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Official magazine of the National Women’s Register

SPRING 2016

Registered charity number 295198

Connecting women who are interested in everything and talk about anything

‘I am energy, I am mass, I am light…’

Relative Motion’s Ina Marie Smith brings you behind the scenes of The Theory of Relativity

Tate conservator tells how she restored Rothko’s Untitled (Black on Maroon) PLUS:

New competitions! Celebrate the Year of the English Garden

The Big Read book list revealed Get your Mary Stott Award nominations in!

INSIDE: VOUCHERS FOR THE LITERARY BUFFS AND GREEN FINGERS OUT THERE >>>

LIFE

TECHNOLOGY

TRAVEL

HISTORY

Fashion advice that will surprise you and dispelling the myth of the little black dress

The digital classroom

GERMAN JAUNTS BRIGHTON HOTSPOTS

The NWR Time Capsule and test your NWR history knowledge with our quiz

where to learn anything for free –

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Main image: A section of Village in Rajhestan India, Adrienne French


Not a member? NWR could be for you! Have your children just left home? Are you a stay at home mum? Do you have more time on your hands? Have you moved to a new area or experienced a big life change? Come and meet other women to share and explore thoughts, ideas and experiences. Enjoy lively, stimulating conversation and broaden your horizons whilst having fun and making new friends. We offer a wide range of activities, from book clubs to walking groups,

to plain old have-a-natter meetups! We exist to connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything.

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NEWS – Page 4

WHAT’S ON – Page 5

TECHNOLOGY – Page 10

Ever wonder who ‘Office’ really is?

Key events for your diary

The girls behind the ‘Office’ banner introduce themselves

Get the latest on national events, our 2016 theme and the Telephone Treasure Trail

The digital classroom is where it’s at

Get all the news you need to know Hear about ‘Bring a Friend Week’, the Mary Stott Award nominations deadline, and see what’s on this year’s Big Read book list!

News from the groups Read about all the great little things our groups and members have been up to

NWR EVENTS – Page 8 The National Conference 2016 line-up revealed

Our editor has compiled a list of free online learning platforms for you to sink your teeth into

Tips on submitting photos for the homepage Get the low-down on taking photos for the website

Find out all about the thrilling conference we have planned for you, complete with wrap-around events

ARTS – Page 12 HISTORY – Page 19

LIFE – Page 18

NWR Time Capsule

Dispelling a fashion myth

The first of our 3-part series bringing you little snippets from the NWR archives

Trustee, member and fashion stylist Jo Thomson, gives you some pointers on how to dress right for YOU

Recovering a Rothko The restoration of Untitled (Black on Maroon) by Tate Painting Conservator Rachel Barker

‘I am energy, I am mass, I am light…’ Actress Ina Marie Smith takes us behind the scenes of chamber musical The Theory of Relativity

TRAVEL – Page 20

Competitions inspired by The Year of the English Garden

German jaunts and Brighton hotspots

We have two exciting competitions for the green fingers amongst you!

Read two members’ accounts of their travels in Germany and find out some of Brighton’s most loved spots – straight from the locals

NWR Magazine is available in an audio version for the visually impaired. Please contact the NWR office on 01603 406 767 or office@nwr.org.uk.

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Who is ‘Office’ anyway? It’s high time to expose the women behind the curtain

Angela Norman Hello, I’m Angie and for the last fifteen years I have been employed as one of two NWR Office Administrators – the other being Sam Bushell. We job share the administrator post and cover the NWR Office which is based in Norwich. As NWR administrators, day-to-day tasks are primarily responding to telephone and email queries from members and the general public. We also maintain the NWR Membership Database and upload your group and national events to the website and do general office admin. Another important part of what we do is getting new groups established and support groups with their area events by emailing invitations to members, producing name badges and advertising materials. At different times of the year we have to concentrate on particular annual events – for example in the spring we spend a lot of time working on the National Conference, and in the autumn, the Telephone Treasure Trail dominates our time. Both events make for very busy times for us. I live in Norwich with my husband and three children, and I work school hours Monday to Thursday. This enables me to get the best of both worlds – I take my (younger)

Samantha Bushell I started working for NWR a year after Angie. We’ve dealt with a few changes over the years with new trustees and staff and updates to our website and database so the job has varied and we’ve had a few steep learning curves! I live with my husband and two cats in a village near Norwich. In my spare time my husband and I do lots of walking as we have lots of lovely rural villages and coastal paths to ramble. We also live very close to a couple of National Trust properties so there are also lakes and gardens to explore. We love gardening and have just acquired a full size allotment plot so we have lots of space to try out new varieties of vegetables and fruit this year!

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children to school every morning and pick them up every afternoon, but get to think about something completely different during the day! Outside of work and spending time with my family, I love dancing and have been taking Ballroom and Latin dance lessons for just over a year. I was inspired by watching Strictly every week and am now completely addicted – I can’t imagine ever giving it up! When I’m not having lessons, I’m getting my husband to push all the dining room furniture back to the walls so I can practise whatever dance we’re working on (currently the Tango!). My other (guilty?) pleasure is a slight obsession with Elvis Presley – and not just his music! There is a running joke with anybody who knows me that there isn’t a room in my house that hasn’t been ‘Elvis-ified’ – all very tastefully done of course though!

We also love to travel and last September we spent three weeks travelling nearly 2,800 miles covering California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah in the USA. We crammed in as much as we could including LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and a few of the National Parks as well. The photo seen here is of me at the Grand Canyon.

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NWR NEWS

Get your 2016 Mary Stott Award nominations in! Don’t be shy! The Mary Stott Award is presented annually and awarded at the National Conference to a member who has accomplished something exceptional. Previous winners have won the award for various achievements such as fundraising, volunteering and supporting their local communities... Please send your nominations (with consent of the nominee) to the office together with a brief profile of the candidate, a resumé of her achievement(s), your name and group. Closing date is 16 May 2016.

Time to get reading

This year’s Big Read book list

1. Einstein’s Dreams Alan Lightman

2. A Theory of Relativity Jaquelyn Mitchard

3. The Einstein Girl Philip Sington

Annual subscriptions rise You will have been notified of the increase in the membership fee to £20 per annum as of this month. This decision was taken after much deliberation and arose because of our desire to continue adding value to your membership. The subscriptions had not risen in several years and this meant that in real terms our income had dropped. We also want to develop for the future and provide:

✽✽ More regional events ✽✽ Marketing and promotion to sustain and increase our membership

✽✽ Continual improvements to the website and magazine

✽✽ A vibrant and exciting organisation which you can all enjoy being a part of!

4. The Book Thief Markus Zusak

5. Trumpet

Jackie Kay

6. Go Set A Watchman Harper Lee

7. My Name is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout

8. Lovely, Dark, Deep Joyce Carol Oates

Bring a Friend Week The entire month of May will be Bring a Friend Week. The challenge is to find a friend/acquaintance and invite her to your meeting whatever week of May that happens to be. Then tell us how it went on the NWR website forum, on Facebook and on Twitter.

For the synopses, go to the ‘events’ tab on the website and choose ‘Big Read’ from the drop down menu.

