WI House will be closed to enquiries from 10-17 July due to annual leave. Please contact Janet Kirk in the case of an emergency.
We plan to open WI House for doorstep collections by arrangement on Tuesdays 10-12 from Tuesday 21 July assuming the localised Leicester lockdown has been lifted by this date. If you would like to collect yearbooks or Federation Art competition pieces please contact me to arrange a suitable time.
Recent Results of Federation Quiz 2020
NFWI Raffle have you got your ticket yet?
How are you going to spend the £10,00 cash that is the top prize in the NFWI raffle? Don't forget that your Secretary has the tickets and you just need to buy one to be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and other great prizes as well. The tickets can be sold to anyone not just WI Members and the Federation gets back 60 % of the proceeds of what we sell. This is a great opportunity to help the Federation earn a bit of money and you could be a lucky winner. Please dig out those tickets and try and sell them all and return to NFWI by the 25th September. If you need more books of tickets we have some at WI House we can send to you, or we will get you some. We had a winner of the cruise one year in the Federation so it could be your turn this year. This is a chance to see some of your Members while keeping at a safe distance and sell them a ticket. Hope you can all find the tickets and please get selling. Thank you ladies. Janet
Hello from the Food & Flowers Committee
Everyone on the F&F team is disappointed that we have had to postpone so much this year, and most recently the Taste and Try booked for September at Kirby Muxloe, though that is rescheduled for September 2021 so that’s something to look forward to.
Some of us have been fortunate enough to spend more time in the garden during lockdown, and we thought you might like some suggestions to help you cope with a glut of produce all arriving at the same time.
The Cherry Tomato sauce is very easy and versatile as any tomatoes can be used, the Gooseberry and Elderflower ice cream is delicious and a great way to convert anyone who doesn’t like gooseberries, and the chutneys are a tasty gift – if you can prise it out of the hands of the family!
Lady Denman Cup Update
Unfortunately the Federation Denman weekend 14-16 August will not be able to go ahead. I have included an update from Denman that explains why. We will be issuing refunds so will be in touch with individuals regarding method of payment. If you have any queries please call the number below which is diverting to my mobile when working from home.
National Garden Scheme
NGS gardens have only just started opening again, with very strict guidelines for opening: visitors are asked to book a specific time slot for their visit and to pay a small entry fee in advance.
Support for members
Membership Subscription Extension
The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption this lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities and your membership experience this year. We recently held consultations with all federations to discuss ways in which we can acknowledge this in our membership subscription this year.
We are delighted to share with you that as a result we are offering a three month extension to this year’s membership subscription. The next renewal date for membership subscriptions will therefore be 1st April 2021. In addition, from this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April. This is to acknowledge the feedback many of you shared with us during the recent Strategic Vision consultation about the challenges of the January payment date and how you wished to see this changed in the future.
We know that many WIs have responded creatively to the practical challenges posed by lockdown and we continue to be inspired by the activities being delivered to ensure members remain connected during this difficult time. However, we do appreciate that this period has meant that many members have experienced disruption to their WI experience and therefore we hope the additional three months will provide some compensation to acknowledge the disruption.
Cocktails and cocktail making.
We’re interested to know what W.I. groups are doing around the county and region. Are there any meetings happening at all in any form? I'm thinking of onscreen meetings perhaps such as on Zoom.
We've had an enquiry from a W.I. group down South about us doing a presentation online and I'm interested to know if this is 'a thing' in your area at the moment. Details in Year Book for contact.
An update for you on the two resolutions that were due to be discussed at the NFWI Annual Meeting this year. As the Annual Meeting was cancelled, the two resolutions were not able to be debated or voted on by delegates.
The NFWI Board of Trustees has decided that in these exceptional circumstances, the results of the shortlist selection process will be used as a proxy for the Annual Meeting vote.
Ladies something to look forward in the not to distant future, don't forget the Federation Holiday at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel from 25th January to the 29th January 2021 to see detals
|Margaret Johnston Writing Competition 2000||‘On a street where I live’||Winner Margart Towsey, Ratby WI|
|Edith Buckley Poetry Competition 2020||‘A Favourite Walk’||Winner Sue Wainwright, Thorpe Acre WI|
|Programme Competition 2020||Winner Melton Afternoon WI|
|Federation Art Trophy 2020|
A Tree Stump
|Winner Beverley Ashby, Loughborough Ladies WI|