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Official magazine of the National Women’s Register

Spring 2015

Registered charity number 295198


A stay for two at the Gladstone Library

Get your pens at the ready! Enter the NWR Short Story Competition for your chance to win.

Connecting women who are interested in everything and talk about anything


What we love about


years of democracy, liberty and human rights: We celebrate the Magna Carta

Is reading a solitary pleasure? “Sharing books with friends is an experience not to be missed”

“I decided to make a change” How helped one NWR member find love again Revealed: The winner of the NWR Photography Competition 2015 >>>




We want to push the boundaries - are you with us?

Our top 5 secrets NWRvintage Magazine Spring 2015 to1 buying


The virtual world: Why we just can’t put down our phones, tablets, laptops…



for beginners

Can you help

New York Greeters take over the world?

Not a member? NWR could be for you!

Come and meet other women to share and explore thoughts, ideas and experiences. Enjoy lively, stimulating conversation and broaden your horizons whilst having fun and making new friends. We offer a wide range of activities, from book groups to walking groups to plain old have-a-natter groups!

We exist to connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything.

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in joining NWR? Contact us on 0160 3 406767 or of .uk or visi t w w to find ou t more.

Vacancies National Organiser Could you, or someone you know, be NWR’s next National Organiser? We are looking for a proactive individual with the ability and enthusiasm to drive NWR forward. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, be computer literate and have commitment to NWR values. The role includes: • Promoting and marketing to attract new members and set up new groups • All membership matters including contact with groups • National Conference and events • Management of the office/staff This is a part-time (25 hours per week), essentially home-based post, with some travel, commencing in July/August 2015.

Website and Publicity Coordinator Cover required for maternity leave from July 2015 for up to 12 months. In this part-time (20 hours per week) home-based role, you will join a small team of five staff and can expect to be fully involved in all aspects of our activities. Some travel and overnight stays are expected. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with the experience and skills to take on responsibility for our new look website and other forms of communication, and publicity for the retention and promotion of membership. We also produce two magazines per year so design and production experience are essential. Job description and application form downloadable at Please email your application to

Closing date for applications is 15 May.

Closing date for applications is 22 May.

Interviews to be held 11 June.

Interviews to be held 10 June.

Job description and application form downloadable at

If you would like an informal chat about this role, please contact Kath Latham via the office

If you would like an informal chat about this role, please contact June Nash via the office –

Apologies to Andover group. They were the winners of the Area Quiz held in April at Alton but we featured a photo of Hook group instead. So a belated well done to Andover!


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Front cover, Mongolia photo: enriquejggac

Have your children just left home? Have you retired from work, moved to a new area or experienced another big life change?

NWR Welcome Hello from your Ormskirk and Aughton editors! Pat Roberts | Guest Editor


hen I first became a member of the Ormskirk and Aughton NWR group in the mid 1980s, thanks to my lovely new neighbour Lesley, the membership stood at 80. Between us, we ran book circles, children’s meetings where babies and toddlers joined mums for a chat and a coffee, day outings, as well as three weekly exercise groups. We averaged 35 at a meeting and the wealth of research on offer meant we were often clocking up more than three hours each time. And yes, we were sitting on the floor at most of our twice monthly meetings! In the late 1980s, we held an emergency meeting and agreed to break into five geographical groups throughout Ormskirk and Aughton. Collaboration between a Local Organiser and group representatives made sure our meetings were still well planned.

We became ardent conference goers. I remember one very heated conference when we decided to ditch the old name, National Housewives Register, for the current one. There were some weird and wonderful suggestions before reaching that momentous point! So where are we now? We eventually divided into two groups, north and south, with group leaders and one Local Organiser. We still have a book circle and two exercise groups meet pretty much on a weekly basis - but those old Lizzie Webb and Jane Fonda tapes have taken a fair old bashing. We have recently decided to merge back into one group. And before you ask, no we don’t often have to sit on the floor any more at meetings. To be frank, I don’t think we could manage to get up again if we did! For me the lasting friendships NWR has given me have been amazing. I regularly meet up with women I have known for

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Ormskirk Parish Church has both a tower and a steeple, only one of three such churches in England, and unique as both are at the same end. James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, who was famously beheaded for treason after the Civil War, is buried in the church. His body is in one coffin and his head is in a separate casket.

more than 30 years. And we can still turn out a super evening’s meeting. Take our most recent one, the Japanese themed evening. What a joy that was! We had a lovely colourful display of items gathered over the years by members on their travels and there was the usual groan about the inevitable quiz. We learned about origami and how to produce a rather fetching paper flower to cherish and show off to disbelieving grandchildren. Next will come a more in depth evening about the different stages of women and hopefully some younger

offspring will have joined us. We very much want NWR to survive for many years to come and hope this will be so. After all, women’s ideals endure and we remain lively and inspiring. It has been a pleasure being involved in the production of this latest NWR Magazine and we would certainly recommend other groups to have a go. ps. Lesley BalshawJones, the neighbour who introduced me to NWR, is still an active member near her home outside Chester.

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NWR news

NWR in brief Keep us posted:


NWR news page 6

What’s on page 8

History page 10

All change at NWR

We’ve got some fantastic events lined up already. Don’t miss the everpopular Telephone Treasure Trail and find out about the high-calibre speakers we’ve got coming to the National Conference 2015.

The NWR theme for 2015 is Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights

Life page 12

Technology page 14

Arts page 16

How to buy vintage

Get a life online

And the winner is…

A 100 years of fabulous fashion.

Social Media Ambassador, Liz Valette, tells us what’s not to be missed in the virtual world.

We had a fantastic response to our Photographic Competition. See the winning photo by Lynn Welsher.

Will you help us push the boundaries?

Themed Read 2015

NWR is at a pivotal point. Can we adapt to meet the needs of 21st century women?

Top tips on organising an event

Where would we be without the Magna Carta? 800 years on, we celebrate this historic document.

