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Have a look at the events on the County Office page and register.



Coming up in JULY   

Booking Singing until June 30th



We have a Zoom Craft & Chat every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. This will give you a chance to meet up with other members and show & chat about your crafts. It does not last long starting at 10.00am until 10.45am.  We hope you will join us. Get the coffee ready! Having a holiday during August
Would you like to begin an easy exercise class?  We have a Chair Pilates class every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 2.00pm Cost £5 a month. Having a holiday restart in September 
The Zoom Book Club is having a holiday. It will restart in October.
It is every 3rd Wednesday @ 2.00pm - 3.00pm.  Share a recent a book you have read and find out from other members their most enjoyable book. For any of these Zoom events please email:  give Event, Name & WI please. If you are already registered you do not need to re-apply each time.

Event reports:

The Federation’s Annual Meeting at Oxton Village Hall, on Thursday 31 March was attended by WI Delegates, committee members & guests. Before the meeting began a Power Point presentation showed events throughout the year and WI Anniversaries. Federation Chair, Helen Rose gave a warm welcome to everyone, and the business of the meeting followed. Helen presented the Federation Chairman’s address, updating delegates about the Federation and news of a new Nottinghamshire Virtual ‘Home Birds WI’ taking off! The Financial Statement for 2020 -2021 was given in rhyme by Federation Treasurer, Jenny Bailey who reported on the expected loss of £36,000. She thanked members for sending in their kind donations. She urged members to attend events, go forward with renewed vigour and turn our loss into a small profit. Her crystal ball was no good last year - so she won’t be using it again! The Sub-Committee Chairmen, Creative Activities Carrie Young, Communication & WI Shop, Suzanne Plamping, WI Support Team, Jane Jefferson and Sports & Leisure Vice Chair, Debbie Clarke reported on their forthcoming events. Helen thanked our IFE’s, the Hornblower Editor & Packing Team, Coral Fairbrother our banker, Margaret Berryman Bulb Scheme coordinator, all sub - committee members, Trustees and Staff for their wonderful contribution to the Federation.

The guest speaker was of Michael Vlasto, a former operation director of the RNLI who now promotes the charity, Trinity House. He spoke about their work that looking after lighthouses entailed, training ships pilots and the history of Trinity House.

Delegates picked up the Bulb Scheme brochures & Speakers directory, looked around the displays, visited the WI Shop, brought Prize Draw tickets, and enjoyed a cup of tea!

  • Michael presented the following Awards: Anniversary Certificates:  40th Nuthall WI. 50th Hawton & District WI. 60th Laxton WI. 70th Woodborough WI. 75th Blyth WI, Gringley on the Hill WI, Hickling WI, Ranskill & Torworth WI, Thurgarton WI. 80th Granby & Sutton WI  90th Blidworth & Rainworth WI, Willoughby on the Wolds WI.  100th Bleasby WI, Bunny & Bradmore WI. Whist pairs, Avis Norman & Karen Mawer, Eakring WI. Canada Cup, Diana Temperley, Bleasby WI. Kurling Competition, Morton, Fiskerton & Rolleston WI.

The last task of the morning was the Prize Draw and to thank delegates for coming.

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Members have enjoyed three events during February and March. The Observatory visit was that popular it had to have a second date. The Forensic Experience was oversubscribed also we were sorry to have to disappoint members but unfortunately a second date was not possible. Everyone went home happy after listening to Hayley Scott, having a piece of wonderful cake, and purchasing from the WI Shop.

We have photographs of the third event the Literary Lunch at Ramsdale Golf Centre. Great venue, wonderful food, inspiring speaker what more could you want! Members meeting up again – the first time for many. Chatting and laughing that’s what we have been missing. Clare Stephens was a very good speaker and helped to make the Literary Lunch a memorable event for us all.

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Over 40 members from WIs around the county met at County House on Thursday 25th November @ 7pm to walk to Newark Market place. They then held a light vigil with candles and torches in support of the campaign ' No More Violence towards Women' and Helen Rose, County Chair and the Mayor of Newark both gave their support to the campaign. Tea, Coffee and hot chocolate was provided back at County House.

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 Members' Information link is being added to all the time, there is also access available to all our members by, going to, signing in using,please apply to the Federation office for the password. you can see the Events calendar, Members' 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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