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Official magazine of the National Women’s Register

SPRING 2017

Registered charity number 295198

Superfoods: Fact or Fiction? Can blueberries really improve your memory?

Connecting women who are interested in everything and talk about anything

Will you join the DIY science revolution? Like-minded people are working together to change the world

Big Read 2017 TRAVEL We’re going to Lincoln

- are you coming?

A glimpse into lives and ages long past on Cockfield Fell

On yer bike! How one NWR member found cycling a breeze

WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL: WE’RE CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PRINT AND FILM WITH THIS YEAR’S LIST

“I am Wonder Woman… Not. Oh, absolutely not! I don’t even know why I’m writing this for NWR. I am SO not good at anything. Never have been.  Probably never will be.”

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WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL: CREATIVE WRITING


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. Join us.

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A year in the life of an NWR group, all about NWR as a charity and making the world a better place.

Wonder Woman special - read our members’ fantastic creative writing and find out what’s on the Big Read list this year.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – Page 16

TRAVEL AND SPORT – Page 21

Are superfoods fact or fiction? Will you join the citizen science revolution? And a look back at retro NWR technology…

We’re going to Lincoln! Are you coming?

What’s on

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Cardiff Regional Conference

Coldra Court Hotel, Cardiff

16 May 2017

West & East Sussex Area Quiz

Seaford

19 May 2017

Lively Minds Quiz

Leighton Buzzard

24 June 2017

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

Lincoln

17 July 2017

Women Rambling On Again

Trentham

Sept 2017

Cambridge Regional Conference

TBC

Oct 2017

Liverpool Regional Conference

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2017 Telephone Treasure Trail

National For more events visit www.nwr.org.uk

A huge thank you for all your submissions! We were completely swamped with them this edition, so if you don’t see your news here do look out for it on the website blog or group news. For the next edition, please send me your news and ideas by 31 August 2017 (copyright of material is transferred to NWR on submission unless otherwise requested).

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NWR Welcome Dear Members Josephine Burt | Chair of Trustees

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s I write this, just after the close of the old year, I am reflecting on 2016 and what we have achieved. A new initiative was the membership survey carried out in March. This attracted a huge response with many of you providing helpful comments and ideas. This rich data has been invaluable to staff and trustees as we plan for future activities. Following a popular suggestion for more regional and area events, Natalie, our National Organiser, put on an inspiring and entertaining programme all “In Pursuit of Happiness” in London in October. As always with NWR events, there were plenty of questions and audience participation and the food was delicious. It was all over far too quickly. Thanks to energetic and enthusiastic local groups, another 14 area events were also a great success. These covered hugely diverse topics such as drumming, fairies, the environment and faiths. They attracted many local members across the country from Middlesbrough, to Southport, Guildford and Exeter. A highlight of the year was the excellent conference, Relatively Speaking, in Brighton in a superb

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venue which offered lots of wraparound events to suit a wide variety of members’ interests. I found it very hard to choose from so many fascinating options. In response to your views, we have returned to campus locations and additional activities on Friday and Sunday which create the flexibility and atmosphere of the old weekend conferences. Looking forward, Natalie and the Lincoln team are putting the finishing touches to this year’s National Conference on 24 June. If you haven’t looked at the programme yet, then turn to the back of the magazine for full details. There are options for day delegates only or up to a three-day break so secure your place now to avoid disappointment. This year Natalie, Area Organisers and groups are organising more regional and area day events in different parts of the country to attract local members. By the time you read this, the Edinburgh event will have taken place and we can look forward to getting together in Cardiff in May, Cambridge in September and Liverpool in October. The annual Maghull and Lydiate afternoon tea in April was fully booked in February and Staffordshire groups

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are organising an intriguing Women Rambling On event in July. Already there is a flurry of events in mid-May organised by Peterborough, Sussex, and Leighton Buzzard groups. Full details are on the website. Not forgetting the annual Telephone Treasure trail in November! Don’t forget to let Natalie or Sam and Angie (in the office) know if you are planning an event aimed at the wider membership. 2017 looks to be as exciting and busy as 2016 and the trustees and staff look forward to meeting you at some of these events.

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Members’ Corner What have our groups been getting up to…?

On the trail of Capability Woolton Hill NWR enjoyed a short break to the Cotswolds where they visited Tewkesbury Cathedral, Croome Park (created by Capability Brown and home to an exhibition of embroidery celebrating Brown’s achievements), a silk mill and a pottery, and Broadway Tower (another Capability Brown design and the second highest point of the Cotswolds with views over 16 counties!).

Knitting for women Chandlers Ford ’D’ Group Day Group has spent the past year beavering away, knitting squares. They made the squares into blankets for the Woman’s Refuge Centre at Southampton.

Playing with glass Durham City NWR members enjoyed a day out to the Crushed Chilli Gallery in Durham where they decorated glass with their own patterns and designs.

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Menfolk welcome! Kilbarchan NWR invited their partners along to their annual Christmas party. Everyone brought a salad and dessert. They played multiple quizzes and enjoyed a giggle when going through the answers.

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Newark NWR enjoyed a fun-packed evening, with members dressed in the colours of the German flag, a German buffet with frankfurters, meats, cheeses, rye bread and pretzels, strudel and black forest gateau - and (of course!) a quiz.

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Foot selfie A selfie with a difference from Amersham South NWR. The photo, Stepping Back in Time, was inspired by one of their meetings when an antique dealer took them on a stroll through time and regaled them with stories about their own antiquities. Amersham South members - can you spot your foot?

