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 🙂

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

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

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! 😀 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!

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