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

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

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! 🙂

~ 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

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

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 citywi@ymail.com if you have any questions or would just like to join in!

~ Sarah x

Nottingham Pennant

City WI October Meeting – Self Defense Strategies

Our next meeting is coming up on the 9th October – we’ll be learning about self defense strategies! If you’re coming along, wear loose clothing if possible, although there will be fairly little physical activity, and you don’t have to get involved if you don’t want to.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about coming along, get in touch with us here by leaving a comment, on our facebook, or tweet us.