2021 Newsletter No 3 from Anne

2021 Newsletter No 3 from Anne

Dear Friends Here we are in the middle of January and the nights are just beginning to draw out.   I do hope this Newsletter finds you all well.  It has been really lovely to see so many of you on-line recently and here’s hoping that we can begin to start thinking...

January 2021 – We’re ready for you …

  Monday 11th January Resolutions Briefings Anita and Gillian did a great job today of briefing our members on the proposed Resolutions for the National Meeting.  The winning Resolution will be fully debated by all WIs across the country before being voted on. ...
My Lockdown “Travels” …

My Lockdown “Travels” …

My Lockdown “Travels” By Jacqueline Thomas – Bulkington WI When lockdown was announced in March, I genuinely thought I’d be able to cope. I’m a 54 year old, overweight Asthma sufferer who was born with Cerebral Palsy and was content to...
2021 Newsletter No 3 from Anne

2021 Newsletter No 1 from Anne …

Dear Friends, Well, here we are again, I do hope that you have had a peaceful and safe Christmas. The Board of Trustees and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I write to let you know that we have closed Federation House to comply with Tier Four...
Panto Success ! Oh yes it was !

Panto Success ! Oh yes it was !

Thank you to everyone who sent in such kind comments about our Federation Panto, it was a a big hit! Thanks also to the wonderful cast who excelled themselves with not only excellent acting skills but fantastic hair and make up
Kenilworth WI

Kenilworth WI

Kenilworth WI and the Kenilworth Christmas Tree Festival Kenilworth Christmas Tree Festival is normally held in St Nicholas Church in Abbey Fields, during the same weekend that the lights are switched on in the High Street. It is very well supported by many...
Federation Book Club – new books added!

Federation Book Club – new books added!

Book 22 from Julia Baker Vice Chair (Kingswood & Lapworth WI) If Only They Didn’t Speak English by Jon Sopel (BBC North America Editor) “Land of the free home of the brave!” Well, it seems that quotation is a very distorted and cynical description of a country...
Highly Commended – Wreaths

Highly Commended – Wreaths

Highly commended – wreaths Robin Wreath – Lynn Kirkman – Broom WI Wreath – Pat Swift – Bulkington & Bedworth Belles WI Table Wreath – Helene Shears – Dunchurch & Thurlaston WI Wreath – Sue James –...
Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Dear Friends, Just a little note to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. This will be our last Newsletter until January and I have waited until today to send this one so that I can let you know who the winners are in our ‘My Homemade Christmas’...
We have the winners …

We have the winners …

Note from the judge… Dear Sarah, Many thanks for inviting me to judge this competition. I am absolutely bowled over by the effort so many of our members have put into the fabulous things they have made.   As you know I am not a crafter so I have had to judge the...
Highly Commended – Wreaths

Highly Commended – Other Items

Highly Commended – Other Items Fabric Candle Holder – Maureen Hipkiss – Polesworth WI Early Arrivals – Margaret Pilkington – Studley Daytime WI Christmas Cakes for Friends – Maxine Maddox – Warton WI Christmas Plaques –...
Lockdown Highs (& Lows) – Competition

Lockdown Highs (& Lows) – Competition

Lockdown Highs (& Lows) Writing Competition In no more than 100 words tell us about your lockdown experiences, the highs and the lows! Did you start gardening, learn to knit, make bread, feel frustrated, laugh, cry, rely on WI friends, discover Zoom … The rules...

December … jingle all the way !

Thursday 31st December Review of the year Took me ages to decide which WI posts from our social media channels to post for this.   Even though we have been shut down effectively for most of the year I was totally amazed at the amount and variety of things we have...
How we did our Annual Meeting – Kenilworth WI

How we did our Annual Meeting – Kenilworth WI

Kenilworth WI Annual Meeting – Hybrid In 2020, like everyone else, Kenilworth WI thought we would be having our annual meeting as usual for us,  in November. Who knew back in March that things would change so drastically for us all and like everything else this...
Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Newsletter from Anne (No 5 Lockdown 2)

Dear Friends, I have got my tree up, made some mince pies and written most of my cards and letters so I think I am getting into the festive spirit!   I do hope that you are too. I can’t remember being this keen to open the Christmas cards which have popped through my...
Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Newsletter from Anne (No 4 Lockdown 2)

Dear Friends Well, here we are almost in December- and I know some of you will be disappointed with the latest news that we are all in Tier Three. Isn’t it a good job we all have the WI to keep us going? I have been so heartened to see so many of you at our various...
Have you awarded your certificates yet ?

