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Official magazine of the National Women’s Register


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114,931 ft How one member climbed Everest four times over (well sort of)

Connecting women who are interested in everything and talk about anything

A hundred years since the publication of the general theory of relativity, this year’s Big Read celebrates all things Einstein

Eat your heart out Gok Wan Make your own capsule wardrobe without spending a penny

Lumpy lilo? Freezing shower? Spider infested toilet block? No thanks. We’d rather go glamping WIN, WIN!, WIN

Photo by Anne Clegg, NWR member and winner of the Mary Stott Award 2016.

Reviews: BIG READ 2016



“Together we dispelled misconceptions and stereotypes”


Formby NWR visited the Al-Rahma Mosque in Liverpool to find out more about their neighbours.

TECHNOLOGY Top Twitter tips from the Twittersphere (now say that fast!) Are you part of the Instagran revolution?

“I received a call one day from a young woman urgently asking me to take her name and address because she was in a telephone box and might run out of money. She had a baby and was isolated” NWR


Not a member? NWR could be for you! Have your children just left home? Have you moved to a new area? Have you experienced some other big life change? Come and meet other women to share and explore thoughts, ideas and experiences. Enjoy lively, stimulating conversation, broaden your horizons and make new friends. We offer a range of activities, from book clubs to walking groups. NWR women are women who think. Join us.

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Contac t us on 0160 3 406 767 or of fice@nwr.org .uk or visi t w w w.nwr.o rg.uk to find ou t m ore.

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LIFE – Page 8

Then and now:

Autumn gardening tips and delicious recipes to make with your harvest, making your wardrobe work for you, and embracing multiculturalism.

A word from honorary life members, and news from our groups around the UK.


TRAVEL – Page 21

Big Read 2016 reviews and some fantastic creative writing from our talented members.

Why you should throw a techie tea party and top tech tips from our resident social media guru.

Classy camping and how one member climbed Everest four times over (sort of…!)

What’s on

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11 March 2017

SW Area Lunch, Glorious Devon: Speaker Adam HartDavis, a display from Devon Rural Archive and Devon Quiz.

Staddon Heights Golf Club, Plymstock, Devon (with a magnificent view across Plymouth Sound!)

25 March 2017

Poynton Group Day Conference, Improving the Circle of Life: Dr Jenny Myers, Consultant Obstetrician, will talk about why a healthy pregnancy is so important. Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England, will speak about the challenges of dementia.

March 2017

Regional Conference


Apr/May 2017

Regional Conference


June 2017

NWR Annual Conference, Wonder Women (see page 23 for more info)


Sept 2017

Regional Conference


Oct 2017

Regional Conference


For more events visit www.nwr.org.uk

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Thank you… By Josephine Burt, Chair of Trustees


… Simple words in response to some kind thought, compliment, deed or gift. But how easy it is to take these acts for granted. Let me set this right for NWR. In my annual report at the AGM in Brighton, I concluded by asking the members present to show their appreciation for the invaluable work carried out by the Local Organisers,

Area Organisers, staff and trustees. Apart from our hardworking staff, all these groups are volunteers giving their time and energy freely to ensure we have vibrant local groups, stimulating area events and a robust national structure. Without their efforts and commitment NWR wouldn’t exist.

Local Organisers The membership survey in March showed that 60% of members have been the Local Organiser (LO) for their group at least once. But even if you haven’t taken on the role of LO (yet!) you will have contributed in other ways. You may have researched a topic, led a discussion, organised an outing or regularly offered your home and provided the essential refreshments. Groups thrive when members contribute and the tasks are shared out, including the role of LO.

required to be better informed and more engaged with the workings of charities than ever before. At the moment there are four of us. There is one vacancy if anyone is interested? Trustees provide the effective oversight and the strategic vision for the future plus they both support and challenge the staff. Becoming a trustee is a massive learning curve but it’s not all serious and together with our enthusiastic staff we aim to keep adding value to you our members.

Area Organisers AOs are essential in linking local groups and, again, it is noticeable that NWR is particularly strong in areas with an AO. If you have enjoyed being an LO, then perhaps you would like to explore the AO role. Once a year the AOs come together to share experiences and knowledge.

So, a huge thank you to our past and present LOs, our existing 19 AOs and the trustees. While we applauded them at the Brighton conference, writing this piece is an opportunity to reach a wider audience. We really appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment to NWR.

Trustees Lastly, I’d like to thank our volunteer trustees who are responsible for the governance of NWR. Trustees are now

And if you wish to join us then please do contact Natalie or me. You can contact Natalie or Josephine via the office: office@nwr.org.uk / 01603 406767

Pauline Reymond, Area Organiser for 25 years

Pauline Raymond, Area Organiser who is retiring after 25 years - thank you for all your hard work and support!

It was in 1965 following an article in the Worthing Herald that I joined Worthing Broadwater NHR. It appealed to me that groups met informally in members’ homes (not sat in rows in a hall), that discussions were wide ranging, and that there were social activities. So my circle of friends grew. In 1991, I became one of the first Area Organisers. The role appealed to me because I like meeting people, visiting groups, helping groups sort problems and encouraging groups to organise events for the area.

The job was supposed to last two years, but 25 years later I’ve decided it is time for me to pack it in, and let someone younger have a go!

“The best thing about being an AO is that it widens your circle of friends and acquaintances. So come on members, come forward and do your bit for NWR!” Pauline Reymond, Area Organiser

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From frustration to friendship By Maureen Nicol, Founder of NWR and honorary life member


t has been 56 years since I was kick-started into forming the NWR and what an enormous influence it has been in my life. It all began by a feeling of frustration at the confines of life for a new mother in the 50s. It was expected that you stayed happily at home, devoting yourself to being the perfect wife and mum. On the whole, fine, if you had long-term friends and family around and lots of interesting social contacts. I did not, having moved twice in a short time, with a new baby, no friends and living on a vast housing estate. At the time, the only person I could sustain a conversation with was Brian, my husband. I was an inter-war baby and my education suffered as a result with a long period of no school at all when I was nine or ten years old. I enjoyed this at the time and was free to wander anywhere, spending my time climbing trees, as my mother was busy working packing gas masks. Eventually, I went to technical college and worked in London as a secretary for the theatrical costumiers, Nathans. At twenty-two I married an Oxford undergraduate. We had a great life with lots of friends. We had no money, but who cares when you are young and in love. After Brian graduated, we both worked in London for a while, then moved to Wolverhampton. We had our first baby and bought our first house. The second move came about three years later, and the second baby. I did join the local WI but found it too formal and not particularly interesting. My letter to the Guardian came out of desperation, thinking I could not be the only woman new to a neighbourhood and really missing the warmth, stimulation and friendship enjoyed at work.

