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


October Meeting

Brrrr… It’s getting chilly out there!… Not to worry, you can always be sure of a warm welcome at our meetings!  Looking forward to seeing friends old (careful!) and new at our October gathering (on Wednesday, 14 October), where we’ll be having a heated debate about our speakers and events programme for 2016!

We will also be welcoming a lovely lady from CoppaFeel, who will be talking to us about the tremendous importance of getting to know our own boobs intimately, making sure we pick up on any unusual lumps or bumps.   Self-examination is good habit to get into and could, quite literally, save your life…

See you on Wednesday!

~ Sarah M x

WI Centenary Celebrations

We had a marvellous time celebrating the first 100 years of the inspirational women of the Women’s Institute at Riverbank Bar & Kitchen on 16 September 2015 – so proud to be part of this extraordinary organisation! … Here are a few photos of a happy and memorable evening, courtesy of Vapour Trail Photography (cheers, buddy!) … Here’s to the next 100 years, ladies! :D x

Nottingham City WI

September Newsletter

Mmmmm… sugar and cakey goodness, mists and mellow fruitfulness – you can feel Autumn in the air, can’t you?  We were treated to all kinds of confectionery joy at our last meeting and have a multitude of celebrations, outings and campaigning to look forward to over the next few weeks.

If you missed out on this month’s meeting (and it was a biggun – 38 ladies!) or just need a reminder of what’s happening and when, then here’s our WI sept newsletter (thanks, Antonia!) with some reminders and if you need any further info, just get in touch by email at or through our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to help.


In the meantime, enjoy the remaining sunshine, wrap up warm and hone your jam-making skills!

~ Sarah M x

Sweet Treats for Autumn!

After the Quiz and Games night antics at our August meeting and the bus trip to the WI Centennial Fair, it’s time to discuss the hard stuff!  Our meeting on Wednesday, 9 September 2015, will show us how to make delicious foodie gifts!

cake pops

The wonderful Liana Stevens, local food blogger and cake fan, will spend the evening showing us how to make quick, easy, and inexpensive food gifts such as cakepops and bakeaway jars (intriguing) and we’ll be decorating our own cookies!… Yummilicious!

Don’t forget, we’ll be collecting for Trussell Trust Foodbank once again this month, so please continue with your fabulous generosity.  The Shopping List is here – Trussell Trust ShoppingList

We’re also only one week away from the official WI Centenary on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 – City WI will be donning our gladrags and chinking our glasses in a toast to WI members of the past, present and future at Riverbank Bar and Kitchen.  For only £10 per person, we will be celebrating in style with pizza and prosecco!  We’ll be taking payments from everyone who has already signed up and any other ladies who would like to join us, at our September meeting on Wednesday – please let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page – *here*

Looking forward to spending some fabulous cakey and celebratory time with you this September! :)

~ Sarah M x

July Meeting Newsletter

It’s a grey July day, but the sun is shining in our hearts!  Happy memories of our evening of purpality in our WI July newsletter, together with some reminders of events to look forward to…

In particular, our members have been invited to attend Sherwood WI’s ‘Summer Fete‘ meeting on Tuesday, 28 July 2015, from 7.30pm and The Newark Book Festival on Saturday, 8 August 2015.

At our own August meeting, we will once again be collecting for the Trussell Trust Foodbank and a ‘shopping list’ of the preferred items is here – Trussell Trust ShoppingList.  The focus will be on light-hearted competitiveness at the next meeting, with our annual Quiz and Games Night on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 – a themed quiz for all and an invitation to bring along your favourite games to share with your WI chums!

Badge-making - July 2015 (6)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

All of the purple petals!

A massive thanks to the lovely (and vanilla-scented) Leighanne for providing the petals of purpality!  We had an excellent evening making ourselves some lovely floral name badges and getting to know each other a little better.  I’m more than a little behind with the virtual life of the WI and will be uploading June’s newsletter shortly (thanks, Antonia) to be swiftly followed by July’s (courtesy of Abbie and Jenny).

In the meantime, here are some photos from Wednesday evening’s meeting, when 7 new members signed up (hooray!), there was an ace haul of non-perishable foods for our Trussell Trust foodbank drive and a mighty fine time was had by one and all!

Badge-making - July 2015 (6)      Badges - July 2015

~ Sarah M x

July Meeting – Something different…

In a slight change to our published Events Calendar and taking into account the number of new members and new faces at our recent meetings, we thought it would be a good idea to have more of a social element to this month’s meeting, giving the maximum opportunity for members and visitors to chat and get to know each other.

We will all be making some rather fetching purple petal name badges for members to wear at future meetings (thanks to Leighanne for providing the purpality!) and visitors will also be welcome to join in with the creativity whilst we chat over tea and cake!

At the last meeting, we decided that we would like to make a donation to at least one local foodbank.  Thanks to research by Abbie, we have identified the Trussell Trust as one of our closest (in The Meadows).  Could we request that you kindly bring along a few items from this ‘Shopping List‘ on Wednesday, as we would like to make a collective donation as soon as possible… Thank you so much.

All ladies are welcome to come along and join us at 7.30pm, this Wednesday, 8th July 2015, at the International Community Centre on Mansfield Road in the city.

Purple Petals

June Meeting!

Who’s there?… Over yonder, crouched in a tree in the glorious grounds of the Castle, awaiting his rendezvous with the fair maidens of Nottingham City WI?… Why, it’s legendary Nottingham outlaw, Robin Hood!…  Nottingham City’s Robin Hood incarnate, aka Tim Pollard, will be gracing us with his presence for tales of trees and green tights at tomorrow’s meeting – 7.30pm at The International Community Centre on Mansfield Road.

There will be the customary raffle prizes, tea, treats and social shenanigans – hope to see you there!

Robin Hood

To the trees! :)

~ Sarah

May Meeting Newsletter

Greetings, ladies!

For anyone unable to make it along to the May meeting and an aide memoire of a fascinating evening to those who did, you can find our latest newsletter *here*.  There are loads of activities to get involved with, so please get in touch with us by email if you have any questions or would just like to join in!

~ Sarah x

Nottingham Pennant


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