In memoriam Chris White

Jenny Holmes

Chris was an enthusiastic member of several NWR groups from the mid-1970s until her death in October 2015. In the 1980s, when NWR was run by a group of volunteers from many different parts of the country, Chris served as a member of the National Group for four years and was our organisation’s Treasurer for two of those. In the 1990s, she became the Correspondence Magazine Co-ordinator, a role which she continued to undertake for nine years. She contributed to two of the magazines and enjoyed keeping in touch with her NWR friends all over Britain through letters, conferences and get-togethers. Several of us, who were also members of the National Group at the same time as Chris, continued to meet twice each year, maintaining strong and very special lifelong friendships which began through our involvement with the Register (now known as NWR Magazine). Chris had many interests, including travelling all over the world and U3A, but most important to her by far was her family; her husband Cliff, her daughter and two sons and her five grandchildren. Chris will be sadly missed and her enthusiasm for life will remain in our thoughts and memories.

Jenny Holmes joined the National Group in the 1980s, becoming part of the team of volunteers who ran the organisation and was responsible for communicating with and helping the overseas NWR groups. This aspect was her ‘baby’ and after retiring from the National Group she continued in this role until 2002. In 2003 she became a trustee of NWR and was involved in a variety of roles including being in charge of the Mary Stott Award. She retired in 2007. She will be remembered for her hard work and dedication to NWR. Her lively, quick-witted sense of humour will remain in the memories of those of us who knew her.

Lorraine Haines Lorraine, one of our most dedicated members, sadly died suddenly in February. She had been a treasured member of the NWR Medway group for over 30 years and contributed so much to our group especially with her interesting Australian heritage stories. Lorraine was a devoted wife and mother and was a good, thoughtful friend to us all. We will miss her greatly.

Corrections to the Autumn 2015 issue : Please accept the editor’s apologies for the following errors/omissions from the previous issue of NWR Magazine. Cover: Chitose Ikawa is a professor at Hitotsubashi University in Japan and not a student. Page 5: Title ‘A fun and therapeutic Hastings/Japanese evening’ should have read ‘Battle’ and not ‘Hastings’. Page 9: The Telephone Treasure Trail was originally organised by Abbots Langley group member Caroline Bloomer.

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What’s on

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the publishing of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and so to celebrate this, our general theme for this year is It’s all relative. The Brighton conference in June at the University of Sussex is titled Relatively Speaking and the country for the themed evening will be Germany – where Einstein was born min Ulm on 14 March 1879. We challenge you to think outside the box while you plan your exciting programmes and outings this year! Remember, there is a subsidy of £100 available towards venue hire and speaker costs.

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For tips on setting up an event, check out page seven of the spring 2015 edition of NWR Magazine or contact the office for help and advice on 01603 406767 or office@nwr.org.uk. To see more events or to add your own, visit the website at www.nwr.org.uk/nwr-event. You can also find great resources for running successful events here: www.nwr.org.uk/images/Resources/programmeideas.2.pdf Below are some of the exciting national events that are filling up the calendar, so pull out your diaries and block off the dates!

Sat 14 May 2016

Area Meeting

Tish Page will speak on the subject of ‘Travelling the Silk Road’. The afternoon activity will be a visit to the nearby Houghton Mill, a National Trust property.

Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

Sat 25 June 2016

National Conference

This year’s National Conference is called Relatively Speaking and we have an exciting jam-packed day with speakers, workshops and wrap-around events throughout the weekend.

Sussex University, Brighton

Sat 3 Sep 2016

Visit to Eling Mill

A visit to Eling Tide Mill including a visit to the Heritage Centre and Tea rooms.

Totton, Hampshire

Sat 8 Oct 2016

Day Conference

Making the World a Better Place – With keynote speaker AC Grayling who is a Professor of Philosophy at – and Master of – the New College of Humanities in London.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Thurs 13 Oct 2016

Area Day

Faith in our Future – The aim of the day is to raise awareness of different faiths in an effort to promote interfaith understanding during these turbulent times we are currently experiencing. Four female guest speakers will be giving us an insight into their faith.

Crewe, Cheshire

7–10 Nov 2016

Telephone Treasure Trail

Organised by NWR Deepings

UK-wide

Visit the website or contact the office for more details and to find out how to register.

Telephone Treasure Trail The next Telephone Treasure Trail is being organised by Deepings group and will take place on the evenings of 7—10 November 2016. They’ve heard the feedback from the last TTT, so get your brains exercised and get set for some fun! There are prizes for winning groups, with clue-holder prizes every night and one overall winning group – it could be yours!

Entry forms are available from the office. Start priming your grey matter by having a go at the NWR history quiz on page 19. Closing date for entries: 9 September 2016

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A CLUE HOLDER? It’s a great way to speak with members – however briefly – from all parts of the country. Please get in touch with the office.

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NWR NEWS

Members’ Corner

Bolton member made Mayor A long-time member of NWR Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, was made Mayor of Bolton for 2015–16. She invited members

NWR Bolton with Carole

NWR Keyworth Celebrates 40 Years

Founding member Judith Peters does the honours

A fish and chip restaurant seems a strange place to hold an afternoon tea party, but when the NWR Keyworth group met in November to celebrate their 40th birthday, this was the ideal venue. They also offer the best afternoon tea I have ever tasted, served in delightful bone china and cake stands full of such delights as crab, egg, and ham sandwiches, cheese and fruit scones, macaroons, meringues and fancy cakes. There is also nothing like pots of tea to wash it all down with! Twenty of our 27 members attended the afternoon and we also enjoyed a slice of delicious birthday cake to finish.

The bow-women of Penwortham The past summer Penwortham group members have been particularly sporty. First our Local Organiser arranged another game of croquet, our 4th attempt at this game. We tried hard but with varying degrees of success.

Then we took our bows in arm. Together with family and friends we had a two-hour taster session at a local archery club. The instructors were very patient, and most of us could hit the target by the end of the session. We can recommend it for a fun afternoon. Both events were very enjoyable, with the usual good humoured banter.

Formby get down and dirty Members of NWR Formby got their hands dirty at a local pottery studio. Under the tutelage of member Mary Morgan – herself a potter – we learnt how to throw a pot (not as easy as it looks) make a slip cast vessel, pressed clay into

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of the NWR Bolton group to afternoon tea in the Mayor’s parlour and 22 of us were entertained in great style. We were particularly interested in the Mayoral chain, which is one of the most resplendent in the North West, and extremely heavy. The Mayor’s attendant also showed us the ‘Jewel’ which she wears with evening dress for official functions. We are very proud of Carole, she has stayed loyal to NWR despite her considerable commitments to the Town as a Councillor and now Mayor.

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pre-formed moulds and made coil pots and ornaments. After drying, fettling and firing, members settled down to decorate with glazes at Mary’s house. The items were then fired again and members were delighted to take their wares home – some as much welcome presents!


NWR NEWS

Salisbury member helps give spinal patients hope

Above: Photo of Horatio’s Garden in the winter. Left: Photo from The Daily Telegraph (12.12.15) of Daphne and a patient picking tomatoes for ward-bound patients.