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It all began by a feeling of frustration at the confines of life for a new mother in the 50s And, as history proved, I was right! After forming my first local group in Eastham, Chesire, and what a blessing that was, I moved again and joined an existing group in Prenton on the Wirral. Then, having handed on the job of National Organiser to Brenda Prys Jones, we moved abroad to Kampala in Uganda for six years. During this time, I kept in contact by becoming a trustee of the organisation. We later moved back to the UK to Kenilworth, where I have happily been a member of the local group now for 42 years. Having resigned my trusteeship in the mid-90s, it was an enormous surprise and pleasure to be awarded an OBE and even more so to be given honorary life membership of the NWR. And, of course, it has always been a delight to meet women who have benefitted from their membership. But the best thing for me personally has been our Kenilworth walking group. We have been walking together now on days or weekends for years, always welcoming new members to join us. It is great to have such local like-minded friends. Without NWR we would never have met and enjoyed so many good times together.

Maureen Nicol with the Kenilworth NWR walking group. Celebrating completing a tough walk.


Then(NHR)and now(NWR) By Jean Stirk, NWR Honorary life member

Then… It was the end of the 1960s. I suddenly found myself with two babies, born less than a year apart. As babies do, they took up all my time and left me short of sleep. I started to dream about what I was missing, time for relaxation, reading, and for thinking about what was going on in the world. A friend with young children invited me to bring the babies along to a morning NWR group. Two mothers looked after the children in one room while the rest of us concerned ourselves with a discussion topic in another. We met regularly to discuss a book or a particular topic, taking it in turns to look after the children. This made me feel alive again and I couldn’t wait until the next session. Back then, women who did work were often in menial jobs and poorly paid. Professional women were relatively few. Once babies arrived, women were expected to be at home to look after them. We were isolated and craved stimulating discussion with other like-minded women. Maureen Nicol was one of these women. Following Betty Jerman’s article in The Guardian, Squeezed in like sardines in suburbia, Maureen decided to test other women’s feelings about this and wrote back to the editor. The following letter was published on 26 February 1960:

Sir, Since having my first baby I have been constantly surprised how women seem to go into voluntar y exile in the home once they leave their outside work. Before moving to this district, we lived in the suburbs of Wolverhampton and it took me two years to find a kindred spirit who was willing to exchange baby minding during the day. Indeed, mos t couples rarely left their homes for a night out toge ther, even with offers of babysitting. Now, I have to star t all over again, and here the women seem if any thin g more reluctant to prize themselves away from thei r children for a few hours. Perhaps housebound wives with libe ral interests and a desire to remain individuals could form a national register, so that whenev er one moves one can contact like-minded friends . There must be many women like myself whose husband’s work necessitates moving house every few years. Or perhaps someone has a better suggestion? Maureen Nicol Eastham, Wirral

The response was incredible. And so the National Housewives Register was born

Now… The world has changed so much. Yet the National Housewive's Register, now National Women’s Register, is still going strong. Some groups continue with discussions to stimulate thinking, while others meet for friendship and socialising. I served for ten years as a trustee on the committee and before that as New Groups’ Organiser. I was responsible for putting women who enquired in touch with each other, and I know how deeply the need to meet like-minded women was felt. I received a call one day from a young woman urgently asking me to take her name and address because she was in a telephone box and might run out of money.

She had a baby and was isolated. I met her and helped her set up an NWR group. Well, now we have mobile phones and Facebook, and as the world and people’s needs change, so must we. We will always want to learn and to stimulate our minds. We will always need the friendship of like-minded women.

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Members’ Corner

Some of our groups celebrated some big anniversaries since their formation:

Here’s what our groups have been getting up to…

Strathaven NWR celebrate their 40th anniversary (above)

You don't have to be 'good at art' to have a go. Buckingham NWR got creative with tie dye.

What are the chances? NWR member, Christine Harrison, was recently on holiday in Russia when, purely by chance, she met Barbara Geddes - also an NWR member!

Dartford NWR celebrated their 30th anniversary (above)

Grimsby/ Cleethorpes NWR enjoyed some nostalgic tales at their Bygone Fashion evening.

Chandler’s Ford NWR Group D explored women’s rights then and now at their day conference, with 74 members from as far as Wimborne, Salisbury and Farnham attending. Beith NWR 40th anniversary (above)

Japan comes to Poynton, Yoshie Funatogawa revisited her NWR group after a 20-year gap. “We all felt as if Yoshie had never left.” The Yealm NWR Group enjoyed an evening of hand bell ringing.

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NWR A girls night out! Members from Wilmslow NWR Group 4 enjoyed an evening of planetary wonder at Jodrell Bank Observatory. “We watched live as Mercury crossed the face of the sun, observed the creation of a comet and enjoyed a talk via Skype from scientist, Natalie Batalha. Natalie is a research astronomer at NASA who uses transits to detect earth like planets around other stars.”

How do you hold a croquet mallet? Broadstone Ladies tried their hand at the sport.

Rossendale and Bury North NWR learnt about the huge scale of the Dogs Trust’s work during a talk and visit to their nearest Dogs Trust centre. “Our fantastic ladies donated three large boxes of much needed food, bedding and a doggy hamper.”

There have been some very royal NWR birthday celebrations!

Kendal group tackled Coniston Old Man.

Witney NWR had a surprise when member, Lesley Barter, turned up at their Victorian show and tell evening in full Victorian costume! Bald as a coot! Kenton NWR’s Mary Graham BRAVED THE SHAVE for Macmillan, raising £155 for the charity.

Prost! Chepstow NWR recently enjoyed some delicious riesling wine, cold meats, sausage, smoked Bavarian cheese, Kartoffelpuffer and sour cream, topped off with homemade Blackforest Gateau laced with Kirsch and apple strudel at their Germany themed evening. “As usual we had fun whilst learning something new (who knows the literal translation of pumpernickel?)”

