activities and places. She found many new interests in retirement, including volunteering at the Harrogate Fair Trade shop, an important cause for her.
Like her husband Tony, Beryl loved travel, and retirement gave them the freedom to indulge this. This included some very demanding, even hair-raising drives. Some may remember Beryl’s account in the NWR magazine a few years ago of their 8,000-mile round trip to Senegal in an elderly estate car. More recently, they drove to Kyrgyzstan and took part in the Wacky Races trip through Albania’s Accursed Mountains.
Beryl also embraced Tony’s fascination with steam locomotives and their travel often involved train journeys in faraway places. In addition, they bought a flat in Picardy overlooking a level crossing and joined the local steam railway society, thus combining two pleasures — steam railways and friendships with French people.
Above all, however, Beryl loved her family. She was willing to drop everything to help her children and she was a caring and proud grandmother to her six grandchildren. She showed that same generosity to friends.
As well as being energetic and active, Beryl had a re-assuring serenity. She maintained this calm demeanour, facing illness with dignity and realism. Though we miss Beryl greatly, she will live on in our memories. It was a privilege to have known her.
Beryl (left) on a trip to Mali. The Imam was happy that she was properly dressed for a visit to the mosque!
NWR was established to enable women who were at home with small children to connect with other women and, from time to time, members tell me that "women don't need this any more".
I have at various times in my life been at home with a small child; been caring for an adult family member, working in a male-dominated environment, working alone from home; and I have moved to a new area where I knew no-one. It is these women, women like me, that we are reaching out to now!
Women can find it particularly challenging in this day and age to maintain and begin new friendships. There are hundreds of dating websites, and dating - including speed-dating - events across the country but where does a woman go who just wants to talk? Or walk? To keep her mind active? To find kindred spirits? They come - we hope - to NWR.
So, on International Women's Day, look at you group and ask - are we providing that friendly, welcoming environment that enabled us to join 10, 15 - even 30 years ago?
Here at NWR we are reaching out to women countrywide through local radio and television, local open-evening events, and by making sure that we can start to get our name known as a space where "you can do you"
Finally, if you want help attracting new members to your area just let me know!
We are the Shoreham (1) group based in Shoreham-by-Sea on the Sussex coast between Brighton and Worthing. Our group has 16 members currently and we are looking to recruit new members. We are a very lively, noisy and friendly group with a good range of interests.
Our meetings usually take place in the evenings and in 2018 we enjoyed the following - “Bag Lady” (5 items in a bag, guess the owner), Anti-Bucket List, My personality in a collage, What’s in the newspapers?, Talk about someone famous who shares your birthday, Pictures of members in past fashions, Unexplained happenings, Guess the year (5 clues), Talk from local charity, 4sight and Interesting Pub names. A few months ago at our ‘Time Travel’ evening we welcomed our area organisers, Jenny and Marilyn.
We’ve recently enjoyed a talk on aromatherapy, lunch at a local college prepared and served by the students, a pottery painting evening at a local garden centre and a craft evening. We also enjoyed a pre-Christmas buffet with Secret Santa presents – the budget was £5 and gifts had to be bought from a charity shop. Other than our evening meetings we have a monthly coffee morning, restaurant visits (an annual post-Christmas meal), a book group plus visits to museums and gardens, including NGS ones. We have also played croquet, an area event and have joined the Shoreham 2 NWR group for shared events
Last summer we went to Driftwood, the amazing award-winning coastal garden in Seaford, owned by Geoff Stonebanks. After a talk where we learned it takes Geoff seven hours over two days to water his plants, we visited each corner of the garden before sitting down to tea and cake made by him. “A perfect summer’s day in a beautiful garden” and “an inspirational garden” to quote two of our members.
Lorraine Nightingale and Cathy Ford, Shoreham 1 NWR group.
We are the Hatfield group from Hertfordshire.
The question of when we started caused some debate among the original members we still have. The consensus was we split away from another groups in about 1970. We currently have 19 members.
We try to meet weekly and in the past 6 months our activities have included research on Paddington Bear, mistresses, Romania and things beginning with A. We have shared poetry on the sea and readings on gardens. We have discussed idioms without ignoring the elephant in the room. Speakers have talked on Human Rights and Stonehenge. We have discussed a variety of books, some more popular than others. Outings have included a walk round Surrey Docks, lunch at a local pub (with discussion topic) and a visit to look at church graffiti.
We look forward in the next 6 months to a programme with quizzes, talks, book, plays and poetry on winter, as well as discussions, including something beginning with B. We clearly have a topic that will last some time! Do contavt us to find out more about our group if you would like to join us!
On a beautifully sunny day in September, 9 ladies from Dorking NWR had a guided tour of the Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. We were met at the entrance gate by one of our two Guides who were both members of the Sandhurst Trust which organises the tours, and were both retired officers who had passed through Sandhurst.
Our tour lasted about 3 hours, despite interruptions for a US General and about 50 British soldiers who were also visiting like us. After coffee we were given a brief history of the magnificent old college building which was designed by James Wyatt and was opened in 1812 as the Junior Department of the Royal Military College. The force behind the College was General Le Marchant, who decided that Britain needed properly trained officers if it was to be successful in battle. The present Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was founded in 1947 when the existing College, merged with the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and since then subsequent buildings have been added. The Academy's stated aim is to be the national centre of excellence for leadership and all British Army officers, as well as men and women from overseas, are trained at The Academy.
