Event Reports


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.


ACWW walk & Lunch Thursday 8 March

For the ACWW project the Trustees organised a walk around Newark for 34 members followed by a lunch of soup and puddings (many having seconds!). They went off in two groups with, Wendy Richardson leading one group and Jane Jefferson helping her. The other group was led by, Helen Rose with Helen (ACWW rep) helping her. Meanwhile some of the other Trustees were back at the house preparing the lunch. They all arrived back very cold! Needing hot tea and coffee!


We began the year with 3 Burns lunches at County House. The Haggis, the Highland Stew, Cluttie dumpling and shortbread plus a mixture of poems with a Scotsman addressing the haggis . What more could you want




Centenary Brass Band Concert

On Saturday 25 November, 75 members and friends enjoyed another Centenary Celebration. They had a very good evening listening to the Newstead Brass Band at the John Godber Centre, Hucknall. The concert celebrated musicians and events of the last 100 years. Incorporating several of Nottinghamshire's famous sons and daughters. Including amongst them: The Dam Busters and Mack and Mabel, ending of course with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.


Autumn Federation Meeting

Over 440 members attended the Federation’s Autumn Meeting which took place at the Palace Theatre, Newark, on Thursday 28 September

The Federation Favourites Cookbook was on sale for the first time and members could also purchase new items from the WI Shop.

Jerusalem was sung to begin the meeting and then Jane Jefferson, Federation Chairman welcomed members and guests. The Trustees and Federation Secretary at this point put on a pair of very large coloured glasses. Jane didn’t know this was going to happen! But she got the joke and explained that she had recently had an eye operation.


Jane introduced the Trustees and the Mayor of Newark, Rita Crowe who then gave a Civic welcome to the members. Jane thanked the Mayor for attending and began her address by saying we were having a short official beginning to leave space for more of the forthcoming entertainment. She told members about the Centenary events that had already taken place and encouraged members to attend the forthcoming Brass Band Concert in November with more events planned for next spring to finish our Centenary year.

Helen Crowder, the ACWW Rep had launched a new project for women in Guatemala ‘Fertilise your Future’ at the Annual Federation Meeting in April 2017.  The amount pledged to raise was £2900. She told members that £113 would help train one woman in the project to achieve a decent livelihood and encouraged WIs to take fund raise.

County Quiz 2017: Jenny Bailey told members about the funny answers the question

’ What was the latest recipe book called by Nigella Lawson’ – the best being ‘Sex on the Sofa’

The Winners were announced: 1st: Bottesford Belles. 68pts.2nd place: Joint runners up: Epperstone, The Tuesday Girls and Worksop Three plus one.65 ½ pts. 3rd place: Collingham Drain on the State. 64 ½ pts. The full points sheet is available on the website.

50:50 Club: Jenny Bailey poetically urged members to participate in the Club for

2017-18. The Annual bonus draw for the 50/50 Club took place.

The platform was then cleared for our entertainment, ‘Chiquitita to take to the stage as the ABBA tribute band.  

Members and Trustees

Autumn Meeting

They performed for 20 minutes and then for another 3/4hr session after the break. Singing all the favourite ABBA songs. It was a very lively and good night with members singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles.


A few members had dressed up and looked very good in their white books and short dresses!

Pam Stoddart, (Federation Vice Chairman) gave a vote of thanks.

The raffle was kindly organised by Hawton & District WI, and the Stewards by Dorewood WI. The nextFederation Meeting will take place on Thursday 26 April at the Royal Centre, Nottingham, the speakers will be the National Chair, Lynne Stubbings and Charles Hanson, the Antique expert.