In memoriam Heidi Love It is with great sadness that our Shoreham-by-Sea Group 1 said goodbye to a much loved member late last year. Our friend, Heidi Love, will be remembered for her happy disposition and her strength of character. She left us as she wanted us to remember her to the strains of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life. Heidi you brought so much to our group and are sadly missed. Diana Palmer A member of the Bar Hill NWR for many years, sadly died on 9 April 2016. Diana was an amazing woman. She suffered from muscular dystrophy for a very long time and was incredibly brave throughout. We shall miss her contribution to our discussions and the Telephone Treasure Trail, which we always held in her home, will never be the same again.


Beverley Group

Pat Baker Pat Baker sadly died on 29 June 2016. She had been a very active member of Keyworth NWR since joining on moving to the village in 2008. Jenny Taylor Horbury and Ossett Group group lost a lively minded, creative and thoughtful friend, Jenny Taylor, in February 2016. Jenny had a zest for life and joined in meetings with gusto and a great sense of humour. None of us will forget her Union Jack leggings at our very own Jubilympics in 2012. Despite her illness she found ways to keep in touch, be it through online scrabble or exchanging drawings with friends and family via a drawing app. The drawings later decorated her coffin. Her send-off was both a sad and uplifting occasion which she had time to plan. We all shared plants, bulbs and seeds we had brought from our gardens - something to remember her by as each season comes around. She was an inspiration to us all in showing us how 7 Magazine Autumn 2016 to makewww.nwr.org.uk the most of life, NWR whatever it throws at you.


You look good enough to eat!


he nights are growing longer, wood smoke hangs in the chill air and frosts are creeping down from the north‌ Now is the time to harvest and prepare your garden for next year, then snuggle up in the warm with a homemade blackberry crumble. Yum.

1. Harvest seeds 2. Lift and pot up rooted


Spiced beetroot & orange chutney By NWR member, Kate Lawler A good way to use up beetroots that have been left in the ground until autumn and are too big to use in summer salads. 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed peeled and diced (wear gloves or use a food processor!) 3 chopped onions 3 eating apples, peeled and grated Zest and juice of 3 oranges 2 tbsp mustard seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 700ml red wine vinegar 700g granulated sugar

Garden jobs to do right now strawberry runners

Courgette and dill pickle 6 courgettes 2 large onions 2oz coarse salt 1 pt cider vinegar 1lb soft brown sugar 1 tbsp whole mustard seeds Large handful of fresh dill Thinly slice the vegetables then layer with salt and weigh down for four hours. Drain and rinse. Over a medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. Add the veg, seeds and dill and bring to the boil. After just one minute, remove from heat and drain. Reserve the juices and reduce them to a syrup. Put the veg in sterilised jars and cover with the syrup.

3. Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses

4. Start a compost heap

with kitchen peelings, spent vegetable and bedding plants, herbaceous leftovers and moss and lawn cuttings

5. Prepare your soil for

next year: dig in compost, manure and organic matter

6. Plant bulbs for spring colour 7. Batten down the hatches! Cover outdoor furniture and put anything away that might blow about on windy nights

Mix all the ingredients in a preserving pan. Simmer gently for one hour until the chutney is thick and the beetroot tender. Let it settle for about ten minutes then spoon into sterilised jars.

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Black bean & butternut squash burritos This is a great do-it-yourself-at-thedinner table kind of meal. Also great with sweet potato or pumpkin. Serves 4 1 medium squash, peeled and cubed 75g short grain brown rice 1-2 tsp olive oil 6 spring onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp salt 2 tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 red pepper, chopped 1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed 85g cheddar cheese, grated Tortilla wraps, 1 or 2 per person Toppings: avocado, salsa, sour cream, spinach, lettuce, coriander Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Line a large ovenproof dish with foil. Drizzle the squash with oil and season. Roast the squash for 45 minutes or until tender. Cook the rice as normal. Fry the spring onion and crushed garlic in a little oil for about 5 minutes, over a medium heat. Add salt and spices and stir well. Add the pepper, beans and cooked rice. Fry for a further 10 minutes. When the squash is tender, add to the frying pan. Add the cheese and leave to melt. Take the hot frying pan to the table and assemble your tortillas with whatever toppings you fancy.

Roast veg with halloumi A versatile dish that can be varied depending of what you have in your crop. Cauliflower or sprouts work well. Serves 4 4 uncooked beetroots

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 red onions, quartered 4 carrots, peeled and halved lengthways 3 whole heads of garlic Olive oil 150g (5oz) halloumi cheese, cubed Coriander seeds, ground Zest of 1 lemon 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed Parsley leaves, to serve Extra virgin olive oil, to serve Boil the beetroots in their skins for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly before taking off their skins. Halve or quarter them. Heat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Put the beetroots, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips and garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the carrots and parsnips are tender. Add the halloumi, coriander seeds, lemon zest and chickpeas. Drizzle with oil and season. Return to the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes. To serve, scatter over the parsley and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

fruit becomes soft and juicy. Add the blackberries and bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat. Spoon the mixture into a large baking dish. Place the flour, butter and a pinch of salt into a bowl and rub until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the pistachios and demerara sugar. Sprinkle the crumble over the cooked fruit. Bake for 40 minutes until golden.

