Regional and National WI News

NFWI news – July 2018

This is the last NFWI News in a newsletter format.

Going forward all news items will be uploaded onto My WI  in the News section:

Please ensure you check My WI’s News section regularly, as news will be uploaded more frequently than once a month. ( Quick access to MyWI can be gained by clicking the link at the top of our own website}.

Remember you must have registered on the MyWI website using the same e-mail address you used when you registered as a member of Market Harborough WI.

Road Closure near WI House, Leicester.

If you are attending any events at or near WI house, please note we have been informed that the road from the Red Hill Roundabout to Checketts Road is now completely closed for two months for bridge works.

The Centenary Birthday Party at Beaumanor Hall – 19th August 2018

This has been immensely popular and all the tickets for the day have now been sold.  Any further requests for tickets will be placed on a waiting list.  Please note that there will be NO TICKETS for sale at the door on the day.    Please remember to take your tickets with you for entrance into the event.

Further information about other events can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Speaker’s Auditions – 25 October 2018

SAE Oct1

Christmas is Coming – Long Clawson – 24 November 2018

Christmas is Coming! flyer, 24.11.18

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market – 8 December 2018

Stratford upon Avon Christmas Market1

Margaret Johnson Trophy Competition 2019 – Writing Challenge

Margaret Johnston 2019

Come on all you budding writers – have a go – it’s only 500 words!  MHWI needs to enter some more competitions!



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Last Week at Market Harborough WI

Health Kick - Louise MerciecaLots going on at Market Harborough WI’s Monthly Meeting last Wednesday.

Our main event was our speaker, Louise Mercieca of The Health Kick, who came along to talk to us about healthy eating, particularly the importance of trying to reduce sugar in our diets.

Louise, a nutrition expert, explained that sugar is the leading cause of weight gain, 2nd biggest cause of cancer, is linked to Type 2 diabetes, and can lead to bad gut bacteria.

She also pointed out that a healthy diet is not just important for our physical health but also for our mental health as well.     An unhealthy diet can cause changes in our mood, leading to addictive tendencies.   Our self-esteem can be affected.   Also unhealthy eating is thought to have links to memory impairment and dementia.

Everytime a population adopts a Western-style diet it gets sick!

Louise was particularly passionate about ensuring that children learn to develop good eating habits at a very early age.   She told us that one in four five year old children have tooth decay in their milk teeth.   A quarter of children aged 2 to 10 years old are overweight or obese.   She has written a book, especially aimed at children – ‘How Food Shapes Your Child‘:

How-Food-shapes-your child book


She went on to explain that it is accepted among many scientists and health professionals that this generation will not live as long as the one before due to lifestyle choices and the associated diseases.

If you would like further information about how to purchase Louise’s  book or help with reversing these alarming trends, Louise can be contacted at The Health Kick as follows:

Tel:  07557 343896
NFWI 2018 Resolution – ‘Mental Health Matters’
We also had a visit from Rita of North Kilworth WI who reported back from her visit as our delegate to the National Federation of Women’s Institute’s Annual Conference on 6th June 2018 in Cardiff.
The resolution ‘Mental Health Matters‘ was adopted by the NFWI with an overwhelming 98% of the votes.
Further information can be found on the NFWI website:
Emma Bridgewater Pottery arrives!
Last, but by no means, least!    The pots we decorated ourselves at the Emma Bridgewater factory in May arrived!     Feel proud everyone!  See some of the fantastic creations below:
Emma Bridgewater - our pots
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Your ideas on learning cooking skills

For the website perhaps.

Best wishes

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: W.I House <>
Date: Thursday, 10 August 2017
Subject: FW: Learning Approaches and Straw Poll
To: “W.I House” <>


Please pass onto your members for their feedback direct to Emily at NWFI.

Many thanks.


On behalf of the NFWI Food and Garden Committee, I am writing to request your feedback about different learning approaches when it comes to helping members developing their baking, cookery and preserving skills.

Towards the end of this month we will be asking members the following question on social media to try and find out which learning methods have the greatest appeal and relevance:

Which form of learning would most appeal to you for improving your baking, cooking and preserving skills?

1) Practical courses at Denman

2) Practical workshops in your local area

3) Distance learning online course (work at home in your own time)

4) Certificate course in your local area which involves home study, practical sessions and producing coursework

5) Demonstration videos

Or any other suggestions?

We would be very keen to hear back from federations about what would be practical and preferable from your perspective.

The NFWI Food and Garden Committee remains committed to offering fair and inclusive opportunities to all federations to encourage and support the practical development and application of cookery skills. It has been agreed that future educational opportunities or initiatives created by the Food and Garden Committee will need to be member-led in order to ensure significant nationwide take-up.

As not all members use social media, we would be grateful if you could you kindly pass on this information to your WIs, and ask that any feedback is passed back to me, either by email or letter to the below address, by Monday 25 September 2017.

Please could you copy this email to your relevant sub-committee chairs.

Kind regards,

Emily Breeds
Administrative Secretary, Food & Garden Committee
NFWI Unit, Denman, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6NW
T: 01865 391788 Ext. 278
Fax: 01865 391908

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Meeting tonight

There’s loads happening tonight!

Tonight is Resolutions Night, when members get their chance to have a say on the proposed lobbying issues by the National Federation of WIs.  This year, the two to choose from are ‘Alleviating loneliness’ and, secondly, ‘Plastic soup: keeping microplastic fibres out of our oceans’.  More details on pages 20-21 of the April issue of WI Life.

Cheese and wine evening tonight

We’ll be making this into a fun evening, too, helped along with cheese and wine for all members.  Bring a bottle of your favourite tipple and a couple of glasses, too, to share with other members.  Tea and coffee available at the start of the evening (but no refreshments).

  • Raffle – a floral garden theme
  • Sale of nearly new bags and scarves (MHWI fund raiser)
  • Planning to go on the boat trip in June or Paintpottle – have cash or cheque with you.

See you there!


Brush up your driving skills (Midlands course)

NFWI have sent out the following invitation and MHWI members may well be interested in this successful course with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).  There is a fairly local one being held on Saturday 16 September 2017 at the British Motor Museum, Gayton, Warwickshire:

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s Driving Days, held in conjunction with the IAM RoadSmart, the NFWI Science & Leisure Committee is pleased to confirm that two further days will be taking place in 2017.

Please find attached a document advertising the two driving days, as well as a Booking Form.  Both documents are available to download from the WI Moodle under General/Sport and Leisure.

This year’s driving days will cover topics such as how to control a car in bad weather and how to drive with passenger distractions (precious cargo).  We have also listened to previous suggestions, made by members, and have not only lengthen the practical driving time session, but all members will now be allocated an IAM professional for the duration of their time in the car; this professional will work with the member to develop their parking and manoeuvring skills as well as adapt the practical driving time to concentrate on the needs and requirements of each member i.e. motorway driving, junctions, country roads etc.

Please note that the location of these events has been based within the areas which have received the highest level of interest from members.  We would like to encourage members to continue registering their interest (via email to, so that we can continue to build our database and accurately map suitable venues for the future.

Places are limited at 60 per venue and it is anticipated that both days will book up fast.  Places will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and members are advised to book quickly in order to secure their place.

Application Form 2017

IAM Advert 2017