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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Lynn Welsher
That looks like an excellent day Jenny!
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 20:05
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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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Lynn Welsher
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
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 20:31
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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
Great article. What I think makes us different (and better) is the informality of NWR. No minutes or agenda, plenty of member part... Read More
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:11
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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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Marilyn Vigurs
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
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:28
Jenny Lee
I'd just like to echo all that Marilyn has said and say a big 'thank you' to Josephine and her hardworking colleagues. A lot of wo... Read More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:19
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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
Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:06
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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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Liz Valette
I lived in Hove for many years but left for S E Hampshire in the early sixties. Back in those days I never gave the sewers a thoug... Read More
Friday, 01 July 2016 14:20
Barbara Richardson
Only just noticed your comments Liz. Yes, the sewer tours have been going for years. I moved to the south coast in 1963 and had ... Read More
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 09:42
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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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NWR Trentham travel back to 1916

NWR Trentham travel back to 1916

A film, a community event, a Facebook group, a great deal of research and a lot of fun.

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Well done ladies, what a fascinating 'time travelling' journey. I'm sure those children will remember their experience for the res... Read More
Monday, 09 May 2016 16:34
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Being a BBC broadcaster for a day

Being a BBC broadcaster for a day

On Saturday 5 March, Thornbury North group had an interesting and enjoyable visit to the BBC Studios for radio and television in Bristol. A group of 16 of us were given a guided tour around the BBC Bristol complex, visiting radio and television studios, especially the Points West studio and also the roof garden from where the weather forecast is often broadcast.

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Year of the English Garden

Year of the English Garden

To mark the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown and in celebration of England's many fabulous gardens, landscapes and events, VisitEngland is promoting 'Year of the English Garden' as a key PR theme for 2016.

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My difficult journey through Facial Palsy

My difficult journey through Facial Palsy

Last week was Facial Palsy Awareness Week and to highlight it, I wanted to share my personal story…

I thoroughly enjoyed my career in education and gave no indication of slowing down. However, one morning I awoke with severe vertigo. I tried to get out of bed but this just instigated a series of vomiting and seizures. The transfer to the ambulance was horrific because any movement exacerbated the vertigo, causing vomiting and further seizures.

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Literary lunch with Dominic Goodwin

Literary lunch with Dominic Goodwin

Having built up quite a surplus of cash in the group's bank account, thanks to a win in the Telephone Treasure Trail and the prize draw for new members at the National Conference in Glasgow last year, Pickering and District members decided to splash out on a lunch date with a local celebrity, actor/director Dominic Goodwin.

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A really interesting blog, and a great idea how to use funds to benefit members! I am cross that when I tapped to rate it 5 Stars,... Read More
Sunday, 28 February 2016 13:58
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