One Ball Wonders! – Competition

One Ball Wonders! – Competition

What can you create with one ball of wool? … a hat, mittens, baby blanket, leg warmers, headband, scarf, socks, bunting or bootees… the options are endless! Just take a photo of your make and enter our competition The rules are simple Your make should use no more than...
To Zoom or not to Zoom …

To Zoom or not to Zoom …

To Zoom or not to Zoom, that is the question !  By Anne Steele, Whitnash WI Secretary  With no prospect of restarting face to face WI Meetings in Whitnash I decided we needed to think outside the box and once we lifted the lid and poked our head outside what did we...
Did you get them all ??

Did you get them all ??

Glynis Forknall Anne Bufton McCoy Ruth McCartney Heather Howell Fiona Riley Julia Baker Yvette Hunt Veronica Chapman Christine Dyer
Poetry Sunday

Poetry Sunday

This poem was published and is written by a Warwickshire member who writes under the pseudonym Winifred F Jenkins ! Hope The castle of ease and contentment Stands high on happiness hill It’s a long hard climb to get there But the castle stands there still. The doors...
Did you get them all ??

Guess Who ???

Can you match the Little Trustees to the Big Trustees ??? Email your answers to Winner to be announced next Thursday. Good luck!
Virtual Show Classes 4 & 5 Winners

Virtual Show Classes 4 & 5 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our final classes in the Virtual Show … Class 4 – Most Peas in a Pod Winner – Anne Bufton-McCoy (Newton Regis WI) – 11 Class 5 – Longest Runner Bean 1st  – Mary Toogood (Kingswood & Lapworth WI)  40 cm 2nd...
ZOOM – CHARLES HANSON !! (2nd Nov 7pm £5)

ZOOM – CHARLES HANSON !! (2nd Nov 7pm £5)

Join us via Zoom to hear and see the wonderful auctioneer and antiques expert … CHARLES HANSON Monday 2nd November 7pm One of the UK’s best-known auctioneers, Charles is famous for his appearances on TV in Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog it. Charmingly...

October …

Sunday 25th October Oh Heck! I have been trying to ignore this one but I will have to attempt the One Ball Wonder Competition.  What can I make with 100g of wool???????  I weighed it first! Now I just need to find a recipe! Friday and Saturday 23rd / 24th October...

Smilers Revealed!

Did you get them right? Here are all our smilers ! Smile 1 – Sarah Casey – Federation Administrator Smile 2 – Anne Bufton-McCoy – Federation Chair Smile 3 – Lynne Stubbings – NFWI Chair Smile 4 – Anita Dudley – WI...
Poetry Sunday

Poetry Sunday is back !

Following on from National Poetry Day on 1st Oct we thought it be nice to feature some more of the wonderful poetry written by our members, so here are a couple to get you started. (If you have written a poem you would like us to feature here or if this inspires you...
World Smile Day

World Smile Day

It is World Smile Day today and to give you something to smile about can you guess which WI ladies these smiles belong to?  Here’s a few clue, one is our newest Trustee, one is our newest Adviser, two are ‘in charge’ and one is usually found at Federation House! All...
National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day and so here is a wonderful poem for you to enjoy.   This poem is taken from the 1985 WFWI “Poems for Autumn” booklet, written by Audrey M Hughes, Shipston on Stour WI AUTUMN The dying summer leaves behind A legacy of beauty unsurpassed The...

Why not try a WI Membership Taster?

Why not try the WI with a Membership Taster? 6 months membership for £10.75 (1st Oct 2020 to 31st Mar 2021) “One of the best things I ever did was joining the WI. I’ve made so many new friends and enjoyed great times, laughing and learning new things along the way!”...
Have a go … machine embroidery

Have a go … machine embroidery

Ever fancied trying machine embroidery? We very sadly had to cancel the course we had planned for summer 2020 on this wonderful craft but we hope to run it again next summer. In the meantime take a look at this great ‘how to’ video from tutor Claire Fell and have a go...
Ready for collection …

Ready for collection …

Has your WI ordered yours? Some WIs have arranged to collect their bags filled with free promotional items already! To get yours contact Sarah or Kathy to arrange to collect from Federation House (Mon to Thurs 10am to 12noon) 01926 419998 / ...
Guidance on creating goody bags for members

Guidance on creating goody bags for members

Guidance on WIs creating and sending goody bags to members Can WIs create and send goody bags to their members? Yes. WIs can give nominal – small and relative – gifts to members such as goody bags that demonstrate their appreciation for their members, and aims to keep...
Federation House Update

Federation House Update

We are pleased to advise you, that following recent changes to government guidelines, Federation House will remain open for members to make pre-arranged collections and drop offs of paperwork and other items. Items may be collected or dropped off between 10am and...
Order your 2021 Diary

Order your 2021 Diary

It isn’t too late to order your 2021 diary (priced at £5.10). Next year’s diary will have a blue cover that is completely recyclable, which makes the whole diary recyclable with the exception of the ribbon. … and fingers crossed we will have lots of lovely...
Dear Friends (Newsletter no 22)

Dear Friends (Newsletter no 22)

Dear Friends, I do hope that this letter finds you all well. Everyone at the Federation is fine and we were thinking that we were gradually getting back to ‘normal’.  The Office has re-opened for business and we even managed a ‘live’ (well, ok, mask to mask rather...
FREE Promotional Items for WIs

FREE Promotional Items for WIs

In order to support our WIs we are giving each WI in Warwickshire some FREE promotional items that we hope will be helpful to you. These items could be used as raffle prizes, gifts to existing members or to help you promote your WI in your local community. We are...
Plum Salsa