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A year in the life of an NWR Group

Lucille Balkin | Kenton

Aided and abetted by my co-Local Organiser, Naomi Wineberg, I have experienced a very full, exciting and thought provoking year with Kenton NWR. Overnight adventure 2016 saw us venture into pastures new as we abandoned our usual annual outing and organised an “overnighter” instead. In May, we flew to Belfast, checked in at our hotel, left the luggage and off we went to buy our Hop On Hop Off bus tickets and experience the city’s delights from the top deck. We visited City Hall, Crumlin Road Jail, St Anne’s Cathedral and of course, The Titanic Exhibition. We ended our stay with a very posh tea at The Merchant Hotel, an architectural delight and with food to die for. We crammed into two days what some people would not see in a week! Bingo! Yes, we stooped low enough to have a wonderful evening playing bingo. It certainly entertained our members on a cold wintry night. The Cheese Man cometh! In June, a former cheese buyer for M&S brought samples of cheese and talked about them in depth - before letting us taste them. Yummy! His talk was entitled “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”. Foreign territory We visited the Horniman Museum in south London (foreign territory to most of our north west Londoners) and saw the model favela in time for our “Brazil” evening.

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Anything and everything Apsley House at twilight was another of our outings as was a visit to Angels, the theatrical costumiers. Topics covered at our meetings included Hollywood Greats, 2016 anniversaries, famous left handers, hats and much more. Our offshoot groups of cryptic crosswords, book club, theatre group and the walking group continue to flourish. Regular events Our regular activities include the annual outing, a restaurant outing or Christmas tea at a high-class hotel, supper quiz, a pub crawl and the Kneller Hall concerts. The year ends with our seasonal party, sometimes themed, but always heralding the handover to the new LOs. Kenton members play silly games such as charades and pass the parcel and then tuck in to a huge spread provided by the members. Christmas cards are distributed and carols sung before retiring to our respective homes late at night.

Long live Kenton NWR!

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Special interest groups

Make friends all over the UK, share interests and thoughts with other NWR members - all from the comfort of your own home. Correspondence magazines & e-magazines

Postal book groups Love books? Why not join a postal book group? Every month you’ll have the lovely surprise of not knowing the title or author of your next read until the book arrives on your doorstep. Share comments with your group - and maybe just maybe find your new favourite author! Each group consists of around 10 members scattered around the UK who, instead of meeting on a regular basis to discuss the merits (or otherwise) of a particular book, write their observations in a notebook which is circulated with each book. You don’t need to buy any books or visit your library unless you want to as the books shared can come from the members’ own collections. The groups will start on 1 April and all the books are by female authors. New members are very welcome!

“I enjoy being part of a book group because you get to read a very wide range of literature, plus books you wouldn’t normally read.” Organiser, Catharine Woodliffe

Pen friends & e-friends

With an NWR pen pal you can exchange programmes, or share thoughts and ideas. It is a great way to feel part Would you like to receive news from a group of friends each of NWR and to get to know other members if there is month? Would you like to tell them your news and discuss no group near you or if you find getting out difficult. current topics? The pen friend scheme can be a fantastic source of Each magazine has six to eight NWR members from friendship, fun and support. all over the UK. Members write a monthly letter which is “Letters are a great way to get added to the folder for circulation. You write one letter but have six replies. The letters contain news of everyday lives, to know NWR members from comments on what is in the news and responses to other all across the country and, let’s members’ letters. Some magazines have a set topic for each face it, a chatty letter on the issue which members discuss. Members of a magazine become very good friends as doormat that you can sit and they share the highs and lows of their lives. Some magazines enjoy over a cuppa and biscuit is arrange occasional meetings when you can talk to the certainly far more exciting than friends you have only previously met on paper.

“The pleasure I have from correspondence magazines and e-mags is making friends with the other members as we exchange views on a host of topics from serious discussions to chats about our interests and the highs and lows of everyday life.” Organiser, Marion Turner

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the usual bills and circulars!” Organiser, Lynn Latham

See nwr.org.uk/topics/special-interest-groups for more information on any of these groups or call the office on 01603 406767 who will be happy to help.


The charity

NWR NEWS

NWR:

Jo Thomson | Trustee, Honorary Treasurer

What makes us a charity?

Gift aid it

NWR is a charity because it fulfils a social need. The purpose of NWR is:

Gift Aid is an income tax relief designed to benefit charities. If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charity donations by 25% as the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift. This means that if you are a taxpayer you can make your subscription to NWR even more worthwhile - at no extra cost to you. Every new member is given the opportunity to sign a gift aid declaration when they join, and it only has to be done once. Approximately half our members have done so but many more may be eligible. The process is really simple. All you need to do is fill out a Gift Aid Declaration form. This is a statement from you to NWR confirming that you want to donate through Gift Aid. It is a valuable contribution to our income so please do ask your treasurer for a form to fill in.

“to provide facilities for the leisure-time occupation of female members of the public with the object of improving the conditions of both urban and rural life for them in the interests of social welfare.” —— A charity is a non-profit organisation providing a service not generally found in the commercial world, and this is what NWR aims to offer, earning revenue principally through subscription income. —— As a charity we must comply with charity law, and not be established for a political purpose. NWR does not as an organisation hold political views or support any particular political stance. —— A charity must be independent of outside control, either within or beyond the UK. NWR is an independent organisation. —— As a charity we do not pay corporation tax although we are subject to VAT. As a charity, there are certain ways you can help - so that we can continue to provide this social network for women long into the future.

Make your shopping make a difference Do you shop online? Why not donate to us when you shop - without spending a penny extra. Simply sign up at easyfundraising.org.uk, choose NWR as your charity of choice and get shopping! Easyfundraising provides links to over 600 mainstream online retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Next. Once registered, when you visit an online shop via the easyfundraising website, the retailer will donate up to 15% of your purchase price to NWR.

Remember us Would you like to remember us in your will? Contact the office on 01603 406767 or email office@nwr.org.uk for more information.

A MASSIVE thank you from NWR! Your contributions help us to keep going for now and for future generations of women.

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Making the world a better place By Lisa Conway | Salisbury NWR

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n 8 October 2016 something special happened in Salisbury. Over 200 people – NWR members & guests - came together at an NWR regional conference because they were interested in making the world a better place. Delegates explored women’s rights, the environment, immigration, the past and the future, sixth-formers from the Godolphin School in Salisbury spoke about the type of world they want to being living in by 2030, and the day concluded with a Zumba session, reminding us that we need to keep our bodies active as well as our minds if we really are going to make a difference. All the contributors to the conference were presented with a rowan tree sapling, donated by The Woodland Trust, representing an investment in the future and hoping that everyone who attended the conference left believing, that in their own small way, they can help to make the world a better place.

