Summer Fete – September Meeting

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20160914_191350-2Who doesn’t love a good summer fete? We had a great time exploring all of the bits and bobs of the different booths set up for our fete in September. We had lots on offer from cakes  and wine tombola to lace and books with so many things in between. We were able to share our pocket park garden plans with the some of the local WIs who attended and attracted several new members to the group.

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the booths and stood  by to help make our fete a success!

 

city-wi-beer-fest-for-online-jpgThere is a lot to look forward to this fall, our upcoming Beer Fest for one!  We have teamed up with lovely folk at the Crafty Crow and Magpie Brewery for our Beer Festival! this coming Saturday, October 8th at the Crafty Crow Pub.  It is a part of the Festival Fringe Fortnight of the Robin Hood Beer Festival. They’ve worked hard to source many of ales from Brewsters (female brewers!) from near and far and will have lots of tasty beers as well as their usual range of beverages available. We will have cake and craft booths running from 12-6pm, although the fest lasts all day.

We will also be holding a raffle with some great prizes from the local community including vouchers for Knit Nottingham, Stick & Ribbon, Carluccio’s, Georges Tradition, plus a basket from the Body Shop and many other items. The drawing will be at 6pm don’t miss it!

You don’t have to be a member of the WI to come, we’d love to see you whoever you are, but we’ll have lots on information on the WI and what we do, so come and see us!

If you have any items you would like to sell at the beer festival please contact one of the committee members to make arrangements.

Our October meeting also promises to be a tantalizing event, Tales of the Night with a Sex and The City theme. We will have lots of mocktails and cosmos available during an evening of risque talks. We have invited the Great British Sexpert , Rebecca Dakin, to talk us through her best dating stories and advice. Bring a friend or two as it promises to be a fascinating event! October 12th , 7:30pm – 9:30pm, YMCA International Community Center.

See you all soon!

Upcycling August Meeting

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What a very busy meeting we had! We all had a lovely time learning about upcycling from Debra of Honey Bee. Debra shared with us some of her wonderful upcylcling creations and ideas, and led us through a simple beginners workshop. Many cuts, knots and cuppas later our worn out t-shirts were turned into shopping bags!  A great effort was made by all and we ended up with some very delightful creations.

20160810_194130-2 We also hosted a clothing swap witch allowed our members to update their summer wardrobes with out breaking the bank. It also allowed for well over 100 pieces of clothing to be donated to several local charities. Well done ladies!

 

As September starts we are getting ready for many exciting events including our summer fete. Please check out our events page on Facebook to learn more about all of the upcoming events, including a  beer tasting (Sept 21st ) and beer festival ( Oct 8th)!

Our next meeting is the  City WI Summer Fete will be held next Wednesday, the 14th of September  at 7:30pm the normal meeting room at the YMCA International Community Center.  This year’s fete will include many fun booths including:  cakes and refreshments , book swap and bookmarks, food bank collection, lace goods, bottle tombola, white elephant, things to make.  If you are able to bring any of the following to help makes these booths a success that would be greatly appreciated: any baked goods to sell, books you are happy to swap, food bank donations, a bottle of anything for the bottle tombola, or any presents for the white elephant stall.

We will also be finalizing the banner so if you have your square to contribute please bring that also, Or if you could kindly drop off to Sarah M at Curious? (20-22 Ave B, Sneinton Mkt, NG1 1DU) before the next meeting, that would be appreciated! The list is at: https://app.box.com/s/i8m40f33gr5romjcs4pmfsbcff9rzudq

See you all soon!

Homeopathy July Meeting

20160713_203653For our July meeting we had a lovely time exploring the various remedies that come from Homeopathic first aid. We learned  about some basic aids for bites and stings to easing the symptoms of influenza. Thank you to Wendy Jackson for walking us through all of the basics needed to begin on our own homeopath journeys.

We also discussed our interest in participating in the Brasket campaign. Braskets are hanging planters made from old bras. 20160713_185401We will be making braskets at this month’s Craft Club on the 27th of July from 6 – 8 pm at the crafty crow. Please bring along any clean bras you would like to donate to the cause. Along with a needle and thread or fabric glue to help turn them into braskets.

Our August meeting will be the 10th of August at 7.30pm in the meeting room at the YMCA International Community center on Mansfield road. We will be discussing upcycling  with the lovely Debra of Honey Bee . We will also be doing some upcycling of our own so – PLEASE BRING ALONG AN OLD T-SHIRT – Debra will be showing us how to turn them into bags! She will also tell us a little bit about what upcycling is and show us some of her fab work.

We will also be having a CLOTHES SWAP – bring along any clothes that you’d like to swap and go home with a whole new wardrobe! Please make sure all clothing is clean and is on a coat hanger so that we can display them on clothing racks. Any leftover clothing at the end of the evening will be donated to a local charity.

Also a reminder to all those contributing to the creation of our City WI banner. Please bring your square to the August meeting. We are hoping to have it all sewn up and on display for our September fete! List here :  https://app.box.com/s/i8m40f33gr5romjcs4pmfsbcff9rzudq

See you all again soon!

June Meeting

For our June meeting we had a lovelIMG_7309y evening out discussing our pocket park plans in Debbie Bryan’s tea shop. Where we were delighted with some tasty treats and drinks before having a poke around all of the wonderful local artisan creations on offer. We then went on a tour  around our pocket park just off of Barker Gate to get a better view of all of the wonderful changes to come. Finally we shared a nice picnic to take in the park’s tranquility. Thank you to all of those who brought tasty treats to share, it made for a very enjoyable evening.

