NWR AGM 2021

The date of this year’s NWR annual general meeting is 11 September 2021.

We hope members will be able to attend our AGM to hear from trustees and members as we report and reflect on developments of the past year. A quorum of 75 AGM attendees is required for the meeting to be valid. 

The NWR AGM 2021 will take place on 11 September 2021 at 10.15 am at The Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham.

Access to the AGM is available via Zoom, as well as in person. If you would like to register to attend this year’s AGM - either via Zoom, or in person - please do so via EventStop - linked HERE. Our EventStop booking page will be open for AGM bookings until 11.59 pm on Friday, 10 September.

Members attending our National Conference on 10 - 12 September are not required to register for the AGM.

The AGM will be recorded and posted on the members’ area of the NWR website for viewing after the event.

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NWR announces new patron appointment, Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana

NWR is delighted to announce the appointment of Jasvinder Sanghera CBE as a patron of NWR.

Jasvinder is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages. A survivor of a forced marriage, Jasvinder is an expert advisor in matters of child, civil and criminal law proceedings, and her work is acknowledged as being pivotal in the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.

Her memoir ‘Shame’ was a ‘Times’ Top 10 Bestseller’ and Jasvinder is widely recognised as bringing the issue of forced marriage into the public domain. She was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding contribution for the victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse. 

Jasvinder’s work is recognised globally. She has been listed as one of ‘The Guardian's’ 100 Most Inspirational Women in the World, and is a recipient of the Global Punjabi Award.

Recognised as Legal Campaigner of the Year 2014, her successful claim of sexual harassment against a peer in the House of Lords was the first in its 479 year history and has led to an increase in reporting of similar offences, and resulted in significant changes in House of Lords policy and practice and a House of Lords independent inquiry into sexual harassment and bullying.

Jasvinder was born and brought up in Derby. She was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in 2008, and in 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law by De Montfort University, Leicester.

Josephine Burt, Chair of the Board of Trustees of NWR commented on the appointment:

“The NWR trustees are delighted that Jasvinder has accepted our invitation to join NWR as a patron. Our members told us that they were inspired by her commitment and bravery, and we hope to learn from her. She is a supporter of our goals and I know her involvement in NWR will bring our organisation to the attention of a wider audience and potential new members.”

Jasvinder Sanghera commented on her appointment:

“I am so looking forward to being a part of the NWR network and doing whatever I can to support its great friendship group.”

Jasvinder joins award winning author, Marion Molteno, as a patron of NWR.

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Horsham NWR walked the West Sussex Literary Trail

You can find out about our adventures and more literary connections by clicking this link

 

https://horshamnwr.blogspot.com/

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Bakewell enjoying lambing season

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Bakewell NWR at our outdoor meeting for 6.  Caroline, one our members, kindly invited us round and the lure was the new lambs she'd been fostering.  As usual, anything and everything was talked about but we all agreed we were looking forward to meeting indoors and getting on with our programme.

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Tally Ho and off we go!!

                       

Lincoln Diamond Day Reunion Lunch

We thought you might like to see a couple of pictures of (most of) the Lincoln Diamond Day lunch organising committee making the most of the first opportunity this year to eat together in a restaurant.

We were at a pub called The Tally Ho near Sleaford in Lincolnshire and had a table for 5 and a table for 4 but, as we were the only people in the dining room, cross table conversation was easy!! It was so lovely to sit and talk and............ most importantly, to eat a meal we hadn't had to cook ourselves!!

Faith Oxford

Deepings Member and EA02 Area Organiser

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Poetry Cafe held via Zoom by Poole NWR

NWR Poole recently had a special treat! Beth Calverley, spoken word poet and granddaughter of one of the members ran a Zoom workshop. It started with members giving Beth thoughts about their lives which she gathered and used to create a poem – on the spot!

We thought that you might like it too, so here is the image of the poem! It was a novel and very interesting experience. We were all involved with the process and very much enjoyed Beth’s performance of our collaborated creation!