Professor Grayling spoke eloquently for an hour (with no notes!) on the waste to societies when their female talent is not fully utilised and of the benefits to the world when girls and women are educated. Anthony promoted his belief that if we are sincere about these ideas we need to get really serious about recognising the place of women in different societies.

Alison Kelly Head of Policy at Christian Aid

Alison has had a long career in overseas development, initially working in the Middle East and subsequently with Quaker Peace & Service supporting community based programmes Alison Kelly, Head of Policy throughout the region, focusing at Christian Aid who gave the on rights and peace building. introductory presentation. She She has managed various focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, development and humanitarian Master of the New College of the Humanities showing delegates what had programmes in conflict affected already been achieved and The philosopher, Anthony Grayling has written and edited areas in Southeast Europe, the examining the likelihood of over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects. Among Middle East, Afghanistan and others meeting their targets. his most recent are The Challenge of Things, The Good Central Asia, incorporating Book and Ideas That Matter. He is a frequent contributor integrated development, women’s rights and economic to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, inclusion. In addition, she worked on community Times Literary Supplement, based programmes aimed at decreasing ethnic Index on Censorship and and religious divides. She is currently particularly New Statesman, and is an involved in developing Christian Aid’s new policy equally frequent broadcaster priorities in the context of the UN’s new Sustainable on BBC Radios Three, Four Development Goals and the Paris climate agreement. and the World Service. He is Alison examined the Sustainable Development a Vice President of the British Goals set by the UN to be achieved by 2030, focusing Humanist Association, the particularly on education for women. She detailed the Professor Anthony Patron of the United Kingdom 17 Sustainable Development Goals and gave examples Grayling addressing the Armed Forces Humanist about how these could and were being delivered. delegates at the beginning Association, a patron of of the afternoon. His theme was the position and role of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the women in making the world a better place. National Secular Society. Find out about future NWR events at nwr.org.uk/nwr-event/nwr-national-events

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Marion Molteno Writer Marion Molteno is the Commonwealth Prize winning author of If You Can Walk, You Can Dance. Marion’s writing reflects the breadth of her life experience. She grew up in South Africa where she and her husband were active in the anti-apartheid movement. Following her husband’s arrest and imprisonment they had the terrifying experience of having to flee to England with only 48 hours notice and with two small daughters. Marion’s own experience as a refugee gave her an inspiring insight

into the work being done around the world to educate and heal the children affected by conflict. She has pioneered educational projects in multi-ethnic communities in the UK, and worked for Save the Children in many of the poorest areas of Asia and Africa. Her latest novel, Uncertain Light, is set in the world of international aid workers, much of it in Central Asia in the years following the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. Marion had everyone enthralled as she told them about her life as a political

Anne Roberts, member of Salisbury NWR group.

Anne Roberts is being interviewed by Caroline Worsely about her latest book Uncertain Light.

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Table setting for lunch. The jam jars were dressed in colours synonymous with the suffragette movement and filled with wild flowers. This fell in line with the sustainability agenda that was repeated throughout the conference.

Catherine Galley, with two other sixthform students from the Godolphin School, Salisbury. They had been invited to the conference to comment on the various presentations and to tell us what sort of world they would want to inhabit in 2030.

Flower display on stage. This was designed and executed for us by two members of the cathedral’s Mothers’ Union Group (in exchange for 2 free places at the conference). The names on the pennants represent famous women throughout history.

Delegates joining in the exercise session led by our second speaker, Marion Molteno, before interview began.

migrant from South Africa, her work with Save the Children and how all of this had inspired her work as a writer.

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What can we do to make the world a better place? Random Acts of Kindness, small gestures that will make someone’s day a little bit brighter. —— Hold a door open for someone —— Smile at a passer-by

Cherish our sense of humour, and allow others to have a different view, we can always learn something from outside our comfort zone. Robina Fisher

Recycle assiduously. More green energy. No reliance on nuclear power for anything. Penny White

—— Say thank you Liz Valette

Be kind. Linden Quinlan

Do something kind to anyone every day. Jill Lucas

Have more compassion and consideration for others. Sarah Akhtar

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I am

Wonder Woman

In the last edition of NWR Magazine, we challenged you to write a piece of creative writing that began, “I am Wonder Woman…” Here are some of the fantastic submissions we received from our wonderful members. Some are poignant, some nostalgic, some tell of hardship, some of the difficulties, insecurities and haphazard nature of everyday life. NWR, you really are wonder women.

Wonder women, past and future By Jill Vale, Wantage NWR “I am Wonder Woman,” I hear past voices calling, Like raindrops in my memory, perpetually falling. Thinking first of Sarah, raising her six children, Living on her husband’s farm. Chickens round the door. He was ruined in the trenches, drowning in a bottle, So at last she left him and got used to being poor. A single parent’s life was a grim one in the 30s But she saw them into adulthood, then three went off to war.... Mary was her daughter and fought to be a teacher Born with a clubfoot, but always stood foursquare, Taught with devotion the most difficult of children, Never one day’s sick leave in all those many years. Lion-hearted Lilly was abandoned by her husband, Returning to her home town with tiny child in tow. A job in a slaughter house, cutting heads off chickens, Perhaps not the way she’d thought her life would go. Next as a home help for the social services Clients confided, she a confidante to each. “Lilly, what a star you are, come to SS meetings, Write our reports for us, repeat the clients’ speech. But of course, unlike us, your name precedes no letters So there’s only so far up the pay scales you can reach.” 10

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Now I think of Olive, removed from school at fourteen: “You may be bright, but learning, dear, is wasted on a girl. Go and be a typist until you find a husband.” I think of the image of the thrown-away pearl. Employers that she worked for all valued her abilities, Management and money skills, on secretary’s pay. Battling arthritis, shopping in her lunch hour, The home front shift awaited at the end of every day. Wonder what the future holds for her two grand-daughters. Will their lives be easier, with no hard times to rue? But… cutbacks, outsourcing, pensions when they’re seventy(!) Maybe each will need to be a Wonder Woman too.