Blackberry & apple cake 125g butter, softened 125g caster sugar 3 large egg, beaten 50g ground almond 100g self-raising flour 2 eating apples, peeled and cored, each cut into segments 100g blackberries For the topping: 1 pinch cinnamon 2 tbsp demerara sugar 25g butter, flaked 25g peeled and toasted hazelnut, roughly chopped icing sugar, for dusting

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas mark 3. Butter a 22cm round loose-bottomed cake tin and line SPEND A DAY SCOURING the base with baking parchment. THE HEDGEROWS FOR Beat the butter and caster sugar BLACKBERRIES in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in two thirds of the Pear & blackberry crumble eggs, little at a time (add flour 4 large ripe English pears, peeled and if it curdles). Gently fold in the cubed remaining egg, almonds and flour. 100g golden granulated sugar Add two-thirds of the apples 250g blackberries to the cake mixture and all the 200g plain flour blackberries. Turn the mixture 1 pinch salt into the tin. Scatter the remaining 100g unsalted butter, cold, cut into apples on top of the cake. Sprinkle over the cinnamon, demerara sugar small pieces 85g shelled pistachio, roughly chopped and butter flakes. Bake for 50-55 mins 100g demerara sugar or until a skewer comes out clean. Ice cream, to serve (optional) Remove the cake from the oven Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5. and scatter on the toasted hazelnuts. When the cake is cool, In a medium pan, cook the pears dust lightly with icing sugar. and granulated sugar over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until the www.nwr.org.uk NWR Magazine Autumn 2016


Image: ‘Blackberries’ - Blackberries by César Astudillo, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cesarastudillo/1476541151/ Blackberries 2’ - Blackberries by Snowcat, https://www.flickr.com/photos/abraxas/245815102/




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—— Size: minimum size any seed tray, maximum size 80cm x 40cm

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—— 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 End date: 1st February 2017 Please submit your competition entries to the office by the deadline.

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Gilly Brown 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



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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 miniature gardens! Seizing this as an opportunity to create on a small scale – a project that even her very young children appreciate – Pippa identifies with the challenge of scale, design and planting. ‘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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I’ve got nothing! to wear By Jo Thomson, Stylist, NWR Trustee and member of Leighton Buzzard

Image: Clothes by Patrick Lentz, https://www.flickr.com/photos/violentz/3882712883/


t is often said that most women only wear about twenty-five per cent of the clothes they possess. So why do we keep the rest? Is it because they might come in useful one day? Maybe we will need them for odd jobs such as gardening? And then there are those items that we might just lose weight and fit into again, somehow, some day… This is the moment: to accept that you need clothes in the present, and that they have to earn their keep, and their place, in your wardrobe. Going through your wardrobe is not a very exciting prospect. But, once you have done so, I promise you will feel good about it and better about yourself. The dreaded disposal First, take all your clothes out and have a good look at them. Reject anything that doesn’t fit, is a duplication or is just old and past its best. Put anything decent in a bag to go to charity. This gives you good karma points straight away! Next, think about how many

How often do we exclaim in dismay when we are about to go out? We open the wardrobe and look with little enthusiasm at the contents for there is nothing there that is quite right for the occasion. Perhaps the following will help make your choice a little easier.

old clothes you really need. You probably only need a couple of painting/gardening clothes, not umpteen T-shirts of indeterminate colour and shape. Rediscover old favourites Once you have decided what to keep, take a critical look at everything. See if you can pair things up to make an outfit. It can come as a pleasant surprise to find that clothes who previously lived at opposite ends of your wardrobe and have never even met, can actually look good together.

If it doesn’t make you feel good then it’s not worth keeping Sometimes this is much more fun than shopping for something new, and again will make you feel very virtuous. You can make your very own capsule wardrobe without spending a penny! Gok Wan eat your heart out.

Capsule: (of a collection of clothing) Consisting of a relatively small set of key items, a capsule wardrobe Get on the (bedroom mirror) catwalk Now try on everything you’ve decided to keep. You need to make sure it all fits properly, compliments whatever you are pairing it with and - most importantly - suits you. If it doesn’t make you feel good then it’s not worth keeping. And if you have never found anything to go with it, it’s probably the wrong colour for you anyway. Your dream wardrobe The result is a selection of clothes that makes you look good, that you know will suit all your different needs, and that will all work together. You should also end up with a lot more space in your wardrobe. So now you can go out shopping for new clothes! Don’t forget to repeat this exercise with shoes, jewellery, scarves…

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Embracing multicultural Britain By Katherine Latham, Editor

Whether you voted to ‘Brexit’ or ‘Bremain’, there is no doubt that the referendum held on 23 June this year has caused cultural turmoil in the UK.


n the four days that followed the ballot, reports of hate crime rose by a whopping 57% and there were over 6,000 hate crimes reported to police between mid-June and mid-July (according to the National Police Chiefs’ Council). The press has reported arson attacks, racist graffiti and even racist fliers being handed out to the public. However, from the Vikings to the Polish, the UK has been a multicultural country since the beginning of history. So, inevitably, the NWR is a multicultural organisation. Members of the Formby NWR group celebrated this recently by visiting the Al-Rahma Mosque in Liverpool to find out more about their neighbours.


Together we dispelled misconceptions and stereotypes

After removing their shoes and donning headscarves, the group were invited to enter the men’s praying area. Catherine Odita-Sani, the mosque’s Cohesion Education Officer, explained how the muezzin makes the call to prayer five times a day before the imam then leads the prayers. The carpet is laid to face Mecca, almost 4000 miles away in Saudi Arabia, and is marked with individual praying areas. The group then went upstairs to the women’s praying area. Catherine explained that there are separate areas for men and women because people lie very close together when praying and need to preserve their modesty and avoid distractions.

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Catherine went on to explain the key framework for Muslims to follow, the five pillars of Islam. Following the tour, Catherine answered the group’s questions. NWR member, Gill Warren said: “Catherine said she believed that some atrocious things done by ‘Muslims’ could not be done by ‘true’ Muslims. She also told us that she didn’t really approve of women wearing the niqab or burqa as it could be alienating and make women look subservient, but that they were sometimes following their family tradition or culture.” Catherine is herself from a multicultural family, one of seven children born to an Irish Catholic mother and Nigerian Muslim father. She said: “It was a fantastic meeting with members from Formby NWR. We all had a lovely time finding out about each other. Together we dispelled misconceptions and stereotypes.”


