Central Region Diamond Day lunch

Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 00:00.


Join us in Birmingham to celebrate the start of this great organisation 60 years ago!

Information and booking invite

Hi to all the Groups and Individual Members in our Central Region

We would like to invite you to join us in Birmingham to celebrate the 60 year Anniversary of NWR. Have a look at our history on the NWR website https://www.nwr.org.uk/about/test-timeline

In February 1960 Betty Jerman wrote an article in the 'Mainly for Women' page of The Manchester  Guardian entitled 'Squeezed like Sardines in Suburbia.' 

She said

  “This example of suburbia is an incredibly dull place to live in and I blame the women: they stay here all day; they set the tone ... Home and child-minding can have a blunting effect on a woman's mind. But only she can sharpen it.”    

This inspired our founder Maureen Nicol, a young Cheshire housewife, to respond saying

Since having my first baby I have been constantly surprised how women seem to go into voluntary exile in the home once they leave their outside work… Perhaps housebound wives with liberal interests and a desire to remain individuals could form a national register so that whenever one moves, one could contact like-minded friends.”

Maureen was inundated with replies to her letter and the The Liberal-minded Housebound Housewives’ Register was born. It soon became The Housebound Housewives’ Register.  In 1966 the name was changed to The National Housewives' Register and in 1987 to The National Women's Register.

In 1995 Maureen Nicol was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to women by founding the organisation.

In 2010 we celebrated our Golden Anniversary by presenting Maureen with two books of members thanks and memories, a golden rose and a wonderful cake!

She is still a member of the Kenilworth Group so ten years on, all around the country, NWR ladies are gathering together and having a Diamond Day celebration exactly 60 years from the day that Maureen Nicol's letter was published in The Manchester Guardian. We have a lot to thank her for and if she is unable to join us we hope there will be a recorded  interview shown at the lunch as well as a live link up with other groups around the country.

We are also having Ginny Davis to entertain us after lunch with her talk 'To the Fringe and Beyond', about her change of career from a Barrister to a full time writer and performer. Have a look at her website if you want to know more about her - the feedback is all excellent and we think she will be an enjoyable and amusing end to our special day!   https://www.ginnydavis.com/

The Venue is right opposite the exit from New Street Station so coming by train will be really easy. Look for the Stephenson Street exit from the Ground Floor of the station. You can get into the hotel through The Burlington Arcade which has entrances from New Street and Stephenson Street itself – watch out for the trams!

Here are a couple of maps which might help orientate yourselves!

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/find-your-way-around-grand-10115354 ( view Full Screen and you can see the Hotel marked )

https://visitbirmingham.com/dbimgs/BirminghamShoppingMap.pdf   (zoom in and Burlington Arcade is clearly marked)

If you do wish to drive there are a couple of car parks quite close by - best to look on the Hotel Website and click on Get Directions.


If possible can you send in your cheques all together as a Group? The Booking Form asks for a lead name for any correspondence and confirmation but we would like all the names and email addresses listed in case of dietary needs and suchlike please.

It will be a set meal so if you would like a Vegetarian option or have any special dietary needs please fill in the Special Requests box. Also fill this in if there are any mobility needs please. If there are any later bookings from your Group please indicate this on the Booking Forms so we know how many to expect from each Group.

The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 Look forward to hearing from you!

 June Nash, Ann Banks and Lynn Welsher

NWR Central Region Committee                                             

Our Golden Celebrations in 2010 with Maureen Nicol cutting the cake


Contact: Please complete our local contact form for further details.