NEW WI Nuneaton Acorns – Now Open!

NEW WI Nuneaton Acorns – Now Open!

Do you live in the Horeston Grange area of Nuneaton, or know someone who does? Well, we have a new WI to offer you! NUNEATON ACORNS WI … is NOW OPEN! Congratulations ladies ! Next meeting Wednesday 15th May at 7.30pm (7.30pm Horeston Grange Community Church) Come...
Policy for the use of Plastic

Policy for the use of Plastic

Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Policy for the use of Plastic Warwickshire Federation of WIs adopts a policy of avoiding the use of plastic and polystyrene plates/bowls/cutlery where possible, preferably choosing to use crockery and cutlery available at...
Calling all WIs – Its MCS Month !

Calling all WIs – Its MCS Month !

What is MCS? MCS stands for Membership Communication System, the place each WI uses to keep the NFWI up-to-date with its members. Your April WI mailing contains a list printed from MCS for you to check and update. I can’t remember how to log in? To access MCS use the...

April … so far

Sunday 14th April Preparations All In Hand…. Feedback for Dallas Burston re AFM on Monday ? Check . Planner for Speakers Showcase on Monday ? Check . Agenda for Membership & Promotions Committee on Tuesday ? Check. Agenda and plans for Digital Strategy Committee...

What does April have to offer then?

Sunday 7th April Ready !  Got everything sorted for tomorrow. Clothes in car for a quick change after Dame Stella as I am straight off to Kingsbury WI’s 75th Birthday Celebration Evening after finishing off at Wroxall Abbey! I just love racing up and down the M40 and...
Are you knitting?

Are you knitting?

Are you knitting hats for The Big Knit 2019 ? You can drop your completed hats to Age UK shops (Age UK Warwickshire) in Leamington Spa, Rugby or Stratford Upon Avon. For more information visit...

Manic March – final flurry of activity

Sunday 31st March Getting ready for Tuesday …. The Board has an Office and Finance sub-committee which meets to discuss all matters financial . We will be reviewing the AFM, the half yearly budget report, insurance and the next stages of the CIO. Can’t wait!! Friday...

March … what a month!!

Sunday 24th March Be Prepared! Just spent a couple of hours preparing for the IPad workshops tomorrow. It’s always interesting to meet with members who are tackling new technology. Looking forward to an interesting and fun day . Thursday 21st March Coleshill Group...
Order your 2020 Diary

Order your 2020 Diary

Orders for the 2020 diary priced at £5, are now being taken. Next year’s diary will have a red cover that is completely recyclable, which makes the whole diary recyclable with the exception of the ribbon. In order to avoid disappointment, please let Federation House...

March … it’s a busy start

Sat 2nd March Derbyshire Annual Federation Meeting Off I went on the train to Chesterfield today. A fun day, spent with Sue Myhill, our Federation Treasurer at this Derbyshire Annual Meeting. Loved seeing the crooked spire! Sue and I were watching all the official...

February – part 2 … it was a busy month!

Thurs 28th February Paperwork finalised with the Solicitors- at last! Think we are almost ready to take the proposal to convert the Federation to CIO status at the Annual meeting on 18th March. The original Constitution has been re-drafted to record the changes which...

February (so far!)

Wednesday 13th February Judges, Shows and a good old catch up…… Had a lovely meeting this afternoon – it was great to see our Judges altogether. We welcomed Vicky, Bev and Fiona, newly qualified judges to the meeting and were sorry to hear that Dianne and Judi...

End of Jan – Still busy …

  Wednesday 30th January Policy Preparation Day Next Monday we have our annual Board of trustees Policy check up meeting. This is when we make sure that all of our policies are up to date and compliant with the Constitution and charity law. Any changes made during the...
Application Forms …

Application Forms …

Important information regarding applications for all Federation events When booking tickets for Federation events WIs MUST – Submit the details as requested for ALL participants (ie name, tel, dietary requirements, pick up points, emergency contact) – Make...
Important – Bank details on WI websites

Important – Bank details on WI websites

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM NFWI – Bank details on WI websites Please note that your WI should not place your bank account details (sort code and account number) on the website. Even though these details can only be used to pay money into the account, they do form part...
NFWI Performing Arts Week – September 2019

NFWI Performing Arts Week – September 2019

The WI Performing Arts Week is the perfect opportunity for members to come together and enjoy, showcase or develop their skills in performing arts. 14 – 21 September 2019 From acting, stage make up, theatre visits, poetry, art and design to music or comedy, the week...
Show The Love

Show The Love

Warwickshire WI are taking part in NFWIs Climate Coalition’s Show the Love again in February 2019. 1. Share a green heart to start a conversation about climate change – get creative and make a green heart badge using our felt heart guide on page 7 of the community...