We had a tour of various prestige rooms including the Indian Army Memorial Room with splendid stained glass windows, and rooms with remarkable military memorabilia. As we were admiring an impressive modern painting of the Queen in the Grand Entrance, a somewhat dignified but very pleasant military gentleman stopped and talked to us and only afterwards did we discover that he was the Commander of Sandhurst. We also visited the newly refurbished Catholic Chapel and the awe inspiring Royal Memorial Chapel, made even more poignant by the several transparent Perspex soldiers sitting in the pews as part of the WW1 Remembrance Day Soldier Silhouettes. The plaques on the walls reminded us of the sacrifice made of thousands of lives, so it was humbling to see some of the new recruits going through their rigorous officers’ training in the beautiful grounds.
Our only disappointment was that after our tour we had lunch in the canteen like a regular squaddie and not in the Officers’ mess! ...but we had a very interesting visit.
Sue Jamieson, NWR Dorking Group member
"We have two groups based in Poole, Dorset, one meeting on a Tuesday and one on a Wednesday. Originally we were all one group but we had to split about 5 or 6 years ago owing to the group becoming too large to fit into anyone's living room. We now have a total between the two groups of 17 members. The original group started in the 1960's and we still have one or two members who joined in the very early years.
In the last twelve months we have included in our programmes such topics as a poetry evening where one of our members composed a lovely poem about her dog, a play reading using the brilliant play written by a Congleton member, a discussion about the New Year's Honours list, Harvest Fayre tasting using local produce and a discussion about computer Apps.
We have also had a couple of speakers this year - a lady who had been the Queen's dresser, and a man who has been a coach driver for 40 years who has a fund of amusing stories!
The two groups also meet regularly for lunches and coffee mornings and we have about 4 events a year to which partners are invited. These have included a games evening, a petanque session, and a walk in the New Forest. All the social events of course include food!!
We also take part in NWR national events such as the Telephone Treasure Trail, the national country theme (this year Romania), and the theme of Dangerous Knowledge. Some of our members will be attending the Area Meeting organised by the Salisbury group."
We are always on the lookout for new members who can be assured of a warm welcome."
Introducing the Chester Grosvenor NWR group...
Chester Grosvenor NWR group was formed after the original Chester South group grew too popular and accommodating members in our homes - even using the stairs to sit on - became a problem. Chester South was subsequently split into two groups, Eaton and Grosvenor in, we think, 1979.
We meet every fortnight, in the evening, and have recently started a programme of daytime outings. Our evening meetings cover topics as varied as universal suffrage - the right to vote for all adults; Room 101: What would you banish into Room 101 – what object, or person, really annoys you; Naughty but Nice, Underwear from 1840 to the present day; ‘The colour purple’, wear purple and bring interesting things or facts along; Art critic night: Choose a painting and research/review it for the meeting. One of our favourite evenings is to choose a letter from the alphabet, for example the letter A, and then we each select something beginning with this letter to talk about - the range of topics is astonishing! Theatre visits are also an annual treat.
Our daytime outings include walks, museums, art exhibitions, National Trust properties and anything else that has caught our interest.
These are some of our members' experiences of NWR:
"I joined NWR 25 years ago when my youngest child started school as I wanted some 'me’ time after all those early years at home. I had been urged to join by a friend and although I already knew a few people locally, I have met so many more on joining and since. I find it a good way to keep in touch and see people without having to arrange too much! And I have learned a lot (e.g. the saxophone was invented in Belgium, where incest is still legal ...). Most of our meetings are within walking distance so a relaxing evening with friends and a glass (or two) of wine is very possible." Penny White.
"I first joined in Culcheth after I had my first baby in 1972, to meet other people and talk about topics other than small children. Not that I said much then, but NWR did give me confidence gradually to join in!" Chris Westcott.
"We arrived in Chester in 1979 with a 20 month old toddler and two week old baby. Apart from my husband I knew nobody but we hadn't been in the house for long before a knock on the door resulted in the introduction to NWR. I am eternally grateful to Christine for making contact - we remain close friends and NWR has played a big part, both directly and indirectly, in establishing Chester as our home." Mary Pole.
"I’ve really enjoyed being a member of Chester Grosvenor NWR. As a relatively new member, having only moved to the area three years ago, I was fortunate to be introduced via a friend of a friend and immediately found myself part of a group of lively women. I have made new friends and feel that membership has eased me into feeling part of the local community. I have found the range of activities and discussions stimulating and fun. I like the way the group is always thinking of new things to do, explore and talk about." Julie Savory.
Some of our members have been in NWR for over 40 years and we are pleased to say that we continue to welcome new members to the group. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.
The Houston group, Renfrewshire, meet twice monthly and have around 15 members many of whom are long standing since we formed in 1981.
Recently we have had lively discussions stimulated by newspaper cuttings and a book evening on ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman.
One of our members visited Romania and was able to give us first hand information accompanied by a slide show and Palinca schnapps.
The photo was taken in Balfron, Stirlingshire, where we had a most interesting guided tour of the village. We have also walked round Glasgow city centre discovering many amazing hidden murals painted by various street artists.
We are eagerly awaiting the Telephone Treasure Trail which always gets our brains fired up.
New members are always warmly welcomed to join us in stimulating company and friendship.