I was going to write about a famous figure, then realised that I didn’t need to look any further than my own family for women who had lived forceful lives, often in difficult circumstances


NWR ARTS I wanted to start a family right away, but it didn’t happen for nearly three years. So I wasn’t even much good at that.  But then Rory came along, then the twins, and I was kept happy and busy looking after them for many years, until they all left home to go to Uni (Tony) or to work abroad (Rory) or to get married (Katie).  It was a bit of a bad time for me, that empty nest time. I felt as if I’d fulfilled my purpose in life. I had a happy marriage, yes, but what could I do to fill my days? I thought about a part-time job, but there was nothing I was any good at, and all the employers wanted computer skills –  I didn’t even know how to switch the By Belinda Bartholomew, Sittingbourne Group computer on! Well, I thought, there are plenty of classes. So being quite proud of it. And the cakes I baked in cookery lessons weren’t bad I enrolled on “Computers for Absolute Beginners” and to my surprise I loved either. My favourite was walnut and it. Soon I was emailing and ordering my banana cake. My dad loved it, and I shopping online and going on all the cooked it for him time and again. My dad worked so hard. He owned social media. But it wasn’t enough. So I thought about voluntary work. I asked a little corner shop but we never at our local library, and they suggested seemed to have much money, so my that I might like to work with their sewing came in useful. “Make do Home Library Service, choosing books and mend,” was Mum’s motto and we for housebound people, mostly elderly, certainly did! Many’s the neat darn and delivering them.  I made in Dad’s socks, and oh, the number of rips in my brothers’ shirts!  I’ve always loved reading, so choosing books for other people, according to “Hedge-tear darns” they called them their own tastes of course, was easyin my needlework lessons, almost peasy. And I enjoyed delivering invisible if done skilfully. I left school with no qualifications them too. Most of the “customers” were really old, several were well at all, not a single GCSE. But that didn’t matter, I didn’t need to find a job, over ninety, and they enjoyed a because I always knew that I was going little chat as much as getting their to work in Dad’s corner shop. His health library books. Chatting with them wasn’t too good and I knew he needed made me realise how lonely elderly people can be. Sometimes I’d be told, my help. And over the next few years, “You are the only person I’ve spoken to I gradually took on more and more of the work involved in running the shop. all week,” which I thought was so sad. I asked at the library about starting It wasn’t difficult really, I had Dad to advise me. Poor Dad, he died soon after a “Talk Time” group, just a couple of hours a week for lonely people to meet I got married. At least he had the joy of walking me up the aisle, something and chat. The library staff were very supportive. They set aside an area of he’d always wanted to do. the library for our meetings and they So, then I became a housewife, a even made coffee for us. The group was homemaker they say now. David and

I am Wonder Woman… Not. Oh, absolutely not! I don’t even know why I’m writing this for NWR. I am SO not good at anything. Never have been. Probably never will be. At school I was far from clever, a bit of a dunce really. Rubbish at all the academic subjects.  The only thing I was good at was needlework. Oh, and home economics. But you don’t need to be particularly clever to do well in those lessons, do you, just practical. I can remember taking home my first sewing project – an apron, it was – and

Nonsense,

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very popular and always well attended. I decided to do more voluntary work with other elderly folk. Now I’m helping with meals and entertainments at Age UK, and I’m working in their charity shop too. It’s so rewarding. A couple of years ago, I joined my local branch of NWR and I’ve made some great friends. I was rather shy at first, but I soon found I was joining in and contributing my two penn’orth.  Last year, I was asked to take on the role of Local Organiser. I didn’t think I was up to it, but to my own surprise I found that it was a job I could do, and do well. I’ve just realised something – I’ve rambled on and more or less written the story of my life. I might have done a few things sort of OK here and there, but I’m miles away from being a super hero.  Sorry, NWR. “What’re you writing, Mum?” my daughter Katie has just asked me.   “Oh,” I said, “I’m just doing a little piece for NWR explaining why I am so very NOT a Wonder Woman!” “Oh, Mum, you are silly,” she laughed, kissing me.  “Not a Wonder Woman?  Of course you are! You’ve made a wonderful home for Dad and your children. We have a lovely happy family and Dad adores you, you know he does, and he’s so proud of you. You’ve been a brilliant mum, looking after the boys and me, always loving and patient, never too busy for a hug or a bedtime story. You listened to all our woes and made them better

I am so very NOT a Wonder Woman! with a kiss or some wise words. You’ve cooked us fantastic meals, you made some beautiful clothes for me – I’ll never forget that gorgeous Prom dress you made – and look at all the old people you help! Not a Wonder Woman? If you aren’t then I really don’t know who is!” Nonsense, of course, all nonsense.  But I must admit, it did make me wonder…

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Wonder woman, the working mum By Kaye Fuller, Bar Hill NWR (Dedicated to Louise and Tara)

I’ll do it all again tomorrow - but now I need my bed

Wonder Woman, the working mum I am Wonder Woman, she said inside her head, As she shouted up the stairs once more, “Get up, get out of bed.” At the school gate, Wonder Woman, she said inside her head As from her car her children leapt, and to their classrooms sped. I am Wonder Woman, she said inside her head As she crept into the board room, “Sorry, late again” she said. I am Wonder Woman, repeated in her head, As she viewed her many emails with a growing sense of dread. I am Wonder Woman, she said inside her head, As she dashed out in her break time for another loaf of bread. I am Wonder Woman, she said inside her head, As she worried, sat in traffic, when her family might get fed. I might be Wonder Woman, she said inside her head As her husband called out, “Darling, I’ve cooked our meal instead!” I am Wonder Woman, I really love my life. My great career, my lovely kids, I hope I’m a good wife. My days are full, I’m always tired, I’d really love to rest So when I get some ’me’ time, that really is the best. I am Wonder Woman, just another working mum, And I’ll try to do it cheerfully for many years to come. I AM WONDER WOMAN, she said inside her head, I’ll do it all again tomorrow - but now I need my bed.

