Event Reports


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 Crowder (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.


Denman Federation Weekend 21 July - 23 July

The weather was a bit rainy which was ok for the classes but not much fun for the members on the Blenheim Palace and the Churchill course, they did get a little wet in the afternoon. They did have a good time though. The rest of courses Cooking: Making Flowers Fun: Silver Clay Jewellery with pearls: Patchwork Bags and the Sounds of the Carpenters were all busy busy busy. Except for members taking the Hollywood - Audrey Hepburn course, it was very laid back. Comfy chairs and watching a film on Saturday evening! Two coaches of members filled the college for the weekend. There were some newbies and of course those members who just couldn't keep away. All had a good time with wonderful food and meeting up with old friends and helping to keep the bar a float! The Trustees provided entertainment on the Saturday evening with a new form of exercise being taught by a teacher who displayed a love of sumo wrestling! A celebration piece of cake and drink completed the evening. Sunday morning coffee was viewing time of the courses and seeing the items members had made plus the singing group gave a recital of 2 Carpenters songs.    

Thank you to Mary Thompson for organising the weekend for the Federation. 


Centenary Lunch, Fun Day and Centenary Dinner reports on Centenary page.


Fashion Show and Lunch May

On Friday 29 May at the Masonic Hall, Nottingham 134 members enjoyed a lovely Summer lunch of Salmon en croute followed by Strawberry Méringue. Marks and Spencer had kindly commenced the day for everyone with a selection of nibbles, bucks fizz and also included a gift on every place setting. After lunch, there was a Fashion Show of the M & S summer collection with their staff and WI members as models. A talk about bras and the importance of regular fitting was followed by a skin cleansing routine with June Freeman (a Trustee) as the model. (She said it felt wonderful)


Annual Federation Meeting 6 April 

A wonderful uplifting meeting – that was a remark made by a WI member after the Federation’s Annual Meeting that took place at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Thursday 6 April. Before the morning session a Power Point Presentation showed events that had taken place throughout the past year. The day began with a warm welcome to Nottingham by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris. The business of the meeting then took place

Jane Jefferson presented the Federation Chairman’s address and spoke of the Federation’s upcoming Centenary events that had been organised. 

The Financial Statement for 2015 -2016 was given in rhyme by the Federation Treasurer, Jenny Bailey. The Sub-Committee Chairmen reported on their forthcoming events. 

The ACWW Rep, Helen Crowder, announced that we had reached the target for the ‘Pig project’ and thanked everyone for their contributions. A special guest - ’Miss Piggy’ gave Helen a bouquet of flowers.

The Bulb Scheme was presented to members by Johny Walkers from Taylors.

The morning guest speaker was Angela Baker Knowles Miss February in the Calendar Girls. Angela told us the background of fundraising £4 million for research into childhood leukaemia. The charity is now called Bloodwise and the latest venture is ‘The Girls’ a musical by Gary Barlow. Angela is a truly inspiring woman.

AwardsAutumn Scrabble Competition: Sheila, LAPWINGS WI

Sheila Norris Rose Bowl: Clarborough & District WI. We welcomed onto the stage our Nottinghamshire Inspiring Women who you had nominated. All were given a sash and certificate by Angela Knowles.

During the lunch break members took the opportunity to look around the displays and stalls, enter the Denman Dip and buy Prize Draw Tickets.

After lunch, Jane Robinson the afternoon speaker presented the Anniversary Certificates:

50th Caunton WI: Dorewood WI: Egmanton WI: Leenside WI: 

70th Blyth WI: Edwalton WI: Gringley on the Hill WI: Hickling WI: Thurgarton WI:

75th Granby & Sutton WI: 

90th Watnall WI: 

100th East Bridgford WI: Southwell WI.  

The total of the monies collected on behalf of the Nottinghamshire ACWW was announced for the Coins for Friendship. Denman Dip: - Enough £1 coins had been received for 2 bursaries: Jill, Bottesford & District WI and Christine, Carlton in Lindrick WI were the lucky winners.Centenary Bursary: 2 drawn for a course at Denman. Epperstone WI and Keyworth WI.

The afternoon speaker, Jane Robinson could only give a small background of the history of the WI. It was appropriate for the occasion and enjoyed by us all.

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 by Carol (Southwell WI) on behalf of the members was given to Jane Jefferson.

The Autumn Meeting will take place on Thursday 28 September 2017 at the Palace Theatre in Newark and entertainment will be an ABBA tribute band.

After the National Anthem a spontaneous singing of We’ll meet again (thanks to Pat) ended the day off perfectly.