Don’t miss out on your event grant!

Happy ever after One member tells of her brave journey, from the loss of her husband, to finding a new life, and eventually to a new love.

The NWR website needs you!

Travel page 20 NWR members get exploring, from Falkirk to Mongolia.

Get yourself a nice cup of tea and curl up on the sofa. We’ve got some fantastic books this year on the theme of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights.

Creativity on show Short stories and poems from our talented members.

In memoriam Coral Petie Coral had been a member of the Crosby NWR group almost since its inception. She was a lover of all art and many of the group’s children took their first musical steps with her at the piano. She died on 23 December 2014 and will be greatly missed. Muriel Frankl Muriel was a founding member of Dereham and District NWR and will be sadly missed. 4

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Pat Hillman Pat had been a member of Hasbury NWR for over 40 years and will be greatly missed by the remaining members who send their condolences to her family. Rena Hendry Rena Hendry of Beith NWR died suddenly in the autumn of 2014 and will be sadly missed.

NWR News

News from the groups Homemade crackers and a Twelfth Night supper Guilsborough and District NWR are a crafty lot. Every year they get together just before Christmas to make wreaths, Christmas cards, tree decorations… Last Christmas they made their own Christmas crackers from scratch, then pulled them at their annual Twelfth Night supper.

Talk and tea On 8 October 2014, Chester South Eaton Group hosted a talk and tea afternoon. The event was open to other local groups and was very well attended. The speaker, who was a Blue Badge Guide, gave a most interesting insight into the hidden gems of historic Chester. The event was held at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, one of the finest examples of a timbered framed townhouse, dating from the early 17th century and located on the medieval Rows in Chester City Centre. The meeting concluded with a very sociable afternoon tea.

Hythe and Waterside panto ‘Twas the night before Christmas... Well no, it wasn’t actually. ‘Twas one week before Christmas when Hythe and Waterside NWR gathered in one member’s cosy starlit house to enjoy a performance of Trouble in Pantoland, written by member, Lexley George. Inspired by a talk by a very funny local pantomime dame, Lexley wrote a short panto which the group then performed at their NWR meeting just before Christmas. The actors were also the audience and had great fun running around to get into position and acting their panto hearts out!

Sushi, origami and a change of shoes Ormskirk and Aughton NWR group spent a very Japanese evening sharing their own personal experiences of the country. Several members had paid a visit to the country and others enjoyed their way of cooking. They talked about some of the stranger customs, such as the need to change your footwear numerous times! Through talks, a quiz and practical demonstration, they learnt about the country’s history, religion, geography, geisha girls and origami. Some of the group went to a Japanese restaurant in Liverpool and enjoyed a theatrical experience, an open kitchen with high reaching flames that turned out exquisite dishes including sushi, scallops, and tempura. Those brave enough even sampled the saki!

A lasting relationship Former NWR member, Tina Tamman, recently launched her novel, Portrait of a Secret Agent, and invited current Woodford Green and Buckhurst Hill (Evening) group member, Clare Chapman, along. She spent a very enjoyable evening at The Caledonian Club in London on 3 December. Tina gave a fascinating talk on her painstaking research to make this biography of the British intelligence agent and colourful character, Brian Giffey.

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth day conference The event, held in the small fishing village of Cullercoats on 4 October 2014, saw a crowd of 58 people. There was a talk and quiz by best-selling author, Sheila Quigley. Alex Hastie then spoke about the history of quayside fishing life in the North East. After lunch and ice cream, Kim Bibby-Wilson presented Northumbrian Heritage through music, song and dance - with the words held up, pantomime style, so everyone could join in!

Broadstone members are 280 years old (combined…!) Four members of the Broadstone NWR Walking Group, Pat Jones, Jill Pilkington, Pam Culpan and Maureen Charters celebrated their 70th birthdays on 23 October with an afternoon tea. Happy birthday to all of you!

Joan Morris’s 90th birthday On 5 November, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth’s Joan Morris celebrated her 90th birthday. Joan has been a member since 1984 and has enjoyed making new friends and learning from the interesting topics discussed at her group meetings. Her group find Joan a great asset as she always knows most of the answers to the Telephone Treasure Trail! Happy birthday Joan!

Going for gold On 25 November 2014, Martin Anderson visited Newarkon-Trent NWR to give a talk on his two RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals. He shared his plans as well as ‘before and after’ photos of his Chelsea creations. He talked about his plans for next year’s garden, The Old Forge - Ryedale 2015. The purpose of the garden is to raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He spoke about the sourcing of materials, transport and - most intriguingly of all - of how on earth he will get all the plants to flower for 18 May! NWR Magazine Spring 2015


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Winds of change


Josephine Burt | Trustee

s I write this, many of us are enthralled by the BBC’s Wolf Hall. We are caught up in the Tudor world and the dramatic and long lasting changes

our way of working - the trustees, staff and members - is altogether more open, friendly and collaborative. The key question that we face is: does the organisation continue as it is or can it adapt, flex and change to meet women’s needs in the 21st century? We invited members to join our Focus Day on 27 January to help us plan for the future. Last year, a different set of members joined us and we focused on why we exist. We came up with ‘connecting women who are interested in everything and talk about anything’. This year, we got down to the nitty-gritty of what we aim to do, concentrating on governance, membership, finance and digital communications. Our newest trustee, Jeanette House, led a stimulating day encouraging us to think about how we can increase membership and how we can connect

we live with change of Henry VIII’s reign. The discussions, politics and intrigue of the characters show us how these changes came about. And how many heads rolled in the process. In our own small way NWR is also at a pivotal point. Though, I would quickly point out that

members nationally, outside their local groups. There was a real buzz in the room as our enthusiasm and belief in NWR brought us together on the task. Ideas were jotted down, questions answered, assumptions challenged and misunderstandings cleared up. Ambassadors and roadshows were mentioned. Member, Pat ScholesNoble, said: “Tuesday was most interesting. It was great to meet so many of you and share ideas and hopes for NWR.” So, we live with change – changing lifestyles, new demographics, new technologies - and step by step NWR is making changes for more effective governance, to give our existing members more and to encourage growth. But in this process no heads will roll and no one will be banished!

