Arnold group enjoy quizzing!

The Arnold NWR group would like to thank you in the office and the question setters and clue holders for a fantastic and fun TTT this year! As you can see from the attached screenshot, we had 18 members join by Zoom and one or two others were in touch by phone. This is a record turnout for our Zoom meetings and everyone said how much they had enjoyed it. The quiz has been a firm favourite over the years and we were so glad it could go ahead. This year has been a challenging learning curve for many of our members, but most of them have embraced the new ways of keeping connected. Long live NWR!

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Fancy working for NWR? Find our current vacancies here.

NWR JOB VACANCIES

 

Communications Co-ordinator

We are searching for a self-sufficient, proactive and creative person with experience in communications, PR and marketing to oversee our internal and external communications.

NWR, or the National Women’s Register, exists to provide mentally stimulating meetings, activities and events across the country. We are 60 years old in 2020 and are as necessary and relevant today as we have ever been to combat loneliness and isolation of women.

The Communications Co-ordinator (CC) is responsible for ensuring that our communications are effective across all channels. The post holder will be part of a small team of staff and trustees who work together to continue to grow an organisation that members value and that is attractive for women to join. You will need to be a highly articulate and driven person with experience in a similar communications role. You will also need to be pro-active and able to think creatively within very limited resources. We are a small team, so there is plenty of scope for influence and innovation; you will need to develop and embed ways of working, systems and processes to fulfil this role.

For our anniversary we managed to secure national press coverage as well as local and regional press. NWR reacted swiftly to the pandemic with online offerings for our members and we are lucky to have a loyal membership. The CC role will be key to taking advantage of the opportunities which we are presented with in this busy time as well as mitigating the risks.

The Communications Co-ordinator will ensure that we are successfully engaging with our people from the very beginning and throughout their membership. You will involve our members as much as possible in the running of the organisation and help to ensure that our members feel that they get value from NWR. Communication channels and the responsibility for developing and growing our online presence via our website and social media content is also integral to this role and includes engaging with our members in a digital format.

You can expect to be fully involved in all aspects of our activities and quickly become a familiar name and face with our members and part of our ongoing development of NWR with the aim of it being an organisation that women value and wish to join.

The job description and application form can be obtained by contacting our HR partner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01603 964694

Communications Co-ordinator JOB DESCRIPTION


The closing date for applications is
12pm Midday on the 4th December 2020.
We will be holding initial interviews via Zoom on Thursday 10th December

If you are successful in progressing to the next stage these will be followed by in-person interviews in Stevenage on Tuesday 15th December

Please indicate on your application if you are unable to attend any of the interview dates.

 

Regional Membership Officer

Are you an energetic, dynamic people-person who is also self-sufficient, proactive and creative? You might be who we are searching for! If you also have experience in supporting volunteers, members or similar then please do apply.

NWR, or the National Women’s Register, exists to provide mentally stimulating meetings, activities and events across the country. We are 60 years old in 2020 and are as necessary and relevant today as we have ever been to combat loneliness and isolation of women.

As a Regional Membership Officer, you’ll be the face of NWR within the region, working with our current members and volunteers to engage new members and start new groups. This role is a new one for NWR so you will be helping us to develop it in line with the needs of the organisation.

The working week is varied and includes evening work and travel within your region as well as occasional weekends and national travel.

This role will allow you to use your love of working with people, so you’ll need to enjoy working with women and with volunteers and to care about providing interesting social opportunities for women.

You will need confidence and a strong personality to work with our members as well as members of the public and you’ll need resilience, the ability to take the initiative as well as being part of a team and the ability and motivation to work largely unsupervised.

You will need access to your own vehicle in order to travel across your region.

The job description and application form can be obtained by contacting our HR partner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01603 964694

Regional Membership Officer JOB DESCRIPTION

The closing date for applications is 12pm Midday on the 4th December 2020.


We will be holding initial interviews via Zoom:

  • on Thursday 10th December for the South West role
  • on Friday 11th December for the Central region role, based in Hertfordshire

If you are successful in progressing to the next stage these will be followed by in-person interviews

  • in Taunton on Monday 14th December for the South West region role
  • in Stevenage on Wednesday 16th December for the Central region role

Please indicate on your application if you are unable to attend any of the interview dates.

 

Membership Assistant

We are searching for an organised, self-sufficient, and reliable person to support our administrative and membership operations.

NWR, or the National Women’s Register, exists to provide mentally stimulating meetings, activities and events across the country. We are 60 years old in 2020 and are as necessary and relevant today as we have ever been to combat loneliness and isolation of women.

The Membership Assistant role is to support the Membership Administrator in completing all administrative tasks related to the organisation as well as supporting the Communications Co-ordinator with communications. This will involve maintaining our CRM, dealing with member enquiries by phone and email and ensuring records are kept fully up to date.

