Our Coffee Tag in bonnie Perthshire

            

 

Crieff, Comrie and Auchterarder Group coffee tag .

The Zoom September planning meeting was well attended and full of its’ expected enthusiasm and ideas.

We concluded that the way forward was to continue with the certainty of Zoom, at the same time looked for a way to meet without Zoom as the medium is challenging.

At that point, in Scotland only two households could meet up, which, for all our group meant two people.

So we created our own coffee tag. This involved names being randomly listed then lady one met lady two, a few days later lady two met lady three and so on until the circle was completed and lady twelve met lady one .

We were able to meet in a variety of settings until the end of the year, including coffee shops, gardens and taking a walk, sometimes with the family dog. Topics of discussion were various and our members reported the subject discussion along with a relevant picture after meeting up, in an email, which in itself prompted further super discussions!!

We all enjoyed these meetings and the different medium of a one to one chat

It was such a success that we repeated it with a secret Santa coffee tag.

(Crieff, Comrie and Auchterarder NWR)

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I've had it!

I’ve had it! 

A year ago, if you said, ’I’ve had it’ people, presuming that you had contracted COVID 19, would have commiserated with you! But thankfully now they will congratulate you on having had your second inoculation. 

The first of April 2021 has become a very special day for me. Doubly so. I sang my mam’s song:  ‘This is My Lovely Day’ 

On Maundy Thursday 1995 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year since the Easter Tritium brought back memories of the fear I experienced on that day. However, from now on I will be singing:

‘This is the day I shall remember the day I am dying

They can't take this away…’

They can't take this away

It will be always mine, the sun and the wine

The sea birds crying ‘

THIS IS MY LOVELY DAY From the London Musical "Bless The Bride" (1947) ( Music: Vivian Ellis / Lyrics: A. P. Herbert) Lizbeth Webb & Georges Guetary …

 

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Want to work for NWR?

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

The closing date for applications is 12pm Midday on the 30th April 2021.

We will be holding initial interviews via Zoom on the 10th and 11th May.

If you are successful in progressing to the next stage these will be followed by in-person interviews in Taunton on Monday 17th May.

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

Job Description - Regional-Membership-Officer

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Our Museum of Curiosity

 

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 Tea brick Bronco Deckchair Zips Camnera  Ilkla MoorGerald Lincoln

For our meeting last week on Zoom we were asked to think of something worthy of deposit in The Museum of Curiosity, as per the radio 4 programme. Most of us found it very difficult to choose something, but this eclectic mix is what we ended up with….

First - a big sign at the entrance saying ‘JUST GET ON WITH IT’, with the intention that it would jolt one out of all the dithering and muttering which we tend to do instead of simply getting stuff done.

Then we enthusiastically offered:

Toilet rolls ; Deckchairs ; Zips/Zippers ; Tea Bricks ; Cameras ; Gerald Lincoln, Endocrinologist ; 'On Ilkla Moor Baht’at' ;  City of Liverpool

AND….

A dead cat (because, of course…. Curiosity Killed the Cat!)

Everything was graciously accepted by The Curator [thanks Jane]. Do come and visit.

Dead cat

Only with NWR !!

 

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Here's a souper idea from Dalgety Bay!

Dalgety Bay Group has been meeting every fortnight during Covid times.


We have now all got the hang of Zoom and on a cold snowy or frosty night it's quite nice to think we don't have to turn out into the cold.


We have covered topics like the RNLI, our favourite poem and a tale about someone we never had chance to say to say' Sorry' or 'Thank you' to.


We dressed up for our online Christmas Party, with our glasses of wine and crisps and took part in a quiz.


One of the fun things we have done is to share our special soup recipes. It has been the right weather for a tasty soup.


Here is one of the recipes from our collection. I can recommend it.


Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup with Coconut Milk

25g butter

1 onion

450g of chopped sweet potato

2 peeled and chopped red peppers

400ml can of coconut milk

1tbs ground coriander

700 ml vegetable stock


Melt butter in a large pan and cook onion until soft but not brown. Stir in the ground coriander and cook for 2 mins. Add the sweet potato and red peppers and cook for 5 mins Add the stock and bring to the boil, cover, and simmer for 20 mins. Cool a little then blitz. Add the coconut milk, season to taste, heat and serve.

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Give the Gift of Friendship!

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Do you know a woman who would enjoy being a part of NWR? 

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a birthday, Mother's Day or Easter?