NWR is at a pivotal point

A fond farewell Kathryn Buckman | NWR Business Manager After seven years working for NWR, I will be relinquishing my post at the end of July. I leave with many warm memories but not too many regrets as I move on to other things (having more time for my grandson for one!). As we talk about a time for change, there will be many 6

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members who will agree that the past seven years have already seen a great deal of change within NWR. The magazine has a very different feel, changes to the website have been ongoing, the National Conference has become a day rather than a weekend event. Changes are so often met with resistance but looking back at a later date, we wonder why! I hope that NWR continues to connect women as it has done for so long. I will continue to enjoy the friendship and opportunities that come from being a member and wish you all well.

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Being part of the

bigger picture

June Nash | Chair of Trustees I enjoy going to my local group meetings, but I love that NWR makes me feel part of a bigger group – within my area and nationally. When groups get together there is always that added buzz and the bigger numbers mean more ideas and more variety of meetings. In our Midlands area we have been organising events for almost 25 years, from quizzes and theatre visits for our area members, to speakers and workshops that we throw open to members from other areas and now the general public too. Organising an event isn’t difficult. One group or even a single person could do the whole thing. How? First of all, if you have an Area Organiser contact her. If you don’t then contact NWR. The office has a wealth of material to help you and it won’t cost you anything. In fact, there is a £100 start-up grant for events. So you don’t have to stump up your own money for things such as a deposit for a venue.

Top tips for organising events: 1. Choose a good venue

For a quiz a school or village hall will do but for other events, particularly if you are trying to attract members from outside the area, somewhere more interesting is a good idea. Perhaps a historic building or a room in an interesting town.

2. Choose a good speaker or activity leader

Ask around, someone will have heard a speaker they can recommend. If a speaker is associated with a charity they may ask for a donation. This is OK as long as you make it clear that you are paying them for their time and what they do with the money is their concern.

3. Advertise your event

Send information to other local groups or further afield

if you wish. The office can put you in touch with Local Organisers. Tell them what you are planning, give them the dates and ask them to inform their members. Then send more information and booking forms nearer the date. Be prepared, you will probably have to follow this up with reminders.

4. Food is always an important part of the day but doesn’t have to cost a lot If budget is an issue, how about a ‘bring and share’ lunch?

5. Don’t worry!

If you organise it they will come.

6. Need ideas?

Why not have a look at other groups’ programmes by going to their group pages on the website.

My group, Knowle, does a quiz every year. Sometimes a traditional quiz, other times a more fun quiz with puzzles and problems rather than questions. Groups in our area get together too. One group sets the quiz whilst another organises the venue and cake! Our theatre visits are always popular. We once booked out an entire theatre! First night is a good bet as it doesn’t tend to be busy with regular theatre goers. We have had a variety of speakers, usually after a lunch. These have included a poet, an author, a graphologist, a historian and an antiques expert. Sometimes events include workshops or a visit to a local place of interest. So how about it? We are National Women’s Register after all. I’m looking forward to seeing you at your next event. NWR Magazine Spring 2015


on NWR What’s on


Here are the events in the diary so far. It’s great to see it filling up so quickly!

Remember, there is a subsidy of £100 available towards venue hire and speaker costs. See page 7 for top tips on setting up an event or, for more help and advice, contact the office on 01603 406767 or

October is our NWR Theme Month so we would especially like to see events around the 2015 theme of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights. If there To see more events or to add your own hasn’t been anything organised in your visit area already, why not take the lead?

Sat 21 March

SW Area Annual Lunch

Medicine & Millinery Speaker: Gareth Williams on ‘The Story of Polio’

Plymouth, Devon (SW05)

Sat 28 March

Discussion lunch

‘Mrs Pankhurst’ will enlighten us on the battle for women’s emancipation

Bedford, Beds (CE04)

Sun 12 April

Afternoon Tea

Literary Afternoon Tea - Mad, Bad and Dangerous Women to know. Speakers: Jan Long and Julie Woolvine

Southport, Lancs (NW03)

Sat 9 May

Area Meeting

The Modern 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The War on Waste. Speaker: Nick King is an enthusiastic recycler. Afternoon guided tours of the nearby Madingley American Cemetery and its new visitor centre.

Bar Hill, Cambs (EA06/07)

Sat 6 June

Area Event

350th Anniversary of the Plague of Eyam: Death – Sacrifice - Rebirth

Eyam, Derbyshire (NE05)

Sat 20 June

National Conference and wrap around events - see page 9 for more details

Diverse Connections


Sat 19 September

Area event


Cheddleton, Staffs (MD02)

Sat 3 October

Area Event

A Good Read Speaker: Dr Jane Mackay

Greetham, Rutland (EA02)

Staffs Moorlands Group

Crewe and District NWR invite you to take part in the

Telephone Treasure Trail 2015 On the 9 to 12 November 2015, literally thousands of NWR members will be sitting by their phones, poised for the start of the ever-popular, evercompetitive (and ever-silly) Telephone Treasure Trail!

There are prizes for the winning groups, with nightly clue holder prizes and one overall winning group. Could you be a clue holder? Clue holders are needed for all evenings, Monday to Thursday. Closing date for entries: 12 September 2015 Entry forms are available from the office: 01603 406767/ £5 donation


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NWR National Conference 2015:

Glasgow This year’s NWR National Conference will be held in the vibrant city of Glasgow at the Grand Hotel and will be on the theme of ‘Diverse Connections’. We have some excellent speakers already confirmed and events will include guided tours of Glasgow’s historical sites, an evening meal and of course a quiz!

