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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Give the Gift of Friendship this Christmas!

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Do you know a woman who would enjoy NWR?

Just in time for Christmas we have developed our new NWR Gift Memberships.

Recipients can receive a gift card or a gift package including a gift card with details on how to activate their gift membership, our latest NWR magazine, an NWR pen, an NWR trolley coin keyring or torch keyring and an NWR bag all beautifully packaged with tissue paper. 

We can send the gift boxes directly to the recipient with a hand written note or to you to gift yourself. 

Gift memberships will be dispatched from the 30th November and the last posting date for Christmas will be Friday 18th December.

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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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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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Here comes the first Telephone Treasure Trail Clue!

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Hi everyone.  We are nearly ready for this year's annual Telephone Treasure Trail and have been doing complex manoeuvres in the office to work out what clue needs to go where and which group needs to start with which clue.  Yes, it's going to be very different this year with most groups connecting via Zoom but hopefully just as much fun!  Here in the office it is the closest thing we get to a military operation. 

Anyway, for those groups taking part, here is the WEB CLUE to get you started:

Sounds like crazy time

Good luck everyone!

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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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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
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Romiley NWR keeping minds and bodies active during lockdown

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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!
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 08:17
Marilyn Oliver
Hopefully it is not too late to join your blog posts
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Portishead NWR sunflowers as of the 29 May ....

Sandra's wonderful sunflowers...

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Walking is one Thing we can all do!!

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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

 

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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.
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