Daphne Torok, a member of NWR Salisbury 2, is a volunteer at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit at Salisbury District Hospital where there is the first of a planned series of Horatio’s Gardens. Horatio was the son of local spinal surgeon David Chapple and his doctor wife Olivia. Horatio was killed in 2011 by a polar bear in a tragic accident whilst on a school Outward Bound trip in the Arctic. The gardens are the brain child of Horatio’s mother Olivia and the one at Salisbury was designed by gardener Cleve West for the hospital’s spinal injury patients. I know this hospital well, both as a patient and volunteer in a different department so I can tell you that a bleak, bare and windy landscape close to the spinal unit has been transformed into a place of beauty, peace and solace for the benefit of patients and their families. Horatio himself was a young volunteer at the unit who actually had the idea of creating a garden. He also planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and study medicine. Patients can now be wheeled outside to enjoy the garden in wheelchairs and beds. Volunteers such as Daphne are much appreciated and needed to help as the medical staff clearly do not have the time. The garden is a haven of muted colour, the sound of wind in the grasses and trees, birdsong and overall calm and tranquillity in the midst of a busy hospital environment. It has already been more than proved that patients’ recovery (often mental and emotional rather than physical sadly) is much enhanced by the ‘garden’ experience. Others are in the planning stage across the country. What an amazing legacy! Well done Daphne and all the other volunteers!

Celebrating 40 years with black forest gateau and the NHR newsletter NWR Bexleyheath celebrated its 40th anniversary in September 2015 with a 70s themed party, hence the homemade black forest gateau and cheese straws. We are currently 13 members strong, three of which are original members from the 70s. I joined the group in 1976 – a year after it was started – and still have my first NHR magazine published that year. The magazine didn’t include any pictures at that time. By the 1984 edition there was one group photograph and some line drawn sketches – the newsletter was still printed in black and white. Due to work and family commitments I left the group in the late 80s but re-joined after meeting our longest serving member Veronica, just after their reunion in 2000. We attended Guildford group’s 50th anniversary celebrations in the summer of 2010 at Guildford Cathedral, which was a wonderful occasion to meet members from other groups and exchange ideas. Our group enjoys competing in the Telephone Treasure Trail which we organised in 2003, but we have yet to win! I think NWR is a great meeting place where I have made many good friends and learnt a lot.

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NWR EVENTS

Relatively Speaking Above: University of Sussex

Above: Jubilee Building where the conference will take place

Brighton National Conference 2016 Natalie Punter | National Organiser

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re you all booked in for the conference yet? wonderful Sussex ladies Got your accommodation organised? who are organising the I certainly hope so because it is looking conference with me took very exciting from where I’m sitting! me to The Keep on my last The Saturday is jam-packed, and with exciting optional visit and I was blown away! events running from Friday into Sunday, I am going It was so exciting reading to be tying myself in knots deciding which to attend. and touching documents I’m so glad that we have such economical accommodation which showed the everyday and have kept the costs as low as possible so that as many lives of women in the 1930s, Local organising committee of you as possible can experience the joys of the full weekend. and looking at ephemera at The Keep To give you a taster of what to expect here is a run-down such as menu cards from tea of the programme over the weekend... shops, advice leaflets from the government on how to make food stretch and so on. They will be running two special Conference and on-site accommodation check-in workshops for us. will open at 2pm on Friday 24 June. For those who For those of you with a more architectural bent, arrive on that day, you will be able to choose from several we will be offering you two choices – a tour of the ‘optional extras’ including a trip to The Keep. The Keep is University of Sussex campus or a tour of the AMEX stadium. a purpose-built repository for the records of Sussex as well The campus was designed by Sir Basil Spence and built as the Mass Observation Archives. The Mass Observation in the 1960s. It has been called a design classic and said social research organisation ran between 1937 and the to rank alongside those of the Mini car and Mary Quant’s early 1950s and specialised in collecting records relating mini skirt, according to a BBC TV programme on to everyday life in Britain. The project restarted in 1981 the 1960s. Architectural Historian Brian Edwards calls and is still collecting today. Many ordinary people write it ‘loud architecture’, ‘with more of a debt to the rockers diaries of their everyday lives as part of this project and of the time than to the mods.’ are given certain topics to write on each year and on 12 In sharp contrast, the American Express Community May they are holding a ‘diary writing day’ where anyone Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club can write a diary of their day and have it submitted to the was completed in 2011 and, I am reliably informed by our archive. Imagine if the whole of NWR got involved! The local guides, is a fascinating place to visit. Apparently it is 8

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NWR EVENTS an enthralling way to spend a couple of hours, even if you have no interest in football. On Friday evening we have arranged a sit-down conference dinner for you with table quizzes and music from the Ladies Who Boogie. This promises to be an evening to remember – and a chance for us to recreate the atmosphere of the weekend conferences and catch up with friends old and new. Saturday kicks off with a talk by the Chief Constable of Hampshire Olivia Pinkney who will be talking to us about the relationship between women and the police force. Olivia has had a distinguished career in the police force and has acted as South East lead for serious and organised crime and led nationally on tackling organised immigration crime, including human trafficking. Our second speaker is the prolifically bestselling author Peter James whose series of Roy Grace novels are all set around the Brighton area. The committee and I are delighted to have persuaded Peter to speak – I have read all of the Roy Grace series

Some of the local organising committee showing us around the campus

since he confirmed that he could attend and am very excited that the next instalment is due out in May, just before the conference. Lunch will be served in the restaurant, followed by the AGM and the presentation of the Mary Stott Award. In the afternoon we will be laying on a choice of activities for you to take part in. One will be local historian Dr Geoffrey Mead giving a talk about 19th century Brighton. Geoffrey is regarded as a lively and interesting speaker who is extremely knowledgeable about Brighton and leads a vast array of guided tours around the city. His work with the Centre for Community Engagement at the University of Sussex has featured in the national press. Perhaps you always wanted to become more physically assertive? In that case, you can join the selfdefence workshop, or if that’s not your thing, then watch the inflatable planetarium show put on by the university’s Physics and Astronomy department. With all that’s on offer your head may very well be in a tizzy and you may feel you just need to hone in your focus – what better way than by joining our mindfulness workshop? The fun doesn’t stop there, the theatre production company Relative Motion will be doing a special abridged performance of their chamber musical The Theory of Relativity.

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion

The conference will close with news of the 2017 conference venue – which I am hoping to visit next month. For those of you staying until Sunday there is an exciting choice of activities on that morning including a guided tour of the world famous Regency gem – the Royal Pavilion, a tour of Brighton’s Victorian sewer system (Yes, really! I’m told it’s incredible!), a visit to the sustainable community centre, the Earthship – the first of it’s kind to be built in the UK – and a guided tour of the stunning panoramic views at Devil’s Dyke. This is a National Trust property and everywhere you walk, history surrounds you, so be prepared for a breathtaking afternoon. I hope all of this juicy information has whetted your appetite and that you’ll get your conference booking forms in the next post. I can’t wait to see you all there. Below: View of South Downs from Devil’s Dyke

BE A PART OF HISTORY! On 12 May, write down your diary to be stored in the Archive at The Keep! To find out how, visit www.massobs.org.uk/ write-for-us/12th-may


NWR TECHNOLOGY

The digital classroom is where it’s at,

so fire up that brain with lifelong learning

‘Once you stop learning you start dying’

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lbert Einstein said this long ago and of course, he had a point. Learning something new not only fires up the brain’s synapses, staving off diseases like Alzheimer’s, but also enhances the quality of our lives and wellbeing. Not to mention the heightened conversational abilities you acquire, which can be a magnificent confidence booster whilst at NWR gatherings.

