NWR current guidelines for Covid-19

NWR’s current guidelines related to Covid19, which are kept as simple and straightforward as possible, for group meetings are as follows: 

Please note that guidance can change quickly and NWR has a tiny, part-time staff team but we will try to keep this updated as required. If your area has local restrictions in place they will override this advice.

Please check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for 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. 

 

England:-

Meetings in member’s homes are not permitted.

Meetings in member’s gardens may take place with up to 6 people as long as social distancing is practiced throughout. We advise you to move through houses to the garden as quickly as possible and it is preferable for you to wear a mask when moving through the house or using the toilet. We also advise you to  bring along your own mugs for hot drinks (don’t forget we have reusable, collapsible NWR travel mugs for sale at just £6 each) and it is worthwhile for the host to have antibacterial wipes on hand for door handles and toilet trips.

According to the guidance, meetings in public outdoor spaces should also be restricted to up to 6 members and social distancing should be practiced.

There has been some confusion over the ability to meet in up to groups of up to 30 as a community group in ‘Covid secure’ environments such as village halls. Technically this is something which NWR groups are able to do. However, NWR is currently not recommending that groups do so. As part of our duty of care to our members we not feel that this is not in your best interests at present but is likely to become so as we move into the autumn and we are working on further guidance related to this.

 

Wales:-

Meetings are not allowed in any indoor setting

Meetings of up to 30 people are now permitted outdoors in all settings. But you should continue to maintain physical and social distancing from people outside your household. We advise you to move through houses to the garden as quickly as possible if meeting at a members garden. It is preferable for you to wear a mask when moving through the house or using the toilet. We also advise you to  bring along your own mugs for hot drinks (don’t forget we have reusable, collapsible NWR travel mugs for sale at just £6 each) and it is worthwhile for the host to have antibacterial wipes on hand for door handles and toilet trips.

 

Scotland:-

Meetings outdoors can only include people from up to 5 households (4 ‘other’ than your own), effectively limiting NWR meetings to 5 people in most cases (Meetings can be up to 15 in total if they include multiple members of the same household). It is also worth noting that the guidance states you should not meet people from more than 4 other households in total each day (whether indoors and/or outdoors). This means that if you meet 4 others for an NWR meeting you should not meet anyone else from outside of your household for the rest of the day.  

We advise you to move through houses to the garden as quickly as possible if meeting at a member’s home. It is preferable for you to wear a mask when moving through the house or using the toilet. We also advise you to bring along your own mugs for hot drinks (don’t forget we have reusable, collapsible NWR travel mugs for sale at just £6 each) and it is worthwhile for the host to have antibacterial wipes on hand for door handles and toilet trips.

Indoor meetings are limited to 2 other households and so, in most cases, will not be relevant to NWR. 

0
  67 Hits
  2 Comments
Recent Comments
Louise Rand
Thank you for including these COVID guidelines on the front of the website making them easily available to assist with planning.... Read More
Thursday, 06 August 2020 11:42
Sandy Dearn
Very useful thank you ?
Friday, 07 August 2020 17:10
67 Hits
2 Comments

NWR Office - Closed from 10 - 14 AUGUST 2020

The office will be closing for one week from Monday 10 August for staff holidays.

If you have an urgent enquiry and need to contact us as an emergency please email Josephine Burt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alternatively email Natalie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will do their best to get back to you.  

We will be open again from Monday 17 August.

 

0
  49 Hits
  0 Comments
49 Hits
0 Comments

Women in Street Names Project

Your Street Name Here 2

One of our members, Carrie De Silva from the Nantwich Group has started a project to have more streets named after women.

The Aim is to highlight streets named after women (and to highlight how few there are).

For more information please click on this link

Carrie would be delighted if NWR members wanted to get involved.

0
  64 Hits
  2 Comments
Recent Comments
Enid Hoseason
Can I just ask, is this blog regarding renaming streets after women, a personal thing or is it being promoted by NWR? I ask becau... Read More
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 10:27
Andrea Bethell
Sounds like a campaign to raise awareness of all women.
Wednesday, 22 July 2020 11:54
64 Hits
2 Comments

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

 

0
  111 Hits
  1 Comment
Tags:
559
Recent comment in this post
Sandy Dearn
Well done Romiley NWR some interesting lockdown ideas for us to try over the hills in Glossop!
Friday, 07 August 2020 17:16
111 Hits
1 Comment

Interviews with highly creative women

JourneysWithoutAMap 280

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.

===================================

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

0
  100 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
100 Hits
0 Comments

Portishead NWR sunflowers as of the 29 May ....

Sandra's wonderful sunflowers...

0
  141 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
530
141 Hits
0 Comments

Walking is one Thing we can all do!!

Fav Walk Chandlers Ford

The Chandler's Ford Group, like all of us, are having to find different ways of communicating, and they decided at a recent meeting to discuss their favouite walk, because at least it is something we can all do in this time of Lockdown. they have 20 members in their group out of which 12 participated in an online ZOOM meeting.  Three others sent their contributions before the meeting.  the list of walks was compiled and then emailed to all members... which is something that other groups might like to try!

TO READ ABOUT THEIR WALKS CLICK HERE

 

0
  145 Hits
  1 Comment
Tags:
159
Recent comment in this post
Jennie Taylor
Just to say, walking is not something we can all do. For one reason or another it maynot be possible for us to walk.
Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:36
145 Hits
1 Comment

Making the Website more user-friendly

We know that it's difficult for members to find their way around the website and to find the information they need, so we have added a couple of tabs on the Information for Members menu which we hope might help clarify things a bit.  We have added "Quizzes and Talks" which is where you will find all the online events we have offered, and where you will be able to find links to the replays.  We've also added a 'Newsletters' tab so that you can easily find these in one place.  This means that 'Programme Planning' now does exactly what it says on the tin - all the resources to help you plan your programme of activities for your group, whether that's for face-to-face meetings or Zoom meetings.

