Wimborne NWR dives into the virtual world during lockdown

See their article here  Wimborne-article-in-Viewpoint-May-2020 

or read below.

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.

Membership of NWR is open to all women. Enquiries can be made by filling in the contact form on the website nwr. org.uk or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What a great piece of writing and such good publicity! Well done.
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Buckhurst Hill & Woodford Green "old timers" reunion

Buckhurst Hill & Woodford Green "old timers" reunion

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!

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NWR Office notice

Please note that the office is currently closed due to the Corona virus but staff are continuing to work from home.  

We would appreciate if members could email the office if you have any questions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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WhatsAppening?

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.  

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Broadstone afternoon

Broadstone afternoon

Broadstone Afternoon members exercising and observing the isolation code! 

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Lytham St Anne's diamond celebration

Here are some photos of our group’s Celebration Afternoon Tea at Lytham Hall on Diamond Day. The local press came, took photos and wrote two articles about us. We each had a goody bag containing a special memento which consisted of a tea light holder with our own commemorative transfers affixed. We proposed a toast to Maureen Nicol and a good time was had by all.

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Boscombe East - Ruby Anniversary

Boscombe East - Ruby Anniversary

As our National Organisation celebrates the 60th Anniversary of our creation, we the members of the Boscombe East Group celebrated our 40th Anniversary in February.

The members decided to mark the occasion with an afternoon tea at the Listen Hotel, Boscombe. We invited some past members who had moved away from our area and were very pleased that they could join us.

To mark the occasion members wore red for the ruby anniversary and all looked splendid.

Over the years our members have been involved with the Southampton National Conference, organizing two local conferences and attending many national and local conferences. One member was a trustee for a period of time.

It was lucky that I found the copy of the original letter sent to all members in February 1980 when the group became too big for most homes to accommodate. As one of the present LOs along with my colleague we decided to split the group by geographical location. It has worked well ever since and we have welcomed many new members over the years.

Here’s to the next 40 years!!

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Women of the World

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,

humiliation, degradation,

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

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Trip to Lytham Hall

Trip to Lytham Hall

Lytham St Annes group are to celebrate Diamond Day with a celebratory Afternoon Tea at our local Georgian manor house Lytham Hall.

Attached is a photo of a vintage bus trip to Lytham Hall that some of our members took a few weeks ago. The vehicle is a 1960s single decker Leyland Tiger Cub owned and driven by John Edwards (the husband of one of or members). The bus will be 60 years old this March 2020 so it was the perfect choice.

 

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CAT Radio: Kate Blakemore chats to Jill from the National Women’s Register

For the last 7 years Judy Challinor and I, along with other local members, have represented NWR at Nantwich’s Societies spectacular – an annual showcase for local groups, societies and charities. Each year a local radio broadcaster CAT Radio have been there providing background music. Last July I took the plunge and spoke to their presenter about appearing on the station to publicise NWR. The result can be heard by pressing on the link below. A recording from 6th December.

I confess to being somewhat nervous but Kate Blakemore put me at my ease and away we went. I was expecting to just chat for 10 minutes or so but I was there for the whole hour show! I urge people to give it a go and become a radio presenter – even if it is for just an hour!

Here is the link : 

http://thisisthecat.com/the-motherwell-show-kate-blakemore-chats-to-jill-from-the-national-womens-register/

Jill Lucas

Joint Area Organiser for the Midlands 01 Region

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Poetry - The Founding of NWR

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)

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Scrapbook Examples

 

NWR Diamond LogoCompleted Scrapbook examples from Hampshire

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.

Likewise if you have completed your pages and are desperate to show them off then please do email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - I'd love to share a few each month!

 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

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Scrapbook Project

NWR 2020 Scrapbook Project

**Notice***  WE ARE PAUSING THE SCRAPBOOKS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  THE CO-ORDINATORS HAVE BEEN INFORMED AND WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH GROUPS TO ADVISE WHEN WE CAN CONTINUE.

pause the scrapbooks until further notice and that co-ordinators have been informed and will be in touch when we can continue.

pause the scrapbooks until further notice and that co-ordinators have been informed and will be in touch when we can continue.