YouTube

Liz Valette | NWR Southsea I believe that a day without learning something new is a day wasted. I don’t mean being studious and academic, but doing something that stimulates the mind. That’s why I love YouTube. Although it is probably better known for giggling babies, funny animals and death-defying stunts, you can also use YouTube to acquire new skills. When I want to learn how to do something, YouTube is my first port of call. Just recently, after wandering into the local knitting shop to buy some sewing thread, I fell in love with self-striping sock yarn. In all my 72 years I’ve never knitted a pair of socks, let alone anything requiring more than two needles. The challenge was on. I got hold of instructions from the website of a life-long knitter but I’m not very good at assimilating

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The best part is that, today, we can learn nearly anything for free online. Two of our members share their experiences of learning in the ‘digital classroom’, plus, some picks from the editor.

written instructions so this wasn’t working for me – it simply didn’t suit my style of learning. Enter YouTube. I was spoilt for choice, so many lovely ladies offering knitting tutorials totally free. The video format is, in my opinion, much more conducive to learning than endless lists of instructions. It’s the closest thing to learning from a teacher in a classroom, yet better because you can do it in the comfort of your home and replay the bits you struggle with. YouTube is not just for crafts, through YouTube I learned how to put extra memory in a laptop with clear step-by-step instructions – nothing left to chance. If the fancy took me I could fit a new tap washer, plan a ‘Square Foot Garden’ plot, learn Iron Age thatching techniques and the list goes on. Desktop/laptop

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FutureLearn

disconnected from your fellow students and tutors. There are quizzes to check your progress but no exams, Jenny Dudley | NWR Harborne Central perfect when learning for pleasure. The courses are offered by international You’ll find courses from History to Science, universities and cultural institutions, Health to Creative Arts and more. each lasting a few weeks with a suggested time One word of warning, it may be addictive. Just when commitment of a few hours a week. I think I will take a break, another course catches my eye You can choose the time and place to go online and work and I am off again on another adventure. at your own pace. The courses are interactive with learners posting comments and questions at each stage of the course. Desktop/laptop Mobile Tablet You may be working alone but you never feel that you are www.futurelearn.com

Editor’s picks Khan Academy

Duolingo

According to the Khan Academy, if you only have to know one thing, it’s that you can learn anything. How empowering a statement. And it seems to be true. The opportunity to grow those dendrites is at everyone’s fingertips – literally! This platform gives you practise exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics and teacher tools and – as with most other digital classrooms – you can study at your own pace. The learning experience is adapted to you, helping you to see your progress and goals and it creates personalized recommendations about what to learn next and motivates you to master the skills you seek. A little bit of art history anyone? Or perhaps science, in the spirit of our theme of relativity? Whatever tickles your fancy, you’re quite likely to find it here. Desktop/laptop

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Duolingo is a quick and easy way to learn a new language, making this daunting task fun and effective. Quick to get started with a clean and inviting interface, you just create your profile then choose your path: beginners start at ‘basics 1’, advanced learners take a short test. And off you go. This platform teaches you in various ways: through pictures, by selecting words from a menu, by typing out translations… It’s like having a fun and interesting teacher who keeps things fresh. And when you reach your daily goal, you are rewarded with the sounding of a victory horn. You can then review your lessons and save your progress. C’est si facile! Desktop/laptop

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They say that learning a new skill or subject is excellent brain food. Go forth in gluttony!

Tips on submitting photos for the homepage The homepage is our ‘shop window’ and we need your brilliant photos of days out, talks, meetings etc… We refresh these on a monthly basis so send your exciting photos to the office. Here’s what we’re looking for: Show your group’s personality! We want photos with verve and colour. Consider that non-members will see this too (does your photo grab attention? Is it enticing enough to make people want to join us?). The things to keep in mind are that the photos you submit must be in a landscape (horizontal) format. If you look at the

homepage (go on, go have a peek now, we’ll wait for you) you will see that the height of the photo is proportionally quite a bit smaller than the width, so for example it will not be possible to see a rainbow high up in the sky AND show a group way down on the ground. We can crop your photos for you of course, but we don’t want to have to crop out very interesting parts that give context to your image. And finally, don’t forget to supply us with a fun caption so that anyone coming to the site – members and non-members alike – will know what they are looking at. Remember to bring along your camera (or smartphone) when you’re meeting up and have fun snapping away!

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NWR ARTS

Recovering a

Rothko

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n 7 October 2012, artist Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Black on Maroon), from 1958, was vandalised whilst on display at Tate Modern. The bottom right corner of the painting was tagged with black ink. Tate’s nine Seagram murals have iconic status within the collection and although only one of them was targeted, their interrelatedness caused the effect of the damage to be particularly devastating. In the days following the incident, discussions focused on the most likely method for reversing the damage. As a conservator specialising in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings at Tate, I had been part of a team that surface cleaned the murals back in 2000.

As I was already familiar with the technique and materials of the paintings, I was asked to be the project conservator. Although the circumstances that led to this opportunity were hugely regrettable, I considered the reversing of this vandalism to be the most important challenge of my career to date. Other members of the treatment team included Bronwyn Ormsby, one of Tate’s Conservation Scientists and Patricia Smithen, Head of Conservation for Programme (to Sept 2015). Also, a committee was set up to oversee the project which included members of Rothko’s family, conservators, conservation scientists, art historians and Tate curators. In the days that followed the incident, the treatment

team received offers of support from colleagues in other UK and international museums but also from industry such as the Dow Chemical Company.

Lower right corner before treatment: October 2012

Lower right corner after treatment: May 2014

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The search for the right solvent Little was known about the graffiti ink, its properties and, most importantly, its reversibility. We had received a photograph of the bottle of ink which the vandal had been carrying when he was arrested. It was called ‘Molotow’ ink and research into its characteristics ensued, enabling the selection of a refined list of potential solvent systems that might be used to remove the ink. However, testing and application of these systems couldn’t be carried out on the delicate painting and so a testing surface would have to be

All images on pages 12—14 (except Fig1): Rothko painting © Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / DACS 2016; Photography © Tate 2016

The restoration of Untitled (Black on Maroon)


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– Mark Rothko, The Tiger’s Eye, 1947

Image: Jaap Boon © Tate

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‘A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore a risky act to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent who would extend their infliction universally.’

Fig 1. Cross-section x500 UV from graffiticovered black ‘figure’ paint of Black on Maroon 1958 with annotated layer sequence

devised. This surface would need to behave in a manner similar to Rothko’s painting and so would need to be made up of similar materials. Delving into the layers The treatment team initially considered producing a mock-up that would ideally look, as well as behave like the painting. However, it was quickly established that Rothko’s idiomatic practice and technical prowess could not be mimicked. In addition, historically accurate, original materials could not be sourced. Instead, it was decided to make a test sample that ‘represented’ the knowledge available of the materials and techniques of Untitled (Black on Maroon).