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We could run the world, change the world, invent the world

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Long live wonder women! By Marie O’Flaherty I am Wonder Woman, a product of a girl’s grammar school in the 60s. We could run the world, change the world, invent the world. We felt equal to any, our teachers encouraging us to reach our potential, Dismissing the obstacles life and society might place in our way. Was it all a dream? Do girls now have the hope, the self-belief that they can make a difference? Yes, there are still wonder women among the young. They live among us and thank goodness, they are many. Who influences them? Is it their peers, their school or the older wonder women around in their lives? Perhaps the urge to be wonder women has become an inherited part of their makeup - is it an epigenetic effect in action? The Suffragette effect empowering today’s wonder women?

Long live wonder women, may we all realise our potential and enjoy life!

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NWR ARTS - WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL Persuasion By Jane Austen

The Big Read 2017 This year’s Big Read list has been put together by the NWR Bookworms Facebook group and is inspired by our 2017 theme, Women in Film. We have some well-loved classics - 2017 marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s death and since she is one of the most filmed and adapted female authors we have included two of her books, published exactly 200 years ago - and we some that have been adapted for the silver screen. So feel free to discuss the films as well as the books!

Persuasion was the last book to be completed by Austen and was published posthumously in 1817, six months after Austen’s death. Anne Elliot falls in love with poor but ambitious naval officer, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Anne’s family disapprove and she ends the relationship. Eight years later, now on the verge of spinsterhood, they meet again. However, Frederick is courting Anne’s young and spirited neighbour. A humorous tangle of relationships unravels. Will Anne have another chance at love?

Sofia Coppola: A Cinema of Girlhood By Fiona Handyside Sofia Coppola is one of a small number of women to make it to the top in the film industry. She has received numerous accolades including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. In 2004, she became the first ever American woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar. From The Virgin Suicides to The Bling Ring, her work has recurrent themes of girlhood, fame, power, sex and celebrity. Coppola carves out new spaces for the expression of female subjectivity that embraces rather than rejects femininity.

Room By Emma Donoghue Room was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional prize (Caribbean and Canada). It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010 and shortlisted for the 2010 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2010 Governor General’s Awards. A book about maternal love, resilience and strength, the story is told from the perspective of fiveyear-old Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. To Jack, Room is home, but to his mother, it is a prison where she has been captive for seven years. She devises an escape plan that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. This is a story of the limitless bond between parent and child, and a journey from one world to another.

Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen Northanger Abbey was actually the first of Austen’s books to be completed but was published posthumously, in December 1817 (although 1818 is given on the title page). In Northanger Abbey, Austen turns the conventions of eighteenth century novels on their head, making her heroine middleclassed and plain. Catherine Morland is invited to a suitor’s family estate where she lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? With locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes and tyrannical fathers, Northanger Abbey is a parody of Gothic fiction with a satirical twist.

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The African Queen By C.S. Forester A classic story about love and war which became a much loved movie starring Katherine Hepburn. As World War I reaches the depths of the African jungle, Charlie Allnutt, a dishevelled trader, and Rose Sayer, an English spinster missionary, are thrown together. This is a good old fashioned love story with unrelenting suspense and reckless heroism. Fighting time, heat, malaria and bullets, the pair make their escape on the rickety steamboat The African Queen - and hatch their own outrageous military plan.

Enchantment: The life of Audrey Hepburn By Donald Spoto Audrey Hepburn is one of the best known and loved female actors of the twentieth century who went on to work for UNICEF. Her childhood and early life was a sad product of Europe in the 1930’s. Born in Brussels in 1929, Audrey Hepburn was the daughter of a British father and a Dutch Baroness. But when she was five, her father deserted the family. With the outbreak of war in 1939, her and her mother moved to Holland, but although they survived the German occupation, the experience left its physical and emotional scars. Audrey studied ballet and, after a few West End musicals and minor film parts, she was spotted by the author, Colette, to star in a stage version of her novel, Gigi. She had a tumultuous love life, married and divorced twice and passionate but short-lived affairs (some revealed for the first time in this book). Donald Spoto truly captures the spirit of an elusive, beautiful, talented and vulnerable woman.


Orlando By Virginia Woolf Goodreads describes this as: “The longest and most charming love letter in literature”. Orlando is a passionate young nobleman whose days are filled with the colourful delights of Queen Elizabeth’s court. Three centuries pass and Orlando becomes a modern, 36-year-old woman. Orlando witnesses the making of history and has the unique understanding of a woman who was once a man.

The Light Between Oceans By M. L. Stedman The film of this book was released last year to mixed reviews but there is no doubt that the story is one worth reading. A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. Inside, is a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, husband and wife, Tom and Izzy, have to make a devastating decision. A heartbreaking and unforgettable tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. It was nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. It has been adapted for the cinema, radio, opera, and stage. Set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, the main female character only has one function – to breed. But the regime cannot extinguish her fight for individual thought and desire.

An Angel at My Table By Janet Frame As a young woman, Janet Frame was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. She spent several years in psychiatric institutions, only escaping a lobotomy when it was realised that she had won a national literary prize. She went on to become New Zealand’s most acclaimed writer. As she says more than once in this autobiography: “My writing saved me.”

Still Alice By Lisa Genova At fifty years old, Alice Howland is incredibly successful in her professional life and has a happy family life. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life, her relationships and her world forever. Beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman By John Fowles A work of literature that received much attention for its treatment of the independent Sarah Woodruff who defied societal expectations. Charles Smithson, a respectable engaged man, meets Sarah, a disgraced woman, as she stands on the Cobb at Lyme Regis looking out to sea. Their ensuing romance defies all the stifling conventions of the Victorian age.

Dr Zhivago By Boris Pasternak When Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 he was compelled to decline due political pressure and rejection by the Soviet Union. The book quickly became an international best-seller. An epic Russian tale about love, war and society, this story describes the effects of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath on a bourgeois family. Dr. Yury Zhivago, Pasternak’s alter ego, is a poet, philosopher and physician whose life is disrupted by war and by his love for Lara, the wife of a revolutionary.

