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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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Queen Victoria – A Life in Portraits

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Throughout her long life, Queen Victoria was painted by the leading artists of the day. From daughter to empress, by way of wife, mother and dog-owner, her ever-changing role on Britain’s stage was carefully captured and controlled for both public and private consumption. In this talk Dr Gillian White will follow Queen Victoria’s story in a selection of these portraits and we will see a winsome toddler develop into a symbol of the nation. Tea and coffee and a slice…

Barge Art & Shabby Chic Paint Techniques Workshop

November 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

NOW OPEN TO NON MEMBERS - extended closing date 26th Sept 2019 A lovely day long workshop with two sessions creatively re-purposing everyday objects! Learn how to decorate plant pots in colourful barge art style then breathe new life into an old photo frame or mirror using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, distressing techniques and finishing wax. All materials provided – just bring a wooden photo/picture frame or mirror (max size 30cm square) an apron and a packed lunch  

Lunch with Paul Martin …NOW OPEN TO NON MEMBERS

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the Trustees for a Christmas cracker with Paul Martin ... NOW OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS A special festive lunch at the wonderful Dunchurch Park Hotel, CV22 6QW 12.15pm for 12.45pm Join us for a sumptuous two course festive lunch with tea or coffee and then settle back to listen to Paul tell us of his life and adventures on BBC’s Flog It and other TV programmes. Find the application in the Secretaries password protected area or click the links below…

Presidents Day – 27th January 2020

January 27, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Whether you are a brand new or more experienced President, I would like to invite you to come along to our Presidents’ Get Together. During this informal session you will be given all the necessary updates and you will also have the opportunity to talk to the various sub committees about their work and initiatives from NFWI in small groups. Along the way, you will meet Trustees, Sub-Committee Chairmen, Advisers and Office Staff. Stopping for a coffee break half way…

Serious Science 1 – Jan 2020 – The Cambrian Explosion of Life

January 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker - Professor Paul Smith, Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History. He is a world renowned speaker – see him on You Tube Our understanding of the evolutionary origin of animals and why there was a rapid increase in biodiversity around 530 million years ago has changed dramatically recently. Professor Smith will use the exploration of the very remote Sirius Passet fossil locality of North Greenland to try to guide us through new thinking on this important event

Federation Quiz 2020

February 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Knockout Round Monday 17th February at 7.30pm (see venues below) Final Monday 16th March Shrewley Village Hall CV35 7AN at 7.30pm Teams of up to 4 members (Maximum 3 teams per WI) Brailes Village Hall, OX15 5AS Budbrooke, St Michaels Church Centre, CV35 8QL Kenilworth Centre, CV8 1QJ Mancetter Memorial Hall, CV9 1QN Napton Village Hall, CV47 8LS Newbold on Stour Village Hall, CV37 8TR Wolston Leisure & Community Centre, CV8 3PD  

Serious Science 2 – Feb 2020 – Digital Autopsy

February 25, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm

…. Stepping away from traditional post mortems Speaker – Marianne Kipling, Post mortem CT radiographer with iGene Ltd Digital autopsy can assist the UK Coroners to reduce the number of open post mortems that they do in the UK, and provide a more holistic way of managing investigation into unexpected deaths. Using a CT scanner instead of a scalpel is a leap forward in technology, and provides greater dignity for the deceased and peace of mind for their relatives. Marianne…

Pep Up Your WI

March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Getting, keeping and enthusing members … Come and hear from 6 different WIs who will share their experiences and ideas which have helped to make their WIs as great as they are. Pick up tips and suggestions to use in your own WI from others who have built up their membership and developed their programmes to keep members coming back to meetings. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.  

Tutankhamun … last chance

March 5, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

The largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt comes to London for the last time! … Over 150 artifacts are coming to London and 60 have never left Egypt before! After a leisurely start at 9.30am we will travel to London to meet our top notch Blue Badge Guide at midday and begin our tour with time to buy a light lunch. After a coach tour through Kensington and Chelsea telling the story of Tutankhamun…

Let’s be drastic and say no to plastic!

March 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come along and learn why we should be cutting down on our use of plastic and how we should be recycling. Organisations such as the Waste Management team at Warwickshire County Council; the extraordinary recycler, Kebrina Barker; the Waste and Resources Action Programme, known as WRAP and Reyousable – Sustainability with Style will be represented, giving presentations and answering our questions. Includes - coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival and a light lunch of homemade soup and bread followed by…

2020 Annual Federation Meeting

March 30, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Changing the climate one member at a time... We are excited to announce our keynote speakers … The Butterfly Brothers JOEL AND JIM ASHTON Award-winning wildlife and garden designers, environmentalists and well-being ambassadors. Jim and Joel Ashton really are brothers! They encourage everyone to bring more wildlife into outdoor spaces. Joel and Jim are official ambassadors for Butterfly Conservation, a charity whose mission is to halt and to reverse the decline of butterflies and moths. They say “One of the most…

Serious Science 3 – Mar 2020 – Back to the Future

March 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker – Dr Freya Harrison, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick Freya Harrison is a microbiologist at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. In 2014 she co-founded The Ancient Biotics Consortium to investigate remedies used to treat infection in pre-Enlightenment Europe. Colleagues from sciences, arts and humanities, aim to datamine historical medical texts to uncover patterns of natural product usage, and to identify, reconstruct and test remedies which may lead to the discovery…

Denman Weekend 2020 – book your place …

June 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - June 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Friday 12th June 2020 - Sunday 14th June 2020 Come and join us for a fabulous weekend at Denman! If you have never been, this is an ideal opportunity to visit our wonderful college with the Federation! If you have been you will know you are in for a treat! You can use your WI Bursary or Denman Gift vouchers (ideal birthday and Christmas presents!) We have six fantastic courses to choose from. Each member wishing to attend must fill…

WFWI SHOW !

August 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Warwickshire Federation of WIs Show! As everyone really enjoyed the Centenary Show in 2018, your Board of Trustees thought you would like another opportunity to showcase the huge range of skills and expertise which we know our members have. Please enter as many classes as you are able to make this another wonderful show. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Download the Schedule and Entry Form here SHOW SCHEDULE ENTRY FORM (closing date for…

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