News & Stop Press

STOP PRESS  - ALL EVENTS ARE NOW FREE have a look at the events on the County Office page and register.

Update for October

At the Trustees Meeting in September, Pam Stoddart was re-elected as Chairman. Vice Chairmen: Helen Rose and Wendy Richardson. Treasurer: Jenny Bailey.

Please look at the County Office page for the virtual events that have been organised

Update for September
Our Annual Federation Meeting on Wednesday 23 September took place via Zoom. Please see the County Office page for more details.

An Information Sheet has been sent to every WI.

Congratulations to H Cable of Lapwings WI the winner of the lockdown photographic comp


Update for July

After consultation with Federations the NFWI has announced that your Membership subscription for this year will be extended until 31st March 2021.

An Information Sheet has been sent to every WI either by office 365 or by post. Download available on the County Office page.

A Gift aid Donations form and a Survey to every WI has also been sent. Please fill this in for us. Thank you.


Update for June
NFWI has had a virtual meeting with Federation Resolution Reps and the Public Affairs dept. It was decided to adopt the two resolutions that received the largest number of votes and members are free to campaign on these issues.
1. A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration
2. End modern slavery.
There is a lot of background information on the NFWI website and MyWI.
If your WI wish to submit a resolution, the submission stage will take place as normal during the summer with the deadline of Friday 11 September.


Update 12th May
Keepsake Blankets:

Photographs taken at QMC Ward F22 Please look at the Home page for other photographs

Over 70 blankets, Hearts and Owls were taken to QMC on Monday 11th May. What a fantastic response in such a short time.The Staff were overjoyed with them. Thank you all.

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Update 2nd May 2020


On Monday 27 April Lisa Wells, the Ward sister working on F22 end of life covid ward at QMC asked if our members would knit, crochet or sew keepsake blankets size approx 70cm x 88cm (2 tea towels side by side) for the patients. They use 100 per week. Any design, it doesn't have to be stripes. Just Colourful. Knitted hearts are also welcome. The blanket, heart and a teddy bear are offered to the patient’s relatives. Please note: They will only be washed at 60 degrees if required to be given and used by another patient. Here is a photograph of one with a teddy Bear and 2 hearts.

Keepsake blanket

1.For Clarity on type of yarn/wool. Any really looks like acrylic see above re washing about temp.

2. If crochet they can be close weave or lacy.

3. No specific wadding required for Fabric blankets and can be backed with fleece.

4. Hearts can be sewn, knitted or crochet, but always in pairs and can be padded.

When the item is ready put it into a sealed plastic bag. It will be left for 72 hours after being received at the QMC before it is given to a patient. Since this request was made, we sent an email to all WI Secretaries and it was posted on our Facebook page. It has been viewed 127,329 times and shared by 712.! We have them coming from as far as Australia. If your WI members make a blanket or hearts.

Please can WI Secretaries email to arrange pick up.

Here is a photograph of 2 Patchwork Keepsake blankets made by Jane Jefferson this week. Wonderful

Jane keepsake blanket


Letter sent to WIs on 17th March 2020 Dear Nottinghamshire WI members,

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic and with concern for our members we are closing the federation office to members from Wednesday 18th March at 3pm until further notice.  Any phone messages and emails will be dealt with. Any bookings for use of the River room are cancelled.

WI Meetings: What’s the situation with pink elastic? The constitution says, “A minimum of 11 meetings open to all WI members should be held each year in whatever month or months and at whatever place or time decided by the members or the committee”. The first thing is should not must, and this is an unusual year. The second thing is whatever month or months. So if members are to receive value for money then 11 meetings should be held during the year, even if this meant two or more in one month or even all of them in one month. As long as all the members are told where and when, and the meeting/event/activity is free [apart from refreshments and/or raffle] it can be whatever you like – a walk, a picnic, kurling, visit to art gallery etc. WIs with pending year-ends are requested to extend their financial year to 31st July. Any WI not able to hold their Annual Meeting is to postpone it until September. We have been advised by NFWI that refunds for subscriptions are not being considered.

We are not participating in the Bulb Scheme this year.

There will be no Hornblower until August.  The 50:50 has been drawn and cheques will be sent out. There will be no involvement with Notts County Show. All other events in May, June and July are either postponed or cancelled as follows:

All events organised by Federation and sub-committees have been cancelled or postponed.


3          Annual Federation Meeting postponed until the evening of September 23rd at Newark Palace Theatre. Prize Draw tickets will be valid for the new date and the draw will take place then. Please send in any Coins for Friendship cheques to the office for us to send on to ACWW.

Updates, if any, will be posted on our web page and Facebook.

We hope you will keep your spirits up in this time of crisis and that, as a WI, you will do what you can to help in your communities as far as you are able.

Please take care and stay safe.

Kind regards Sue Sanderson  Federation Secretary


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Access for Office 365   Link available on top of the Federation web page.

Have you accessed Office 365 yet? Are you a WI Officer in your WI? Do you have email access? You have already been sent a username and password. Then please use our secure Nottinghamshire WI site for sending and receiving emails to and from the Federation. We are using
the Outlook email address to contact your WI. It is important that you look at your WI email address for information that is being sent as it may need a reply.

You can contact the office or any of the contacts included on the list. The Federation Officers, the Trustees, WI Advisers and Sub-Committee members can all be contacted using the secure Nottinghamshire WI site through Office 365 Outlook. The WI Information link is being added to all the time - it has the Speakers’ Directory, the Yearbook, A-Z for Treasurers and the WI Insurance document.
There is also access available to all our members by, going to, signing in using with password CountyHouse1975 (no spaces); you can see the Events calendar, WI Information, enclosures and application forms. If
any help or information is required it can be obtained by sending an email to

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