However, the exact layering of these materials, the comparative thickness of the graffiti ink and the degree to which it had penetrated the paint layers needed to be established. One of the ways in which we can learn about how an artist has made a painting is to carry out cross-section extraction and examination. It was early one morning in the studio and Bronwyn and I were looking at the graffiti on the painting using a stereobinocular microscope. I hadn’t had any morning coffee, so with a steady hand and a scalpel, I punctured the damaged surface and a tiny sample, including all the layers of the paint, was extracted. When we examined it under the microscope we were able to ascertain invaluable information about how the ink had affected the painting and also about this painting’s unique layer structure. This in turn enabled the team to proceed with making a reliable test sample painting. Of course our representative samples, made in 2014, were going to behave very differently to a 55-year-old painting. So we subjected them to a combination of light in our special accelerated ageing chambers, ageing them the equivalent of 50 years

After many months of exhaustive research, testing countless solvent systems on a variety of test substrates, we had our Eureka moment!

in museum display conditions. These samples were then tagged with the graffiti ink that the vandal had used and were ready for testing. Putting the solvents to the test Testing solvent systems and application methods on these samples proved invaluable in establishing an effective approach for removing the graffiti ink and recovering the painting surface. The knowledge gained from this stage ensured that minimal and more precise testing could be carried out on the damaged painting. The team was also fortunate in having access to an historic primed canvas, prepared by either Rothko or one of his assistants, donated to the Rothko Project by the Rothko family. Whilst this substrate yielded different results to the representative sample, in part due to the priming comprising pigmented animal glue, it allowed us to further assess the behaviour of the wet graffiti ink and its removal from this very absorbent surface.

Exploring ways to deliver solvents

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NWR ARTS After many months of exhaustive research, testing countless solvent systems on a variety of test substrates, we had our Eureka moment! We had isolated the most effective solvent combination for removing the graffiti ink. We tested them on the actual painting, realising that we could dissolve the ink and effectively minimise damage to the very delicate underlying paint film. After some fine-tuning and having established our modus operandi, the arduous but no less thrilling task of removing all 44 characters of the ink graffiti began. Extracting the ill-famed ink During the ink removal process we discovered a great deal more about how it had affected the paint surface. The black areas of the painting, once recovered, appeared to be Detail of painting after ink removal and before restoration missing the uppermost layers of glazing. We think that the very strong solvent in the graffiti ink dissolved these glazes The moment of truth The idea of placing the restored painting back on contact leaving the recovered surface flat and shallow on display was nerve-wracking. Not only would in colour. The maroon paint was much more porous and the team’s efforts to restore this iconic painting had sadly absorbed a great deal of ink. Despite applying a be scrutinised by both fellow professionals and visitors variety of methods, we couldn’t draw out all of the ink and to Tate, but we had become particularly sensitised to the so some still remains in situ. fragility and vulnerability of the painting. Putting the painting back on display, after having it safely locked away in the conservation studio for eighteen months, aroused emotions similar to those felt when leaving one’s child at nursery for the first time. However, one day Bronwyn and I went and sat quietly in the gallery and watched as people walked into the room and gave each and every one of the nine Seagram Murals equal attention. This was the moment that we realised the project had been a success. Rothko’s intended interrelationship between the paintings had been restored and the gallery, once again, offered the viewer that miraculous experience he so desperately wanted to communicate.

Rachel retouching the painting after the removal of the graffiti

Re-establishing the surface The recovered surface of Rothko’s painting would thus need some restoration. The ink residues trapped in the paint were disguised by applying a retouching paint on top. Rothko’s paint surface was then coated in water resoluble acrylic resin. This isolated my retouching from the artist’s paint and would allow my work to be removed from the surface at a later date if this proved necessary. Then, different types of water soluble paints were designed and applied to the surface in order to match the many varying tones, textures and reflective properties of Rothko’s paint. At this stage we were done, having fulfilled our task as best as we could. Painting after restoration 14

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I am energy, I am mass, I am light…

Using fundamentals of Einstein’s theory, the show was able to make people feel a little less alone

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first heard those words in a dressing room in Germany in February 2014 – my introduction to Neil Bartrum and Brian Hill’s beautiful score to The Theory of Relativity. I was hooked right off the bat to its witty lyrics, stunning melodies and heartfelt message of interconnectedness. Theory is a chamber musical – a series of songs, monologues and duets that in the end all converge. It’s a story of how we are all connected – from the stranger at the bus stop to the cute guy in your physics class. Relative Motion felt this was an ideal debut production, as we believe art exists to bring people together to celebrate our connectedness, not only on a mental level, but also on an energetic and cellular one. As a cast we all felt this very special message from day one, as did our audiences. In addition to a three-week run at the Drayton Arms in South Kensington, London,

we were fortunate to spend an evening previewing a few songs at London’s Science Museum Lates. As this was a very different demographic than we were used to performing for, we were unsure how a bunch of science fans would react to musical theatre; we were absolutely overwhelmed by the response and had to add an extra performance due to the massive queues. Additionally, we all had our own learning experience (as many musical theatre kids aren’t huge science fans) and spent the day playing and learning at the Science Museum. Throughout the run, other unexpected outcomes occurred. An American Airlines air steward picked up an extra flight from LA to London to see the show a second time; an older woman stayed behind to thank cast members as one of the songs helped her deal with the recent loss of her mother; and several faces were seen again and again by fans who loved the show and booked multiple times.

Dressing room discussions centred on this phenomenon and how the show seemed to speak to people of all ages, races and backgrounds. The show portrayed love, loss, anger, jealousy, and phobias – things we all experience. And whilst these experiences are all relative to the speaker, they still resonate within us all. Using fundamentals of Einstein’s theory, the show was able to make people feel a little less alone – something we all need at times.

All photos provided by Relative Motion

Ina Marie Smith Actress and Associate Producer at Relative Motion

Relative Motion crafts exceptional, innovative productions that are anchored to authentic performances, vibrant spaces and compelling stories. We are driven to entertain and challenge our audiences, to enrich our community and to support and encourage all those who believe in the significance of bodies, spaces, stories, and the relative motion between them. www.relativemotion.co.uk Relative Motion will be gracing us with a little surprise at the National Conference in Brighton in June, so book those tickets!

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NWR COMPETITIONS

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Create a Miniature Garden Competition

The rules: —— Open to NWR members only

WIN! Fabulous garden equipment from Garden Divas! Gorgeous Rosa chinensis print garden tool set with soft yet hardwearing gloves, fabulous memory foam garden kneeler and RHS quality, durable secateurs.