Plum Salsa

A good recipe to use up (ALL) those plums! (Pg 151 in our book Kitchen WIsdom) 4 plums sliced 1/2 red onion finely chopped Handful of mint & coriander leaves finely chopped Small red chilli finely chopped Juice and zest of 1 lime Ground black pepper   Mix all the...
WI Day 2020

WI Day 2020

It’s WI Day tomorrow (105 years since the first WI meeting was held in Anglesey, Wales). So we are asking “Why why the WI …” Click the link below to print off your Why Why the WI … and fill in what it means to you. Take a pic and email it...
Autumn Scenes Competition

Autumn Scenes Competition

Autumn Scenes Competition …   What does Autumn look like in your corner of Warwickshire?   Falling leaves, pumpkins, homemade soup, muddy wellies, lighting the fire, hot chocolate, conkers … take a photo of your Autumn Scene and enter our competition   The rules are...
Update from NFWI about WI Meetings

Update from NFWI about WI Meetings

11 September 2020 Important update about WI meetings England Earlier this week, the Government announced a ban on gatherings, indoors or outdoors, of more than six people in England. You must therefore not meet with people from other households socially in groups of...
Getting back to WI meetings …

Getting back to WI meetings …

Congratulations to Hampton & Lucy Charlecote WI who met last week, their first meeting ‘in person’ since March. 17 members all socially distanced and wore face coverings for the duration of the meeting and the speaker spoke from behind a Perspex screen...
Exciting News – Potential WI Opening in Bedworth

Exciting News – Potential WI Opening in Bedworth

Exciting news…We are hoping to open a WI in Bedworth! The WI is all about inspiring woman and provides a rich source of fun, skills and friendship. Due to current circumstances we can’t meet face to face and so are holding the first meeting on-line. This...

September …

Wednesday 30th September How very dare they! I was somewhat taken aback today to learn that I had apparently emailed all of the Board of Trustees asking them to buy Amazon gift vouchers to the tune of £400 and send “me” a photo of the pin no on the back and of the...
Federation Lockdown Book Club

Federation Lockdown Book Club

Book 16 from Julia Baker The Land Where Lemons Grow By Helena Attlee. You can almost smell the lemons as you are drawn through the pages of this unusual, fascinating book which I first heard being read on Radio 4 and had to buy to enjoy at my own pace  over and over...
Virtual Show Classes 4 & 5 Winners

Virtual Show … and the winners are

Thank you to everyone who has entered our Virtual Show so far. Classes 1, 2 and 3 have now been judged and the winners are … Class 1 – Scones 1st – Jean Ball, Warton 2nd – Shirley Talboys, Broom 3rd –  Julie Sanders, Grendon Highly Commended Jo Taylor,...
Dear Friends (Newsletter no 22)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends, I do hope that this letter finds you all well. This will be the last Newsletter until the beginning of September as the Office will close for the staff annual holidays at the end of the week.   Sarah and Kathy have worked extremely hard throughout the...
Plum Salsa

Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Another lovely recipe from our Kitchen WIsdom cook book … and a great way to use up all those courgettes! Put a saucepan on a medium heat and add butter and olive oil Add onions & carrots and cook until browned Add courgettes & pears and cook for 10 mins...
John Johnson Zoom Talk

John Johnson Zoom Talk

John Johnson was hearteningly up-beat about the future of his family business, the well known Johnsons Coaches based in Henley in Arden and carrier of many successful WFWI trips over the years. John would prefer to be zooming round the country but he gave us, via...
Great News from ACWW

Great News from ACWW

Congratulations to all Warwickshire WI members! We have raised the full amount of £4765, which was pledged to support 40 women farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. They have now been trained to grow indigenous varieties of rice more productively and have been able to raise...

August Already !

Monday 31 August Blimey its almost Autumn.  Looking forward to re-opening Federation House tomorrow. It will feel like we are starting to get back to a little normality.  Don’t forget that the hours are reduced and it’s a good idea to check on the phone whether you...
Dear Friends (Newsletter no 22)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 20)

Dear Friends Well, here we are in August already and as my dad remarked recently, the nights are drawing in! Never mind, WIs across the county are beginning to consider ways and means of enabling their members to meet if they wish to do so.  I have been meeting with...
Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

The answers are all dances The word ‘dance’ is not included in any answer 01           TYPE OF SAW – FOR A PUZZLE? (3) 02           ODD GRADUATE (5) 03           DIRTY BASE (11) 04           STROLL IN SOUTH LONDON (7,4) 05           IT IS BAD IN FRANCE, A BAD BAD! (7)...
Plum Salsa

Summer Recipe – Spanakopita

Thank you to Trustee Sue Gill for this one …. Spanakopita – Greek spinach pies (vegan version) I prefer these at room temperature. Delicious but very tempting to grab one every time you walk past! Ingredients (serves 4): 1 tbsp olive oil Large onion (chopped) 8...
Dear Friends (Newsletter no 22)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 19)

Dear Friends, I do hope that this newsletter finds you well.  Here we are at the end of July already! I have enjoyed talking to many of your Presidents and Officers over the last couple of weeks as we have started a “Chat with the Chair” session on ZOOM.   This gives...
Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

Keep Dancing – Quiz Time

The answers are all dances The word ‘dance’ is not included in any answer 01           TYPE OF SAW – FOR A PUZZLE? (3) 02           ODD GRADUATE (5) 03           DIRTY BASE (11) 04           STROLL IN SOUTH LONDON (7,4) 05           IT IS BAD IN FRANCE, A BAD BAD! (7)...