We have also added an "Online Events" tab to the Events menu, so that you can see both upcoming events and past events offered.  However, to listen to the talks you will have to log in as a member and go to 'Quizzes and Talks'.

and 'Magazines' has now been moved to the Members Only area of the website and is also under 'Information for Members'.

Let us know how you are finding it!

.. and we have a few more changes on the way soon.Crossroads Confusion Cartoon

0
  322 Hits
  0 Comments
322 Hits
0 Comments

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.

1
  246 Hits
  1 Comment
Tags:
724
Recent comment in this post
Jill Lucas
What a great piece of writing and such good publicity! Well done.
Sunday, 14 June 2020 09:12
246 Hits
1 Comment

Durham Zooms Ahead

The Durham Group have already started having all their meetings online, starting with a Planning Meeting and then their first Discussion Group on the subject of "What is Nuclear Medicine?".

Enid Hoseason the Local Organiser writes "It worked quite well and instead of going around the room and asking members to contribute, we just went around the screen, and like a normal meeting, those members who did not want to contribute, just listened.  

Members are using different devices, from iphones to iPads and lap tops so those using phones have to swipe the screen to see everyone in the group as they only see four at a time.  it is also useful to use the CHAT button on the bottom of the screen if someone cannot hear very well.

Each week we have had emails from each other, from members who have walked around their gardens and taken photos of their lovely flowers and shared them online - just little things to keep us in touch with each other. I know that tonight, some members have watched the live theatre on the television and others are taking part in the events NWR Head Office are organising.

This is a photo of us enjoying a VE Celebration tea and cake together."

Durham VE Day Zoom Pic

0
  218 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
245
218 Hits
0 Comments

LIFE GOES ON IN LOCKDOWN

"Oh the times they are a-changing" as Bob Dylan sung and at NWR we are also trying to adapt to the new challenging conditions.  Many groups are getting far more technically savvy than they ever imagined possible, holding ZOOM groups with aplomb and forming WhatsApp groups. Here at the NWR office we are also working hard to keep people connected and entertained . 

  • We have managed to procure free access for all our members to the Digital Theatre Plus online platform.  Here you can access thousands of wonderful plays and stage productions. 
  • We have also increased the number of newsletters with much useful information at this time, and including many quizzes provided by our wonderful members
  • We are offering online events and quizzes which are getting wonderful feedback
  • We are putting together a book of your poetry inspired by this unique time

So although we are all social distancing and meeting physically isn't yet possible, in some ways it feels as if we have never been closer.

Keep alert (as the government is saying now) and unleash your creativity!

 

 

2
  218 Hits
  1 Comment
Recent comment in this post
Robina Fisher
Hi, great to see the use of technology from links in the Newsletter and how individual groups are finding ways to stay in touch.... Read More
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:41
218 Hits
1 Comment

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!

1
  192 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
128
192 Hits
0 Comments

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

0
  176 Hits
  0 Comments
176 Hits
0 Comments

Broadstone afternoon

Broadstone afternoon

Broadstone Afternoon members exercising and observing the isolation code! 

0
  113 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
123
113 Hits
0 Comments

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.

0
  148 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
445
148 Hits
0 Comments

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!!

0
  201 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
96
201 Hits
0 Comments

Book Group Reading List February 2020

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
  • A Single Thread by Tracey Chevalier
  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Also recommended The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The next Book Group meeting will be on Tuesday 21st April

0
  93 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
423
93 Hits
0 Comments

NWR Perth's Monthly Daytime Event

NWR Perth's Monthly Daytime Event

Some of Perth's members enjoying their monthly daytime event. In March 2020 they visited the Signet Library, Edinburgh where they had a tour and a meal which was arranged by one of the group members, herself a designated Writer to the Signet.


They coincidentally had member celebrating her birthday so she was presented with a wee cake

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet is the oldest legal society in the world. It is a private society of Scottish solicitors. The Society dates back to 1594 and is part of the College of Justice. Writers to the Signet originally had special privileges in relation to the drawing up of documents which required to be signeted, but these have disappeared and the Society is now an independent, non-regulatory association of solicitors, most of whom are based in Edinburgh.

The Signet Library is situated in the very heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, is the epitome of prestigious, Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building, with its Lower and Upper Libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV, who described the Upper Library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”.

 

 

0
  98 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
520
98 Hits
0 Comments

Cumbria Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary in Style

Cumbria Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary in Style

On Wednesday 26th February 2020, members from Carlisle, Egremont and Kendal branches celebrated 60 years of the NWR. This iconic event was held at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. We celebrated with a delicious afternoon tea and at 2 pm we took part in the live streaming of speeches across the country and joined the national toast with a glass of Prosecco. 

Claire Sleightholm, the Tullie House Curator delivered a presentation on "Women in the 1960's," which was fascinating and had everyone reminiscing with stories of their own. We then had the opportunity to look round Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. During the afternoon members were also interviewed by Radio Cumbria and That's TV Cumbria.

Our hope is that women will continue to join NWR and benefit from it as we do. www.nwr.org.uk  or email the Area Organiser for Cumbria, Val Bassindale  at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

0
  223 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
147
223 Hits
0 Comments

Canterbury Group Two Celebrating 60 Years of NWR

Celebrating 60 Years of NWR

Canterburynwr5

0
  196 Hits
  0 Comments
196 Hits
0 Comments