The role will be part of a very small team and will be based in our new office in Buntingford, Herts. You can expect to be fully involved in all aspects of our activities and you will quickly become a familiar name and face with our members. You will be part of the ongoing development of NWR helping us to fulfil the aim of it being an organisation that women value and wish to join.

The job description and application form can be obtained by contacting our HR partner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01603 964694

Membership Assistant JOB DESCRIPTION


The closing date for applications is
12pm Midday on the 4th December 2020

We will be holding initial interviews via Zoom on Friday 11th December

If you are successful in progressing to the next stage these will be followed by in-person interviews in Stevenage on Wednesday 16th December

Please indicate on your application if you are unable to attend any of the interview dates.

 

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NWR current guidelines for Covid-19

NWR’s current guidelines related to Covid19,

We have given up giving guidance as it is changing so rapidly and different rules apply for different areas of the UK. 

Please check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest up to date information and details of local restrictions.

 We advise against sharing lifts if possible. 

Please maintain a distance of 2 metres between members.

Please ensure that you wash your hands often and use hand sanitiser as necessary, maintaining good hygiene practices. 

Please ensure that you do not attend any NWR gathering if you have any symptoms related to Covid19. 

For members in the shielding group we ask that you take the advice of your relevant medical professionals before joining any NWR gathering. 

 

 

 

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Romiley NWR keeping minds and bodies active during lockdown

Romiley members Romiley members social distancing!

When lockdown started we were all at a loss what to do. All our meetings were cancelled and so we started a weekly Would I Lie To You email with one member of our group of 15 contacting one other member, who had to email a lie while the others emailed a truth about themselves. Later in the week we had to guess who was lying and that person secretly asked another to be the next liar and so it went on. We did not question each other, as in the TV programme but we found out some very interesting facts about each other in the course of the time we did it.

We also revived an idea from a meeting we held several years ago when we chose six words and wrote a story, poem or dialogue including the six words and then emailed them to the group.  It was great to read the different ideas we came up with.

As lockdown eased we had meetings in each other’s gardens with a maximum of 6 in each. It was great to get together and see each other face to face and talk about our lockdown experiences and find out about each other’s truths! It was a welcome change from reading emails.

We then decided on a socially distanced walk and picnic, in which 12 of our members took part. We picnicked on a bench and the photo is of us all socially distancing while picnicking. Again it was good to see each other face to face and chat.

We’ve recently started writing Haiku poems with the theme of An Emotional Snapshot of Lockdown and have read many interesting and poignant ones.

As I write this towards the end of July, who knows how our meetings will continue. We’ve enjoyed the outside meet ups and walks and cannot even think of how long it will be before 15 people can be inside in one room again. We’ll just have to get used to being wrapped up while sitting in a member’s garden or walking together.

ROMILEY NWR

 

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Well done Romiley NWR some interesting lockdown ideas for us to try over the hills in Glossop!
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Interviews with highly creative women

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Marion Molteno, an NWR patron has recently published her new book Journeys Without A Map: A Writer’s Life - as an e-book. It’s available from all major e-book suppliers – just click here:

https://books2read.com/JourneysWithoutAMap

Some of you will have read her novel 'Uncertain Light’. Marion says that this new book has grown out of that book, as after it came out she did a fair bit of journeying with it, talking to groups across the UK - including several NWR groups - and in India & Pakistan.She then brought together stories & reflections from those journeys, and beyond that to the long unexpected personal journey her novel-writing life has taken her on.

From October Marion will be doing a series of zoom interviews for NWR members with some of the extraordinarily creative women she got to know in the course of these journeys. I hope you’ll join us for that.

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From the blurb of the book - here’s what early readers have said:

An amazing story, compelling and written with great pace. I was swept along by the details of the actual journeys – the hazards, adventures, happy or unhappy coincidences- and the writer’s journey as well. A moving and humbling experience. – Carol A. Caffrey

A wonderful book – extraordinarily diverse and fascinating – different countries, cultures, languages, people, poetry. Gives a real insight into what goes into creating an important novel, and because she’s a great story teller, whether it’s Shropshire or India it holds the same fascination. – Nicky Road

Engaging all the way through. Her vivid way with detail makes for equally fascinating reading whether she is getting lost coming out of the metro station in Delhi, describing inspirational women who have influenced her, narrating moving refugee stories, or reflecting on the writer-reader relationship. – Linda Wright

What a brave book this is – laying bare levels of feelings, thought and creativity, that though beautifully written still feel quite raw. We learn a lot about her but also about writing and being an author. A wonderful achievement. – Greg Lanning

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I very much look forward to connecting with you all in this series of interviews!
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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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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

Adelia is now working from the office on MON & TUES 9 - 4pm, WEDS & FRI 9 - 1pm and Sam is 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.

Adelia will be there to answer your calls when she is in the office but alternatively you can leave a message on the office answerphone 01603 406767 and we can check it and pick up messages 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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Dereham & District enjoying a walk at Oxborough Hall

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Sheffield Crookes NWR out and about

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