Confirmed speakers Mairi Nasr Mairi Nasr, English Language Teacher and Co-author of children’s novel, Food Wars, lived in the Middle East for twenty years with her Lebanese husband and three children. In 2013, she returned to the UK and now lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Mairi will share how she survived the roller coaster of adjusting to a new and alien life. Picking her way through a minefield of strange customs, bewildering misunderstandings and painful mistakes, she learned about a culture. Beneath the surface of a chaotic, sometimes unruly, Middle Eastern way of life, the sublime beauty of age-old traditions was revealed. Twenty years on, the UK itself has changed. We are a global community. War and political strife in the Middle East brew a climate of fear and tension, and the Muslim community of Britain is misunderstood and alienated. Can we overcome this ever-widening divide? Mairi believes we can.

Alistair Moffat Award winning Writer and Journalist, and founder of multiple DNA and ancestry websites, Alistair Moffat will be talking about his recognised work on DNA. In addition to his journalism, Alistair has held a long list of prestigious positions. These include Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, Founder and Director of Borders Book Festival and Founder and Director of Lennoxlove Book Festival. More recently, he has numerous websites on DNA and ancestry. These include Britain’s DNA, Scotland’s DNA, Ireland’s DNA and Yorkshire’s DNA. He is also Co-Chairman of the Great Tapestry of Scotland and Director of Book Nation. Quite a list!

Your stay Glasgow has been voted the number one UK destination “on the rise” by TripAdvisor. The University of Glasgow even has a free accommodation booking service to help you find your perfect hideaway. And to top it off conference goers can enjoy preferential rates at the Grand Hotel! So why not make a trip of it? (See the application form on page 23 for more information).

9,000 19,000 3,000

hotel rooms within 10 miles of the city centre

hotel rooms in the Greater Glasgow area

university rooms with en-suite facilities

Sally Magnusson Sally Magnusson, BBC Broadcaster and Writer, will be talking about her acclaimed book, Where Memories Go, about caring for her mother as she suffered from dementia. Where Memories Go is part memoir of her beloved mother, Express journalist Mamie Magnusson, and part story of her tragic descent into dementia. Sally has presented many television programmes, from Breakfast Time to Panorama. She currently presents Reporting Scotland for BBC Scotland, Tracing Your Roots on BBC Radio 4 and Songs of Praise.

8.30 to 5pm | 20th June 2015 Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow


Send in your form by 30 April 2015 to secure your place at the conference. See page 23. For all the latest information go to Don’t miss out - BOOK EARLY! Exclusive discount at the Grand Hotel for conference goers! NWR Magazine Spring 2015



years of democracy, liberty and human rights


his year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. This has inspired our 2015 theme of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights as we celebrate an incredible time of change.

confirms the liberties and customs of London and other towns, but the third is the most famous: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force What is Magna Carta? against him, or send others Magna Carta (meaning to do so, except by the lawful ‘Great Charter’) is often judgement of his equals or by seen as the foundation of the law of the land. To no one democracy in England. It was will we sell, to no one deny or the first formal document delay right or justice.” stating that a king was no This became the longer above the law and his fundamental principal powers could be limited. of English justice, the It also guaranteed the basis of the United States rights of individuals. People Constitution and part could no longer be arrested, of the law of all modern imprisoned or have their democracies. possessions taken away Taxing the nobility except by the judgement of their equals and/or the law King John came to the throne in 1199. He spent of the land. This paved the much of his reign fighting way to trial by jury. Magna Carta contained losing battles in France and ruthlessly taxed his 63 clauses when it was first English nobility to fund granted but only three of them. The Barons became those clauses remain part very unhappy about this of British law. One defends and rebelled. In May 2015, the liberties and rights of the English Church, another they took over London and


forced John to negotiate. It was these negotiations that eventually led to the signing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in June 1215. A troubled beginning John saw Magna Carta as a stalling tactic, a bargaining chip and nothing more. This historic document subjected the king to the law of the land for the first time in Britain’s history. It also demanded that he fire his hated mercenary captains and tied him to a council of 25 members. However, Magna Carta lasted less than three months. More fighting followed during which John lost his entire treasury and his collection of jewellery to the sea. Eventually, it wasn’t the rebels or the French that killed John but dysentery. He caught the disease as a result of over-indulgence and died during the night of 18 October 1216.

Four copies of the original Magna Carta still survive. There are two at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral. Can you imagine what the world would be like now if there had been no Magna Carta? See page 18 for recommended reading on democracy, liberty and human rights.

Peace at last The regency council, led by William Marshal, declared John’s son as King Henry III and reissued Magna Carta.

Magna Carta inspired the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. NWR Magazine Spring 2015

Image courtesy of the British Library.

Kath Latham | Editor


Noble Women


Pat Roberts | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR

Noble Women | Copyright of Liverpool Cathedral

he oldest part of Liverpool Cathedral, the Lady Chapel, is home to one of its most impressive and inspirational features, the Noble Women Windows. They depict women who have made major contributions to society.

Kitty Wilkinson came to Liverpool for a better life and turned her home into an orphanage for poor and lost children.

