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Every outing or event featured here are advertised through Flyers which are sent to the WIs in our monthly mailings. You can also download the current ones from this site by clicking on the appropriate events in the listings.

Bookings are made through your WI Secretary, you tell her that you would like a ticket for the event or trip and pay her the correct fee. She will collate all of the orders, complete the necessary forms and order the tickets from Federation House for you. We are sorry but at the moment we are unable to process ticket requests from individual members.

Sometimes events and visits are open to guests. However, our 4000+ Warwickshire WI members will always be our priority.

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Centenary Gala Concert – Tickets Available

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Its not too  …late to book. Non members welcome Join Warwickshire members and guests for this glittering gala concert, which will bring our Centenary year to a close with a very special evening of celebratory music from a variety of artistes. The Compère for the evening will be Sunny Ormonde, well known for playing the role of Lillian Bellamy in the Archers.

Serious Science 2 2019 – Chemical Warfare

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

…. KILL OR CURE Professor Robert Stockman will present a history of chemical warfare from Nature’s poison darts to nerve agents and how this potentially deadly research can lead to the development of new medical treatments.

Sex and the Tudors!

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a rip-roaring journey through the sexual exploits of the Tudors. According to records it was not just Henry VIII that was having a good time! This engaging and highly entertaining talk is given by Lesley Smith, the curator of Tutbury Castle, and historical lecturer extraordinaire. Open to members and guests.

Tai Chi

March 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The session will start with a short illustrated talk on Tai Chi and its history. You will then take part in a seated warm up and introductory Tai Chi session. Tea, coffee and cold drinks provided

Darts Tournament 2018/19

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

In order that the Darts Cup can be presented at the Annual Federation Meeting 2019, we have to start the tournament in September/October and progress through to the final to be held on 4th March 2019 at a venue to be confirmed. A maximum of two teams per WI can be entered. Teams may need to travel to locations around the Federation for matches. Please ensure that the members can play the final on 4th March 2019 should they be…

Bake Italian

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Make your own Focaccia bread The techniques for making a classic Italian focaccia loaf - join us to make two aromatic Italian style focaccia loaves to take home. Tuition and guidance is from a professional baker.

The 2019 Lane Cup – “Sporting Prowess”

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Reflecting the WI’s commitment to Sports Week. An exhibit using natural plant material and incorporating items of sports equipment (e.g. footwear, glove, hat, bat, ball) To be judged from the front. Space allowed 45 cm by 45 cm (18" x 18") height unlimited. The exhibit will be staged on tables. This competition is open to all WIs in WFWI • One entry per WI. Entry fee £5. Plus maximum flower budget £20. (All costs should be met by your WI).…

Annual Federation Meeting 2019

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fabulous Speakers … Fun day out … Forward thinking Join us to help celebrate the end of our centenary year in style ! We hope to welcome more members than ever to our exciting new venue … IXL Conference Centre at Dallas Burston Polo Ground. Inspiring Women Lynne Stubbings NFWI Chair The Cake Lady (Kath Ryan) Cakes4Casualties Simon King Inspiring Women to become wildlife photographers ... Simon King OBE is a British naturalist, author, conservationist, television presenter and cameraman, specialising…

Help! I’m a new IPad user

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

People say you can do almost anything on an iPad - I just need to know how. Join us at Federation House for a Tips and Tricks Workshop where our Digital Leader will help you to make the most of your Apple IPad. Please note the two sessions are available 10am to 12noon OR 1pm to 3pm

Serious Science 3 2019 – The Human Brain

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

How does it enable us to think? We all do it but what exactly is thinking? This talk by Dr Alison J Cooper looks at current understanding of how the brain handles information to enable us to think, considers how these processes happen differently for some people and then the changes that cause the cognitive decline that happens in dementia.

Resolution Briefing

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Although NFWI will not inform Federations of the final resolution/s for 2019 until February, a Resolution Briefing Meeting will take place in April. A specialist speaker will provide an expert briefing. Up to two members are invited to attend this interesting and thought-provoking evening as the information given will be useful for discussion at your May meeting. This new venue offers a central location and plenty of parking in the adjacent public car park at a cost of £1 for…

SPACES AVAILABLE Art Workshop

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We still have a handful of places available, to book yours contact ku.oc1550750998.iwfw1550750998@tsis1550750998sa1550750998. Non members welcome. First come first served. Learn to paint a beautiful Poppy on canvas suitable for beginners and those more experienced painters. Tutor Michelle Stamper Cost includes materials

Lunch with Stella Rimington – NOW OPEN TO NON MEMBERS

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We are delighted to be able to open up this wonderful event to WI Members, friends, family, husbands and partners. You have until 24th January 2019 to book so dont miss out. Application forms have been sent to WIs and will be available at your January meetings. Dame Stella Rimington, DCB is an author and former Director General of MI5. Tickets to this exciting event include a delicious two course lunch and coffee, during which you will hear an informative…

Speakers Showcase

April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and listen to talks and presentations from the latest speakers auditioning to be featured in the Warwickshire WIs Speakers Directory. If your WI is looking for new ideas for meetings, you will find this an excellent opportunity to hear from new and exciting speakers to add to your programmes.

The World of Wedgwood

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Come and spend the day exploring The World of Wedgwood at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the factory where you will see craftsmen at work utilising unique artisan skills and techniques honed over 250 years. Come and see iconic Jasper pieces in production showcasing the pinnacle of ceramic craftsmanship. You will also be able to visit the Wedgwood Museum, one of the most important industrial collections in the world and a unique record of British ceramic production.

