Four members of Arnold NWR joined with around 50 other NWR members recently for a very enjoyable day event organised by members of Trentham NWR, Staffordshire Moorlands NWR and Marilyn Vigurs, Area Organiser.
The venue was The Tea Junction at Hulme End (http://www.teajunctionhulmeend.co.uk/). In the morning we enjoyed an illustrated talk by eminent local photographer Simon Watkinson (www.world-infocus.co.uk). Simon entertained us with wonderful photographs from around the world and closer to home, showing how you can achieve great results by getting up early, going out in all weathers, and always having your camera to hand for any unexpected opportunity! Also how to improvise and make use of what equipment is to hand.
After a lovely lunch provided by the team at The Tea Junction (including feta cheesecake...yummy!!), we split into groups for an afternoon of activities. The more active amongst us set off for a 5-mile ramble; another group embarked on a treasure hunt in nearby Hartington. The largest group went with Simon a short distance to Beresford Dale, for an afternoon workshop on how to improve our photography using our various types of camera, tablets, phones etc. We learned how to use a variety of settings that some of us didn’t realise our cameras had! Simon patiently showed us how to access the menu options on our cameras and choose appropriate settings for the conditions. We were then set loose for a couple of hours, to wander along the dale and experiment taking different pictures and changing the camera/phone settings to compensate for bright sunlight and strong shadows and reflections.
We all reconvened for tea and cake and closing remarks having had a most enjoyable day in glorious sunshine!
Thanks to all the organisers and to the wonderful catering team at The Tea Junction!
Over a hundred participants, from as far afield as Sussex, gathered in Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday 25 March. We heard eminent clinicians Dr Jenny Myers and Professor Alistair Burns from the University of Manchester medical school talk about their research and practice.
Wales has a surprising amount of publishing houses for such a small country and many of their writers are female. At the NWR Cardiff-Newport Conference, we’ll be hearing from some of them as well as having a lovely lunch - all in beautiful surroundings of the Celtic Manor Resort.
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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Around 24 women consisting of Local Organisers (LO), Area Organisers (AO), one trustee and some members who were representing their groups, all met at The Hilton Hotel in York for the first combined meeting organised by Natalie our National Organiser. The majority were from the North East, but some ladies had travelled over from Crewe and others from much further south in the country.
The spring 2016 issue of NWR Magazine is now out and we are really excited about this one! This issue contains interesting articles, the announcement of two new competitions, fashion advice, NWR history, a mini quiz and more!
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