Whatever happened to summer?

What happened to our summer break?

Staff and the volunteers who run NWR can usually rely on a quiet period between late July and September to catch up on annual tasks and outstanding issues.  After all the hard work of the national conference is over, the pace changes and we can relax a bit to take holidays, spend time with our families or just enjoy the summer. 

Early work on the Telephone Treasure Trail then starts in August and preparations for the next trustee meeting get underway in September as everyone focuses on the year ahead.

Not this year however! 

Staff and trustee resignations have made this a busy summer and early Autumn as replacements have to be found to keep our organisation going.  New job roles and descriptions for staff had to be agreed and advertised. Then came the shortlisting and interviews and, for the lucky applicants, an induction schedule and settling in period to be organised. 

To keep the organisation going we need a whole range of volunteers from Regional/Area Organisers, to special group leaders, to trustees.   We encourage any interest and aim to find ways to use members' experiences and skills.

So we look forward to working with our new members of staff, our new trustees and volunteers as they bring new ideas and fresh energy. 

I can now return to my garden and reading and relaxing - for a few weeks at least... although the TTT is coming up quickly... and then there is Christmas...

Best wishes

Josephine

 

 

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The Angela Walker Quiz

The Angela Walker Quiz

Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Angela Walker Quiz. The winners were Rugby. Leicester came in second and Coventry in third - so very well done to all your teams!

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Up Hill and Down Dale - Women Rambling On Again

Up Hill and Down Dale - Women Rambling On Again

Four members of Arnold NWR joined with around 50 other NWR members recently for a very enjoyable day event organised by members of Trentham NWR, Staffordshire Moorlands NWR and Marilyn Vigurs, Area Organiser.

The venue was The Tea Junction at Hulme End (http://www.teajunctionhulmeend.co.uk/). In the morning we enjoyed an illustrated talk by eminent local photographer Simon Watkinson (www.world-infocus.co.uk). Simon entertained us with wonderful photographs from around the world and closer to home, showing how you can achieve great results by getting up early, going out in all weathers, and always having your camera to hand for any unexpected opportunity! Also how to improvise and make use of what equipment is to hand.


After a lovely lunch provided by the team at The Tea Junction (including feta cheesecake...yummy!!), we split into groups for an afternoon of activities. The more active amongst us set off for a 5-mile ramble; another group embarked on a treasure hunt in nearby Hartington. The largest group went with Simon a short distance to Beresford Dale, for an afternoon workshop on how to improve our photography using our various types of camera, tablets, phones etc. We learned how to use a variety of settings that some of us didn’t realise our cameras had! Simon patiently showed us how to access the menu options on our cameras and choose appropriate settings for the conditions. We were then set loose for a couple of hours, to wander along the dale and experiment taking different pictures and changing the camera/phone settings to compensate for bright sunlight and strong shadows and reflections.
We all reconvened for tea and cake and closing remarks having had a most enjoyable day in glorious sunshine!


Thanks to all the organisers and to the wonderful catering team at The Tea Junction!


Arnold NWR

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Fear & Loathing via Abergavenny

Fear & Loathing via Abergavenny

Author, Carol Lovekin recently spoke at the Newport Regional Conference. It's not often we get to hear what the experience was like from the other side of the table but Carol agreed to share her experience with us...

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Listen to the NWR Magazine online

Listen to the NWR Magazine online

Did you know you can listen to the NWR Magazine? Trustee, Jo Thomson, tells us about getting into the recording studio.

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Liz Valette
I couldn't find an audio file, the link took me to the digital version of the Autumn 2016 magazine.
Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:37
Lynn Welsher
You have to scroll right down to the bottom of the list Liz then click on Autumn 2016 underneath where it says ' Listen to an audi... Read More
Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:18
Lynn Welsher
Well done ladies - very clearly read!
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10,000 meetings a year

10,000 meetings a year

Group meetings are the heart of NWR and an amazing 10,000 are held each year - at least! That is an incredible amount of discussion, chat, research, learning, fun and laughter. 

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We Got Rhythm

We Got Rhythm

Two NWR groups in the Midlands got together recently for a fun-filled evening of Brazilian drumming.

