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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.

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Scrapbook Project

NWR 2020 Scrapbook Project

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…                                           

  • 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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Telephone Treasure Trail - Winners for 2019

Thank you to all groups who participated in this years quiz and a big thank you to the Battle & District group for hosting.

Please find the Clues and Answers and the Winners for 2019 by using this link TTT 2019 and scrolling down the page to download.      

Some testimonials from participating groups.....

Lymm had a great time last night doing the Telephone Treasure Trail.  It is one of our annual highlights.  

Poynton 3

“Thank you so much Battle Group for a great Quiz. We all really enjoyed it. It struck a good compromise between fiendishly difficult and too easy.  We set it a few years ago and know how hard it is!

Thanks for your hard work”…

Ross on Wye

“Thank you – a good quiz- sufficiently challenging but not too obscure. We had a great evening.” 

Heswall 2

“Thank you for an excellent quiz-we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Well done – great theme.

Arnold (Nottingham)

“Thank you very much Battle and District Group. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It is one of the most popular meetings in our year.”


“We have suffered severe flooding and the post has been disrupted. Will post on 12/11/19 but not sure what the collections are like.  We thought it was a good quiz. Made you think but we got most interested to find the answers we missed. Thank you.”


“Thank you! We had a great evening doing the quiz!”


Thank you! We enjoyed it! Congrats!

St. Margaret’s and Twickenham,

We really enjoyed this year’s TTT even if we didn’t find all the answers! Many thanks to Battle and District for an interesting evening.  

Letchworth Garden City

Thank you all very much, Battle NWR Group, we had a great evening and thought you did a fantastic job! Web clue-No idea!!

Cheltenham and Charlton Kings

We wanted to thank you for setting a very good quiz!  You did an excellent job of having a clear theme, lots of different types of clues and a good level of difficulty. We had an excellent evening of entertainment. We really appreciate the time and trouble you took with this and wish you luck with all the marking. 


Thanks for a great quiz, girls- proper cryptic clues this year!!!

Balsall Common Group.

Really enjoyable quiz. Thanks to all at The Battle and District Group


I would like to congratulate you and your group for setting such an excellent quiz. A mix of quite easily solvable and questions we really had to think hard about. Our group really enjoyed the evening and were all involved. We appreciate the effort you made. 


We would like to say how much we enjoyed this years TTT. This is the first time for many years that we have been able to submit a complete answer sheet. Thank you Battle and District from 12 Welsh members in Radyr.


Thank you Battle and District for a very enjoyable quiz. Just the right degree of difficulty which gave us a few challenges, without leaving us frustrated. 

Hassocks & Area - “Thank you for making it all happen - we had a fun evening.”


“Thank you for your hard work producing this TTT. We had a great time coming up with the answers. A most enjoyable evening.”


Hi Glynis, we really enjoyed your quiz. Liked the fact that it was a good mixture of difficult, less difficult and fairly easy.  P.S. We found clue 1. the real killer!

Hemel Hempstead South

Hemel Hempstead South Group would like to thank you for this brilliant Quiz which we have thoroughly enjoyed. It’s been a most enjoyable evening and we nearly guessed them all! Thank you so much! 


Just to say that I enjoyed being a Clue Holder last week for the TTT.  I had 30 calls during the evening, between 8pm and 9.30pm.  Like someone else said on NWR Chat it went quiet after 9.30pm.  I guess this is because everyone had got their clues!  I also took part in our Group (Brighton) evening and thank Battle & District Group for putting a great trail together! 


Thank you for your reply. As a group we thoroughly enjoyed this year’s TTT with the clues being clever and most of all – possible to answer!! We enjoyed the challenge and I also enjoyed being a clueholder! Lots of enjoyment!!


 TTT Winners for 2019 














Clue Holder Name



Sue Stedman


Mavis Bailey



Julie Read

Hythe / Waterside

Linda Taylor

Milngavie / Bearsden


Brenda Wornham


Liz Lewis

Leicester South


Glynis Shaw

Battle & District

Lin Wright




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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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Liz Valette
Well done ladies, Christmas tree festivals are a great way to publicise NWR.
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:50
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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. 

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Diss NWR visit local rose grower

Diss group visited local rose grower, Peter Beales, and after a walk around the gardens enjoyed a cream tea.

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Dronfield website

Please visit our website 

to view our annual programme, news and information about our group. 

We also have a Book Club, Walking Club and Lunch Club.

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The Procession Celebrating 100 Years Since Women Got The Vote

I took part in the London Procession on Sunday 10th June and what a thrilling and joyous experience it was!