It was the wonderful windows of the Lady Chapel that inspired a handful of our Ormskirk and Aughton NWR members to research them for one of our monthly get togethers. So magical was the evening that we decided to pay a visit. Many of us have been to the cathedral for services and special occasions but hadn’t really delved into its history. We decided to investigate the women who inspired local designers and glass merchants to produce these amazing windows. Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is the largest in the UK and the fifth largest in the world, having been built in the 20th century. On our visit, we took particular note of the noble women featured in the chapel’s staircase window, dating from 1907. Like many parts of the cathedral, the Lady Chapel took a real battering during a bombing raid in 1941 and all of the windows had to be replaced. So who was honoured in this spectacular way? There is Mother Cecile, a former missionary who set up Grahamstown College for women teachers; Grace Darling, who helped rescue men from a steam ship wrecked off the Northumberland coast; Kitty Wilkinson, who came to Liverpool for a better life, eventually turning her home into an orphanage for poor and lost children; Elizabeth Fry, a famous advocate of prison reform; Charlotte Stanley, Countess of Derby, who held out against parliamentary forces during the Civil War - and many others whose claim to unwanted fame came through their inspirational deeds. NWR Magazine Spring 2015


NWR Life

Never say never: Finding love online Ormskirk and Aughton NWR member, Muriel Schober, tells of her brave and inspirational journey, from the sad loss of her husband, to finding a new life and eventually, with a little help from, to finding a new love. Muriel Schober | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR


n 2005, my husband aged 64 died whilst watching television. It was a very difficult time over the first year trying to cope with all the things I’d never done. Eventually you have to get on and make a life of your own. During this time a friend introduced me to NWR and I have made so many new friends it has changed my life. One of the first things I did was to change my car. I bought a Saab convertible. It was wonderful. Then a large flat screen TV, which I loved, new cupboard doors in the kitchen

and a complete new look for the garden. I was running out of things to do so decided to sell my cottage and move into the town. After six months it sold so I bought a Victorian semi and spent nine months doing it up. I was quite happy with my new life. Old and new friends, and family were there for me. I’d mastered all the things my husband had done, the accounts and banking, keeping a car on the road and the cooking. He had loved cooking so had taken it over when we had the children as I always worked full time. One night, I arrived home and sat down to watch the news when I suddenly realised that this was it.

I was 67 and may live for another 20 years. This life I had now was for the rest of my life. I did miss going to restaurants. It isn’t the same if you are single and if you go with couples you feel the odd one out. I’d done holidays with my daughter and grandson but it wasn’t the same either. I needed a companion, someone to do things with. SO IN AUGUST 2008, I DECIDED TO MAKE A CHANGE. was advertised regularly on TV in those days so I had a look at the website and thought I would try it for six months, paying a £60 fee.

100 years of fabulous Pat Roberts | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR

There is nothing quite like the thrill of that special find when searching through a vintage store. Bea Sutherland is passionate about vintage clothes and boy does she know how to wear them. I can’t recall seeing such a tiny waist for more years than memory allows these days. Most of us have stretched out rather a lot in our later decades. But not Bea. Her trim figure was the envy of all the Ormskirk and Aughton NWR members who were lucky enough to see her fabulous display 12

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of clothes and accessories. Bea’s favourite styles are from the 1940s and ‘50s, and the collection she has built up dates from Edwardian times to the 1960s. She recounted her early years working in and around Liverpool, and her growing passion for clothes.

NWR Life with views over fields. He made me a lovely lunch complete with a glass of wine and classical music playing in the background. Very civilised! He was divorced, his family Italian. When he discovered I was a lapsed Roman Catholic he said he would soon have me going to church again. My decision was made. He was not for me. I rang him to say we didn’t have enough in common. Next was Bill. I decided to meet him in Southport instead of travelling to where he lived. We met a couple of times, had coffee and lunch, he was pleasant and courteous. Then I didn’t hear from him. He didn’t answer the phone or respond to my emails. I felt most affronted by this so decided to find out why if I could. We met in a pub car park and as I got He also lived in a mobile home and had out of my car I realised he wasn’t the dream I had hoped for. He only came up described where it was. I got a map and settled on one of two sites. If he didn’t to my shoulder! I know that shouldn’t want to see me why not say so? matter but it did. We chatted and he As I arrived on the chosen site, said he would like to show me where I spotted his car and sat and thought he lived so I followed in my car. Yes, about what I would say to him. I know, naïve is what you’re thinking He was on the step when I plucked up but I felt in control of the situation. the courage to approach him. Needless We turned into a mobile home to say he looked astonished to see me. park, arriving at a very pleasant site You had to write a piece about yourself and your interests and also mention things you were averse to like smoking, etc. Each day I would look to see if anyone was interested in contacting me. I added a photo and waited and watched. First of all came Vincent. After initial contact, I agreed to meet him near to where he lived. Tall, dark and handsome was my ideal and his photo showed that he was a swarthy Mediterranean type, slightly balding. He hadn’t mentioned his height…

During this time a friend introduced me to NWR and I have made so many new friends it has changed my life.

“I remember paying £5 for a pair of shoes from Saxone and felt absolutely wonderful wearing them!” she said. Bea showed the group beautiful flapper dresses, pretty vintage floral prints from Horrockses as well as the more severe suits of the war years when even Hartnell, Amies and other designers produced utility ranges. Bea has spent a lot of time and money building up her collection and hopes it will be an inspiration to others. She told the group of her excitement that today’s designers draw from the fashion of decades ago, and how often the fashions of different eras appear again and again in our wardrobes. And the two items she never leaves the house without? Hat and gloves.

We sat and chatted over a cup of tea, him smoking although he had said he was a non-smoker. He had decided he was happy on his own and was going to forget match making. We parted on good terms. In October, I contacted another gentleman, Ian, and after a few emails and phone chats we agreed to meet. We got on like a house on fire, having so many things in common. Eventually, he sold his house and moved in with me and four years ago we bought our present house and did it up. I wasn’t looking for a relationship, just a companion, but we have been together for six years and still going strong. The best £60 I ever spent!

Top tips on buying vintage ✽✽ Ignore the sizes. Sizing has completely changed

over the years. A modern size 8 is the same as an ‘80s size 10, a ‘60s size 12 and a ‘50s size 14. Are women getting bigger or are retailers changing the measurements to make us feel better about ourselves? Suspicious…!

✽✽ Spot a garment that was made in the mid ‘60s or

earlier by looking for metal zips, side-snap closures, saw-toothed edges and union labels printed in blue.

✽✽ The easiest eras to fit into a modern wardrobe

are from the ‘60s onwards. Items from before that are in danger of looking like costume dress.

✽✽ If something doesn’t quite fit, get it nipped and tucked by a tailor so it looks and feels as though it was made for you.

