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...
We are starting a new WI … Horeston Grange, Nuneaton

We are starting a new WI … Horeston Grange, Nuneaton

Do you live in the Horeston Grange area of Nuneaton, or know someone who does? Well, we are opening a NEW WI! No obligation, just come along, have a cuppa and see what you think. Wednesday 20th February 7.30pm Horeston Grange Community Church Come along to find out a...
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!...
Lady Denman Cup – Writing Competition

Lady Denman Cup – Writing Competition

Schedule Using no more than 500 words, the Lady Denman Cup Competition 2019 invites members to write a description or a discovery of invention in the field of science – real or imagined? Using no more than 500 words, WI members are invited to write a piece of science,...

Federation Yearbooks – Safe & Secure Disposal

Each WI will receive the new 2019-20 Federation Yearbook in the mailing that they collect at the end of the Annual Federation Meeting on Monday 18th March 2019. Please bring your old 2018-19 Yearbook or any Yearbooks you may still have from previous years, to this...
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 ...
Annual Federation Meeting – join us !

Annual Federation Meeting – join us !

Message from the Trustees … The 2019 Annual Federation Meeting is all set to bring our centenary year to a close with a bang. Monday 18th March 2019 This year it will be a meeting with a difference! Firstly we will be at the amazing IXL Conference Centre at Dallas...

Changing the charitable status of the Federation

*** Open discussion sessions at Federation House on Monday 4th February 2019 at 11.00 am and 2.30pm. No need to book, just come along *** The Trustees of the Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes would like to change the charitable status of the Federation...

Dec 13th – What a Centenary!

Went to the Centenary celebration for Dunchurch and Thurlaston WI tonight! Amazing! A real 1918 them throughout! Traditional fare, a 1918 raffle and serving ladies who looked like they had stepped out of Downton Abbey! Brilliant evening. It was great to see Lynne...

Dec 12th – Ready for the decorators

You would hardly recognise Federation House today! The walls are bare and everything has been moved and packed away ready for the decorators to spruce it up! It looks really odd , but when you see the spaces where the pictures and hangings were then you really do know...

Dec 11th – Come on ladies put your antlers on!

Board meeting day today. Trustees were full of the Christmas spirit!  We got a lot of serious business done today- finalising plans for Presidents day on January 28th, and making sure we are sorted for the Centenary Concert on Feb 23rd as well as making arrangements...

Dec 7th – Board of Trustees Stuff!

Paperwork day today. I like to be all prepared for the Board meeting so I was double checking all the paperwork and making sure it was all lodged on the new secure area of the website! We are well and truly on our way to becoming a paperless Board now!