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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Jenny Lee
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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Hilary Hiscox
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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The 'clink clink' of forks, plates and...prison keys

The 'clink clink' of forks, plates and...prison keys

As it was at my suggestion that a party of seven Dartford NWR ladies reserved a table at the ‘Clink’ restaurant in Brixton Prison, I was a little nervous concerning the success of the excursion. The information regarding security was daunting. Everyone remembered to bring some sort of identification but when I reminded them that we were not to have in excess of £50 in cash, a kerfuffle ensued as purses were turned out and bank notes locked away in cars.

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Marilyn Vigurs
We have been to the Secret Diner at HMP Sudbury open prison, which is more like a canteen with friendly service from the inmates a... Read More
Monday, 15 February 2016 19:37
Liz Valette
My goodness me, I didn't know these places existed. This is food for thought, pardon the pun, my curiosity is aroused and my appet... Read More
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Susan Meadows
Have heard that the food and service at Styal is excellent!
Friday, 19 February 2016 21:17
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Salisbury sing to the tune of Elvis

Salisbury sing to the tune of Elvis

Salisbury NWR groups one and two joined together on 6 January 2015 for an Epiphany Party.

As well as consuming delicious nibbles, both savoury and sweet, we had exercised the little grey cells with a couple of anagram quizzes and a picture quiz on Salisbury below eye level that certainly separated the highly observant from those who who are too busy trying not to stumble on Salisbury’s uneven pavements!

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Guest — Vanessa
Good fun
Monday, 18 January 2016 14:23
Guest — Vanessa
Good fun but get an accompanist to keep you in tune!
Monday, 18 January 2016 14:24
Liz Valette
That's hilarious, well done ladies. I love the idea of the picture quiz below eye level.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:01
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Christmas in the land of Oz

Christmas in the land of Oz

Christmas Day arrives usually in the presence of brilliant sunshine, tweeting birds and the sounds of excited children who have opened their presents from Santa much too early.

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Guest — Carole Aveley, Brisbane West
Beautiful Bev, well done. That is an excellent picture of the festivities in Australia. I am enjoying the season in Cape Town. Las... Read More
Monday, 21 December 2015 06:40
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Terrific photos and insight into Christmas 'down under'. I think I could do with a bit of that sunshine, that's for sure! Thank yo... Read More
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Guest — Beverly Shaw
Well, it hardly seems possible that we are close to the end of January 2016. After focusing on Christmas in Oz, we are now to cel... Read More
Monday, 25 January 2016 02:03
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Feisty mothers and daughters dance and ululate the night away

Feisty mothers and daughters dance and ululate the night away

One of our members has a daughter in a Zazu tribal dance group, so it was suggested that, for a slightly different meeting, we could invite them to entertain us one evening.

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Oh what fun!! These ladies look absolutely fabulous in their costumes. I'm one of those people who can't sit still when the music ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:34
Guest — Josephine
Yes I would have joined in too! What lovely costumes too which must add fluidity to moves. I love to dance and there have been se... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 21:36
Marilyn Vigurs
This comment is a bit belated, but thank you for sharing and please invite the Trentham group along next time. It looks and sound... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2016 23:34
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Big Read 2015 book reviews

Big Read 2015 book reviews

The Big Read book list for 2015 was put forth by NWR's Grantham group in keeping with the 2015 theme of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights. Here are the reviews from our members...

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Thank you letter to Gladstone's Library from our Short Story Competition winner

Thank you letter to Gladstone's Library from our Short Story Competition winner

Thank you for the wonderful prize of two nights' stay at Gladstone Library. I wasn't sure what to expect but it exceeded any expectations I might have had.

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I want to stay there myself. .. even more now.
Monday, 23 November 2015 13:13
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From strangers to friends

From strangers to friends

It is nearly five years since my husband and I took the unusual step of inviting strangers into our home for a weekend of cultural exchange, and we’re glad we did. Through a small charity called HOST we have welcomed some delightful international students from across the world and had the unique opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures from the people who grew up in them.

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I can imagine their excitement of visiting the National Trust's Blickling Hall. I visited for the first time this summer, staying ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:54
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