Described by the organisers as “a spectacular living art work…a tribute to the Suffrage campaigners”, more than 30,000 women (and girls ) of all ages, colour, creed and sexual orientation assembled in Park Lane, on a beautiful sunny day, to collect our scarves. These were in the Suffragette colours. Some were worn as sashes or shawls and many were made into turbans and other (quite stunning) headdresses. The image we created was meant to be of a flowing river of green, white and violet, a gigantic moving banner. (Aerial shots show this was successful and, as we walked down Pall Mall, the procession stretched from one end to the other – simply breathtaking!)

There were banners aplenty, (Apparently one craft shop in London ran out of purple, green and white tassels and they “didn’t know why”!) Women came from many parts of England, and further afield, including New Zealand and Pakistan. There was a wonderful festival atmosphere, lots of good-natured chanting and singing, not to mention VERY loud music booming out at different points along the route!

All in all, a glorious, memorable day, when we honoured and remembered with pride the brave women who fought for the Vote for us.

Pat Holmes (Member of Finchley / Whetstone NWR)

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CHAOS, in particular ‘Positivity in an era of chaos’

CHAOS, in particular ‘Positivity in an era of chaos’

Carlisle one day Conference.

Val Bassindale, Carlisle NWR

It was May 2017, I had just taken over as LO, and we were all sat having our annual dinner enjoying a glass or two of wine, when I made an off hand comment about hosting an NWR conference in Carlisle. After receiving such a positive response, I decided to follow it up (making sure it wasn’t just the wine speaking) with an email to all members, who again confirmed their support. I quickly set up a small sub-committee with volunteers and we had our first meeting in July. Well, since then we have never looked back !!!

Fast forward to 19th April 2018, the day of our Conference.

The venue was a modern hotel in the centre of Carlisle, within easy walking distance of the train station. We had 120 delegates, representing 30 NWR branches from as far north as Arbroath and Marchington in the south. The furthest person travelled 191 miles from Grantham, which we acknowledged with a £20.00 book token.

We had three fantastic speakers, who all have strong links to Cumbria and coincidentally their first names all began with the letter M.

The first speaker, Marcia Reid Fotheringham, a retired clinical psychologist, currently performs the role of a Magistrate and is the chair of the North & West Cumbria Bench and High Sheriff of Cumbria elect for 2019/20. She talked about her fascinating life and career in the USA & UK and how she drew positivity from the racism she has encountered. Telling us an extraordinary story about a group of Morris Dancers who blacked their faces and sang slave songs. Well that was until the formidable Marcia intervened!!

The second speaker, Marie-Elsa Bragg, writer, Jesuit Spiritual Director, ordained Anglican priest and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Delivered a mesmerising talk on how she became one of the first women to become an ordained priest and how she led a minute silence in respect of those lost and injured in the terrorist attack in London 2017.

The third speaker, Miranda Kirschel MBE, founded ‘Women in Nuclear UK’ in 2014 to improve gender balance and encourage capacity building in the nuclear industry and to improve engagement on nuclear with women in public. Delivered a very personal and stimulating power point presentation.

We had 12 tables with 10 delegates around each table, and after each speaker there was a 20 minutes table discussion, which was led by a Carlisle member, who would produce a question. Following this, each speaker would be asked 10 minutes worth of questions.

The last event of the day was a plenary with Marie-Elsa Braggs and Miranda Kirschel, with questions provided by the delegates, providing a further interesting insight into their lives and careers.

My top 5 tips for organising a one day conference:

  1. Choose a subject that is relevant & enables your speakers to put their own slant on it.
  2. Confirm your speakers as early as possible and aim high.
  3. Confirm venue & price asap – within easy reach of a train station & car parking.
  4. Be organised and don’t forget the detail.
  5. Have fun.
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Woolton Hill's National Women's Register membership soars

We were fortunate enough to have an article published in our local newpaper last year about our group and how our membership has increased. 

If you'd like to view the article please use the link below.

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TTT Clues and Answers


The 2017 TTT answers are in!

Winners list and message from the Taunton group


Recent Comments
Janet Barclay
We are completely baffled - can we have an additional clue to help us please?
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:37
Ann Gillies
Did any groups struggle with the TTT this year? Or was it just us?
Saturday, 18 November 2017 20:32
Karen Elphick
Yep, we found it difficult, and in some cases, impossible! Hopefully the answers will be published soon?
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:19
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Banchory thank Edna for her hard work

At our Banchory meet last night, we finished the evening by thanking our outgoing Local Coordinator, Edna Harris, for all the hard work she has done throughout her 10-year stint in the position.  We celebrated with cake, and presented her with flowers and National Garden Vouchers.  Attached is a photo, with Edna in the centre on the sofa.

