LOCKDOWN IN NEW ZEALAND …

LOCKDOWN IN NEW ZEALAND …

Thanks to Anne Rolfe Studley Daytime WI Lockdown in New Zealand I started off in November on a trip round the world and was fortunate enough to arrive in New Zealand before the Covid 19 pandemic kicked off. I was due to fly home at the end of March but flights were...
Happy 100th Birthday to Whitnash WI !

Happy 100th Birthday to Whitnash WI !

CENTENARY THOUGHTS FROM WHITNASH WI A report dated the 10th June 1920 stated that a preliminary meeting was held at Whitnash on the 27th May to form a branch of the Federation of Women’s Institute. Evidently there was a good attendance and a President, Secretary and...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends, As the Lockdown begins to ease, I do hope that this newsletter finds you well. We have received some very interesting news this week from NFWI and Christine Dyer ( Chair of our Public Affairs Sub- Committee) and I thought that you would be really...
What have Wolston WI been up to …

What have Wolston WI been up to …

Greetings from Wolston WI… LOOKING BACK over the last few weeks of Lockdown, it is now feeling more and more like a way of life, and the future remains uncertain – what will the ‘new normal’ be like? Some members took the advice from the Government and...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Learning from Mother in Law – from Julia Baker, Vice Chair My mother in law, a wonderful, old fashioned Manx woman, (see photo) taught me this recipe for soda bread, p.119 Kitchen Wisdom. It’s great made with sour milk, make some sour milk by adding the juice of...

2.6 Challenge from Trustee Glynis Forknall

Hi Ladies Attached are some of my pictures of my 2.6 Challenge. All of the ladies would not have their pictures taken with the bags due to their hair !!!! and I dropped in on them lol. I got the paper bags off amazon and stamped them, made some stuffed hearts out of...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Save some money …

This gem is another from Vice Chair – Julia Baker Inexpensive rapeseed oil. I love this tip which I heard on the radio a few years ago…. Rapeseed oil is very low in cholesterol so, a good thing to make salad dressings or to fry with. It is expensive...
Enter our Poetry Competition

Enter our Poetry Competition

Introducing our Summer Verses Poetry Competition … We invite you to put pen to paper and write a poem to enter our competition The rules are simple 1) Your poem could be funny, sad, futuristic, about your WI, Covid 19, your dog … anything you like! 2) One entry per WI...

Is your WI doing a Newsletter ?

While we aren’t meeting in the usual ways we are all finding new ways to keep in touch with WI friends. Many WI Committees are producing regular newsletters and here are some lovely example to inspire you from Bulkington WI and Wellesbourne WI Bulkington...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No. 10)

Newsletter No 10 – please forward this to your members. Dear Friends, Just to let you know that the Board of Trustees and all members of the various sub-committees are continuing to meet and make plans for the rest of the year. We know how important the WI is to you...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Not too late to spring clean !

We haven’ t had a Trustee Top Tip so here you go …  This one is from Trustee Veronica Chapman Soda Crystals are the best thing in my cleaning cupboard. They are cheap to buy and so versatile they can be used for many things. As a water softener, cleaning...
Dosthill WI Poetry Sunday !

Dosthill WI Poetry Sunday !

A few of our ladies at Dosthill WI have composed a poem about lockdown and we thought you would like to see them for Poetry Sunday. We hope you enjoy reading them. Kind regards, Lynda Carol Douglas, Dosthill WI Nothing Ventured  – Linda Gill Lynda Carol Douglas...
Herbs and Spices Quiz … the answers ?

Herbs and Spices Quiz … the answers ?

Did you have a go at our quiz this year? Well here are the answers HERBS & SPICES QUIZ 2020 – ANSWERS 01 PEPPER 02 ANGELICA 03 STAR ANISE 04 BAY LEAF 05 THYME 06 ALLSPICE 07 MUSTARD 08 BURNET 09 CAMOMILE 10 PENNYROYAL 11 LEMON BALM 12 BERGAMOT 13 CHERVIL 14...
Federation Lockdown Book Club

Federation Lockdown Book Club

Trustee Yvette Hunt introduces the Federation Lockdown Book Club… To get us started some of our Trustees have made recommendation for you including a review of their suggested read. We hope they provide you with literary inspiration to try something new or to...
We may be apart but we can work together !

We may be apart but we can work together !

We may be apart but we can still work together …. use up your scraps of yarn and knit these cute hearts. When your WI is back together you could put them together to make bunting for your meeting venue, attach ribbon hangers and decorate your WI Christmas tree with...
World Bee Day

World Bee Day

During these uncertain times, many of us have spare time on our hands to appreciate the simple things in life! In the last 60 years the bee population has come under attack from pesticides, intensive farming and climate change meaning it has lost most of its natural...
Looking for a speaker for your next Zoom WI meeting ?

Looking for a speaker for your next Zoom WI meeting ?

Is your WI starting to think about your June Zoom (or other virtual on line) meetings and who to have as a speaker ? Well we might have the answer for you… We have a lovely video about ACWW available for you on our You Tube channel. Starring our very on Gillian...

May … we all stay safe

Friday 29th May Met up with the Officers this morning for a quick planning meeting- even though we aren’t technically doing anything at the moment there seems to be much to discuss! Thursday 28th May Busy day … Lovely to talk to Kathy and Sarah first thing with Sue...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No. 9)

Dear Friends, How quickly the weeks are passing. I hope that you are all keeping well . It’s getting harder to be apart but we are all doing our best to stay together. I know that an increasing number of you are now on-line but we must be careful not to forget those...
Doorstep Photo Competition – we have a winner

Doorstep Photo Competition – we have a winner

A huge thank you to local photographer,, David Clarke for judging the hundred plus entries. The winner is … Jill Licence – Shipston-on-Stour WI Judges comment – “Photograph brilliantly captures the unfortunate moment” Highly Commended Shirley...
Dosthill WI Poetry Sunday !