Have you awarded your certificates yet ?

From Trish Handsley – President at Newbold Pacey & Ashorne WI “When I saw a headline in the October WI Life magazine ‘new awards for loyalty, an opportunity to recognise long-standing members’, I was straight onto MyWI to find out more.  A quick look...
AFM 2021 – Save the Date …

AFM 2021 – Save the Date …

We are really really hopeful that we can hold our Annual Federation Meeting as we usually do next year. 28th April 2021  Put the date in your diary and watch this space to find out who we have coming to entertain you!
Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Newsletter from Anne (No 3 Lockdown 2)

Dear Friends I am writing this newsletter on Stir Up Sunday and I don’t think you would be too surprised by the wish I made as I was stirring…… but it’s still got to be a secret! As the grey days of November draw to a close then our thoughts naturally turn to...
We have the winners …

One Ball Wonder Competition … the winners

One Ball Wonder Competition Winners From the judge Dianne Bright … “Congratulations to everyone who entered the One Ball Wonder competition.  It’s amazing the variety of items that have been crafted from 100 grams of yarn!  There was a distinct mix of...
My Homemade Christmas – Competition

My Homemade Christmas – Competition

What do you make for Christmas?  … decorations, a wreath, truffles, bunting, mince pies, flower arrangements, cards,  a hand knitted Christmas jumper, a painting, chutney, cake, truffles, marzipan fruits, festive cocktails.    To enter just take a photo of your...
Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Food Waste: Help Spread the Word! Every year roughly 6 million tonnes of food are thrown away by UK households, of which 4.5 million tonnes is edible. According to the UN, if global food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases. On...
Newsletter from Anne (No 6) … & we have a a winner!

Newsletter from Anne (No 2 Lockdown 2)

Dear Friends, Here we are in week two of the lockdown and I do hope that you and yours are still keeping well. During the week , the Board have met and have agreed our PCRP (Post Covid Recovery Plan) which we hope will ensure the firm financial footing for the...
How one WI is keeping going …

How one WI is keeping going …

Thanks to Karen, the President at Stratford WI Lite for providing this lovely report with some great ideas for how to keep going, run meetings at a low cost and even carry on having a raffle! “In September 2020 we held our first Zoom WI meeting – a fun...
Card Bundles

Card Bundles

Remember birthdays or just keep in touch ! Our card bundles contain 10 card and are just £12 (+ £1.20 postage) They contain 5 birthday cards and 5 blanks To order yours just email
Denman Refunds

Denman Refunds

REFUNDS FOR DENMAN COURSES For a refund on Denman course vouchers that were unused and unexpired from 1 March onwards, please email or call 01865 391991 ext. 3248 with your voucher number, the value of the voucher and your bank details....
Time to think about Christmas presents …

Time to think about Christmas presents …

Need some inspiration for Christmas present ideas? Warwickshire Honeysuckle Silver Plated Brooch £50 Bone china vintage WI Cup and Saucer £5 Why not get ahead for next year with a card bundle?  Pack contains 10 cards for £12 (usually £1.50 per card) If you would like...
We have the winners …

Autumn Scenes Photo – The Winners

Thank you to Federation Treasurer, Sue Myhill for arranging for two members of Leamington Photographic Society to judge our competition, who made the following comments … “Many of the competitors had put a lot of thought into their entries and the results...
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!
We have the 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...

November …

Monday 30th November Marmalade anyone? Made a big batch of orange and lemon marmalade today as I seem to have run out of frozen Sevilles.  Can’t understand it as I had a forty pound box last January!  Time flies when your cooking and having fun! Sunday 29th November...