The main topic of the evening was a talk given by a volunteer representative from the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  These clever dogs aid their 'recipients' by responding to sounds such as door bells, ringing telephones, oven alarms and even crying babies by touching the human and taking them to the source of the sound.  They are trained to respond to fire alarms by touching the human and then lying on the ground as soon as they've caught their human's attention.  Their owners say they gain great comfort and self-confidence through having a Hearing Dog, and for example can sleep soundly once again now they no longer have any worries about not hearing a fire alarm in the night.

You can spot these dogs in your neighbourhood by their smart burgundy coats, and we are all encouraged to speak to anyone we see with such a dog.  A lovely introduction to possibly a new friend.

One of the wonderful aspects of NWR is that you never know what you're going to learn about next.

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OAKHAM goes to BRAZIL (no flights needed)

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Oakham NWR and guests explored Brazil in the comfort of a member's home and garden for a BBQ.

The occasion was extra colourful as everyone dressed in yellow, green and blue, and the food was extra spicy to match.

Bossa Nova, Salsa and Samba music was easy to find on YouTube and set the tone for sipping the Caipirinhas late into the evening. By this time the Brazil quiz seemed extra challenging but who cared as we had a great time!

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Wistaston and guests walk at Mow Cop

Members and guests of Wistaston NWR enjoying a well-earned rest after their very enjoyable walk at Mow Cop.  This is a local beauty spot from the top of which you have fantastic views of the Cheshire Plain and Staffordshire Moorlands.

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Wistaston Garden Party

Wistaston Garden Party 2Members of Wistaston NWR enjoying the summer sunshine at our Garden Party organised by Dorothy (on the extreme left). Guests were also invited.

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Calne & Derry Hill and District visit to Sevington Victorian School

A delightful joint visit was made in May to the Sevington Victorian School, by Calne and Derry Hill and District NWR groups. We first went to Leigh Delamare church and were greeted by a lady (Dinah Starkey) in a beautiful, black Victorian costume complete with bonnet. She told us that the remains of the original derelict church were carefully removed to build the school. This work was arranged by Joseph Neeld, local land owner and philanthropist, who wished to build a school for his worker’s children and then rebuild the church in a similar style with a decorative Gothic interior. This has resulted in the School having the unusual features of a  dominant bell tower, massive entrance archway and an interior wall made of a 15th century reredos.  He also built cottages for his employees.

On returning to the school we were sternly greeted by Miss Elizabeth Squire, who taught at the school for 53 years.  She was played by Celia Jennings who took her role very seriously and informed us we all had to pay 1d for entry, fortunately Victorian coins were provided.  We were lined up for hand inspection, those with nail varnish being duly reprimanded! We entered the classroom and sat at traditional benches and desks with inkwells. Demonstrations showed us how finger stocks were used to stop boys dipping girl’s plaits into inkwells and other naughtiness, and back boards, to ensure upright posture. Class started with the issuing of slates and pencils for us to practice writing the date and a verse written on the board, a very squeaky process. We read moral verses from reading books learning such sayings as ‘If one lie is told several more will follow’.  The classroom is full of material actually used by Miss Squire including a framed demonstration of how to make paper, items such as a cowrie shell and shark’s jaw , brought back by Joseph Neeld’s brother from his tropical expeditions, a chalk written attendance board and a dunces cap. The floor is also unusual being made of shaped edge-on regular logs wedged together.  Finally we were somewhat intimidated by the demonstration of 3 canes!

We were then invited into Miss Squire’s parlour where a parlour maid (Sylvia Wright) helped by the other ladies, served us with tea and very tasty home-made cakes.

This was a very successful outing and we cannot give enough credit to the three ladies who reminded us of what it was like to live in Victorian times, both as children and a school teacher.

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Liz Valette
Sounds like a great experience ladies. We can find out more about the school by copying and pasting this link www.sevingtonvictori... Read More
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:09
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Improving the circle of life

Improving the circle of life

Over a hundred participants, from as far afield as Sussex, gathered in Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday 25 March. We heard eminent clinicians Dr Jenny Myers and Professor Alistair Burns from the University of Manchester medical school talk about their research and practice.

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Derry Hill group up and running...

Derry Hill group up and running...

Our new group had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday 18th April when we had a good turn out of nine members.  After an interesting and stimulating discussion we celebrated with cake and sparkling wine and proudly stood for our first photograph as a new group.

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Derry Hill village is situated in Wiltshire near Bowood House and traditionally housed Bowood estate workers. Bowood House is the ... Read More
Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:33
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