Poetry Sunday

Another wonderful poem form Eldie Russell of Dunchurch and Thurlaston WI. Thank you Eldie Won’t it be lovely is all I can say To go and do some shopping. In the normal sort of way To do a bit of browsing to see what I can find And if the aisles are crowded I...
Million Women Rise – March 2020

Million Women Rise – March 2020

Bev Mumford – Dunchurch & Thurlaston WI I learnt about the Million Women Rise march whilst looking at the NFWI website and abuse against women is a subject close to my heart both personally and when I was a Social Worker working with children and their...
Hatton Park – NHS Sewing Enterprise

Hatton Park – NHS Sewing Enterprise

It’s strange how things turn out to be fortuitous. Early in the year I decided to update my trusty sewing machine when I saw an offer on a new Singer model. I was initially slightly reluctant as it had been a very precious 21st present from my parents and had served...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 8)

Please forward this email to your members … Dear Friends, Corona News No 8 Just a note to say hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. The Trustees are working hard to keep the Federation going – we meet fortnightly on ZOOM and try to keep up with...
Dosthill WI Poetry Sunday !

Poetry Sunday

Following on from the VE Day celebration on Friday this weeks poem is from a member of Dunchurch & Thurlaston WI … I remember 1945 the date the 8th of May It’s clearly in my mind still that very special day We heard the news we longed for after six...
The Answers ! Test your canine knowledge with our dogs quiz

The Answers ! Test your canine knowledge with our dogs quiz

1 KING CHARLES MAYBE HAD ONE (7) 2 KEEP THE ITALIAN AGITATED (6) 3 BRITISH ARE HAVING A PARTY IN AMERICAN CITY, RIGHT? (8) 4 ONE SPOTTED AMONG THE OTHER HUNDRED(9) 5 CHIEF IS BORN ANEW (6,5) 6 SWISS PASS (5,7) 7 LOPED AROUND WEARING NOTHING (6) 8 SECOND CLASS RAPTOR...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Recycle for ACWW

From Gillian Crisp … Recycling for Associated Country Women of the World Have you been doing some spring cleaning during Lockdown? Do you now have little piles of discarded items that you are wondering what to do with? I am delighted to be able to supply the...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tips – Carpet solution

Todays Trustee Top Tip – from Margaret Pilkington … and its a very handy one If carpets are dented with heavy furniture, place ice cubes on the dents, when dry vacuum and the pile will spring back ! Brilliant !
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Make a List Competition

Another idea from Anne … ‘Make a List Competition’ I play lots pf games with Olivia my neighbour on line. She loves trying to beat me with my Lists Game. We decide what we are going to make a list of one day – countries of the world, fruit and vegetables,...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Top – How good is your memory?

Todays Top Tip is from Chair Anne Bufton-McCoy … How good is your memory? Games to play with children on line.  Memory game Remember playing Kim’s Game when you were little? The memory game where you stared at ten random objects on a tray and then someone...

May … we all stay safe at home

  Sunday 10th May Bit of a WI Afternoon. Well, it was a bit cold outside to do digging so I have done all my routine WI Stuff. Newsletter, Blog and a Book Review so far! Better get on and check I have everything ready for the Board meeting on Tuesday! Saturday...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 11)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 7)

Dear Friends, WE MAY BE APART BUT WE CAN STILL BE TOGETHER – JOIN THE WFWI 2.6 CHALLENGE What does the WI do well???? BAKE, MAKE , HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY – SO WE CHALLENGE ALL OUR WIs to do just that to raise much needed funds for their local...
Dosthill WI Poetry Sunday !

Poetry Sunday

Another glorious poem from Gwyneth Roe of Bulkington WI STRANGE SPRING The sun is shining, the birds are singing, there’s blossom on the trees, The lawn is full of daisies and there is a gentle breeze. But where are all the people? No children running round. Why is...
The answers – Countries Quiz

The answers – Countries Quiz

Countries Quiz …. (real or fictional) WANDER WITH LISZT PERHAPS (11)     SWITZERLAND SIX MILES AROUND THE VOLCANO (7)     VIETNAM IT IS SAID YOU ARE IN NEED OF FOOD (7)     HUNGARY ALTERNATIVE COMEDIAN WITH ENDLESS GAG (9)     MACEDONIA FOR THE GRECIAN BIRDS?...
The Answers ! Test your canine knowledge with our dogs quiz

Test your canine knowledge with our dogs quiz

1 KING CHARLES MAYBE HAD ONE (7) 2 KEEP THE ITALIAN AGITATED (6) 3 BRITISH ARE HAVING A PARTY IN AMERICAN CITY, RIGHT? (8) 4 ONE SPOTTED AMONG THE OTHER HUNDRED(9) 5 CHIEF IS BORN ANEW (6,5) 6 SWISS PASS (5,7) 7 LOPED AROUND WEARING NOTHING (6) 8 SECOND CLASS RAPTOR...
Trustee Top Tip – Learning from my Mother in Law!

Trustee Top Tip – Celery anyone?

Keep your celery crunchy! I love celery but Barry, my husband, doesn’t. He doesn’t think he eats it but he does because it goes into soups and chopped up very, very small in risotto and anywhere I can sneak it in. Anyway, how to keep it fresh when there’s only one of...
Enter our Poetry Competition

Doorstep Photo Competition

Vice Chair, Sue Ensor introduces the Doorstep Photo Competition While we face restrictions on our travel and ability to socialise in the usual ways we are all starting to look more closely at all the things closer to our homes In light of this we are launching our...