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New Photography Competition!

New Photography Competition!

​We aim to organise occasional exciting competitions with great prizes. This enables our members to bring their creative juices to the forefront and shine. We always strive to put together a judging panel of experts in the area of the competition. 

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How earth-friendly is NWR Magazine?

How earth-friendly is NWR Magazine?

The autumn 2016 issue of NWR Magazine is well underway and in the throes of production, and some of our members have questioned it's recyclability and wondered how 'green' it really is. Well, we have some positive news we want to share with you!

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Pursuing happiness at our London regional conference

Pursuing happiness at our London regional conference

Happiness. It's a word that packs a lot of emotion. The kind of emotion we all seem to be in pursuit of. Some of us have more luck than others, but there are endless ways out there of finding your inner place of wisdom.

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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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A glimpse at the Members’ Survey results

A glimpse at the Members’ Survey results

As you know a members’ survey went out to all members with emails on 25 February 2016. The survey was open until 20 March and we promised that we would let you know the results.

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Latest NWR Magazine, hot off the press!

Latest NWR Magazine, hot off the press!

The spring 2016 issue of NWR Magazine is now out and we are really excited about this one! This issue contains interesting articles, the announcement of two new competitions, fashion advice, NWR history, a mini quiz and more!

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Two new competitions for the green fingers out there!

Two new competitions for the green fingers out there!

The time has come for more competitions! NWR members love competitions and many of you relish the leisure and joy of gardening, or simply, contemplating and appreciating nature whilst rambling in our great country's green spaces. 

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'Inspired Landscapes' Amateur Painting Competition 2016

'Inspired Landscapes' Amateur Painting Competition 2016

WIN! A quality sketch pad and liquid pencils

Do you like to paint? What's your preferred medium? Oils? Acrylics? Gouache or pastel? Choose what you enjoy most – or even mix them up – and paint a landscape!

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Create a Miniature Garden Competition 2016

Create a Miniature Garden Competition 2016

WIN! Fabulous garden equipment from Garden Divas!

Create your very own miniature version of a garden and run the chance to win a gorgeous Rosa chinensis print garden tool set with soft yet hardwearing gloves, fabulous memory foam garden kneeler and RHS quality, durable secateurs.

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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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Big Read 2016 – The book list is out!

Big Read 2016 – The book list is out!

Devourers of books and stories, hold your breath, the 2016 Big Read book list is here. We've taken this year's theme 'It's all Relative' – inspired by the 100th year since the publication of Einstein's general theory of relativity – to generate a book list that will get you all excited and rearing to read!

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Best-selling crime novelist confirmed for Brighton annual National Conference

Best-selling crime novelist confirmed for Brighton annual National Conference

We are excited to announce that the international best-selling crime novel author Peter James has agreed to be one of our speakers at the Annual Conference in June.

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Sounds like it is going to really interesting, and such a brave man to face the vast audience of women! Definitely a date for the ... Read More
Thursday, 14 January 2016 16:56
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Congleton re-enacts murder mystery play The Semitones

Congleton re-enacts murder mystery play The Semitones

On the windy night of 1 December 2015, Congleton NWR re-enacted the latest murder mystery play The Semitones written by NWR's Mary Stott award winner Linda Messham

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Tricia Budd
A brilliant play and a thoroughly good evening. Well done Linda!
Monday, 07 December 2015 09:24
Cynthia Wood
I would love to know whether other groups could borrow this play to use for one of their meetings. Our group is in Poole in Dorse... Read More
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:21
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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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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
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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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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Penwortham Christmas Tree Festival

Penwortham Christmas Tree Festival

Our group decorated a tree for the St. Leonards Church Christmas Tree Festival in Penwortham.

The Christmas Tree Festival is on 14 & 15 November 2015.

We have decided to decorate the tree with faces of important women throughout the ages.

Each cardboard bauble of a woman’s face has a little information about her on the back.

We hope you like it.

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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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Liz Valette
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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