Event Reports


Autumn Meeting

Over 370 members attended the Federation’s Autumn Meeting which took place at the Palace Theatre, Newark, on Thursday 27 September

Jerusalem was sung to begin the meeting and then Pam Stoddart, Federation Chairman welcomed members and guests. At this point Pam had a L plate placed around her neck! Pam introduced the Trustees and the Mayor of Newark, Tony Roberts who then gave a Civic welcome to the members. Pam thanked the Mayor for attending and in her address spoke about the formation of a new WI at Bilsthorpe ‘Busy Bees’, the retirement of Fiona Whittingham and the forthcoming events and. She encouraged members to attend the NFWI AGM at Bournemouth next year.

50:50 Club: Jenny Bailey poetically urged members to participate in the Club for 2018-19. The Annual bonus draw for the 50/50 Club took place.

A Centenary Clock was accepted by Pam for the Federation it was presented by Gladys Radcliffe (a former Trustee) and Mary Sampson. It is now hanging in the River room at County House.

The platform was then cleared for our entertainment, ‘Always4’ to take to the stage as the Take That tribute band. They performed for 20 minutes and then for another 3/4hr session after the break. Singing all songs from the Bee gees, Rick Astley and The Beatles. They brought up on stage Sandra, a member of the audience who had recently celebrated a birthday to serenade her with the song “A Million Love Songs”. It was a very lively and good night with members singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles. A few had dressed up for the occasion namely Shireoaks & District WI with tea shirts emblazoned with Take That on Tour. They even managed to have photographs with the band after the show.

Pam Stoddart gave a vote of thanks. The raffle was kindly organised by Winthorpe & District WI, and the Stewards by Dorewood WI. The nextFederation Meeting will take place at the Royal Centre, Nottingham on Wednesday 3 April 2019, with a demonstration from international floral designer, Jonathon Moseley.  The event will be open to all including non-members.


Literary Lunch

Jane Robinson spoke to an audience of 120  members at Rainworth Village Hall on Friday 20 July.

She spoke about her latest book ‘Hearts and Minds’ which looks at the background to the suffragettes. Members enjoyed a very interesting slide and talk as well as eating a lovely summer buffet with lemon tart for desert. A beautiful flower arrangement with the  suffragette colours together with the Centenary Archive Banners decorated the hall. See below for a photograph of Jane Robinson and Federation Chairman Pam Stoddart.


County Quiz 

On Friday 15 June 146 Teams of WI members took part in the County Quiz for 2018. Results to download.

Congratulation to Ollerton Owlers who were the winners and received the trophy and prizes at the Literary Lunch from Jane Robinson.

There were a few hard questions - but there has to be! The Nottinghamshire WI questions caught out a few WIs. You can read the articles (Centenary Archive) that were published in the Hornblower during 2017 for our Centenary. They give you a birds eye view about the history of Nottinghamshire WI from the beginning up until the present day. Have a look using the link above.


Annual Federation Meeting

The Federation’s Annual Meeting took place at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Thursday 26 April. The flowers on the stage depicted Votes for Women. Before the morning session a Power Point Presentation showed events that had taken place throughout the past year. The day began with a welcome to Nottingham by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Glyn Jenkins. The business of the meeting then took place. Delegates passed the Trustees report. Jane Jefferson presented the Federation Chairman’s address and spoke of the Federation’s Centenary events and the Chairman’s Challenge undertaken by WIs. The Financial Statement for 2016 -2017 was given in rhyme by the Federation Treasurer, Jenny Bailey and was passed by the delegates. Sub-Committee Chairmen reported on their forthcoming events. The ACWW Rep, Helen , announced that we had nearly reached the target for the Guatemala project and thanked everyone for their contributions.

The morning guest speaker was our National Chairman Lynne Stubbings who took us from receiving the key to the door when she 21 to becoming Chairman of National. A DVD was played about the WI. Lynne answered questions from members then presented the Anniversary Certificates: 25th. Newark Palace WI; 50th. Weston WI; 60th.  Averham, Kelham & Staythorpe WI; 70th. Abbey Gates WI; Anston WI; Forest Town WI; Sutton & Barnby Moor WI; 75th. Farndon WI; 90th. East Leake WI; Orston & Thoroton WI; Shelford WI; 100th. Bingham WI; Lowdham WI; Morton, Fiskerton & Rolleston WI; Plumtree WI;

During the lunch break members took the opportunity to look around the displays and stalls, enter the Denman Dip, buy Prize Draw Tickets and look at the Centenary Photobook.After lunch the total of the monies collected on behalf of the ACWW was announced for the Coins for Friendship. Denman Dip: - Enough £1 coins had been received for 2 bursaries: Pam, Kimberley WI and Cynthia . Mansfield Woodhouse WI were the lucky winners.The Tea Takes Bursary: 1 Drawn.: - Lindhurst WI. The Centenary Bursary: - 1 drawn Attenborough WI.

The afternoon speaker, Charles Hanson gave an excellent talk and finished by auctioning a ‘Behind the Scenes’ of Bargain Hunt and lunch for 2 at his Auction rooms.

The money raised will go to ACWW. What a surprise that was! The WI Choir came on to the stage and sang ‘Climb Every Mountain and ‘We’ll meet again’   The Prize Draw was announced. Thanks were given to Members who had helped with stewarding, the flower arrangements, selling prize draw tickets, playing the piano, taking photographs, or had helped in any way to make the day run smoothly. A vote of thanks to Jane was given by Rosemary our former Federation Secretary on behalf of the members. The Autumn Meeting will take place on Thursday 27 September 2018 at the Palace Theatre in Newark and entertainment will be a ‘Take That’ tribute band. Sue Sanderson then announced the Officers of the Federation for the coming year. Federation Chairman. Pam Stoddart, Abbey Gates WI. Vice Chairmen. Helen Rose, Watnall WI and Wendy Richardson, Bleasby WI. Treasurer. Jenny Bailey, Eakring WI.