So long and thanks for all the cake…

The end of the Manton era was signalled on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, 8th March 2017, when after two joyous years, I stood down as President of Nottingham City WI.¬† It’s been a whirlwind since I took office from our incredible founder President, Kerry Edwards-Kelsall, of jam (marmalade) and Jerusalem, Suffragettes and stitching, marching and martial arts, camping and cream teas, cheese and wine (and tales of the night), books and beer, flowers and frocks, quizzes and the Queen and oodles of fabulous, inspiring women… and tea… and cake!

Nottingham City WI             Royal Birthday Card

It was¬† a beautiful day to end on, joining with members of City, Gedling and Netherfield WIs to present a bench to Gedling Country Park in commemoration of International Women’s Day in unison with Cllr Roxanne Ellis.¬† The inscription on the bench is a quotation from James Oppenheim’s poem, ‘Bread and Roses’, an anthem for women around the world “As we go marching marching, we bring the greater days, for the rising of the women means the rising of the race”.

With the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and being commissioned to papercut the WI’s official birthday card for Her Majesty the Queen, I’ve got closer to royalty than I could ever have anticipated!¬† But it is you, the ladies of Nottingham City WI and our Women’s Institute sisters around the globe who it’s been an honour to work alongside, as President.¬† It is to my utter delight that our new President will be the sublime Mrs Lucy Petford!¬† The official Presidential bell has been handed over and I’ll be her loudest cheerleader from the committee bench (you can look forward to THAT!) – good luck, lovely lady!

Women's Institute Bench

~ Manton xx

February Meeting & Nottingham Light Night!

After the willow and tissue paper whirl of the last couple of weeks (creating our giant flower lanterns so that we can illuminate Barker Gate Rest Garden for Nottingham’s Light Night on Friday, 10th February), we are looking forward to the calming influence of Estelle Theanine of August Moon Tea!¬† Estelle will be joining us at our meeting on 8th February 2017 to introduce us to the tranquility and significance of the Chinese Tea Ceremony.

August Moon Tea

We will also be creating our own green hearts to wear in support of The Climate Change Coalition’s ‘Show The Love’ campaign.¬† The Women’s Institute is a founding member of The Climate Change Coalition and use the green hearts as a visual reminder on Valentine’s Day to keep the issues of climate change in the public eye – why not do something green to Show The Love, yourself?

Don’t forget to come along and visit our enchanted flower garden on Friday evening, 10th February at Barker Gate Rest Garden, whilst you’re enjoying the rest of the fabulous illuminated spectacles around the city… Oh, and if you do come, please bring hot chocolate and / or cakey goodness!… Thank you!

~ Manton x

 

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!

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!

Bee in lavender

~ 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 Рwe will meet in the main Spring Lane car park at 3.45pm.

Lime Tree

More details about International Women’s Day #pledgeforparity here

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! ūüôā

~ Manton 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! ūüėÄ 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 citywi@ymail.com or through our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to help.

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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!

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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! ūüôā

~ 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!

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Looking forward to seeing you there!