If you think your group would enjoy a Poetry Workshop, see Beth’s website details below:-

Our Lucky Lists

a collaboration between members of NWR Poole and Beth Calverley

Notes from the conversation:

My lucky list: loving family, caring friends, beautiful home, walks to the sea

"What peace there may be in silence"

Quite profound

We've had a lot of silence recently

Monday - such a beautiful day

"each little bird that sings"

They were going bonkers!

A lovely little book - sketches of St Ives

"the sound of the waves and gulls for company"

Girls of the sea

A warm feeling to another person

The loveliest season of the year - longing and togetherness

"this gives life to thee"

Cornish beaches - Loue Valley and Harbour, where I went as a child and teenager

An autograph book entry upside down

"May the task is hard and the way ahead seems rough / and yet in all the trails you meet you find you've strength enough"

"Grant me the serendipity"

Bookshelf fell down - surrounded by books to sort out

"Mum and Dad" - a beautiful thing

"You live life to the fullest / and each day brings out the best."

"Can't we shake hands"

So relevant at the moment

Looking at the harbour

A view that changes every day but doesn't change

Amazing - it's all grey - you know that bluish grey

No boats on the water - waiting for next week

Excitement of a tanker!

 

Reflections after reading the notes:

How grateful, conscious we are of and for the sea

Caring thread going through - really good friends

How emotional we're feeling - about life - I didn't know - bring back to the surface

How many brought your children into the conversations

Very emotional - the times we're living in 

we're all missing our family - touchy feeling

Trust - we love you for sharing it

 

© Beth Calverley 

The Poetry Machine

www.thepoetrymachine.live

07810 872 602

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Cruise Control

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster movie scuppered the plans of Leighton Buzzard’s walking group.

The original idea was for the group to walk around a large disused quarry in the neighbouring village of Heath and Reach. But it’s where Tom Cruise was filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 at the same time, and the area was fenced off to the public and patrolled by security men.

Walk leader Fran Mallord has had to come up with a Plan B which is a walk along the Grand Union canal and around the Tiddenfoot country park – the site of a former sandpit.

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I wonder if we will recognise the location on film? It’s always good to have a Plan B!
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Leighton Buzzard celebrates its 50th anniversary - a year late

Leighton Buzzard celebrates its 50th anniversary - a year late

Our wish has finally come true – more than a year late. We have planted a tree alongside a busy footpath in a park in the town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the local group in 1970.

The ceremony was originally due to take place in March last year but has been postponed since then because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown restrictions continued to play a part in limiting the number who could attend the planting of a lime tree with a commemorative plaque.

Members of the group in the picture at the ceremony are, from left: Heather de Lacey, Rita Priestley, Ruth Roy and Nicky Gaulton. Ruth was the driving force behind the project, working with the Council to ensure that, no matter how belatedly, the tree planting would finally go ahead.

The Town Council, who will receive a donation from the NWR group, requested the planting of a lime tree to replace one in an avenue of limes that had died and needed replacing.

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Shoreham by Sea planted a tree for the diamond jubilee!

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We thought you would like to see this photo taken after planting our Diamond Jubilee Magnolia Galaxy in Buckingham Park, Shoreham-by- Sea.

It has taken us some time to get this tree planted but we managed to do it on a lovely sunny day last week. It has a commemorative plaque at the base dated 2020. It will be looked after by the Park Ranger and should eventually become a very spectacular sight in this corner of our lovely park.

The local press printed a picture and an article which can be viewed here Shoreham-by-Sea-Tree-Planting-article.

Lorraine Nightingale
Local Organiser of Shoreham by Sea.

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Catch-up with our patron, Marion Molteno

We are pleased to announce that NWR's patron, Marion Molteno has restarted her occasional blog to reconnect with friends and readers.

"... I’m celebrating by re-starting my blog, which, unsurprisingly, will be all about Real Lives. People whose lives have inspired mine, and whose spirit I want to capture, so that it is not lost. “Writing,” said a 14th century Persian scholar, “is the offspring of thought, the lamp of remembrance, the tongue of those who are far off, the life of those whose age has been blotted out.”

