What’S happening nationally at WI

Take a few minutes to find out about competitions, campaigns, Denman courses and craft opportunities.  Just several things that you or other MHWI members might be interested in joining in: NFWI news – October 2017


Your chance to propose a WI resolution for 2018

Do you have a subject on which you feel passionate?  Could the WI help make a difference by voting to take it up as one of their annual campaigns?  If so, ask a  Committee member for further details/forms when you come along to the monthly meeting on Wednesday 23rd August.

Your ideas on learning cooking skills

For the website perhaps.

Best wishes

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


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
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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 h.neal@nfwi-unit.org.uk), 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