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That looks like an excellent day Jenny!
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On the trail of Capability

On the trail of Capability

Inspired by accounts in the NWR magazine of other groups’ travels, eight members of Woolton Hill Group organised an away break to Gloucestershire.

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That looks like a wonderful trip Nicole - lots of places I know well living in The Midlands but makes me want to revisit them now!... Read More
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What is special about NWR?

What is special about NWR?

Defining what is special about NWR is something we have tried to describe since we started in 1960. What is the difference between NWR and the WI or U3A, or any of the online groups such as Meetup groups or Together Friends? Sometimes it is easier to say what we don't do - get involved with fundraising or engaged in campaigning - than be concise about what we are. However let's try!

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Ginnie Rhodes
Great blog Josephine , summarises us very nicely .. thank you
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:11
Sarah Akhtar
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New Year’s resolutions: What to do and how to stick to it

New Year’s resolutions: What to do and how to stick to it

Have you joined a gym? Are you cutting down on alcohol? Have you decided to be kinder to yourself or others? What is your New Year’s resolution?

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Who was the REAL Saint Nic?

Who was the REAL Saint Nic?

What do pickled children, whipping and kidnapping have to do with Christmas? We all recognise the jolly old white man with red cheeks and a red fur suit - but who was this man and where did our beloved Santa come from?

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A different kind of Christmas: Salisbury NWR remind us not to forget the fairies!

A different kind of Christmas: Salisbury NWR remind us not to forget the fairies!

Every year, St Thomas's Church in Salisbury holds a tree festival. This year, there were around 108 entries and Salisbury NWR entered this magical fairy tree! The design is based on a traditional story from Australia about the origin of the fairy on the Christmas tree.

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Spider infested shower blocks? No thanks, we'd rather go glamping!

Spider infested shower blocks? No thanks, we'd rather go glamping!

Matlock NWR Visit to Hoe Grange

Following Brexit, British and overseas tourists alike have been making the most of the weak pound and choosing to spend their holidays in the UK. And they are not the grimy backpacker type or the sort that enjoys cheesy arcade game caravan sites. These are sophisticated travellers who want to holiday in style.

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A week in the life of a trustee

A week in the life of a trustee

Last week was Trustee Week. If you wonder what we get up to, here is one week in the life of a trustee (me!).

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Thank you Josephine for an interesting insight into your work as Chair of the NWR Trustees. It is obviously demanding on time and... Read More
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Adventure by bus

Adventure by bus

Trentham NWR spent a day on the buses, exploring life as viewed from the top deck. Member, Sarah Akhtar, tells us about their adventure...

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Stories galore at Biddulph

Stories galore at Biddulph

A presentation by Nigel Daley at the Staffs Moorlands Restoration conference in September 2015 about the renovation of Biddulph Old Hall from a rundown ruin to a “des res”, proved so popular that it prompted the organisation of an NWR visit.

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The restoration of Biddulph Old Hall is a labour of love. Its walls could tell so many stories spanning many centuries, so how won... Read More
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Alright darling?

Alright darling?

A whistle and a honk of the horn. “Phoooar I’d like a piece of that!” shouted one man out of the window. “Smile love!” called the other as I did my best to ignore them...

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Brighton's Sewer Tour: Into the depths...

Brighton's Sewer Tour: Into the depths...

On the Sunday morning of the NWR Conference weekend a large group of us were taken on an underground tour of the Victorian sewers of Brighton. There are 48km of sewers - but we only walked along 366 metres! 

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The referendum, rock & roll and relativity – NWR Conference 2016

The referendum, rock & roll and relativity – NWR Conference 2016

The conference this year was full of interest, lively conversation and fun! Fortunately, my journey to Brighton was considerably less traumatic than some, due to ongoing industrial action and flash flooding in London.

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One member's 12th of May diary

One member's 12th of May diary

On 12 May 2016, anyone in the UK could record their diary and send it to the Mass Observation Archive, which is housed at The Keep in Brighton. The Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain and our members were asked to send their diaries in, not only to The Mass Observation Archive, but to NWR as well so that we could get a glimpse into a day in the life of our members.

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