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Women of the World

Women of the World

we see your life,

in a world of conflict,

pain and strife.

 

Women being wives,

we feel your pain,

trying to build towards

a life of gain.

 

Women being mothers,

we know your cry,

aiming, for your children,

for the best of life.

 

Women being strong,

we share your loss,

humiliation, degradation,

and the heart-felt cost.

 

Women being heard,

your voice is loud,

it can also be seen

through the dark, dark cloud.

 

Women of hope,

never give away

your pride, and the effort

towards a better day.

 

Women of the future,

work through this test,

to help you all

we’re doing our best.

 

The women here

have not forgotten you

and send strong support

for all that you do.

 

Nikki Bennett. Copyright

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NWR Perth's Monthly Daytime Event

NWR Perth's Monthly Daytime Event

Some of Perth's members enjoying their monthly daytime event. In March 2020 they visited the Signet Library, Edinburgh where they had a tour and a meal which was arranged by one of the group members, herself a designated Writer to the Signet.


They coincidentally had member celebrating her birthday so she was presented with a wee cake

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet is the oldest legal society in the world. It is a private society of Scottish solicitors. The Society dates back to 1594 and is part of the College of Justice. Writers to the Signet originally had special privileges in relation to the drawing up of documents which required to be signeted, but these have disappeared and the Society is now an independent, non-regulatory association of solicitors, most of whom are based in Edinburgh.

The Signet Library is situated in the very heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, is the epitome of prestigious, Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building, with its Lower and Upper Libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV, who described the Upper Library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”.

 

 

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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best friend!

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Cumbria Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary in Style

Cumbria Celebrating the Diamond Anniversary in Style

On Wednesday 26th February 2020, members from Carlisle, Egremont and Kendal branches celebrated 60 years of the NWR. This iconic event was held at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. We celebrated with a delicious afternoon tea and at 2 pm we took part in the live streaming of speeches across the country and joined the national toast with a glass of Prosecco. 

Claire Sleightholm, the Tullie House Curator delivered a presentation on "Women in the 1960's," which was fascinating and had everyone reminiscing with stories of their own. We then had the opportunity to look round Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. During the afternoon members were also interviewed by Radio Cumbria and That's TV Cumbria.

Our hope is that women will continue to join NWR and benefit from it as we do. www.nwr.org.uk  or email the Area Organiser for Cumbria, Val Bassindale  at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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'Bring an Object' Meeting

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Bury St Edmunds group held a 'Bring an Object' meeting which always provides an opportunity to learn something and have a bit of a discussion.

Objects are deposited in a bag and then they are picked out one at a time and members try to work out what it is, what it's importance might be, and who it belongs to.

The tems shown are a cherished 'Brumas' toy bear, a St Thomas' hospital nurse's badge, a Lincoln Imp brooch, Fitzroy Storm Glass, butter curler, walking stick ferrule, Romanian egg ornament, Dorset button rings, and tiny metal sticks to draw peg numbers on a shooting party. Quite a mixture!

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Canterbury Group Two Celebrating 60 Years of NWR

Celebrating 60 Years of NWR

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NWR's Interview on Woman's Hour

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On Friday 28th February 2020 our National Organiser Natalie Punter and Trustee Jo Thomson were interviewed by Jenni Murray in the BBC Studios London.

So after many years of being a "Best Kept Secret" with recommendations passed around by word of mouth, we've been given nationwide publicity. 

It was a wonderful and inspiring interview capturing the ethos of NWR. 

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link http://tiny.cc/n3kpk

Jo Thomson Reports on Her Experience

"On Thursday, 27th February, Natalie and I discovered that we were to be on Woman's Hour on the following day.  This invitation had been sparked, I think, by the extensive interview in the Guardian on Thursday with Maureen Nicol.  We were contacted on Thursday afternoon by a BBC producer who gave us some idea of what we might be asked, and we duly presented ourselves at Broadcasting House on Friday morning. 

We thought we might be nervous, or perhaps find that we had nothing to say, but we were shepherded up to the Green Room and had our photographs taken, as well as chatting to others who would also be included in the programme, so that there wasn't really time to think about how we were feeling. 