The Scrapbook project is part of the Diamond Anniversary celebrations. Please find some information which may answer any questions you may have. 

NWR groups have been divided into 8 regions; Central, Eastern, Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, South East and South West plus the independent members. Each Region has a Regional Co-ordinator who will be responsible for all the groups in their area. 

They have all been issued with A3 paper and an art carrier for safekeeping the pages in. Each co-ordinator will be responsible for planning a 'route' for the scrapbooks between the groups in their area. The plan is that your group will have two weeks in which to complete your entry.  Ideally, the scrapbooks will be handed over in person from group to group, where possible, to encourage a feeling of interconnection and of being part of a National Organisation.  If not, other ways of forwarding will be worked out. 

Please be patient with your co-ordinators who will begin to notify groups of when they will receive the scrapbooks shortly. The number of groups in each region ranges from 32 to 76 so it may be some time before it reaches your group. 

What happens when the 'scrapbook' reaches your group? You may already be aware that they are not actual books but sheets of A3 paper which will be combined and bound to form books.  

  • In your turn, the A2 art carrier containing the blank sheets and any completed sheets will be delivered to you.
  • Each group should take 2 sheets of the same colour paper and complete it in PORTRAIT style.
  • The content is entirely up to your group but try and aim for 50% images and 50% words.... Possibly a link with 1960 and now......Be creative and make it look attractive........ include e.g. reports, poems, photos, anything you feel reflects your group (but not just 'we did this', 'we did that'). You can choose your own font, size for words and colour of words.
  • For ideas see the NWR Pinterest site at…                                                 

 https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nwrorguk/nwr-uk-2020-scrapbook-project 

  • The only stipulation is that a one-and-a-half-inch border MUST be left at the edge to be bound. The other three sides should have a 1-inch border, or slightly less as long as nothing overhangs the paper. 
  • The pages will be in the form of a double page spread and only one side of each piece is to be used. To use both sides could cause a problem with glue seepage etc. When the scrapbooks are ready for binding and completion, the blank sides will be clipped together in some way, but this is not something the groups need to concern themselves with. 
  • Please ensure your group name is included somewhere on the pages.
  • Also, in the A2 carrier will be some A3 plastic wallets. Once your pages are completed, please place them with blank sides together and put them behind previously completed pages. This will enable other groups to have a look without needing to take them out of the wallet and risking tearing them. 
  • Your co-ordinator will tell you who the 'scrapbook' is to be passed on to.

It is anticipated that the project is completed by the end of 2020 and will be available to view at the 2021 Conference. Ultimately it will be presented to The Women's Library, where our archives are stored.

We hope you will all enjoy filling in your pages and look forward to seeing what NWR means to you!

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Sue Lowe Pic

Susan Lowe

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.

 

Helen Mitchell 1949-2020

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.

Marie Catherine Moncaster

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.

Brenda Munday, 1928-2019

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.

Catriona Daly 

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 Frith, 1940-2019

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 Imeson

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.

Rona Shellabear, 1930 -2019

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 Smith

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.

Beryl Thorndike

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!

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Dereham & District enjoying a walk at Oxborough Hall

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Festive Afternoon Tea

Solihull Group having a Festive Afternoon Tea instead of our usual Christmas Dinner! 

 

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Annual Christmas Tree Festival

Annual Christmas Tree Festival
On the 28th November, St.Mary's Church, Ottery St Mary, was the venue for the Eighth Annual Christmas Tree Festival.
This year our NWR tree was one of 50, all individually decorated by traders and organisations, celebrating our community.
We were able to 'advertise' our organisation, in the knowledge that several hundreds of people were able to see it during the five day festival.
Each year we take pride in our tree and hope that perhaps it might encourage more people to join us, whilst enjoying such a wonderful sight in our Grade 1 listed building. 
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Well done ladies, Christmas tree festivals are a great way to publicise NWR.
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Plympton Romany themed summer party

Plympton Group's Romany themed Summer party - we are holding up the beaded wind chimes we made as part of the evening. 

Plympton Romany themed Summer Party July 2018 2

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