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
Super User
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
Sunday, 24 January 2016 17:35
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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Liz Valette
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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Guest — Julie Berry
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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Accepting the 2015 Mary Stott Award

Accepting the 2015 Mary Stott Award

In June this year, I was delighted to receive the Mary Stott Award for my play writing. The plays are for all-female casts and are hired by NWR and other women’s groups.

It is wonderful to be able to combine my hobby of writing with raising money for two of my favourite charities. I’d like to thank the NWR groups around the country who hire the plays and keep them circulating by posting them on to each other.

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Julie Berry
The Deepings Group have enjoyed your Plays Linda - the Biscuit one sticks in my mind particularly. The plays make for a super, ent... Read More
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:06
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Ten steps to end loneliness

Ten steps to end loneliness

Talent, financial success, fame and adoration offer no protection from the subjective experience of loneliness. There is nothing inherently problematic about solitude itself. Loneliness isn’t about being alone, it’s about not feeling connected. There is nothing trivial, comical or poignantly romantic about loneliness.

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Liz Valette
There's nothing worse than admitting to loneliness, actually coming clean that you are 'Billy no mates'. When you meet people for ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:17
Liz Valette
I've a friend that has bereaved twice losing both husbands to cancer. Even though she has an extensive warm and loving family the ... Read More
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Crazy about colouring

Crazy about colouring

Of the top 10 books sold by Amazon this year, four were colouring books for adults.

Forget the idea that colouring books are for children. In a time-short world dominated by digital screens, many adults are now embracing the concept of the soothing art of colouring. Chosen for their creativity and the quality of the illustrations and paper, colouring books for adults are of an exceptionally high quality. They are designed to help calm, destress and focus the mind in the belief that exploring colour and space occupies parts of the brain that might normally be involved in anxiety.

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Guest — Caroline Martin
What a clever idea for a competition! it is very topical and anything to relax the mind is welcome.
Friday, 13 November 2015 11:03
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A walk with a purpose

A walk with a purpose

At Rugeley we’re on the doorstep of Cannock Chase, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty boasting 26 square miles of mixed woodland with large areas of coniferous and heathland.

Its features made it ideal, throughout both wars, as an area for training the soldiers about to be sent overseas. We decided to walk a very small part of the Chase, one fine evening in August, to view a few of the historical sites that are still evident from the encampments of the First World War.

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Thanks Rugely. My history interest is definitely piqued. Must tell you about Deepings history inspired visit to Lincoln's Magna C... Read More
Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:22
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The Yorkshire delights I got to see with my photo competition prize money

The Yorkshire delights I got to see with my photo competition prize money

I was so thrilled when Jeanette House, the Trustee responsible for organising the Photo Competition, rang me to say I had won! The prize of two nights in Yorkshire was another opportunity to add to my photo collection.

In late April my husband and I travelled up to The Steeton Hall Hotel in Keighley stopping at the fabulous Yorkshire Sculpture Park for lunch on the way – lots of lambs and Henry Moore sculptures and far too much to see in a quick visit.

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Guest — Jenny Lee
What a great trip, Lynn. Well done on winning the photo competition. I wonder if it could become an annual event ( even if the fir... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:05
Lynn Welsher
Thanks Jenny. Yes me too - I did ask if they could be available online but maybe it was too much work.
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:19
Liz Valette
It's a thoroughly deserved prize Lynn, you have a good eye for great photography.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 05:04
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A Japanese year for Trentham

A Japanese year for Trentham

Trentham NWR has been fortunate this year – with Japan as our themed country – to have had Chitose Ikawa from Tokyo as a member of our group while she was here studying at Keele. Nearing the end of Chitose’s year in the UK a few of us took her to Tatton Park to visit the famous Japanese Garden. Built by Japanese craftsmen in 1910 for the 3rd Lord Egerton it features acers, azaleas, water irises, a tea house and a Shinto shrine. Our guide walked us through explaining each item and its meaning, pointing out essential components such as the sacred fox Inari in his red bib, a turtle, water, bridges, stepping stones and zigzag paths to fool the devil.

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I'm looking forward to receiving the Autumn magazine and reading Chitose's article.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:13
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Legs up, feet flexed – prepare for landing!

Legs up, feet flexed – prepare for landing!

My tandem skydiving experience was a present from my children for my 60th birthday last year. You can imagine my surprised look when I opened the envelope!

I booked the dive early in the year, timing it so that it came soon after my son's wedding so as not to leave me with too much time to dwell on it.

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Guest — Sarah Akhtar
Well done Linden, rather you than me!
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:43
Marilyn Vigurs
What next Linden?
Friday, 21 August 2015 22:03
Lynn Welsher
Well done - brave lady !! Parascending a few years ago was enough excitement for me!
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 17:03
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Twenty years on and still hostelling strong

Twenty years on and still hostelling strong

Little did we think some 20-plus years ago when we piled into cars surrounded by tents, walking gear and food, ready for a camping weekend in Derbyshire with our NWR group, that we’d still be heading off together all these years later. However, after that first weekend under canvas we decided to give Youth Hostels a try and we’ve been hostelling at least once every year since!

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Why I’m a member of NWR

Why I’m a member of NWR

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. 

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Guest — Sarah Akhtar
I couldn't have put it better myself!
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Guest — Jenny
Absolutely brilliant Marilyn! I vote you PR Chief Executive!
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 15:23
Guest — Carol Gorton
Great memories, thank you Marilyn.
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Married life in Lebanon, a magic carpet and the breathtaking beauty of Scotland: Q&A with Author, Mairi Nasr

Married life in Lebanon, a magic carpet and the breathtaking beauty of Scotland: Q&A with Author, Mairi Nasr

Mairi Nasr grew up in rural Scotland, she moved to the Middle East and lived there for twenty years with her Lebanese husband and three children. She is co-author of children’s fantasy novel, Food Wars.

Food Wars follows the story of Porky, an obese teenager from Glasgow, who teams up with seven other ‘Keepers’ from across the world. The Keepers wage war on the Food Masters, the corporations that control the world food market. 

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Want to organise an event? We can help!

Want to organise an event? We can help!

Events are great to attend and can be fun to organise - why not take advantage of the fact the we are a national organisation and invite some new people along too?

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