One of those we chatted to was Helen Lewis, author of "Difficult Women", on the subject of feminism, who was most interesting, and she in turn was intrigued by NWR.  In due course we were taken up to the recording area where we waited for the previous item to finish, and then it was our turn to be ushered into the studio in front of Jenni Murray.  She very kindly put us at our ease immediately with that lovely warm tone of voice, and we found that we had plenty to say, managing to cover all the topics we had meant to mention.  It was all over in no time, and almost as soon as we left we started receiving congratulatory messages from all and sundry, which was very gratifying.  We certainly very much enjoyed it, and hope it benefits NWR too."

 

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National Celebration Of Our Diamond Anniversary

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February 26th 1960 was the day that a letter was published in the Guardian suggesting that women at home with young children might benefit from meeting up with lively minded women for more than just chat about babies and housework!


The National Housewives Register - later to become the National Women's Register - very quickly took shape.

On Wednesday 26th February members celebrated our 60th Anniversary. All over the UK celebrations were held in regional venues big enough to accommodate large groups of ladies. Lunches were served and glasses were raised for the toast to our founder - Maureen Nicol. A nationwide live link allowed members to view an interview with Maureen while she reminisced about the early days. Maureen is still a member of the Kenilworth Group!

As always, when you get NWR ladies together, the camaraderie is evident and lots of ladies were catching up with people they had seen in other years at the National Conferences as well as getting to know new ladies and finding out about their groups.

NWR was a lifeline for young Mothers back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. But times have changed though with most of today's Mums going back to work after having had their babies and now getting their mental stimulation at work.

However the women who have had demanding careers and are now retiring, the ladies with empty nest syndrome or the Grandmas who have moved house to be near family can all benefit from becoming an NWR member !

Our 60th Anniversary has generated a lot of interest with letters and an article was published in the G2 section of The Guardian. Added to that Natalie Punter, our National Organiser and Jo Thomson, one of our Trustees were interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour on Friday 28th February 2020!

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The North East Region Diamond Day Celebrations

The North East Region Diamond Day Celebrations

The function took place at the Priory Street Centre York where almost 100 members attended

In the morning we heard about the history of diamonds and were able to see some beautiful examples.

At lunchtime a lovely meal was provided by the venue. After that, via the live link, it was good to actually see and hear from our founder Maureen Nicol.

In the afternoon we had a fabulous talk about Rebel Women, we heard about some specific women from the 19th century to the current day who were pioneers in their different ways. The talk was illustrated by some wonderful clothes from the time.

During the event members participated in quizzes and the day ended with tea and cake!

 

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26 February 2020 - Diamond Day

26 February 2020 - Diamond Day

On Wednesday, our Bury St Edmunds group hosted an event at the Athenaeum to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NWR, in tandem with around a dozen other events across the UK. What a lovely, memorable day we had!
130 members attended, representing 21 different groups in the Eastern Region.
Starting the morning with tea & coffee, we then moved into the ballroom to listen to very interesting talks from two entertaining speakers - Paul Stancliffe from the BTO and Catherine Buchanan from the Guildhall.
The three-course lunch was enjoyed hugely, and was followed by a successful (phew) live link to Birmingham for a recorded interview with Maureen Nichol and a sparkling toast to the NWR. Hooray!!

In the afternoon many members elected to go on organised tours of the Cathedral, Guildhall and Greene King Brewery, or to stay at the Athenaeum and take part in activities such as botanical art, attracting wildlife to your garden, spinning & weaving, and a talk on the women of Bury St Edmunds.
It took a lot of organising, and the committee probably collapsed on their respective sofas when they got home, but it really was worth it!!

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New Cinema Group

Our group has  a new Interest sub-group of cinema lovers. The group recently enjoyed Little Women.  Anyone can propose a film and help the Cinema group coordinator organize the details.

This group is most frequently about cinema but we also enjoy attending live theatre, concerts and dance performances. The performances typically are within our Milton Keynes area but we also venture to nearby towns and cities.