The Color Purple By Alice Walker The Color Purple won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical. A tale which has been the subject of debate and censorship because of its depictions of abuse and violence, it is still hugely popular and considered a modern classic. The story takes place in America’s Deep South in the 1930s. Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation is raped repeatedly by the man she calls “father”. She has two children taken from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped in an ugly marriage. Will she find the strength to take charge of her own destiny?

Fried Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café By Fannie Flagg Fried Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café explores the themes of family, ageing, lesbianism, race and boredom. It first tells the story of two women in the 1980s when grey-headed Mrs. Threadgoode recounts her life story to sad middle-aged Evelyn. The tale Mrs. Threadgoode tells is also of two women, daredevil tomboy, Idgie, and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop. It is a tale of love, laughter and the occasional murder.

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FACT OR FICTION?

Superfoods are claimed to have incredible health benefits - but can broccoli really prevent cancer? Can blueberries improve you memory? Can beetroot give you a boost at the gym? Thame NWR investigates…

WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS? Can eating some foods slow down the ageing process, lift depression, boost our physical ability or even improve our intelligence? Super foods are miracle foods - miracle cures or preventatives of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer - or are they? There is no official definition of a ’superfood’ and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence…

RESEARCH This has prompted many food brands to fund research into the health benefits of their product. Many foods that claim to be super include those rich in antioxidants (such as beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, E, flavonoids and selenium) and omega-3 fatty acids. These antioxidants are thought to protect against the harmful effects of free radicals, chemicals naturally produced in every living cell and known to cause cell damage. However, evidence about this and other health benefits of antioxidants is inconclusive. In a review of the scientific evidence in 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found no evidence that the antioxidant action on free radicals observed in the lab was of any benefit to human health. Some research even suggests that certain antioxidant supplements could be harmful. And the results can be a little misleading. You might think that eating a single fruit or vegetable containing a certain antioxidant will protect you from damage from free radicals - but most research on superfoods carry out tests on concentrated extracts of the food. So for instance, garlic is alleged to help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. But you’d have to eat around 28 cloves in just one day to match the doses used in the lab – you might live longer if you try but you wouldn’t have many friends!

IMPORTANCE OF A BALANCED DIET There is concern that too much focus on these individual foods may lead people to think they can undo the damage caused by unhealthy foods, as long as they eat superfoods too. But beware - no food, not even a superfood, can compensate for unhealthy eating. Dieticians avoid the term “superfood” and prefer to talk of “super diets”, where the emphasis is on a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables and wholegrain foods. We know that if you eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and take regular exercise, you will be super. Simple. Who needs superfoods!

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“People brought newspaper and magazine articles - of which there seem to be a continual stream to our group meeting on superfoods. Many of these articles featured a celebrity promoting the foods. This lead to discussion about the ‘worth’ of such endorsements as opposed to the scientific reasons why we should, or should not, eat them. “Members brought along superfoods too. We tried various berries, seeds and grains, and learned what they are supposed to do and if they had worked for the member. Some of us believed in the benefits and some of us didn’t. “Our conclusion was: if it suits you, and you believe it is doing you good, then it probably will. But maybe only for a short time - until the next wonder product comes along!”  

Wendy Prestage, Thame NWR


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Broccoli

Claimed to combat cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Garlic

Garlic has had many uses throughout the ages - as an aphrodisiac, currency, vampire repellent‌ More recent research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some cancers.

Chocolate (yes, chocolate!) Said to keep blood pressure low, minimising the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Blueberries

Claimed to protect against heart disease and some cancers, as well as improve your memory.

Goji berries

Alleged to boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, and improve life expectancy.

Oily fish

Said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia.

Wheatgrass

Alleged to protect against inflammation, builds red blood cells and improves circulation.

Pomegranate

Said to protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, including prostate cancer.

Green tea

A traditional Chinese medicine, used for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.

Beetroot

Claimed to help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

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Citizen Scientists:

Will you join the DIY science revolution? The Citizen Scientist Project Have you ever thought about taking scientific research into your own hands? Well right now, thanks largely to the internet, the possibility is greater than ever for curious and like-minded people to get together and (quite possibly!) change the world. Citizen science is the term that refers to usually large-scale research projects where the data is gathered by the public, for example butterfly counts or online astronomy surveys. There are already thousands of participants in the UK alone. This research is often on the cutting-edge and, significantly, most of the individuals at the heart of the projects are not, in the purest sense, scientists and give their time for free. We may feel more comfortable imagining science carried out by white-coated people with five degrees and forty letters after their name, in sterile labs surrounded by vials, beakers and bunsen burners, as part of a funded project. However, the history of science began with passionate individuals driven by their unrelenting curiosity to undertake their own scientific research. Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Gregor Mendel, Ada Lovelace… So, the question is, have you ever considered becoming a citizen scientist? As an organisation that prides itself on being for lively minded women, NWR’s members often research and discuss topics they previously knew nothing about. Would you like to put your 7000 or so curious minds together as an organisation, individually or with your group, and join a citizen science project? Here are some of the things could get involved in…

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citizenscientist.org.uk Large scale national and international studies that ask the public to get involved in creating “big data” or analysing large data sets that cannot be performed by computers, such as pattern recognition. Projects include: —— Cloudy with a Chance of Pain: A large smartphone based research study examining the link between weather and pain. —— Britain Breathing: British allergy sufferers are invited to help decode the poorly understood world of seasonal allergies. —— Hooked on Music: This study is helping to unlock the mystery of musical memory and in turn aid future research into Alzheimer’s disease.

Citizen Science Alliance citizensciencealliance.org —— Galaxy Zoo: To understand how galaxies formed, scientists need your help to classify them according to their shapes. If you’re quick, you may even be the first person to see the galaxies you’re asked to classify. —— Planet Hunters: Discover new worlds using data from a NASA spacecraft.

British Science Association britishscienceassociation.org —— Enhancing Informal Learning Through Citizen Science: A partnership to explore what benefits participants experience by being involved in citizen science projects. —— ProblemAttic: Brand new event format from the BSA that encourages scientists to seek the public’s ideas on solving challenges.

