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 –  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 https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/time-to-talk

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 🙂

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.

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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

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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!

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

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

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.

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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

 

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

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!