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The virtual world: What’s not to miss Liz Valette | NWR Ambassador for Social Media


he way we communicate is changing and I’m very glad it is. Lately, having passed three score years and ten, I find I’m enjoying my nights in a little more than my nights out! But it doesn’t really matter that I don’t attend as many of my group’s meetings as I did before because the NWR Facebook groups fill the gap very nicely. And if I was to become physically unable to attend meetings, I’d carry on with my membership because of this invaluable link to the outside world and to my friends. Here are few of my favourite things in the virtual world…

Facebook The NWR Facebook groups grew from small beginnings in 2012. We started off with a generic discussion group, then came ‘Bookworms’ and ‘Culture Vultures’. Culture Vultures provides an informal place to share thoughts on things like TV programmes. Recently we’ve discussed the BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax and Channel 4’s Indian Summer. Bookworms is also a very popular group. I never know what to read next and our avid readers constantly inspire me. Now there are eight groups on everything from genealogy to creative writing. Over the months friendships have formed. Some of us even decided to meet up for a meal at the Bristol

NWR conference in 2014 and we’ll be doing the same in Glasgow at this year’s conference. And of course, there’s also the more public NWR Facebook page - a great place to keep up to date with all the latest NWR news. Visit

Twitter There are so many interesting people to follow on Twitter and it’s the fastest way to hear the latest news. It also enhances the experience of other media, in particular listening to the radio. You can join in on the conversations in parallel and in real time. We love: Wellcome Collection @ExploreWellcome “For the incurably curious, exploring the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future” BBC’s Woman’s Hour @BBCWomanshour “Informing, entertaining, surprising” Guardian Books @GuardianBooks “News, reviews and author interviews” 14

Women’s Views on News @newsaboutwomen “Women’s News, Opinions and Current Affairs” And of course… NWR @NWRUK “Women who are interested in everything and talk about anything. Friendships, activities, debates and conversations”

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The new NWR website is pushing boundaries Kath Latham | Editor You might have seen our new website. Well, as a group of lively minded women, we thought we ought to be a bit daring! We decided to teeter on the cutting edge of interactivity and now we need your help… The following pages are just for our members:

Pinterest I love the virtual pin board, Pinterest. It gives users a place to save and store links from all over the web. I use Pinterest to keep all the useful things I find on the web organised. One of my pin boards contains information on drought resistant plants, another has photos of the best way to prune fruit trees. Or you can just search for inspiration on other people’s boards. It’s perfect for organising favourite recipes, wish lists, craft projects, holiday ideas, garden projects… Whatever you can imagine, you can pin! Visit


Member Dashboard Here, you’ll find the latest insider news as well as your own group news and events. You can also add your own group news by clicking on the ‘write new post’ button on the right. You’ll also find a link to your group on the right of the page. Group pages The group page editing facility is now up and running. Local Organisers can edit the group profile, add photos, and publish news stories and group meetings.  Forum You’ll find some interesting discussions on the forums,

I first heard about on Facebook on one of the NWR groups. I put a short piece on the Jill Lucas | Joint Area Organiser MD01 local site and within a couple of weeks had just under a dozen enquiries. Are you looking for a group? Then at a society showcase in January, Or are you looking for new group a couple of women had seen the members? Streetlife is an easy way entry on Streetlife and introduced to connect and share with people themselves. We gathered a few more in your neighbourhood. names and email addresses.

from technical support to travel and culture, as well as general discussions. NWR Social Network Connect with friends, make new friends and join interesting groups and discussions - or set up your own! All in the knowledge that it is totally secure and can only be seen by other NWR members. Special interests Get involved in Poetry Corner or Creative Writing or just peruse! Other special interest groups can be found here too. Why not log in and have a look around? Visit

Since we first started the campaign last summer, we have three new members and six potential ones. Advertising online seems to be the way forward. After all, many lively minded women use the internet so it’s the perfect place to find clubs and societies. Visit NWR Magazine Spring 2015



A flash of colour

NWR Photography Competition 2015

Jeanette House | Trustee

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the NWR Photography Competition 2015 is Lynn Welsher for her photo, The Acer Leaves.

The theme was ‘a flash of colour’ and the judges, artist Kate Lycett and photographer Alison Walker, were looking for inspiration, originality and quality. It is clear that there is a depth of talent amongst NWR membership. Both the quality and number of entries we received were extremely high, which made judging very difficult. There is a vast array of modern equipment available to improve the art of photography but ultimately it is the concept combined with opportunity that makes a good photograph.

Highly commended

Pauline Rhodes | Bras Kate said: “I think the photographer has got herself in a good position to take an excellent photograph. The composition balances nicely with colour and form.”


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Highly commended

Maryon Lordon | Blue Hut Alison said: “She recognised the opportunity and pattern formation. Excellent.”


The winner

Highly commended

Muriel Blake | Atmospheric Landscape Kate said: “The contrast of the soft greys with the sappy green is beautiful. It’s an altogether beautifully balanced image.”

Lynn Welsher | The Acer Leaves Congratulations to Lynn who provided us with this beautiful photograph. Kate commented: “[This] photo is the overall winner for me. I like the asymmetric composition and the contrast of the hues of the leaves, the way the blue-green of the evergreen frames

the shape of the red acer leaves. Colour contrasts like that are something I am drawn to again and again when I paint.” Lynn wins two nights bed and breakfast for two people at Steeton Hall-Hotel, at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy your well deserved getaway!

