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What is special about NWR?

What is special about NWR?

Defining what is special about NWR is something we have tried to describe since we started in 1960. What is the difference between NWR and the WI or U3A, or any of the online groups such as Meetup groups or Together Friends? Sometimes it is easier to say what we don't do - get involved with fundraising or engaged in campaigning - than be concise about what we are. However let's try!

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Ginnie Rhodes
Great blog Josephine , summarises us very nicely .. thank you
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:11
Sarah Akhtar
Great article. What I think makes us different (and better) is the informality of NWR. No minutes or agenda, plenty of member part... Read More
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:11
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An inside look at an NWR trustee meeting: Energised & exhausted!

An inside look at an NWR trustee meeting: Energised & exhausted!

Last week I travelled to Birmingham to join the trustees, as an observer, for their January meeting. It was terrific! I came away mentally exhausted (as it took a while for the aging brain to engage) but greatly energised by the experience. 

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New Year’s resolutions: What to do and how to stick to it

New Year’s resolutions: What to do and how to stick to it

Have you joined a gym? Are you cutting down on alcohol? Have you decided to be kinder to yourself or others? What is your New Year’s resolution?

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Who was the REAL Saint Nic?

Who was the REAL Saint Nic?

What do pickled children, whipping and kidnapping have to do with Christmas? We all recognise the jolly old white man with red cheeks and a red fur suit - but who was this man and where did our beloved Santa come from?

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A different kind of Christmas: Salisbury NWR remind us not to forget the fairies!

A different kind of Christmas: Salisbury NWR remind us not to forget the fairies!

Every year, St Thomas's Church in Salisbury holds a tree festival. This year, there were around 108 entries and Salisbury NWR entered this magical fairy tree! The design is based on a traditional story from Australia about the origin of the fairy on the Christmas tree.

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Deepings members proudly devise the 2016 TTT Quiz

Pam Blair, Faith Oxford (AO) and Manuella Armstrong in charge.

For four nights in early November, members of Deepings and stalwart UK-wide NWR members manned the phones between the twilight hours of 8-10pm to facilitate a unique annual event 'the telephone treasure trail' quiz. Over 300 groups took part - you can follow the links from the members dashboard to the articles posted by Ilana - with Edenbridge winning the competition overall.  

Deepings had a few extra events on our programme this year to prepare the Quiz: question selection; question testing; quiz trial 1 and quiz trial 2 (for those of us who couldn't make trial 1...)

Our final involvement was the 'marking night' - a few ex-teachers among us, perhaps qualified us amply for the task, which was lively to say the least. We enjoyed the surroundings of Pam's newly refurbished kitchen/diner with the usual surfeit of hot beverages and biscuits. One of the most surprising things was the lovely notes and messages which arrived among the quiz papers.  We passed these around for everyone to see on the night.  Thank-you to everyone who thoughtfully sent back these messages of encouragement.  So much appreciated.

Good luck to Edenbridge with the challenge of 2017 TTT - somehow I know that you will 'make the most of the experience – as we did'.

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Big Read 2016: Reviews

Big Read 2016: Reviews

A hundred years since the publication of the general theory of relativity, the Big Read 2016 celebrates Einstein with the theme, It's all Relative. Here's what we thought…

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Valerie Taylor
Having read My Name Is Lucy Barton Iwanted to put forward a different view to that of Kenton NWR.Ifound the book quiet , reflectiv... Read More
Friday, 25 November 2016 15:51
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Spider infested shower blocks? No thanks, we'd rather go glamping!

Spider infested shower blocks? No thanks, we'd rather go glamping!

Matlock NWR Visit to Hoe Grange

Following Brexit, British and overseas tourists alike have been making the most of the weak pound and choosing to spend their holidays in the UK. And they are not the grimy backpacker type or the sort that enjoys cheesy arcade game caravan sites. These are sophisticated travellers who want to holiday in style.

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Mary Stott winner, Ann Clegg, climbs Everest four times over! (Well, sort of…)

Mary Stott winner, Ann Clegg, climbs Everest four times over! (Well, sort of…)

This year’s Mary Stott Award went to Ann Clegg, member of Sheffield/Fulwood NWR, for walking the complete South West Coast Path on her own and despite recovering from knee surgery.

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Lynn Welsher
What a great achievement Anne - it must have been wonderful to see all those great views!
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:15
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An NWR conference, all in 'The Pursuit of Happiness'

An NWR conference, all in 'The Pursuit of Happiness'

What is the key to happiness? NWR recently held a conference, The Pursuit of Happiness, and invited speakers who could let us in on the secret...

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Lynn Welsher
I agree Josephine - it was a really good day!
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:16
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A week in the life of a trustee

A week in the life of a trustee

Last week was Trustee Week. If you wonder what we get up to, here is one week in the life of a trustee (me!).

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Marilyn Vigurs
Thank you Josephine for an interesting insight into your work as Chair of the NWR Trustees. It is obviously demanding on time and... Read More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:28
Jenny Lee
I'd just like to echo all that Marilyn has said and say a big 'thank you' to Josephine and her hardworking colleagues. A lot of wo... Read More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:19
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Ladies with Brains?

Ladies with Brains?

A great turnout for the much awaited Telephone Treasure Trail. It was a windy and rainy night yet it didn't stop the brains of Taunton coming out! What a great evening and what a shame we now have to wait for another year until the next one! 

Well done girls!

 

 

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Adventure by bus

Adventure by bus

Trentham NWR spent a day on the buses, exploring life as viewed from the top deck. Member, Sarah Akhtar, tells us about their adventure...

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Our Favourite Books 8th October 2016

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Shoes - more information

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Meeting Monday 10 Oct 2016 - Shoes

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Swan Lake on 21 January 2017

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How earth-friendly is NWR Magazine?

How earth-friendly is NWR Magazine?

The autumn 2016 issue of NWR Magazine is well underway and in the throes of production, and some of our members have questioned it's recyclability and wondered how 'green' it really is. Well, we have some positive news we want to share with you!

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Stories galore at Biddulph

Stories galore at Biddulph

A presentation by Nigel Daley at the Staffs Moorlands Restoration conference in September 2015 about the renovation of Biddulph Old Hall from a rundown ruin to a “des res”, proved so popular that it prompted the organisation of an NWR visit.

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The restoration of Biddulph Old Hall is a labour of love. Its walls could tell so many stories spanning many centuries, so how won... Read More
Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:06
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Big Pit National Museum

Big Pit National Museum

We had a fabulous day out at the Big Pit National Museum on Wednesday 17 August. It was a unique experience to go down a coal mine run by ex-miners and we felt genuinely moved and privileged to be there. Our guide was a fabulous raconteur, whose stories were personal, funny and poignant all at the same time. It is only a 20 minute drive from Newport, and Blaenavon is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Thank you so much for organising the trip, Dilys.

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