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Trip to Lytham Hall

Trip to Lytham Hall

Lytham St Annes group are to celebrate Diamond Day with a celebratory Afternoon Tea at our local Georgian manor house Lytham Hall.

Attached is a photo of a vintage bus trip to Lytham Hall that some of our members took a few weeks ago. The vehicle is a 1960s single decker Leyland Tiger Cub owned and driven by John Edwards (the husband of one of or members). The bus will be 60 years old this March 2020 so it was the perfect choice.

 

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CAT Radio: Kate Blakemore chats to Jill from the National Women’s Register

For the last 7 years Judy Challinor and I, along with other local members, have represented NWR at Nantwich’s Societies spectacular – an annual showcase for local groups, societies and charities. Each year a local radio broadcaster CAT Radio have been there providing background music. Last July I took the plunge and spoke to their presenter about appearing on the station to publicise NWR. The result can be heard by pressing on the link below. A recording from 6th December.

I confess to being somewhat nervous but Kate Blakemore put me at my ease and away we went. I was expecting to just chat for 10 minutes or so but I was there for the whole hour show! I urge people to give it a go and become a radio presenter – even if it is for just an hour!

Here is the link : 

http://thisisthecat.com/the-motherwell-show-kate-blakemore-chats-to-jill-from-the-national-womens-register/

Jill Lucas

Joint Area Organiser for the Midlands 01 Region

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Poetry - The Founding of NWR

A Saga in a nutshell

Lively minded ladies, that is who we are

Finding fun and frienship in the NWR.

Researching topics of many diverse kinds

Laughing at our gaffes as we're broadening our minds.

Our association was started by a few

of stay at home Mother who had the idea to

Host meetings in their houses to enjoy a lively chat

Sharing views and ideas and starting something that

Led to home group meetings that spread out wide and far

And thus became the founding of NWR.

by Rosemary Crawford (Plympton NWR)

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NWR's Diamond Anniversary

NWR's Diamond Anniversary

Here are our Celebration pages for NWR's Diamond Anniversary in 2020. They represent our members, our village and our reasons for joining the NWR.   

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Christmas Party Fun

We held our annual Christmas party in mid-December. Fiona (our LO) and Ian hosted. There was the usual fabulous buffet and we enjoyed a lovely relaxed evening which included the customary quiz. All in all a lovely evening spent with friends enjoying good food and fun.

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Scrapbook Examples

 

NWR Diamond LogoCompleted Scrapbook examples from Hampshire

Before we break for the festive holidays we wanted to share with you these examples of completed anniversary Scrapbook pages which have kindly been shared by some groups in Hampshire.

 We hope that you will find these helpful and please do share with your groups.

Likewise if you have completed your pages and are desperate to show them off then please do email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - I'd love to share a few each month!

 Don't forget that you can also look at our Pinterest pages for more inspiration. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nwrorguk/nwr-uk-2020-scrapbook-project

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Celebrating 2020 - Our 60th Anniversary Year

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2020 Vision is the theme for our 60th Anniversary Year

We'll be looking at where we have come from and where we are going, and celebrating along the way with a full programme of events.

Our country for 2020 is Finland. Independent since 1918, it is the most sparsely populated country in the EU. Other random facts, the country has the largest number of official lakes, almost half of its MPs are women and Finns are the world's biggest coffee drinkers. It is also home to Father Christmas, the Moomins, and Angry Birds.

Our national conference 2020 will have the theme Precious Gems, to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary. It will take place between the 11th to the 13th of September at MacDonald Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham.

We will have fantastic speakers, exciting workshops, a Friday Night Quiz, a Saturday Night Conference Dinner and lots of brilliant Wrap Around Activities.

Booking Will Go live in January 2020. Watch out for more details. 

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Christmas Tree Festival 2019

Christmas Tree Festival 2019

 

Grantham NWR displayed a Christmas Tree in the St Wulfram's Church biennial festival.  We chose a diamond theme in anticipation of next year's anniversary and added references to our own 40th anniversary. Well done to all the decorators.

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Telephone Trail 2019

This year the quiz was most enjoyable. We solved all the clues bar the internet one. We have made a stab aat that one. Thank you Battle and District.

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