Crochet with April Towriess – February 2018 Meeting

Valentine’s Day!¬† It was bitterly cold and an evening when one should traditionally be with their sweetheart, but a couple of hours out with WI chums is ok, isn’t it?¬† We were treated to an evening of expert hooking by Nottingham’s premiere crochetiere, April Towriess, who spun her personal crochet journey yarn beautifully and then led us through creating some beautiful green crocheted hearts to ‘Show the Love’ and our WI involvement in the Climate Change Coalition.

City WI Green Hearts (April Towriess)

City WI Green Hearts

April is involved with Bulwell Arts Festival and is looking for participants to contribute to her wonderful ‘Joining Lines’ project.¬† We’ll certainly be joining in here at City WI and you can find details about how to create your own crochet doily and join in the collaborative artwork here.

Joining Lines Project

Nottingham Light Night was even colder!¬† That didn’t deter the hardy women of City WI commemorating 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote.¬† Two willow lantern Suffragettes welcomed visitors to Barker Gate Rest Garden, our adopted park, in Nottingham’s Lace Market, and the number ‘100’ was picked out in lights on the lawns, surrounded by glittered glass jars and lanterns decorated with the names of Nottingham suffragettes.

City WI Lantern Suffragettes

Our March meeting will see us welcoming visitors from Vietcentric Vietnamese Community Centre to talk to us about their work and specifically, their wonderful Food Tour!   Details on our Facebook page here.  Please join us!


Self Defence – January 2018 Meeting

Brazilian Jujitsu - Jan 2018_preview

2018 is now truly under way. We’ve had our first meeting of the year were local Mel Doran was on hand to teach¬†some basic self defence. This lesson helped give a confidence boost to many of our ladies¬†in their ability to defend themselves against any unwanted advances.¬† We all truly enjoyed our time on the mats learning the beginner steps in defending one’s personal space. Many thanks to Mel for her break through lesson!

February’s meeting will be Wednesday Feb 14th and will feature April Towriess sharing a little about her love of crochet.¬† She will be leading us through her personal pattern for a beautiful green heart, so that we can ‘Show The Love’ and our support for the WI’s climate change campaign around¬† for Valentine’s Day.

Check out our meetings page to see the events for this years’ program. Hope to see you there!

History of Nottingham Suffragettes – March Meeting Recap

Hello Everyone!


¬†Our March meeting walked us through the history of Nottingham’s very own suffragettes thanks to Dr Rowena Edlin from the Nottingham Women’s History Society. There were many great Ladies who paved the way for women in our area and it was fascinating to hear of their trials and¬†tribulations during the Suffragette movement.


April Meeting Р 12th of April 7:30 YMCA ICC

April is organ donation month and our speaker will be Janet who is coming to tell us about her personal experience of organ donation a key campaign of the WI

We will also have some Easter crafting going for those who fancy trying out some crafting.

Do join us for an interesting evening.

See you at the next meeting ūüôā

Light night and Chinese Tea Ceremony

What a lovely time we had at the February meeting learning all about Chinese tea and the traditional Chinese tea ceremony with Estelle Theanine of August Moon Tea!  We learned about the varying tea types of  delicious tea (green, red, and black), as well the calming benefits of meditating and taking some time to relax with your cup of tea. Great advice in the start of this busy year.  Special thanks to Estelle for showing us this great tradition

Our enchanted flower garden set up for light night in St Mary’s Rest Garden was a success! We had many interested passers by come visit the garden while on Nottingham’s Light Night Trail ¬†and learn about our plans for the garden this year. ¬†Many of them were not aware the garden existed and were excited to hear of some refurbished green space come to the city this summer. ¬†Here are a few photos to showcase the wonderful work our ladies did to decorate the garden.







March’s meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th of March at the usual meeting spot at the YMCA International Community Centre. We ¬†have invited Dr Rowena Edlin of the Nottingham Women’s History Society to tell us all about the history of the Suffragettes. So do join us to hear about the wonderful ladies who helped make Britain what it is today. See you soon!

Summer Fete – September Meeting


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 Р9:30pm, YMCA International Community Center.

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 РPLEASE BRING ALONG AN OLD T-SHIRT РDebra 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 :

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.



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

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!

See you all soon!


In an English ‘City’ Garden!

I’m delighted to confirm¬†that Nottingham City Women‚Äôs Institute has won national funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government‚Äôs Pocket Parks programme to restore and rejuvenate the neglected Barker Gate Rest Garden in Nottingham‚Äôs Creative Quarter ‚Äď 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 ‚Äėhotel‚Äô, 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‚Äôs urban bee population. This will also support Nottingham‚Äôs Bee Action Plan, which encourages the introduction of pollinator-friendly plants throughout the city, to create ‚Äėgreen corridors‚Äô 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

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 ‚Äď 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