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NASA - Citizen Scientists Discover Four-Star Planet with NASA Kepler In 2012, a collaboration between amateur astronomers and scientists led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting a double-star that, in turn, is orbited by a second distant pair of stars. Aided by citizen scientists using the Planet Hunters website, a Yale-led team of astronomers identified and confirmed the discovery of this circumbinary planet in a four-star system, coined PH1. Only six planets are known to orbit two stars but none of these are orbited by a distant binary. Planets Hunters enlists the public to search for signs of planet transits across distant stars by reviewing astronomical data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. A bit larger than Neptune and thought to be a gas giant, PH1 orbits its host stars every 137 days. Beyond the planet’s orbit approximately 900 times the distance between the Sun and Earth, a second pair of stars orbits the planetary system. Natalie Batalha, Kepler scientist at the NASA Ames Research Centre said: “I celebrate this discovery as the fruit of exemplary human cooperation - cooperation between scientists and citizens who give of themselves for the love of stars, knowledge and exploration.”

Exoplanet Discoveries Through the Years As of May 10, 2016

The Big Bumblebee Discovery During the summer of 2014, the British Science Association ran The Big Bumblebee Discovery - a citizen science experiment that engaged up to 30,000 individuals. The experiment aimed to find out how the diversity and abundance of bumblebees is influenced by the surrounding landscape. The citizen scientists were asked to observe a lavender plant for bumblebee sightings. They then uploaded their findings to EDF Energy’s education portal, The Pod.

More than 27,000 bumblebees were counted. The findings were somewhat unexpected as there was a higher number bumblebees in urban locations than suburban and rural locations. This data will be used to explore how environmental changes affect insect populations; an area of research that could have a huge impact on our understanding of climate change and the future of our food security.

Exoplanet Discoveries by NASA Ames/W. Stenzel; Princeton University/T. Morton (Public domain), via Wikimedia CommonsNWR www.nwr.org.uk Kelper Space Telescope by NASA Ames/ W Stenzel (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons Bumble Bee by Trounce (Own work) (CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)), via Wikimedia Commons

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The SuperBrain: The beginning of NWR Online Dear NWR Magazine, Those members with long memories may recall the introduction of computerised administration in the NHR office back in the early 1980s, when I was involved with the National Group. Our first computer was an Intertec SuperBrain II and, with the permission of later office staff, I kept it as a memento of my days as National Organiser. My husband, Michael, wrote many of the early programmes. These allowed new members to find their nearest group when they got in touch with the office, or to become a ‘lonely soul’ if they were too far from an established group to join it easily, the idea being that, should another enquiry come from the same area, they might join forces and start up a new group! We have recently learned that these programmes were, in effect, some of the earliest applications of mapping software in the UK, although unfortunately the original documentation has long since disappeared.  In the past few weeks, Michael and I have moved house to a smaller property, and the trusty SuperBrain had to be found another home. We have given this very large, early computer to the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

The Intertec SuperBrain was one of many all-in-one microcomputers that appeared at the dawn of the 1980s. Whilst it never took Intertec to the same heights as IBM, Apple or other micro manufacturers of the time, it’s a great example of how computers were designed in that period. Office PCs today tend to look much the same - a black box with any manufacturer’s name on the side but in this period small office computers needed a specific name, look and appeal as the market was so young. With its sleek rounded case, chunky disk drives and a great name like ’SuperBrain’, this computer hit all the right notes, despite being technically similar to its rivals. By Jeremy Thackray, Assistant Curator, Centre for Computing History

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NWR TRAVEL AND SPORT

A glimpse into lives long past on Cockfield Fell By Enid Hoseason, Durham City NWR

350 hectares of windswept moorland, Cockfield Fell is studded with marks that give a glimpse into lives and ages long past.

the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the population of the village grew significantly. The last Coal Mine closed in 1962.

Common land In 1869, Cockfield Fell became a regulated pasture, managed by the Fell Reeves. This gave local stockholders the right to graze their animals on the land after paying a yearly rent. This is still used today and is evident in its many sheds and crees holding pigeons, hens and sheep.

The Parish Church

On the pathway onto the fell, we passed the parish church, Durham City NWR recently enjoyed a day out on Cockfield dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, which probably dates from the late twelfth Fell in the west of County Durham. The walk, while only century. In the cemetery, three miles long, had many ups and downs to navigate Pauline pointed out What is a ‘scheduled as the land, once rich in coal, stone and minerals, is pock some unusual grave monument’? marked with evidence of human habitation and exploitation headstones. Made of through the ages. The marks give a glimpse into countless “Scheduling is our oldest form glazed earthenware, of heritage protection. It began lives, now woven into the fabric of the hillside. the earliest dates back in 1913, although its roots go Cockfield Fell is described as “one of the most important as far back as the 1882 Ancient to 1908. early industrial landscapes in Britain”. Pauline, one of our Monuments Protection Act, members, is keen on local history and had armed herself when a ‘Schedule’ (hence The New World the term ‘scheduling’) of with information about the fell. She told us Cockfield Fell almost exclusively prehistoric One of the more is the largest scheduled monument in England and monuments deserving of state illustrious families to is described as “an incomparable association of field protection was first compiled.” hail from Cockfield was monuments relating to the Iron settlement history and - Historic England the Martindale family. industrial evolution of a northern English County”. George Dixon (1731–1785) owned coal mines and Ancient times was probably the first to use coal gas for illumination. There are four Iron Age (or Romano-British) settlement His brother, Jeremiah Dixon (1733–1779), was a surveyor enclosures, together with rectangular enclosures of the later and astronomer, and is best known for surveying the MasonRoman era. Dixon line, a disputed boundary between Pennsylvania Evidence has been found including flint arrow heads and Maryland. It is thought that the name Dixie from the that date back to 8000 BC, earthworks show circular American folksong, I wish I was in Dixie, refers enclosures outlining medieval homesteads and there are to the disputed boundary. medieval agricultural field patterns.