—— Individuals or groups may enter (only one prize will be awarded) —— Size: minimum size any seed tray, maximum size 80cm x 40cm

Judge and sponsor: Gilly Brown of Garden Divas Judge: Horticultural expert Pippa Chapman

—— Must contain an element of design relating to the English garden theme —— Must contain some living vegetation —— Must contain some recycled materials —— Each entry must be submitted as a high resolution full colour JPEG image Start date: April 2016 End date: 9am 30 June 2016

For Garden Divas vouchers see page 22

About the judges

Please submit your competition entries to the office by the deadline. For the full Terms and Conditions visit: www.nwr.org/competitions

Gilly Brown

Gilly and her daughter Kate

Gilly’s love of gardening developed as a very young teenager after the death of her father. ‘I found comfort in tending the fruit and vegetable – it afforded some solace at a very difficult time’. This passion for all things horticultural has remained with her. It was as an adult visiting the Chelsea Flower Show that Gilly realised how gardening equipment and accessories were boringly dull and devoid

of colour. Through sheer persistence and research, Gilly eventually developed Garden Divas, offering unique stylish gardening gifts, tools and equipment. As indicated by the name, most of her products are exclusively for women. Gilly’s passion for gardening and all things colourful is an online family business and includes her daughter’s passion for all things equestrian. www.gardendivas.co.uk / www.thehorsediva.co.uk

Pippa Chapman Alongside developing her smallholding and raising two delightful children Poppy and Moss, Pippa runs several in-depth courses concentrating on productive horticulture and in particular Mixed Orchard Gardening (Forest Gardening). Pippa also takes great delight in creating Pippa Chapman BA., miniature gardens! Seizing this as an opportunity to create on a small scale – a project that even her RHS Adv.Cert., very young children appreciate – Pippa identifies Dip.Perm.Des. with the challenge of scale, design and planting.

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‘I feel it is important that at least some of the vegetation is actually growing’. A fine art degree and experience in textiles and surface design are an indication of this lady’s talent. Yet it is her extensive training in horticulture at Garden Makers and later at RHS Harlow Carr that led her to establishing Those Plant People with husband Andrew (also a horticultural expert). www.thoseplantpeople.com


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of the English Garden GARDENS ARE ONE OF ENGLAND’S GREATEST ATTRACTIONS AND MORE THAN HALF OF HOLIDAY AND DOMESTIC VISITS INCLUDE A TRIP TO A PARK OR GARDEN. THIS YEAR WE’VE DECIDED TO HAVE TWO COMPETITIONS, BOTH INSPIRED BY THE ENGLISH GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE.

‘Inspired Landscapes’ amateur painting competition WIN! A quality sketch pad and liquid pencils The judge will be looking for: —— Originality, inspiration and texture

The rules: —— Open to NWR members only —— One painting per member

—— Must be a painting of a landscape

—— Each entry must be submitted as a high resolution full colour JPEG image

—— Any paint medium (colour pencils and pastels also accepted)

—— No more than two images per painting – one close up and one of the complete painting

—— No smaller than A4 size but no other size restrictions

Start date: April 2016

Judge: Artist Adrienne French

Geraniums in Italian Window, Adrienne French

End date: Midnight on 3 July 2016

Please submit your competition entries to the office by the deadline. For the full Terms and Conditions visit: www.nwr.org/competitions

About the judge Adrienne French

Scottish Journey Home, Adrienne French

The Yorkshire Dales and Moors dominate Adrienne French’s work, which favours experimentation, colour relationships and reflective textures. Her confident use of mixed media acrylic and oil colour combinations to reflect textures, could be described as bordering on abstraction and impressionist, yet there is no doubt about the actual subject. For recreation and inspiration Adrienne loves walking. Impressively she does not rely on photographs for reference but uses memory, notes or sketches (often done on her iPad)

as an aide-mémoire. ‘A photo doesn’t capture the atmosphere.’ Remarkably Adrienne only became a professional painter in her 40s after taking a degree in art and design at York Ripon St John University. A qualified and experienced nurse, Adrienne returned to work at St Leonard’s Hospice after her degree, as an artist in residence. In supporting and encouraging the therapeutic element of art, Adrienne found this time invaluable. Combining this role with her nursing, it is only very recently that she gave her full attention and passion to her painting. Those of you living in York can visit Adrienne at her Open Studios in April. www.adriennefrench.co.uk

A MUST READ For an historical glimpse at the English garden, visit www.nwr.org.uk/blog to read Jill Sidders’ article Year of the English Garden. Jill is a member of NWR Sittingbourne and winner of the Short Story Competition 2015.

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NWR LIFE

Jo Thomson (part-time stylist) | NWR trustee and member of Leighton Buzzard

Coco Chanel said every woman should have a little black dress. I am here to challenge that. Is this dress code really right for everyone? I would rather like to encourage you to think of other ways to look fabulous – in colours that will suit you far better than black.

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t has long been considered that black is smart, stylish, and suits everyone. I am sorry to say Have a rummage through that this is not the case, and that we are not doing your closet and pick out ourselves justice to deny the appeal and enjoyment items according to colour – this is my ‘orange scheme’ of wearing different colours that enhance our complexion. I do accept that you can mitigate the effect of black against your face by wearing striking jewellery or scarves, and that if you have face, in natural light and with no a low neckline, the visible skin will reflect light make-up on, and you will soon see the onto your face. But think of the colours you could different effects. Take the time to give be wearing, which would enhance your skin and this a try and see what you discover. lift your mood – can you say that of black? The The alternative is to have a colour Queen is a great example. She always appears in analysis session, which will tell you all Spring beautiful pastels that are uplifting not only to her, – Warm skintone chart this and much more about the correct but to the public as well! shades for your skin and personality. The key to deciding whether you can wear This is a useful starting point, and hopefully you will be black is to determine whether your skin tone is warm or intrigued by what you discover and in the process, cool. If your skin tone is warm, you will look good in colours see your clothes and yourself in a whole new light. with an undertone of yellow, which makes your skin look Just remember that most people healthy. Colours that do not suit you will make you look ill can wear most colours, you just have or tired and emphasise shadows. If you have a cool skin tone to find the right shades. Easier said you will look good in colours with a grey or black undertone, than done, I know, but it’s worth and a minority of you will glow when wearing black. it in the end. All you have to do is to hold up various colours against your

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NWR HISTORY Part I of a III part NWR Magazine series

NWR Time Capsule - Little gems from the NWR archives NWR’s seed was sown in 1960 in the form of a response to an article by The Guardian women’s page journalist at the time, Betty Jerman. The article entitled Squeezed in like sardines in suburbia triggered a reply from Maureen Nicol (today a lifelong honorary member of NWR) which in turn, ignited the birth of the Housebound Wives’ Register (later becoming known as National Housewives Register and finally, as National Women’s Register – as it is known today). Mrs Nicol astutely identified a deep-seated need that many women had at the time – the need to break from their domestic responsibilities and to connect with other lively-minded women. NWR continues today to celebrate the fostering of friendships and the cultivating of minds, recognising that these are timeless fundamental human needs. Needless to say, Mrs Nicol’s reply to The Guardian article solicited a deluge of letters from other women sharing her sentiment and – as the saying goes – the rest is history. NWR history.

Test your knowledge of NWR’s history with this quiz! To find the answers, visit the website at www.nwr.org.uk/about/our-history then see how you fared on page 22 of this magazine. No cheating!

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Register get renamed to National Women’s Register and what was it called before NHR?