Jan 27th – Presidents Day tomorrow

Just making sure I have everything ready for President’s Day tomorrow ……… it’s a packed agenda and I just want to be sure that if we have WI ladies from all over the County coming along then we have done our very best to prepare and provide them with the information...

Jan 25th – Cheese !

OOOOOOOO! My cheeses I made at Denman last week are beginning to do their thing! The Cambozola has grown a “furry white coat” of mould and the Stilton has a powdery blue coat. I emailed the Tutor Louise in a total panic in case I had done it wrong. She said “Chill...

Jan 24th –

Well done to the intrepid team of Trustees who spent all morning at the office proof reading the new Yearbook. It’s got to go to print shortly in order to be ready for the Annual Federation Meeting in March. Well, that’s it then having seen Trish’s knitted smoothie...

22nd Jan – Busy day at Federation House

Busy day at Federation House today. Spent all morning with the Leisure Activities Committee. Goodness me have they got some exciting events coming up …… ever fancied Dragon Boat Racing? Look out for the flyer! Nordic Walking and Line dancing are also in the pipeline!...
The Big Knit 2019

The Big Knit 2019

A fun, simple knitting initiative raising funds to fight loneliness among older people. Each year Age UK runs a campaign in partnership with Innocent Drinks called the Big Knit where knitters across the UK are asked to make and donate little woolly hats which Age UK...

20th Jan – Marmalading!

Favourite sort of day….. yesterday when I went to the market in Tamworth, Paul my lovely fruit and veg man uttered the immortal words “I’ve got a present for you!” Yep, a 40lb box of Seville oranges so today I have been marmalading all day. Just waiting for Ray to...

Jan 18th – Prep for Presidents Day

Did quite a bit of Federation stuff today, preparing for President’s Day on Monday 28th January. It’s a buy agenda and all of the Trustees are talking part so I‘m just trying to make sure we don’t duplicate our presentations! Hope you have booked your place,...

Jan 16th – A sense of achievement

What a sense of achievement. I have a cold box full of cheese to take home….. and oat biscuits, and cheese straws and the aforementioned tart. What a wonderful course. Thoroughly recommend going to Denman. If you have never been then why not go on one pf the Day...

Jan 15th – Blue Cheese

We are making blue cheeses this time , so during the day we have made Cambozola, Goats cheese and now Stilton  . Sooo excited! Also made the most wonderful blue cheese salad dressing and a gorgeous Gorgonzola, pecan and pear tart! Before we knew where we were it was...

Jan 14th – Cheese at Denman

Spent the morning running round doing family stuff and emailing Trustees about bits and bobs.  It’s only when you are going away for a few days that you remember how much there is to do. Poor Sarah in the office, a load of emails and then phone calls as the time to...

Jan 11th – Whoo Hoo! Party! Party!

What a fantastic evening I had at the Platinum Celebration Dinner held by Curdworth WI tonight. Great food, good company- lots of WI friends I have made over the years were there. Fab to see so many great people! The evening went with a real swing, and the...

Jan 9th/10th – Well! What a party

Off I went on the train, all the way to Dundee! Best bib and tucker, WI badge highly polished.! I won an invitation to the 150th Birthday Celebration of The People’s Friend Magazine! What a bash! Everyone I met was interested to find out about the WI so those of you...

Jan 8th – Great day with lovely people!

Drove to Warwick early today and met the Officers ( Veronica, Sue and Christine) at the Hall at Budbrooke. The Hall is new to us and we are using it as a venue for Presidents Day on 28th January so we needed to check it out. Lovely sunny morning and the Hall looks...

JAN 6th – Rightio then, back to work …

Have spent today catching up on emails and getting ready for meetings at Federation House on Tuesday. Sue Myhill, our lovely County Treasurer has been working hard preparing budgets for various events which we have in the pipeline for our members to enjoy later in the...

JAN 4th – No mobile or internet – Lovely !

Happy New Year to you all! Had a fab time away in the wilds of Ardnamurchan, very cold but beautiful as always. The cottage we stay in is literally at the end of the road and has no phone signal or internet. We had to use the more old fashioned means of...

DEC 20th – Happy Christmas to one and all

Today is my last day of blogging until the New Year as I am going to settle down for a nice family Christmas and then spend the New Year in the wilds of Scotland. It’s been a really interesting and exciting year for me as Chair and I do hope that next year will be...

DEC 17th – Almost Christmas in the Office

After a very busy weekend of family and village Christmasssy events it was lovely to get into the Federation Office today to see the decorators hard at work and Sarah and Kathy almost ready with the mailing! Met up with the Officers to check out the Hall ready for...
2019 WI Mailing Dates …

2019 WI Mailing Dates …

Here are the dates for your WI mailings in 2019  January – Thursday 17th  February – Thursday 21st March – all mailings will be handed out at the end of Annual Federation Meeting on 18th March  April – Thursday 18th  May – Thursday 16th ...