With about 1.7 billion followers 23% of humanity Islam is the second -largest religion

Catherine Odita-Sani, Cohesion Education Officer, Al-Rahma Mosque “I feel very uncomfortable since Brexit because I wear a hijab. People who don’t know me see the hijab first. Before they speak to me, they think I’m a refugee. They don’t know I was born here. They don’t know my mum is Irish and my dad is Nigerian and that I have a Jewish heritage. They don’t know I’m a rebirth to Islam. It concerns me that people will make assumptions. What is Islam? “The mosque has received a few nasty emails and phone calls. And we have noticed a definite increase since the vote Islam originated in Mecca in the early 7th Century. to leave Europe. This is what spurs me on to do my job: From there, it spread across the Arabian peninsula to dispel myths about colour, race and religion. and by the 8th Century the Islamic empire reached from “The media is a powerful tool. Often you get very Iberia in the west to the Indus river in the east. The Islamic Golden Age lasted from the 8th Century to the 13th Century negative stories, for example, about forced marriages. It leaves people thinking that is a part of Islam, when science, the economy and Islamic culture flourished. when in fact it isn’t. When people come to visit Most Muslims are of one of two denominations, the mosque, all our misconceptions are aired Sunni or Shia, and be found across the globe. and cleared up, and people leave with With about 1.7 billion followers - 23% of humanity a wealth of knowledge. - Islam is the second-largest religion. “And my work is not just about Islam, it’s about all Muslims believe that the creation of everything hate crime. The Al-Rahma Mosque is a hate crime centre in the universe was brought into being by God’s command and we work closely with Merseyside Police. People of all and that the purpose of existence is to worship God. cultures and backgrounds come in to report hate crimes. Allāh is the term, with no plural or gender, We’ve also worked with Liverpool FC and we work used by Muslims (as well as Arabic-speaking with schools. Christians and Jews) to reference God. “I was brought up to respect all cultures and abilities. So I don’t have time for racism.”

The Pillars of Islam

1. The creed (shahadah) 2. Daily prayers (salat) 3. Almsgiving (zakah) 4. Fasting during Ramadan 5. Pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj)

at least once in a lifetime if you are financially and physically able to

Hate crime in EU after EU referendum Reported crimes 2015



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1,500 1,000 500 0 16–30 June 37% increase Note: figures do not include Scotland

NWR members on Facebook I'm a genealogist… with Irish and Scottish (Armstrong clan) roots so am proud to call myself British not just English. Also married to a Frenchman with a "Franglaise" daughter! Andréa Bowness-Etur

My maternal grandparents were Belgian refugees during WW1. When peace arrived they didn't return home. Liz Valette

My great grandmother came from Orkney. I am more than proud to be a little bit Orcadian, as well as a Geordie. Kate Atchia

My grandfather was Greek but stowed away on a ship and crossed Europe to come to England when he was a young teenager in 1914. He left but he could speak seven languages! Yvette Llewellyn

1–14 July 29% increase

15–28 July 40% increase Source: NPCC

On my mother's side I am Scottish, from Fife. My father's ancestors lived in Barbados but had originally emigrated from England. My husband is from Pakistan so my children are truly multicultural, one has married a Scot and the other a Londoner with a Lithuanian grandmother. Sarah Akhtar

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The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee

The Einstein Girl By Philip Sington

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (10) Death tells the story of Liesel, a nine-year-old girl living in Germany during World War II, describing both the beauty and destruction of life in this era. The narrator is Death, which sounds odd but works well. Liesel is not able to read so her foster father teaches her and she becomes obsessed, stealing books to satisfy her obsession. Into the family comes Max, a young Jewish man. As he hides in the basement, Liesel describes to him the weather, the clouds and even brings him a snowball in the winter. She gives him small gifts such as pretty stones and leaves. This book is beautifully evocative and brings wartime Germany to life, making you realise the suffering that took place. We understand that this book is now being studied on the school curriculum, and we can understand why.

★ ★ ★ (3) Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman is set two decades later against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South. We were disappointed in this book and felt that it spoilt the original story. It tries to tie up loose ends and to recapture Jean Louise’s early life, now that she is living and working in New York. We would not recommend it.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (8) Two months before Hitler’s rise to power, a young woman is found naked and near death in the woods outside Berlin. She can remember nothing, not even her name. The only clue to her identity is a handbill found nearby, advertising a lecture by Albert Einstein: ‘On the Present State of Quantum Theory’. This is a detective story and much more. Very evocative of time and place, the book beautifully illustrates family life between the wars, while Einstein is changing reality with his world-shaking theories on mass, energy, space and time. We learn a lot about Einstein’s thinking, but also about VD - the sometimes barbaric treatment of mental illness - and the fear and stigma around hereditary disease, especially mental disorders. There is a creeping sense of foreboding, a threatening, sinister feeling pervades, paranoia and fear, a lack of trust. Some of our group found the book difficult to get into but we found it thought provoking, complex, and very clever.

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Durham City NWR Some enjoyed this more than others. Most of the group had read To Kill a Mocking Bird previously and felt that it argued with eloquence and clarity. But this novel rambles. At times it is confusing and even boring. The quality of writing was not what we expected. This book is not profound, as To Kill a Mocking Bird was, but is rather a laborious way of saying “it’s complicated”.

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Big Read reviews A summer of books, bliss! A hundred years since the publication of the general theory of relativity, the Big Read 2016 celebrates Einstein with the theme, It's all Relative. Here’s what we thought…


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Kathy Ward and Deepings NWR This story does not portray Einstein in the kindest of lights. It is described as a thriller, though we felt it didn’t quite achieve this. It is a good story but some of our group found the numerous sub plots irritating.

Horbury and Ossett NWR Complex, compelling, absorbing, a page-turner, authentic, thoroughly detailed and especially well-researched with regard to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Kenton NWR


Trumpet By Jackie Kay

Einstein’s Dreams By Alan Lightman

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (6) The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknownst to all but his wife, Joss was a woman living as a man. This is a story about deception and devotion, and of the intimate workings of the human heart. This story explores identity through each character’s reaction. From the grieving wife, to the angry adopted son, to the journalist whose focus is on getting a salacious story for her book. This is the first novel by Scottish poet, Jackie Kay. Each chapter is from the point of view of a different character, with the wife’s memories developing throughout. The language is often lyrical, raw and compassionate. I really enjoyed this book. It made me think. Do we see people in different ways once they are no longer in the box we had put them in? Are we defined by being male or female, by our race or what we do and how we live our lives?

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (10) An imagined collection of stories by Albert Einstein. It explores different worlds, time, the connections between science and art, and the fragility of human existence. These thirty fables cover consecutive nights in May and June, 1905. The theme of memory is odd and confusing as you don’t have any recollection of the day before and do not understand time. However, the stories are tied together by a book that the character carries - a good book for long journeys and different time zones. You need to read it to see what we mean! Each story is two to three pages in length, ideal for putting down and picking up again.

