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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Thank you for including these COVID guidelines on the front of the website making them easily available to assist with planning.... Read More
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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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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
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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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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!
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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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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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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!

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Wimborne NWR dives into the virtual world during lockdown

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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.

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What a great piece of writing and such good publicity! Well done.
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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."

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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!

 

 

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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!

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