The Industrial Revolution Walking around the fell, you can spot the early bell pits and collapsed mine workings. Coal mining began here in the medieval period and the Bishop of Durham licensed mining here at least as early as 1303. The first recorded coal mining colliery was at Cockfield Fell and was named Vavasous Colliery as early at 1375. The rich mineral wealth of the fell contributed to the start of the industrial revolution and the birth of the railways, with remnants of the railway still clearly visible cutting across the fell. A railway line was established in the 1830s, following several earlier tramways. When the South West Durham coalfield opened in

Want to explore Cockfield Fell for yourself? Take a look at this heritage circular walk: http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/ cockfield-fell-heritage-walk-p671511

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Cycling’s a breeze!

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By Ann Ferris, Beckenham NWR have been a member of NWR for over 30 years and LO of the Beckenham group for the past few years. Four years ago, with some encouragement from my daughter, I thought I should get my old bike out and give it a spin. Well, “my old bike” was a mountain bike I had bought when my children were young, very heavy and I had no idea what to do with the gears. I went to a couple of adult cycling classes but lost interest when winter and cold weather came. The following summer, my daughter passed on her hybrid bike to me as she was upgrading, and the difference was amazing. This was fun (although I still didn’t know what to do with the gears!). Then I heard about Breeze, a British cycling programme that aims to get more women riding bikes for fun and fitness. I started riding regularly with Yvonne, the local Breeze Champion. We are lucky here as we have the Waterlink Way which takes us through parks with very few roads and almost completely flat all the way to Greenwich (13 miles round trip). From there, we can go along the Thames path towards London, or in the other direction towards the O2 and Woolwich. We have also been through the Greenwich foot tunnel and along the Regent’s Canal to the Olympic Park. And there’s always a coffee stop involved! Gradually, I built up my confidence enough to join leisure rides the following summer at Penge Cycle Club. By this time, Paula, also an NWR member, had acquired a bike and joined me. We attended Bikeability classes with the local authority to build up confidence cycling on the road. We now both ride regularly on Sunday mornings with Penge CC when we ride out on to and over the North Downs and explore the country lanes of NW Kent. In 2015, Yvonne got a new job and was no longer able to lead regular Breeze rides. So I took the plunge and trained as a Breeze Champion. The training was one day and covered all aspects of ride leading, and we spent a couple

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of hours on the road practising our newly learnt skills. Since then, I have led around 80 rides. My daughter also trained as a Breeze Champion and we lead longer rides together – the longest was 100 km for the Rapha 100 last July. I would never have thought that I would be able to ride those sorts of distances, or even attempt the hills I have cycled up. I cycle at least twice a week, in all weathers and love every minute of it. We have a lot of fun and made new friends. Perhaps some more NWR members would like to join me on a ride? If you think you would like to try cycling, go to www.letsride.co.uk and search for a ride near you. If you can’t find one and already ride a bike perhaps you would like to be a Breeze Champion? All Champions are volunteers, the training is free and there is support from British Cycling. All you need is a bike. (And you’ll be pleased to know, I’ve worked out how to use the gears now).

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We’re going to Lincoln! Are you coming?

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Lincoln Cathedral One of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings and once the tallest in the world, Lincoln Cathedral was once described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as “out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles”. William the Conqueror commissioned the building of the cathedral and it was consecrated in 1902, becoming the head of the largest diocese in England, extending from the Humber to the Thames. Inside the cathedral, there are intricate gothic details - can you spot the famous Lincoln Imp? Lincoln Castle Lincoln Castle dates back to 1068. It houses a Victorian prison and one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta. There are free guided tours and the grounds are free to enter on non-event days - a perfect spot for a picnic. Steep Hill Fancy a stroll up to the Cathedral Quarter? On the beautiful cobbled Steep Street, you’ll find independent boutiques, tea rooms and chocolate parlours and more. The cobbled street was voted Britain’s Great Street in 2012. But be warned - “Steep” Street lives up to its name! Lincolnshire Show 2017 The Lincolnshire Show takes place on the 21 and 22 June this year. It is a true celebration of rural Lincolnshire, with performances in the Main and Countryside Rings, show gardens and a floral art section, and an aviation zone and there will be 600 trade stands. Why not take a ride on the land train to visit the cows, sheep, pigs and new and traditional farm machinery? The Food Court will be brimming with Lincolnshire produce from hog roasts and sausages to jams, pickles and cake. Yum.

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Museum of Lincolnshire Life Experience the commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life of Lincolnshire, from 1750 to modern day, at the Museum of Lincolnshire. Bransby Horses Bransby Horses is a rescue centre and home to more than 350 horses, ponies, and donkeys. After you’ve met the equine residents, why not explore the beautiful 600 acre site with its endless pathways, café, gift shop, play park and picnic area. Doddington Hall and Gardens Doddington Hall is a fine late Elizabethan mansion with stunning gardens, located just outside Lincoln. It has been lived in for 400 years by the same family, resulting in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects and porcelain, and a unique insight into family life through the ages. The Collection/Usher Gallery The Usher Gallery and The Collection display a wonderful collection of fine and decorative arts and host a huge variety of contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. Lincoln Guildhall Lincoln Guildhall is an early 16th century building which forms an archway over the main High Street. It has been used since its construction in 1520 and still plays host to council meetings and events. It houses numerous pieces of historical significance, including the sword of Richard II, Mayor’s Chains of Office and Mayor’s posy ring. Free guided tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30am and 2pm.

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This Green Flag Award winning park covers more than 200 acres and is home to Victorian landscaped gardens, a large reservoir, woodlands and grasslands. There is also a visitor centre, play area and café.

NWR Conference 2017: Wonder Women By Natalie Punter, NWR National Organiser 2017 will see the release of Wonder Woman, a remake of the original film - and it has the highest ever budget given to a female director. Our conference will celebrate real wonder women. We are now taking bookings and it looks set

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If you are a wheelchair user, have difficulties with mobility, have hearing or sight impairments or any other requirements for which you require assistance please let us know.

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Please return this form to the office ASAP NWR, 23 Vulcan House, Vulcan Road North, NORWICH NR6 6AQ

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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

CLOSING DATE 5 MAY 2017

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Official magazine for women's social organisation, NWR.

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