We look forward to catching-up with Marion, here

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COVID-19 NWR advice update

NWR's priority remains the safety of our members, and I would draw your attention to country specific COVID-19 restrictions applicable to your location:

And request that NWR members adhere to the following guidelines regardless of whether you have had the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Please ensure you are familiar with and remain up-to-date with your location’s COVID-19 restrictions for your own protection and that of others
  • Do not attend NWR meetings if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay 2m apart, wash your hands frequently (using soap and water for 20 seconds), use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering
  • Do not share food, beverages or catering utensils
  • Do not carpool and share vehicles

NWR’s advice for when meetings may take place indoors is as follows:

  • Select venues that can provide evidence of being ‘COVID safe’
  • Adhere to any NHS Test and Trace venue requirement (Please ensure one group member attending any meeting takes responsibility for recording the names and contact details of all members in attendance.)
  • Ensure your venue provides sufficient space to enable social distancing for the size of your group, and entrance and exit routes
  • Ensure rooms are ventilated and open windows wherever possible

If meeting in members’ homes (or gardens):

  • It is at the host’s discretion whether they require visitors to have taken the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • Hosts are requested to provide antibacterial wipes for bathroom cleaning use

If you have any queries regards the NWR COVID-19 advice, please do not hesitate to contact me or the NWR Office team.

 

Natalie 

National Organiser

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Wantage Group - Walk 2021 to Parkinson's.Me Community Garden

Wantage walking group in the Parkinsons-Garden

In April on a cold but sunny day a few members of Wantage NWR, walking group, enjoyed a welcome break in the Parkinsons.Me Community Garden for the first permitted walk of the year and a photo is attached.  

The garden, located in West Lockinge near Wantage, was created in aid of those with Parkinson's and was featured on Gardener's World in 2019.  Further details of this lovely garden can be found on the following website:  https://www.parkinsons.me/community-garden-west-lockinge

Wantage NWR (Walking Group)

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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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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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The Farnham NWR New Year’s Honours List for January 1st 2021

The Farnham NWR New Year’s Honours List for January 1st 2021

I hope you will recognise yourself in many of these caregories:-

Our technical expert, who made us realise that NWR could go on, and on and on - 27 meetings instead of our usual 20

The Zoom link sharers – where would we be without you?

Those who struggled with tech, but conquered their tablets, phones and laptops, so that they could take part in meetings

The Co-ordinators – who went to great lengths to break topics into manageable, interesting parts, and then led us through the maze and helped us to see a whole picture

The Researchers – who shared their findings and explained things we had never previously thought about

The Volunteers – especially those who made an extra effort, when no one else had signed up as the date-line loomed

The Listeners – we all need an audience to make our research worthwhile, especially one that poses questions!

The LO team who crafted the specially modified on-line programme.

The LOs who wrote detailed reports so that friends living as far away as Abu Dhabi, Antigua and New Zealand could feel a part of the group,

Those who joined in and /or sent messages from around the world

The Gardeners -who created sanctuaries where others could chat and experience a sense of normality

Those who shared their news and their worries and made us all feel part of a caring family

Those who showed they cared, by sending messages of support and information, as well as pictures and links to cheer everyone up

Those who gave practical support throughout the local community ,checking up on friends, family and neighbours, brightening days with socially distanced chats, delivering shopping and sharing garden produce and other ‘goodies’

Those who kept their families safe, enabled the vunerable to shield, and helped grandchildren to play and learn

Those who worked from home and made sure the world carried on

Those who dressed in PPE and were there for their patients

The seamstress, who helped to dress frontline workers, and those who provided fabric and miles and miles of thread

Our new member, who was brave enough to join in the middle of the year, bringing us a new voice and different things to think about

Those who taught us to enjoy singing loudly on line (having self-muted)

Finally, to those of you, who attended most meetings and to those of you who attended only a few - leaving gallery -screen space for others – thank you for never giving up on the Farnham NWR Group 

You all deserve one or more New Year’s Day Honours

 

With special thanks to the thoughtful person, who suggested the idea of Nominations for the Mary Stott Award

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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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