Centenary Events 2017

Centenary April 2017 - April 2018 

We commenced our events with the Annual Federation Meeting in Nottingham in April 2017.
We had a great year ending with a Centenary Celebration in Newark Parish Church in April 2018.

Below are some of the events that took place during the year.

June: Inter- Federation Bowls Tournament at the Southwell Bowls
Club, Morton ground on Friday 30 June. Nottinghamshire WON!
July: Centenary Lunch at Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor on
Thursday 13 July.
What a super day we have had. A great Venue Good Food, Good Company, Good Speaker. 111 Members and staff attended our Centenary Lunch. The Celebration cake was cut by Sue Sanderson, Federation Secretary.Jane and Sue
Here are the members listening to the speaker.
Mr. Peter Young.

Centenary Lunch 2017


Centenary Fun Day at North Muskham Village Hall on
Saturday 15 July 

centenary fun day

The day had finally arrived for the Federations Centenary Fun Day at North Muskham and we were going to have fun! The weather at first didn’t help with a bit of rain when everyone was putting up their gazebos. It then remained cloudy but warm, until the sun arrived around lunchtime. The opening began at 10.30am with the Centenary pennants led by the Federation banner being paraded around the arena. The official opening ceremony with Jane Jefferson, Federation Chairman saying a few remarks about the day then handed over to Gladys Radcliffe, Newark Fountain WI, who was a former Trustee during the 1970s to formally open our Fun Day. She wished us all to have fun! Jane then presented Gladys with a bouquet of flowers. Opening ceremony
There was a programme of events throughout the day. Louise Key of Netball England gave a demonstration of Walking Netball helped by members of Lapwings WI. Then it was ‘Have a Go’ and Jane somehow scored a goal! The Newark U3A Ukulele group performed some well know songs for us during the day and the children of the North Muskham primary school Choir sang in the Main Hall songs they and their teachers had chosen.
Walking Netball england
Netball England had a Shooting Challenge and there was ‘Egg without a Spoon contest– with real eggs! Meanwhile the 36 WIs were busy with their stalls of – Books: Treasure Hunt: Granny’s Attic: Plants: Sweets: Human Fruit machine: Jewellery: Dog Treats: Pick a prize: Crafts: Crafts and Crafts of all kinds! One WI gave you chance to try some beer being brewed for the Centenary. The WIs came from North, South, East, West and in the middle! Country Markets, our WI shop and the WI Support Team stall had children’s fun games.

anston wi

Our Sports & Leisure Committee had a Welly Wanging contest. The Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes came and the Newark Community First Aiders gave us their expertise. Of course, we didn’t forget WI Food and the kitchen and all our helpers were kept very busy serving bacon cobs, cakes, scones and sandwiches with cups of tea and drinks for most of the day. On the Trustee table, we had a Memory Tree for members to write down their WI Memory and place it on the tree.

Memory Tree

The day ended, with a parade around the arena of the WIs with their banners and we sang Jerusalem to finish our day in WI style. Our venue at North Muskham was perfect for us and after all the months of planning it was pleasing that we had done it to Celebrate our Centenary - for it will be a while before the next one
.parade ending
PS. This comment was taken from an email. 'Thanks to all of you for all your hard work to put on such a good day, bringing everyone together in a fun and friendly way to meet old friends and make new ones'.


Centenary Dinner Thursday 14 September

Federation Chairman Jane Jefferson, gave a welcome to Trustees, Members and our guest the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Col. David Sneath and his wife to the Portland College, Mansfield.

Here is a photograph of the attending Trustees                  Centenary dinner

The Sheriff spoke about his court dress and wished us a good centenary. Everyone then enjoyed a dinner of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, followed by Lemon Meringue Pie. . Following the meal a Celebration Cake, made by Jane, was cut by the Sheriff.

Sheriff of nottinghamshire

We were then entertained by 'Well Versed'. The evening ended with us all singing Jerusalem.


Civic Reception Tuesday 27 March at Newark Town Hall 

by kind permission Of the Mayor. Mrs. Rita Crowe.

A reception for WI Presidents, Federation Trustees, Past Chairman and Staff took place at Newark Town Hall on Tuesday 27 March in the presence of the Mayor of Newark, Councillor Rita Crowe. The Mayor welcomed everyone and congratulated the Federation on it’s Centenary. Federation Chairman, Jane Jefferson in her reply, thanked the Mayor and spoke about the beginning of the Federation and especially thanked everyone over the past 100 years for supporting the WI in Nottinghamshire. Jane then presented the Mayor with a bouquet of flowers. The Centenary Pennants were displayed as were the History banners. There was a selection of canapes and wine and lots of chatter and laughter. A special cake (made by Jane) was cut and a toast given.  A raffle supported the Mayor’s chosen charities, Beaumond House and the Dementia Ward at Newark Hospital.  Several photographs were taken, Here is one of everybody present.

Centenary civic Recption 2018

Past & Present Federation Chairmen

Centenary Civic Chairmen 2018

The Cake

civic Cake 2018

The WI Presidents at the Buffet table.

Civic Presidents 2018


The final Centenary Celebration took place at

Newark Parish Church on Saturday 14 April

In the Parish Church some of our archives were displayed including the History banners, Centenary Pennants, Centenary photobook and the 70th Anniversary wall hanging. 
We began the afternoon with the lighting of 3 candles.
Chairman Jane Jefferson, one for the Federation. Southwell WI, our oldest W,I one for the past and Edwinstowe Merry Women WI, our newest WI one for the future. 
A narration began with a look at the past and the first tableu by Farndon WI depicted 1917 and onwards.They were dressed suitably for the period with long skirts and hats!  
Various items were used - a soup pan and ladle and the Hornblower badge. 
We then moved on to 1945 and onwards depicted by Eakring WI including wrap round aprons and a jam pan and washing line of knitting!
1970 and onwards were depicted by Hawton & District WI with psychedelic costumes! A sold sign for the County House purchase and the blowing of a horn for the publishing on the Hornblower. All the WIs looked wonderful.
The present day was depicted by Federation Committee members representing their committees, helpers and staff of the Federation including the Baton Relay of 2014 with a member riding a hobby horse down the aisle.


We then moved on to the past year and Centenary Events. 
The WI Choir sang 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and the Nottinghamshire Inspiring women took to the stage. The WI Choir then sang 'Climb Every Mountain'. The year progressed with the narration until the Federation Bowls team came to the stage to be presented with Rosettes for winning the Inter Federation Match. 
We progressed to the Fun Day that included Lapwings WI coming down the aisle with their Walking Netball Team and memories were read out from the Memory Tree book.
The authors of the Federation Favourite cookbook took to the stage with the WI Choir singing 'Thank you for the Music'.  
While the WI Choir sang 'What a wonderful World'  WIs prepared to parade their placards down the aisles to the front. What a great display it was and we all sang 'We'll Meet Again'. 
wi placards
Jane Jefferson spoke about the past and said what a wonderful year we had just finished with a lot of fun included. 
A Chocolate cake made by Niaomi  was cut by Jane and Chairman of Newark & Sherwood District Council, Linda Tift and the Mayor of Newark, Rita Crowe. Lots of members stayed to look around, have a piece of cake and a first look at the Centenary photobook. What a wonderful afternoon it had been making all the hard work in preparation worthwhile.

Centenary cake