2. In 1968 the first overseas groups

were formed. In what countries were they and which one still exists?

3. When did The Register magazine

come to be named NWR Magazine?

4. What year did NWR get a Facebook page? 5. Approximately how many members does NWR currently have?

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NWR TRAVEL A Quedlinburg courtyard

East Germany’s hidden sparkle Jane Williams | NWR Sheffield Crookes

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’ve holidayed in Germany with my husband for the last 15 years or so. We love it but the area that we visit doesn’t stand out immediately as a popular destination for British tourists. In the early 90s my brother-inlaw was struggling to find work in his native North East of England to keep his small building firm afloat. At the same time the German government, following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the country, was looking for builders to work on renovating the magnitude of run down housing stock in the Eastern part of the country. He answered the call and went out alone – at the time he didn’t speak a word of German but quickly picked it up in order to work with other builders and suppliers. He also fell in love with the area and realising that there were quite a few years of work ahead, bought a large but almost derelict house in

as you attempt the basics when ordering coffee, beer etc, the local people are friendly and very interested in what we might be doing so far from home. Supermarkets, banks, restaurants and beer houses are in the small city of Köthen about 15km away which also houses a university campus, a twice-weekly market in the cobbled square and the impressive twin-towered church of St Jakob. A little beyond Köthen is the town of Bernburg which has a medieval castle with a bear pit (complete with two resident bears). Situated on the River Saale with beautiful walks along the banks, there are regular boat trips along the river making a very pleasant summer afternoon outing. Bernburg also has a miniature railway running from the outskirts of the town through woodland and calling at the Tiergarten,

resembling a Swiss resort without the crowds or the high prices. There are other historical towns within easy driving distance of Dornbock. Dessau is famous for the birth of the Bauhaus movement and the Bauhaus college has a small shop and museum open to the public. Wittenberg saw the start of the Reformation in 1517 when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle church. The church is open to visitors following a major refurbishment in 2014. Leipzig is also worth a visit – among its attractions are a university founded in the 1400s and a famous railway station with the largest floor area in the world. We are all getting older and I don’t know how much longer the house will remain in the family. The Dornbock weather is extreme; we’ve experienced temperatures from -25c to 41c and like most older properties (and people!) it requires constant monitoring for minor problems, not always easy from 700 miles away. Whatever the the small farming village of Dornbock a garden and small zoo and a popular outcome there will always be happy which lies in the Saxony-Anhalt region. excursion for children. Slightly further and interesting memories of our Over the next few years, the house afield is Quedlinburg, another medieval holidays in East Germany. was renovated with the help of family town, replete with old half-timbered and friends to become a holiday home houses plus a castle and cathedral which has been well used by the that is listed as a UNESCO World extended family. Heritage Site. It is a fantastic place to It’s a remote area and the journey stroll around either in winter when the involves an overnight ferry and then Christmas markets are bustling, or in a six-hour drive through Holland summer when it’s hot and sunny. and Germany. The car is essential – Quedlinburg is just north of the Dornbock has no amenities at all apart Harz mountains where we have stayed from a volunteer fire station and a much in the ski resort of Braunlage. Beautiful used bottle bank! Another essential in summer, when there is a steam is to have at least one German speaker railway to take a trip up to the top of the amongst you, as almost no English is mountains, or picturesque in the snow Bauhaus College, built in the 1920s spoken in the region. However as long in winter, when it comes alive for skiing,

Wittenberg saw the start of the Reformation in 1517 when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle church

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NWR TRAVEL

Spargelbummel to Schwetzingen – a descriptive journey

Princes of the Holy Roman Empire. The spectacular gardens, laid out in the eighteenth century, are often compared to those of the Chateau de Versailles. There is a formal parterre, English-style landscaped parkland, lakes, fountains, Sue Howes | NWR Harrogate sculptures and follies. The Turkish garden contains a ‘mosque’, apparently n a sunny Sunday Beneath the surface, shoots of morning we set out asparagus reach in vain for the spring a fashionable feature of eighteenth to walk from Heidelberg, sunlight. Germans like their asparagus century gardens. The grounds cover a huge area and even after several across the flat plain blanched and the minute a pale tip hours we have not seen it all, nor did of the Rhine Valley to is spotted above the ground, a blade we find time to visit the palace itself, Schwetzingen. We’ve only the vaguest is plunged into the soil to slice off but now it’s time to eat and in the idea of what we will see when we get the spear before it has a chance to there, but are assured that it is well photosynthesise. The flat landscape is self-styled ‘asparagus capital of the worth the trek. dotted with turret-topped water towers world’ we have to try the local produce. Outside the restaurants, the tables are Behind Heidelberg’s main and prosperous looking farmhouses. full of sun-worshipping diners, station we pass Bahnstadt, a shiny, A family of storks is nesting but inside the shade is welcome new, eco-friendly science quarter. on the roof of a barn. and the beer is cool. Homes, schools and playgrounds An hour or so later we reach are integrated with the labs and offices, the sleepy suburbs of Schwetzingen. whilst in a yet-to-be tidied up part The streets are deserted. On Sunday of the neighbourhood stands no cars may be washed, nor lawns a street corner brothel. mowed. Arriving in the centre of the Tarmac gives way to an unmade town we discover what the people track. To our left are little plots where of Schwetzingen are doing today. flat dwellers have their gardens. They are selling, buying, cooking Here are not just rows of vegetables, and eating asparagus. The hotels but flowers, shady summerhouses and restaurants on either side of and of course ‘grills’ – Germans the broad Schlossplatz all proudly love a BBQ. From our right comes advertise their seasonal ‘Spargel’ the unexpected sound of leather dishes. On the pavements, on willow and behind a hedge canopied stalls are piled high is green grass, white sight screens with plump, white spears. and the Heidelberg Cricket Club’s Beyond the bustling square flannelled players. are the gates of the Schloss. Beyond the city lie open fields, This is what we have come the soil drawn up into neat ridges to see, the summer residence and covered with polythene. of the Electors Palatinate,

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Brighton’s most loved spots from the lips of locals We asked a few Brighton residents what their favourite spots were and why...

What? Why?

Redroaster Coffee House on St. James Street www.redroaster.co.uk Because they have thick Spanish hot chocolate. I hear their (ethical) coffee blends are good too (I’m not a coffee drinker). It has an airy space with high ceilings and skylights and there is a rotating art exhibit on the walls. The prices are fair. – Stephan

What? Why?

The sea front. Especially, the coastline between Shoreham and Rottingdean. The sea front in Rottingdean is so wild, but at the same time so peaceful. I love spending time in that area because of the tranquillity I feel when I’m there. – Sabina

What? Why?

