What a day!

Started off at Wroxall Abbey, sorting out the menu for our Lunch date with Dame Stella Rimington on April 8th 2019. Then off to Federation House to work on the Digital Strategy with our super Digital Team. Lots of ideas coming up in the next few months. A quick lunch...

More Poppies!

I have spent the day stapling felt poppies onto boards to make our huge 1918-2018 signs for the base of the display in St Mary’s. The Trustees were all smiling as they said “we know you can’t sew but even you can do stapling!”

Kayaking on the River Leam

Great to see the members of our Leisure Committee today. They were so excited about the Kayaking event on the River Leam later that afternoon! Lots of amazing sporting events are on the planner now. Look out for Dragon Boat Racing next year!

Poppy Display

Been at Federation House all day, helping to create the Poppy Display. We have thousands and thousands of hand crafted poppies made by members all over the County. They will be on display in St Mary’s, Warwick during October and November. Our display will be...

Social Media Training

Interesting day today. Lovely to spend the day with Sarah, our Federation Administrator. We went to London to do the Social media training provided by NFWI. Very interesting and made us plan to do lots more on Facebook and Twitter to extend our reach. We think it will...
Knitting for the Homeless

Knitting for the Homeless

We are aware that many members are still busy knitting items for the homeless and so we have extended the deadline for items to be brought to Federation House to Thursday 18th October. Shortly after this date they will be distributed to shelters across the county. I’m...

Inadequate Sewer

Feeling totally inadequate tonight! Went to Mancetter WI which was absolutely great. They made me feel so very welcome – but their speaker was a really ace crafter and quilter. I am a fully paid up member of the “how do I sew a button on brigade!”...

Board of Trustees today

Board of Trustees today. We are all so excited! We are moving the Annual Federation Meeting to a brand spanking new venue next March. So we are all out of our comfort zone and having to re-plan how we do every single aspect of the meeting. Look out the IXL Centre at...

Tea Party

Great afternoon today. I was privileged to host my own WI (Newton Regis) for their afternoon Tea Party for our twin WI- St Nicholas Park. Great to see them This Centenary Twinning is going really well.

Gone On Holiday By Mistake

Well, that will teach me to go on holiday to the wilds of Scotland with no internet! 250 emails later! Missed some great events which went really well. The Great Fire of Warwick Talk with Afternoon Tea at the Lord Leycester in Warwick was really well received by...

Show Recovery

Finally got over the Show weekend! Spent the morning washing, ironing and packing for Scotland tomorrow. Then drove to Wolston, to join their special celebration afternoon – Wolston WI is 100 in December. Brilliant afternoon. Sunny and bright too!

Centenary Show

Back to Napton. Fabulous day. Loads of entries from lots of members all over the county. Judges from neighbouring counties all seemed impressed with the standard of entries. I won several times with my cooking. Haven’t lost my touch, thank goodness. Really pleased...

A packed agenda

Trustees today. A packed agenda. Lots of things organised. Very proud to see the rave reviews we have received for the Grand Day Out. Makes it all worthwhile. Tried hard to keep to time but went over by 20 minutes…… mainly to make sure that the Centenary Show at the...

Air Ambulance Appeal

Never say die. As we had put all the tables and chairs out in the garden for yesterday, it seemed a great idea to invite my own link WIs round for an afternoon tea for the Air Ambulance Appeal. Almost 80 people came. Brilliant. Then it poured with rain! Lovely. Still...

Great Coffee Morning

Great Coffee Morning at Julia’s home – she’s one of our Trustees and she invited loads of members and friends round to raise funds for our Centenary Appeal (The Warwickshire Air Ambulance). What a fab effort she made – all the cakes and...

Interesting Meetings

Interesting meeting with our Membership and Promotions team today. Looking at opportunities to promote the WI across the county. Great to try on our new Polo shirts too! Great idea, Sue. We followed this with a meeting of our Office and Finance Group, where we looked...

Summer Lunch at Shrewley WI

A lovely day and a chance to meet members from a different part of the County. A splendid lunch and a real treat as the speaker was XXXX – one of the original Calendar Girls. Really great meeting so many people who had a great time on the Grand day Out...

The Warwickshire Grand Day Out

What a day that was. I am sitting in a hotel in Lincoln looking back on the most wonderful day ever. I have forgotten all the angst of getting over 900 WI members onto 18 coaches from 12 different venues all over the county. They all arrived in Lincoln Cathedral in...
Centenary Twinning

Centenary Twinning

Dear President and WI Members, Centenary Twinning As part of our Centenary celebrations it was decided to twin WIs in Warwickshire Federation to give them the opportunity to meet up with different members in our Federation. A few WIs have been linked with two others...