Thank you to Steeton Hall-Hotel who have kindly donated this prize. … Find out more about the judges at and NWR Magazine Spring 2015



Reading is a solitary pleasure… Or is it? Eila Wall | Book Group Leader Ormskirk and Aughton NWR Book Group is now in its fifth decade. From the early years of women’s lib - Germaine Greer, Marilyn French, Margaret Atwood - to the challenges facing women in the 21st century, we’ve been there. Arguing, discussing and enjoying books. We read two books a month. We have read our way through huge changes in women’s lives and expectations. We have explored writers who are challenging, engaging and, above all, who made us think. The Book Group looks at a wide range of novels as well as autobiographies, biographies,

plays and poetry. We discuss many of the books produced by the early Virago press, but also explore writers such as McEwan, Swift and the always interesting Kazuo Ishiguro. Most recently, writers such as Mohsin Hamid and Jhumpa Lahiri, have inspired much debate. Looking back at a very long list, we have probably read more books by female writers - but in a golden age for women’s literature perhaps that is not too surprising. We’ve also ventured further afield, reading books by writers from a wide range of countries. Some of our members have joined the e-book revolution, whilst others prefer the physical experience of the printed book. But what has not changed is our appetite for everything that reading has to offer. Founded by two pioneering members in 1973, the group was mainly made up of women with young children who wanted the chance to discuss

things outside the home. Fondly remembered from that time though, is one witty and acerbic member who was in her seventies. Her views on our reading were always stimulating! It is the enduring friendships and relaxed atmosphere of the Book Group

Sharing books with friends and a glass of wine is an experience not to be missed.

Themed Read 2015: Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights

that have kept us together for such a long time. Reading is often thought of as a solitary pleasure, but sharing books with friends and a glass of wine is an experience not to be missed.

Grantham NWR Book Group have chosen eight books for our 2015 theme, Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights. Groups are invited to choose at least one book and send their reviews to the NWR Office by 14 September for the autumn issue of the magazine.

Kath Latham | Editor I Am China by Xigolu Guo

The Hero’s Welcome by Louisa Young

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Independent

The Guardian

“A beguiling tale of love and exile offers an indictment of China’s past, and present”

“Its evocation of a time deeply wounded by the pain of WW1 will capture and beguile readers”

No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers by Katharine Quarmby “As an exposure of the modern troubles of these unique, tight-knit communities of Travellers, it sets you travelling on the right road”

“Honest, skilful, thoughtful and important”

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

“A remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come”

The Guardian

Read full synopses of the books at


Why not discuss the books on the NWR website Booklovers Forum ( or on the NWR Bookworms Facebook (facebook. com/ group? We look forward to hearing your views!

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Creative writing Some lovely short stories and poems by our talented NWR members.

Editor’s pick

North Corridor Robina Fisher | Giffnock NWR He had wanted more from life to fly, to break free from the mundane daily existence. He left them without goodbye. Now and then a stab of guilt disturbed his consciousness... The years had passed quickly. He was 35 years old, married with a child of his own and another on the way. Since becoming a father he had grown to understand the bond parents feel for their children. Memories of his mother and father kept him awake at night. Now he was back to this door of his childhood. Drawn by a need to explain, reconcile and show them the photograph of May, his wife, and their

grandchild, Freddy. The moment had arrived, he stood bathed in the warm light shining from behind the door. He hesitated and closed his eyes, trying to control the emotions that welled up inside him. Should he ring the bell? Or take the coward’s way out and leave once again? Behind the door a mother and father were preparing for bed. She checked that the hallway light was on just in case he came home. Then he would know they were waiting for him. She stopped just before opening the bedroom door. Was that a shadow behind the glass door? Could it be him? She waited holding her breath. “Please ring the bell son,” she whispered. The bell rang.

Cute belly dancers we aimed to be


By Leeds NWR (who enjoyed a Japan themed evening when they each wrote an impromptu Haiku!) Loving a garden Takes one from cares of the world And brings peace of mind. Four apples in a row Different in form, size and colour But underneath the same. Eat another crisp Crunchy munchy light and firm Crunch munch and swallow. Paper folding play Making foolish creations But it is fun today. A brown leaf lying Will it blow away soon Or stay forever. Gaunt and wavering The aged man still stands Stonily waiting. It is hard to write In seventeen syllables But I do my best. I will write a verse Short, sweet, unforgettable. It is yours, always.

By Plympton NWR (who were inspired and wrote this poem about their evening learning Diana set a quiz. Pat gave us a folding bat. to belly dance!) We were in Japan. Cute belly dancers we aimed to be And sent for a do it yourself DVD. Read more or add your own stories While her trim figure moved gracefully at Our torsos gyrated most awkwardly... feast for the eyes we would never be writing While wiggling and giggling hysterically!

NWR Short Story Competition 2015 Do you have a way with words? Enter our short story competition for the chance to win two nights B&B for two people at Gladstone Library. Your story needs to be 2000 words or less and titled, Freedom. Other than that, let your imaginations run wild! The competition will be judged by Peter Morrison and Dr Neil Wilson. Peter, author of A Lonely Road and other stories, is a retired university lecturer, Chair of Airedale Writers Circle and a regular competition judge.

Dr Neil Wilson is author of Proper Poorly, editor of The Writer and has written many medical anecdotes, short stories and news articles. Neil is a retired GP and an active member of Airedale Writers Circle. Entry is free for NWR members and you may enter as many times as you wish. All entries should be submitted as a word document by e-mail to with the subject, ‘Short Story Competition 2015’. Include your name and contact details in the e-mail (but NOT in the story). Deadline: Midnight 30 June 2015

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Getting off the beaten track with Global Greeters Pam Collier | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR


n 1992, New Yorker, Lynne Brooks decided she wanted the world to see New York City as she did, “a great big small town”. She founded the Big Apple Greeters. Enthusiastic, local residents volunteer to show you the secrets of their beloved home town, all for free. As word spread, the Global Greeter Network grew. Ormskirk and Aughton NWR’s Pam Collier tells us how it has inspired her.

you through areas of the city not usually on the tourist trail. They ask you to let them know of any particular interests (in our case, architecture) then they match you with one of their volunteers. We were met at our hotel by Madeleine, an energetic, retired principal of a downtown high school. We set off on our urban adventure. Hopping on and off cross-town buses, we made our way through Little Ukraine, Little Italy and other culturally distinct districts Have you been lucky enough in the Lower East Side. to spend time with a Big We discovered so much Apple Greeter? On a trip to that we would have been New York, I did just that and oblivious to if not for our it was one of the best things New York Greeter. I have done. These wonderful Let me explain. The volunteers won’t accept organisation offers a free payment or tips of any kind service to personally guide but will join you for a drink


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(and a cake if pressed!). We ended our day at a delightful coffee shop which we would not have discovered on our own. We felt privileged to have been given an insight into the everyday life of New York. There are now greeters in over ninety locations worldwide. So if you are visiting Geneva, Helsinki, Moscow or even Lome in Togo visit before you go.