In these times of uncertainty and isolation, the NWR has never played a more important role in connecting women, providing friendship and support from other lively minded women.

We may be unable to meet in person at the moment, but we are not letting that stop us!  NWR members are still able to communicate, connect and engage with each other by joining a wide range of fascinating talks, taking part in local and national meetings, testing their knowledge through national quizzes and enjoying themed events - all via Zoom.

So please help us in welcoming new members and spreading the word!

When you purchase a Gift Membership, the recipient will receive your choice of:

  • a gift card with envelope
  • a gift package with gift card, our latest NWR magazine, NWR pen, bag and either trolley coin or torch keyring, all beautifully packaged.

We can send your gift choice directly to the recipient with a handwritten note or to you to gift yourself.

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Murder Mystery Pays Off!

This is my annual email to let people know how much money has been raised from hiring out my Murder Mystery plays during the year and to thank them for hiring them.

I would like to thank the NWR office for kindly forwarding emails from NWR groups to enable them to book plays.

This year I sent £725 to the Disasters Emergency Committee who are helping “people around the world who are struggling to cope with the effects of this pandemic, alongside their daily struggles with conflict, hunger and natural disaster.” https://www.dec.org.uk/

I have obtained matched funding so the total received by the charity is £1,450. Sadly, due to the pandemic this total is lower than usual. However, it brings the total raised for third world charities (from all the plays, including matched funding) to £17,109.

Thank you so much for helping to make this total possible.


Linda

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A Merry Zooming Christmas

Our Bury St Edmunds Zoom Christmas meeting on 9 December, Wednesday evening, went with a swing! The Lockdown Panto was just as silly as we thought it would be and the 'costumes' entertainingly inventive.BSE NWR Christmas Party 2020 pngAlong with a Christmas quiz, Christmas facts, a dingbats-style car-names quiz, the ridiculous singing Christmas tree, and daft cracker jokes (groan), there was plenty to keep us laughing! 
The only thing missing was the usual table loaded with scrumptious festive nibbles and drinks - although a plate of Swedish chocolate confections was dangled temptingly at us on the screen....what a tease!
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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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Socially distanced walking

A socially-distanced walk around West Stow country park - an example of how we have got around all the COVID restrictions.
Where there's a will.... there's a coffee at the end!
NWR Social distance West Stow Oct20

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Grantham's Ruby Anniversary

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NWR Portishead Member's Favourite Pictures

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A Second Test Post

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This is a second test post

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Lisa's Resilient Sunflower - Portishead NWR Group

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Thank you to Sandra for your great efforts. My sunflower, despite being ravaged by slugs, appears to be the most resilient.

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Lichfield NWR on Zoom

We are continuing to hold our monthly meetings on Zoom. Being virtual has not dampened our lively discussions and we are now planning a packed programme for 2021

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Sacred Threads - Ecclesiastical Embroidery

 

 

Netta Ewing delivered a wonderful presentation via Zoom about her designs and the work of her Sacred Threads Embroidery group to members of the Kilbarchan group. Under her guidance and artistic direction the group has been creating wonderful murals, pulpit hangings and other ornate vestments for the clergy including mitres for Archbisip Conti, to name but one of many. Netta was a very interesting and enthusiastic speaker and her hour long talk held everyone's attention. After the talk had finished she also answered questions in a chat session that had been posted in the Chat box. 
 
The Kilbarchan group were delighted to welcome some members from other local groups in Houston and Bridge of Weir.
Here's just one of the beautiful creations from her presentation slides. It's a mural of the four seasons with a sacred text in English and Hebrew: Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world. 
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60 Years of Good Reading!

The Dorking Group have been busy compiling a book list, one published in each year in the last sixty years.  Not only that, they have set about reading them all and putting together a table of notes about the books which you can read 60 Year Booklist

Well done Dorking!

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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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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 ?
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Women in Street Names Project

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One of our members, Carrie de Silva from the Nantwich and Audlem group in Cheshire, launched a project at The Women's Library to highlight streets named after women (and how few there are), and to produce short biographies of some of the women named.

If you would be interested in getting involved then please contact Carrie for more details.  She'd love to collate local knowledge from across the UK.  For more information please click on this link 

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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
Anne Scoones
Does Carries de Silva still want contributions? Seems like a good idea to put in our next planning program for Croydon.
Monday, 01 February 2021 13:51
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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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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
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