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Our July meeting will be back in the meeting room at the YMCA International Community center on Mansfield road on July 13th starting at 7.30pm. We will have the lovely Wendy Jackson coming to talk to us about practical homeopathy and good health. You can learn more about Wendy and homeopathy at  http://www.wendyjackson.org.uk/

Also a reminder to all those contributing to the creation of our City WI legacy banner. The list of delegated squares can be found at the link below. If you are able to bring your square to the August meeting so that we may stitch it together before the September fete that would be fabulous!
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See you all soon!

-Megan

April Meeting

We’re digging deep into our Pocket Park planning for our April meeting, ladies!  Our lovely friends from Maber Architects will be visiting to help us put together our perfect pollinator planting plan and it’ll be all things compostable with Anna from The Urban Worm – time to flex our creative muscles and help Verna Poppy come up with a beautiful design for our very own Urban Worm compost bin for our park!

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~ Manton x

International Women’s Day 2016

Members of Nottingham City and Gedling Women’s Institutes will be coming together to plant a Lime Tree (Tilia Cordata) in the recently opened Gedling Country Park at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, to mark our #pledgeforparity’ for International Women’s Day.  In keeping with the Friends of Gedling Country Park’s policy of planting only UK native species, the tree has also been sourced in the UK by Hilltop Nursery in Gedling.  Grateful thanks go to Gedlling Borough Council and the friends of Gedling Country Park for their kind support.

All members of Nottingham City and Gedling Women’s Institute are invited to come along and be part of the event.  Any supporters and spectators also welcome!

Find Gedling Country Park here – we will meet in the main Spring Lane car park at 3.45pm.

Lime Tree

More details about International Women’s Day #pledgeforparity here

In an English ‘City’ Garden!

I’m delighted to confirm that Nottingham City Women’s Institute has won national funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Pocket Parks programme to restore and rejuvenate the neglected Barker Gate Rest Garden in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – to create a new pocket park for the city.

Barker Gate Rest Garden is the Creative Quarter’s only open green space and with several thousand people working and living within half a mile of it, there is a real need for a peaceful green oasis in which to rest, reflect, eat and socialise.  (Pictures below of the Rest Garden in its current condition)

Barker Gate Rest Garden (Before)

Members of Nottingham City WI will create defined spaces within the park, including a section dedicated to wild flowers. This area will be allowed to go to seed after flowering, to provide a multitude of feeding and nesting opportunities for wildlife.  The area will also be used to produce nutritious leaf mulch and house a carefully designed insect ‘hotel’, allowing a variety of insects to breed and hibernate.

We will be looking to introduce a planting plan which includes bee-friendly plants to give year-round support to Nottingham’s urban bee population. This will also support Nottingham’s Bee Action Plan, which encourages the introduction of pollinator-friendly plants throughout the city, to create ‘green corridors’ to attract bees and other pollinating insects.

Working closely with the local community, the City WI want to encourage birds into the new pocket park too, by installing a variety of feeding stations and using a carefully-developed planting plan for the existing beds, featuring seasonal flowers and berries.

So grab your gardening gloves and your imagination and let’s get to work, ladies!

~ Manton x

February 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting (on Wednesday, 10 February) is all about spending less time on hair and make-up, but looking fabulous whenever we feel the need!  We will be joined by a mistress of make-up and a teaser of tresses and learning to create bewitching eyes and stylish and speedy ‘up dos’!

Perhaps we could use our newly discovered free time to make a lovely green heart in your chosen medium – stitchery, beading, paper, knitting or maybe crochet – to wear on Valentine’s Day to show our love for the Climate Coalition?

Support the Climate Coalition

Don’t forget, it’s also time to renew your WI membership – a mere £37.50 for a year of fun and frolics with fabulous friends!  Your membership fees ensure that our group thrives and contribute to the main WI funds, supporting the tremendous lobbying work of our organisation.  If it’s your first visit to the group, there is no charge – just come along and see if it’s for you!🙂

~ Manton x

 

 

January 2016 Meeting

Happy New Year to one and all!

We’re hoping that you’re fully rested after the festive break, because we’re starting as we mean to go on at our first meeting of 2016!  On Wednesday,13th January we will be kicking off with some self defence moves, courtesy of the Krav Maga experts!

Our January meeting is also when we will be collecting membership fees for members both existing and new.  Please note that there has been a slight increase in the annual fee – this is now £37.50.  Our beloved Treasurer, Sarah S, has made this request – It would be extremely helpful if you could bring either a cheque for £37.50 (payable to Nottingham City WI) or the CORRECT CASH on the night.  Please bring your subscription in a sealed and clearly named envelope and receipts will be issued at the February meeting.

If this will be your first ever WI meeting, you are welcome to attend free of charge to ‘try before you buy’!  If you would like to come along and find out what we’re all about, why not join us at the YMCA, International Community Centre, Mansfield Rd (next door to Aura furniture) 7.30-9.30pm.

Rosie the Riveter

Looking forward to seeing you there!

~ Manton x

November Meeting

How quickly has this come around?!  Our November meeting is tonight and we will be partaking in a selection of Christmas crafts, courtesy of our Craft Club organisers, Suzanne and Emma (and Suzanne’s mum!) with something for everyone to try out!

Christmas Crafts

We will once again be taking in collection of non-perishable foods for our friends at the Trussell Trust and members are encouraged to bring along any completed Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes they may have for collection – thanks, ladies.

And finally, our next meeting will be our Christmas celebratory meal at The Bear & Lace on Maid Marian Way on Wednesday, 9th December 2015.  We will be taking £10 deposits at our November meeting tonight and giving further details to everyone who would like to join in.

Hope to see you later!

~ Manton x