Josephine Burt, NWR Trustee Having previously read Red Dust Road and her autobiography, both of which we enjoyed, Jackie Kay was known to our group. However, we had mixed reactions to this book. We enjoyed the story but felt it left us wanting to know so much more. How, why and when had Joss managed to transform himself? At what stage of this transformation had he visited his mother and why did he not visit again? Because the book is set in a different time, we felt Millie’s total acceptance needed to be expanded on. We found the conclusion very disappointing. Surely, the characters involved would have been frustrated with so little explanation. We certainly were.

Hadleigh/Southend NWR Links to Einstein in the loosest sense about relatives and relationships! A well written and intriguing story. The child’s relationships are interesting and complex. All our members who read it were full of praise.

Horbury and Ossett NWR Intriguing, memorable and touching. We agreed that Trumpet is ahead of its time and challenges pre-conceptions. This is a book we would recommend.

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Durham City NWR Lovely, Dark, Deep By Joyce Carol Oates ★ ★ (2) A collection of stories that explore the terror, hurt and uncertainty that lurks at in the shadows of ordinary lives. Our group did not like this book as we didn’t feel we got to know any of the characters. It seemed two dimensional, interesting to look at but not memorable.

Durham City NWR A selection of short stories, some of which were better than others. An unsatisfying read.

Horbury and Ossett NWR My Name is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout ★ (1) A disappointment that did not live up to the promise of its synopsis. Self-indulgent, angst-ridden and unemotional. Tedious, too short and lacking in continuity.

Kenton NWR

For more book suggestions and discussion take a look at the ‘Booklovers’ forum on the NWR website or join the NWR Bookworms Facebook group.

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Creative writing By our extremely talented NWR members

Editor’s pick Musings during a visit to The Killing Fields of Cambodia

Now festooned in memoriam of those innocents with ribbon bands of rainbow hue

By Vanessa Moulding, Salisbury NWR The silence of suffering, not so long past, pervades this now tranquil place

Pointless, violent death and the blood lust…

DEATH… violent and final with no reverence or sympathy

Where tourists now stand, mostly contemplating

Babies snatched from the arms of their mothers who watch

Bodies shattered in unspeakable ways, broken and tossed aside as flotsam.

Helpless as their children are swung But a few snapping the essential ‘selfie’ photograph, which I find at best as in a game, against the ‘Killing tree’, discourteous, at worst, deeply offensive. Now festooned in memoriam of those innocents with ribbon bands Sunshine and a soft breeze caress of rainbow hue my body Where once cruelty and terror stalked and lurked at every turn.

Where once blood and brain flowed free and

I walk the paths beside undulations in the ground… once the resting place of countless innocents

Broken doll-like shapes were flung aside as so much garbage into the pits.

Ones whose only crime was intelligence and a love of life and learning!

In my mind I repeat the mantra

Now peaceful in the morning sun

How cruel is man? “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

I soak up a sense of perpetual foreboding.

Did any such thought ever the enter the brainwashed minds of those young murderers?

Desperate fear and hopelessness of those awaiting their fate,

Thoughts of precious freedom stolen and exchanged for cruel shackles…

All forced to hear the screams and groans of others being brutally murdered before their very eyes,

And the price…

‘The Day thou gavest Lord, is ended’ Before the appointed time and with no respect. The skulls and bones set up as a memorial should still be living, breathing, laughing, Loving individuals, clothed with flesh and pulsing with vitality. Most would be younger than me… a salutary thought. I shiver. An accident of birth and fate and destiny maybe? “There but for the grace of God…” I find myself whisper, Each of our journeys of life in time and space so fragile. Will the world ever learn, is my abiding thought.

Image: The Killing Fields by Peter Nijenhuis, https://www.flickr.com/photos/peternijenhuis/

For the next edition of the NWR Magazine, we’d like you to write a short story or poem that starts, “I am Wonder Woman.”

Up for a challenge?

Email your finished masterpiece to kath.latham@nwr.org.uk or post it on the website at nwr.org.uk/topics/poetry-corner or nwr.org.uk/topics/creative-writing. You can find more poetry and short stories at nwr.org.uk/topics/poetry-corner.


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ON A GLASGOW BUS The driver slams the breaks and revs the engine Passengers struggling to stay on their feet He makes them pay for more than their fare Hating them all, because of her ugly spitting mouth. “Dinnae come back ya dunderheid” “Nae worries, ye hackit craw, am aff fur good.” An old soldier defending his right to two seats His beanie hat full of holes The scarlet pompom is a warning beacon “Naw, ye cannae sit here. On yer bike Ah fought Hitler, piss aff.” She catches the boy’s collar He stabs the air with toy pistol and sword Dragons and bad people still to slay She will be glad to hand him back “Cummoan son, sit doon Gie yer auld granny peace.”

A man slurps from a can of high-energy drink A box of low energy light bulbs on his lap A young woman catches his eye “Want a wee sook hen?” “Naw, thanks.”

Image (right): Rainbow by Sean MacEntee, https://www.flickr.com photos/smemon/ Image (top): 168-09 by Clive A Brown, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cliveabrown/

Red is the colour of wall hangings in Dover Castle. Rich, deep, warm colours to cover the stone walls. Colours for a king. Colours to bring the silent halls alive, so today’s visitors can walk amongst them where once only royalty could go. Cathy Blue reminds me of Kalkan, Turkey. Everyday, for two weeks, we followed a long winding path down to the deep blue sea. After challenging times in our life, we felt privileged and grateful to be embraced by the stunning view. Kay

A woman puffing and sweating She is needing air A man opens a window She nods and smiles “Ta, am like this aw the time The joys of gettin auld.” The Digital message scrolls ‘Tuesday 11.15’ She sits pressed against the window Clutching a bottle to her chest “Last time ah looked it wis Sunday” A packet of cigarettes is discovered Surprised and happy she sings “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way.” My stop approaches Swaying, balancing down the aisle ding ding, ding ding The bus slams to a halt “Thanks driver, enjoyed the journey” “You tryin tae be funny?” He glares, thinking me a fool.