Serious Science 4 2019 – Apollo

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the  Apollo 11 historic moon landing. Andrew Lound presents the tale of this great achievement together with the use of large scale models of the Saturn V rocket, Command module and Lunar module.

Hundred Years Tour – London

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

After a leisurely start at 9.30am we travel to London to meet our top notch Blue badge Guide at midday and begin our tour with time to buy a light lunch in Parliament Square.  We tour the West End where one of the founders of the WI turned over her ballroom to packing "smokes for soldiers" during the Great War and follow the trail of the Suffragettes to the East End where the Match Girls' STrike of 1888 paved the…

The Magic of Modroc (2 day workshop)

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

This is a TWO DAY workshop Modroc is plaster impregnated bandage similar to that used in hospitals to set broken bones. During these workshops we will look at some of the possibilitiesof creating a container using an existing container as a cast. Modroc is fun and flexible but can be messy so please come prepared! Part 1 - 7th May Part one of the course will create the structure (or structures depending on time.) You may wish to bring Eye…

Literary Lunch – Stevyn Colgan

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Stevyn was a member of the Metropolitan Police Problem Solving Unit that used behavioural economics and creative thinking to solve issues that did not respond to traditional methods. He has been a book illustrator and writer of books, radio and television shows. His artwork regularly appears on the QI programme. His first novel, a comedy murder mystery "A Murder to Die For" was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for the "Penguin Books" Dead Good Awards and the longlisted "Guardian"…

One Night Only Federation Quiz

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

All teams will compete at one venue on the same night! 1 team per WI MAX (4 team members)

Hay on Wye Festival

May 28 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit this attractive and popular Welsh border town to indulge your literary taste buds or your passion for quirky shops. Arrival is scheduled for 10.30am so please bear this in mind if you are booking your tickets for talks. Cheap travel to the town from the festival site available. Please note that this visit does NOT include any tickets to events Coach 1 - 8am Tesco Emscote Road, Warwick Coach 2 - 8am St Marks Church, Bilton, Rugby CV22 7LA…

Treasure Your Treasurer

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Treasurers are a valuable resource for all WIs.  Come along to this training - share the best ideas and meet with Advisers, Trustees and Independent Financial Examiners to get answers to thos burning questions ... Am I acting as an agent ? Which column do I put this in? Can I use WI funds for this ? Open to: All Treasurers, Assistant Treasurers and potential Treasurers - this workshop will benefit experienced and brand new Treasurers plus those thinking about…

All Hands on Deck – Mikron Theatre Group

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

The Board of Trustees is pleased to host a performance by Mikron Theatre Group All Hands on Deck … a love story between the Royal Navy and their loyal Jenny Wrens. This play pays tribute to all those women who pushed the door to opportunity firmly open.

Trip to Boughton House

June 10 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

Visit this amazing house, near Kettering, seldom open to the public, known as ‘England’s Versailles’ and enjoy a tour of the home of the Dukes of Buccleuch the largest landowner in Europe. The house which was used extensively in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables, is full of treasures including amazing collections of Sevres, tapestries and paintings including Gainsboroughs and El Greco. Then stroll in the pleasant gardens before we leave at approximately 4pm. Pick up 1 – 8.45am…

By George !

June 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Why we still love George Eliot after 200 years The talk and slide show by John Burton will discuss how Mary Ann Evans from the hamlet of Griff near Nuneaton became George Eliot, the acclaimed international writer and thinker. It will include some short readings to demonstrate her story telling, her humour, her wisdom. Tea and coffee included

Denman Day Visit – Floral Art Demonstration

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us and enjoy a demonstration by a WI Floral Art Demonstrator. Coffee/ Tea on arrival, two course lunch with a glass of wine or soft drink, tour of the college and a cream tea are all included in the cost 10am Coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival in the Main Hall 10.30 am – 12.00pm Floral Art demonstration by a Denman tutor 12.00 pm – 1.30pm Lunch (vegetarian option available), with dessert and a glass of wine. Time to stroll…

Digital Committee Workshop

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Why does my WI need Facebook? How do we Tweet and what is Instagram? What do other WIs do? This workshop will provide the answers and help your WI to find out how going digital can help your WI

Paper Cutting Workshop – 10am

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Paper cutting is the craft of the moment and this short course will introduce you to the basic techniques for successful designing and cutting. You'll master using a scalpel safely and accurately, cut out a prepared piece and then design and cut out a monogram for yourself. Great fun and just a little bit addictive! This workshop is run by Denman Tutor - Christine Green

Paper Cutting Workshop – 2pm

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Paper cutting is the craft of the moment and this short course will introduce you to the basic techniques for successful designing and cutting. You'll master using a scalpel safely and accurately, cut out a prepared piece and then design and cut out a monogram for yourself. Great fun and just a little bit addictive! This workshop is run by Denman Tutor - Christine Green

Warwickshire WIs go to Winchester

July 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Following the success of the Grand Day Out to Lincoln last year we have had many requests for another day out for Warwickshire WI members. We had a chat with Johnsons and they have agreed to help us to offer members a day out in WINCHESTER on Monday 29th July 2019. There will be multiple pick-ups as detailed below and the Trustees are hoping that this will offer WIs a chance to spend another great day out together! Arriving in…

Harry Potter World

October 2

If you have lived through the wizarding exploits of Harry and his friends, whilst reading the books and watching the films, then this is your chance to see and experience Hogwarts and the other sites of those magical events yourself. The true genius of the modelling and artistic teams has to be seen to fully appreciate what was involved in recreating the stories. The ticket cost includes coach and a discounted ticket for entry

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