The Booth Museum of Natural History on Dyke Road - birds, bugs, bones and bits of rock. www.brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth Quirky, original, educational, fascinating, beautiful and FREE! – Jane


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Where is your nearest NWR group? We have over 7,000 members in over 400 groups. Can’t find a group local to you? Contact us about setting one up. ENGLAND BEDFORDSHIRE Clifton & District Leighton Buzzard Luton & S Beds North Beds Villages BERKSHIRE Binfield (New) Bracknell Burnham/Taplow Caversham Cox Green Earley Goring-on- Thames Maidenhead North Ascot Wokingham (2) Wokingham Forest Woodley Woolton Hill BRISTOL Thornbury North Westbury-on- Trym Yate/Sodbury

DERBYSHIRE Bakewell Chapel & District Chesterfield (2) Derby Dronfield Glossop Hayfield Matlock

Park Gate Sherfield-on-Loddon Southampton Southsea Sway Tadley Totton Winchester Yateley

DEVON Exeter & Dist Horrabridge Ivybridge Kingsbridge & District Newton Abbot Otter Vale (New) Ottery St Mary Paignton Plympton Tavistock Totnes Yealm

HEREFORDSHIRE Hereford Ross on Wye

DORSET Boscombe East Broadstone (2) Dorchester Ferndown/WestMoors Poole (2) Ringwood Weymouth Wimborne

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Amersham (2) Beaconsfield Buckingham & District Gerrards Cross/ Chalfont St Peter Lacey Green & Hughenden EAST SUSSEX Marlow Battle & District Brighton CAMBRIDGESHIRE Eastbourne Bar Hill Hastings Cambridge Lewes Elsworth Peacehaven Glinton & District Seaford (5) Hemingfords Peterborough ESSEX Somersham Braintree & District St Ives Buckhurst Hill (2) St Neots Chelmsford Wisbech Galleywood Hadleigh/Southend CHESHIRE on Sea Appleton Harwich/Dovercourt Bramhall Village Ilford Chester/Grosvenor Saffron Walden Chester North Shenfield/Hutton Chester South/Eaton Upminster Congleton Wickford Crewe & District Culcheth GLOUCESTERSHIRE Goostrey Cheltenham & Holmes Chapel Charlton Kings Knutsford Churchdown Lymm Cirencester (2) Macclesfield Gloucester Marple Stroud Mellor Winchcombe |New) Nantwich (2) GTR MANCHESTER Poynton (2) South Manchester Romiley HAMPSHIRE Tarporley (2) Alton Timperley Andover Wilmslow (2) Barton on Sea Wistaston Basingstoke COUNTY DURHAM Bishops Waltham Durham City Bramley Hartlepool Chandlers Ford/ Eastleigh CORNWALL B&D Playing Place/Carnon Chineham & Old Basing Downs Dibden Purlieu Cornish Alps Farnborough Roseland Hook Truro Hythe/Waterside Lee on the Solent CUMBRIA Marchwood Carlisle Medstead/Four Marks Egremont New Milton Kendal Odiham Penrith

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HERTFORDSHIRE Abbots Langley Barnet Bishops Stortford Harpenden Hatfield Hemel North & South Hertford/Ware Hitchin Letchworth St Albans (2) Tring ISLE OF WIGHT Medina

MIDDLESEX Ickenham Kenton Pinner Ruislip Shepperton/Walton Sunbury Twickenham/St Margarets NORFOLK Dereham Diss Downham Market (New) Norwich Watlington Area Wymondham/ Attleborough NORTHAMPTON Brackley Guilsborough/Naseby District Oundle & District Great Houghton Northumberland Hexham & Dist Coquet Dale Morpeth

KENT Beckenham Bexleyheath Canterbury (2) Dartford Ditton & District Edenbridge Folkestone Hayes Herne Bay Isle of Sheppey Longfield New Barn Maidstone Medway Petts Wood/Orpington Sevenoaks Sittingbourne Whitstable

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Arnold Bramcote Carlton Keyworth Newark Retford Sawley Southwell West Bridgford Worksop

LANCASHIRE Bolton Eccleston Lytham St Annes Maghull/Lydiate Ormskirk/Aughton Penwortham Rainford Rossendale & Bury North Thornton Cleveleys

RUTLAND Oakham

LEICESTERSHIRE Leicester South Loughborough Lutterworth Quorn LINCOLNSHIRE Boston Brant & Witham Deepings Grantham Grimsby/Cleethorpes Lincoln South Navenby & District Stamford Sudbrooke Waltham Welton LONDON Finchley/Whetstone Merton Park MERSEYSIDE Burbo Bank Churchtown District Crosby Eccleston & Windle Formby

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OXFORDSHIRE Banbury Cherwell Sonning Common Thame Wantage Witney

SHROPSHIRE Market Drayton Newport Shropshire Shewsbury SOMERSET Bath Batheaston Chard Clevedon Congresbury Minehead (New) Nailsea Portishead Taunton Wells Yatton STAFFORDSHIRE Alrewas Eccleshall Lichfield Marchington Newcastle-under-Lyme Rugeley Shenstone Stafford Staffs Moorlands Trentham Wolstanton SUFFOLK Beccles Bury St Edmunds Downham Market Long Melford Stour Valley/Sudbury West Wratting

SURREY Bookham Burgh Heath Byfleet Camberley Cranleigh Croydon (2) Dittons Esher Dorking Farnham Godalming Guildford Horsley Kingston on Thames/ New Malden Reigate & Redhill Sutton & Carshalton Woking North Worcester Park TEESIDE Coulby & District (New) Middlesbrough TYNE & WEAR Newcastle-uponTyne (West) WhitleyBay/Tynemouth WARWICKSHIRE Coventry Dunchurch Kenilworth Rugby Warwick/Leamington –Spa WEST MIDLANDS Balsall Common Dudley Edgbaston Halesowen Harborne Central Hasbury Knowle Solihull Wolverhamton/ Tettenhall/Codsall WEST SUSSEX Bognor Regis Chichester Hassocks & Area Horsham Shoreham by Sea (2) Steyning West Chiltington Area Worthing Broadwater WILTSHIRE Calne Central Calne & District Chippenham (New) Devizes Malmesbury Marlborough Salisbury & District Swindon Tisbury & District Trowbridge WIRRAL Heswall (2) Irby Prenton Wallasey West Kirby Grange West Kirby Newton WORCESTERSHIRE Cleeve Prior Droitwich Malvern Pershore Redditch Vale of Evesham YORKSHIRE Ackworth Aston

Bedale & Dist Beverley Cottingham Doncaster Town Elloughton-Cum-Brough Harrogate Horbury & District Knaresborough Leeds NW Northallerton Pickering & Dist Rotherham Sheffield (3) Wetherby Whitley Willerby & Kirk Ella York

SCOTLAND ABERDEENSHIRE Banchory Bridge of Don Inverurie ANGUS Arbroath DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY Castle Douglas DUNBARTONSHIRE Milngavie/Bearsden EAST AYRSHIRE Kilmarnock/Loudoun EAST LOTHIAN Longniddry EAST RENFREWSHIRE Giffnock Glasgow FIFE Dalgety Bay Dunfermline Saline ISLE OF SKYE Skye & Lochalsh MIDLOTHIAN Edinburgh/Colinton N AYRSHIRE Beith Largs PERTH & KINROSS Crieff Kinross Perth RENFREWSHIRE Bishopton Bridge of Weir Houston Kilbarchan STIRLINGSHIRE Falkirk & District Stirling & District S LANARKSHIRE Strathaven

WALES Chepstow Hawarden Mold Radyr Swansea

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