Their body language tells it all She staring out the window His hand she flings aside “Dinnae touch me, ya scunner” “Keep the heid, it wisnae that bad” “Aye it wis, you’re a pure w*nker.”

Rainbow Walks

By Robina Fisher

The bus pulls away There she is looking out The bottle at her lips She gives me a thumbs up I raise my hand in salute My heart feels sad, somehow. People watching Their lives imagining On a Glasgow bus.

By Hereford NWR Yellow is the colour of spring. It is the return of hope after the winter months. A tiny crocus or a single daffodil can sing amongst the fallen leaves, beneath the bare trees. Gill Indigo is the bridge between the finite and the infinite. In Zambia, the sky and the lake turned dark indigo and the rain came with its thunder and fork lightening. Then came the fireflies, their glow playing against the indigo sky. Pat

Orange is the colour of autumn acers, languid fish in the pond, a robin’s breast Green is Herefordshire. You find yourself in the evening sun, a snoozing cat on the unexpectedly descending into a green lawn. It is cheeky frilly marigolds, stately lane, a path well trodden, carved into the salmon roses and dancing Californian landscape, a long history of footsteps. poppies. And if I am lucky, a wide orange A tree tunnel above filters the sunlight sunset above. It is my favourite colour and wraps you in a soothing green peace. in the garden. Ann Sylvia

A night rainbow. To the east, a full moon was rising in the clear evening sky. Ahead of me, clouds were rolling in from the Black Mountains of Wales. Suddenly the rain began to drop and a beautiful muted rainbow appeared in the sky. I didn’t know such a thing existed. There was no one around to say look at this! It was a message of hope in the dark night sky. Judy

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‘Inspired Landscapes’ Amateur painting competition WIN!

A quality sketch pad and liquid pencils The judge will be looking for:

The rules:

—— Originality, inspiration and texture

—— Open to NWR members only

—— Must be a painting of a landscape —— Any paint medium (colour pencils and pastels also accepted) —— No smaller than A4 size but no other size restrictions Judge: Artist Adrienne French

Geraniums in Italian Window, Adrienne French

—— One painting per member —— Each entry must be submitted as a high resolution full colour JPEG image —— No more than two images per painting – one close up and one of the complete painting End date: 1st February 2017

Please submit your competition entries to the office by the deadline.

For the full Terms and Conditions visit: www.nwr.org/competitions Scottish Journey Home, Adrienne French

About the judge 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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By Ilana Levine, NWR Web, Marketing and Social Media Officer

25 years ago, the world’s very first website went live. The internet went on to dominate life in the twenty-first century. Unlimited knowledge is at our fingertips. Find out how to make the most of this world-changing invention.

On 6 August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee launched the founding website from his NeXT computer at CERN’s headquarters in Geneva. He had a note taped to the front that said: “This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN”. The first website was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages. The page contained basic instructions for how the web worked, including how to access documents and set up your own server. The web was initially only available to CERN employees. But just over a fortnight later it was made publicly available for anyone who had a computer to see and add to. There are now an estimated 650 million websites online today, and according to latest government statistics released in May, 87.9% of UK adults used the internet in the three months previous to then.

s there someone tech savvy in your group? Why not throw a Techie Tea Party? All you need is tea, some biccies, a computer or two, a tech-savvy person and your inquisitive minds. If you’d like a different perspective, you could try your local community centre or library to see if you can invite a guest to talk to your group. You could learn how to clean up some old photographs, make the most of your tablet or do online grocery shopping. You could find out about advanced internet search techniques that can help you to increase your knowledge about anything under the sun. In the meantime, here are some websites that can help you get in the know: www.bbc.co.uk/webwise www.computerbeginners.co.uk www. digitalunite.com www.go-on.co.uk www.learnmyway.com

You could also learn a thing or two by going to the NWR Facebook page and joining the Techie Help group. Everyone is welcome. Just go to www.facebook.com/nwr.uk, give us a ‘like’, then type ‘NWR Techie Help’ in to the search box at the top left of the page and request to join!

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Image:Teapotty on display in a cabinet at the V&A by Rain Rabbit, https://www.flickr.com/photos/37996583811@N01/

Chee rs, Tim


Eventbrite makes event organising a breeze! By Liz Valette, NWR Social Media Ambassador

Next time you’re organising an event, why not try using Eventbrite? —— You can send out invitations and promote your event on social media. —— You can collect data about your attendees as when they register they will be asked their name, email, phone number, etc - or create your own bespoke questions. —— With a built-in email system, Eventbrite makes it easy to communicate with your delegates. —— A reminder email is automatically generated and sent 24-hours prior to the start of your event. —— Eventbrite has the option to show how many tickets have been purchased and how many remain - so people who want to attend can see if they need to get a wriggle on! —— If you are offering free tickets, there’s no cost involved, if it’s a paid for event there are reduced charges for registered charities which can be built into the ticket price.

#TwitterTips @NWRUK In 140 characters or less, tell us your best Twitter tips! #TwitterTips @kath_la If you want relevant followers, be choosey when you follow @IlanaDesign You only have 140 characters to spare, so use them wisely: with = w/ people = ppl four = 4 to = 2 #TwitterTips @NWRUK Make the most of your Twitter bio. Show off your skills #and #don’t #over #hashtag! #TwitterTips @kath_la Don’t follow everyone that follows you - you’ll just clutter your stream. #TwitterTips @NWRUK Make your own lists grouped by industry or topic to follow subjects your interested in #TwitterTips @LeedsWorkingMum Use Twitter to help your audience with real time enquiries. Give value, answer questions & build trust #TwitterTips @NWRUK If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it to them on Twitter. #TwitterTips

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Instagrans are on the rise! THE NUMBER OF OVER 65s ACTIVE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS GREW BY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS, ALMOST ONE IN FOUR OVER 65s NOW USE SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. The ONS said that use of the sites was rising fastest In an interview with the Telegraph, Caroline Abrahams, amongst the middle-aged and elderly and had “become Charity Director at Age UK said: part of many adults’ everyday lives”. Older people are “We know that over one million people can go for a month increasingly using the internet to share family photographs at a time without speaking to anybody and social media and keep in touch with loved ones. is a place which can help alleviate loneliness among older people.” Visit www.instagram.com for more information.