NWR Greeters? A challenge to NWR members! How wonderful would it be to have NWR greeters? After all, our mission statement is ‘connecting women…’ and we have over 400 groups across the country, from Arbroath to

Whitstable. I would certainly be happy to meet and greet, and guide you off the beaten track of West Lancashire. If you’re interested in greeting or being greeted, why not connect on the NWR Travel and Culture forum at

Little Italy, New York | jphilipg

Hopping on and off cross-town buses, we made our way through Little Ukraine, Little Italy and other districts in the Lower East Side.


ast, remote, beautiful. Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination, the very name of the country a byword for isolation. For most of the 20th century, Mongolia was sealed off from the world. But now the doors are open and a warm welcome awaits the growing number of tourists up for the adventure. At present, only around 11,000 Brits head to Mongolia each year. In 2014, me and my friend (and fellow NWR member), Viv Cole, were two of them. Pat Roberts | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR

Our tour group was small with just four of us, two other women from the UK, our brilliant guide, Ankaa, and our driver, Nema. I have never been a fan of camping so to say I was a little apprehensive is an understatement! But what a wonderful surprise these brightly coloured gers turned out to be. With dazzling orange interiors and warmed by a log fire, some even boasted a wardrobe, sink and dressing table. We moved camp nightly. Mongolia is a place where travellers can see the traditions of the past still practised today. We were invited into the homes of the local nomads who, from our point of view, led harsh

and hardworking lives. But, despite this, they did have their satellite dishes and mobile phones. The food was interesting but could be a problem if you were vegetarian. The nomads live off their domesticated animals, such as cattle, horses, camels, yaks, sheep and goats so their cuisine consists primarily of dairy products, meat and animal fats. In fact, animal fat is vital for them if they want to survive the cold winter temperatures that get as low as −40 °C. We learnt about Mongolia’s incredible history, went in search of the beautiful Takhi wild horses and had brief encounters with camels (which I avoided, but the others on the

tour proved much braver… Or dafter?!). My own personal highlight happened at a gers camp in a more remote part of the Gobi Desert. I got up around midnight and, as I opened the wooden door to my gers, the most amazing sight struck me – a dark sky filled with millions of stars. I will never forget it. Of course there were huge areas of Mongolia we didn’t get to see. Our guide said the west of Mongolia was even more beautiful. But that’s for another day.

As I opened the wooden door to my gers, the most amazing sight struck me – a dark sky filled with millions of stars.

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Main image: Syauqee Mohamad | Inner Mongolia Desert. Inset: Viv Cole | Ormskirk and Aughton NWR



Glasgow is our favourite city this year! There’s unmissable shopping, amazing history and unique art and culture. Why not stay for a couple of days when you come for the NWR National Conference this year and see what you can discover?

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When you think of a Kelpie what do you picture? In Scotland, this is the name given to a mythical shape-shifting water spirit that usual appears as a horse. Recently opened and towering thirty metres above the Forth & Clyde canal, stand two massive horse’s heads sculpted out of stainless steel. They reflect these mythological transforming beasts that possess the strength and endurance of ten horses. The Helix is a large park built on land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Kelpies are the central piece of art in this transformed, enduring new green space and symbolise the horse powered heritage of Scotland. Each head weighs 300 tonnes and comprises 990 unique stainless steel skin plates. The plates are intricately positioned like a jigsaw puzzle and the skin reflects the light of the day and night. We a bit of fun: Visit the Duke! Kath Latham | Editor

We afternoon tea: Willow Tea Rooms Kath Latham | Editor Mackintosh’s influence can be seen throughout the city. For the classiest cup of tea, head to the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street. Every aspect of the tea rooms the interior and exterior, the waitress dresses and even the spoons - were designed by Mackintosh in 1904. They offer a mouthwatering range of traditional food and drinks, including their famous Willow Meringues.

Not to be missed?! The Duke and his unusual headgear has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Come and see for yourself… Photo: Paul Walter | Statue of the Duke of Wellington, Queen Street, Glasgow

If you do one thing: Visit the Necropolis Kath Latham | Editor

The Necropolis is one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe and final resting place to 50,000 people. Built when Glasgow was the second city of the empire, it is a memorial to the merchant patriarchs of the city and contains the remains of almost every eminent Glaswegian of its day. The memorials were designed by leading Glaswegian architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Enjoy the great view over the city and then pop into the neighbouring brewery in Wishart Street for a pint.

Photo: John Mason | Glasgow Necropolis

We travelling back in time: The Riverside Museum Kath Latham | Editor Glasgow’s Riverside Museum won the European Museum of the Year Award 2014. Clamber on and off a South African locomotive, ride an old subway train and wander down a full-size recreation of an early 20th century Glasgow street. museums/riverside

We a unique view: Cruise the Clyde Kath Latham | Editor See Glasgow from the water. This 90-minute river tour will take you right through the heart of the city. With a day ticket you can hop on and off at various stops. Why not stop off at the Glasgow Science Centre? Photo: David Brossard Clyde River from the Glasgow Bridge

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Photo: Stevie Brown | Break this chain


We modern art: The Kelpies Claire Campbell | Strathaven NWR


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The official magazine of the National Women's Register.

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The official magazine of the National Women's Register.