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Matlock NWR Visit to Hoe Grange

David and Felicity recognised early on the importance of distinguishing their holiday ‘offer’ from the competition and wanted to provide an excellent visitor experience. As the business developed, they engaged in a variety By Viv Parker, Matlock NWR of environmental initiatives, especially green energy. The business now has its own wind turbine, solar panels Following Brexit, British and overseas tourists (which follow the sun!) and ground source heat pump. alike have been making the most of the weak They joined an international business exchange programme pound and choosing to spend their holidays in the UK. and visited Sweden and Norway to pick up ideas. And they are not the grimy backpacker type or the The farm now has a Scandinavian influence sort that enjoys cheesy arcade game caravan sites. with a sauna and hot tub adding to the These are sophisticated travellers who want to holiday in style. Glamping – or luxury camping – is seeing strong luxurious experience. Hoe Grange has won a number of tourism awards, growth in the UK. Viv Parker tells us about her group’s including a 2016 national gold award from Visit England’s visit to an eco farm and glamping site. Access for All scheme and a national silver award for sustainable tourism. Last June Matlock NWR spent the afternoon at Hoe Grange, a 250 acre farm in the southern Peak District. We live in a rural area but few of us know much about farming or the changes that farm businesses are making in response to their economic needs. Hoe Grange is a family farm owned by David and Felicity Brown. Ten years ago it was a traditional dairy farm but like many similar farms it was in economic difficulty. David and Felicity decided to take the radical step of selling the dairy herd and converting to a beef and sheep enterprise. They now had time to start a tourism business. They built two holiday cabins which included facilities for disabled people. The farm is right next to the High Peak Trail, a traffic free horse riding and cycle route, so, with its onsite livery, Hoe Grange provides a holiday for horses as well as their owners.

Comfort need no longer be sacrificed to enjoy the great British countryside.

A word with the owner, David Brown How has your life has changed since you started your eco tourism site? As a former dairy farmer, changing to a more tourism based business has brought much needed income to the farm and has enabled us to reduce our working week from 80 hours to a more acceptable 50-60! It has also introduced us to different people from all over the world. Why is sustainable tourism so important? We sell the idea of the unspoilt Peak District, and to do this we have to play our part in making sure the extra people we bring to the area do not have a detrimental effect on our special place. Sustainable tourism also makes good business sense as

And the company is going from strength to strength. There are now four cabins and two glamping pods which offer every comfort you could need, from a welcome hamper with eggs from ‘the girls’, to a heated towel rail and Mp3 speakers! If you fancy a go at glamping take a look at the Hoe Grange website, www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk, or find a glampsite near you at www.love-glamping.co.uk.

producing one’s own power and water enables us to reduce our running costs and therefore remain competitive. Should people choose glamping over camping? Glamping is a more comfortable way to stay in the countryside. You don’t have to put up a tent, it is much more resistant to the British weather, and you don’t end up with a wet tent to pack up and take home. You have your own bathroom and kitchen, so there are no late night trips across the site to the loo! The carefully designed and landscaped glamping pods are less visually intrusive than multi-coloured tents and white caravans. And above all it gives that much needed touch of luxury. 21 www.nwr.org.uk NWR Magazine Autumn 2016

Image: Matlock NWR with David and Felicity Brown in front of a Glamping Pod



Mary Stott winner, Ann Clegg, climbs Everest four times over! (Well, sort of…)

This year’s Mary Stott Award went to Ann Clegg, member of Sheffield/ Fulwood NWR, for walking the complete South West Coast Path on her own and despite recovering from knee surgery.

It is one of the most challenging trails in the UK as it rises and falls with every river mouth At 630 miles, the South West Coast Path is England’s longest way-marked footpath. It runs from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. It is one of the most challenging trails in the UK as it rises and falls with every river mouth. Ann would have climbed a total height of 114,931 ft - that’s almost four times the height of Mount Everest! Congratulations, Ann, on your fantastic achievement! Find out more about the South West Coast Path at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Lincoln Conference 2017: Wonder Women By Natalie Punter, National Organiser express an interest in one of the options below. We are, this year, giving you the option of bringing your own lunch if you prefer. It looks set to be a great day, with wraparound events being arranged Friday through to Sunday. The Lincolnshire show is also happening just outside Lincoln that week, so why not make a week of it! Register now (see opposite).


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ACCOMMODATION We have reserved rooms at 5 different venues across the city – 4 hotels and some university accommodation starting at £50 per night single/£70 per night double B&B. We will be releasing details on how to book ASAP but it would help us to have an indication of level of interest at this stage so please could you indicate your preferences below: I am planning to stay on: Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday I would prefer: Budget student accommodation / Hotel accommodation

WRAPAROUND EVENTS We would appreciate it if you could indicate below which extra events you may be interested in attending across the weekend (please note that we are NOT taking bookings at this stage, please DO NOT send payment). Please circle any which you would possibly attend so that we can ensure that we can meet demand. More details, including final prices, and booking forms will be available ASAP. Prices below are not final and act as a guide only. Brayford Belle Boat Trip 1 - Fri 23rd 2.45pm - £5

Historical/Ghost Walk - Sat 24th 9pm - £6

Brayford Belle Boat Trip 2 - Sun 25th 11am - £5

Cheese Society Cheese Tasting - Fri 23rd 4.30pm - £10

Visit Lincolnshire Archives - Fri 23rd 2.30pm - £2

Afternoon Tea - Edwardian Tea Rooms - Fri/ Sun - £12

(Introduction talk & visit to Tennyson Research Centre)

The Collection Art Gallery/Museum 1 - Fri 23rd 3pm - £2

Tour of Museum Lincolnshire Life - Fri/Sun - £5

The Collection Art Gallery 2 - Sun 25th - £2

Tour of Lincoln Castle & Lincoln Cathedral - Fri/Sun - £12

Friday Evening Conference Dinner & entertainment - £30

Visit to Scampton Air Base Fri PM - free

Friday Evening Entertainment only - £5


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NWR Magazine Autumn 2016  

Autumn 2016 edition of NWR (National Women's Register) magazine.

NWR Magazine Autumn 2016  

Autumn 2016 edition of NWR (National Women's Register) magazine.