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Here are some photos from other events across the County:-
February County Walk
On a beautiful spring morning, members friends and family met at Blisworth and walked by the Grand Union Canal to the Blisworth Arm junction with Gayton. Click here for more on the walking group
Focus on the Federation
What better way to spend a winter Saturday morning than with friends - with plates on your heads and indulging in coffee and croissants, with fruit too! This was the annual get-together of sub-committee members, Federation appointees and Trustees. Much fun had by all. Why not come and join us?
Walking off the Mince Pies
The Walking Group sends their very best wishes for 2020.This happy group paused briefly in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, on the way back to Barton Seagrave.
2019 Christmas Coffee Morning
Forget the dismal weather outside, we enjoyed wonderful warming company at WI House, including coffee/tea and cake with a bonus of a free second cup!
November County Walk - Ashton / Oundle The morning turned out to be mild and almost dry Ann had quickly improvised a 'town' walk owing to many of the riverside paths being flooded. We explored Oundle on the way to Barnwell Country Park before retracing our steps to the Chequered Skipper for refreshments. Click here for more on the Walking Group
MOT for Federations - Our National Chair came to Northamptonshire! She is also a National Trainer but quite capable of carrying a tray of cups! Along with Catherine Blaxhall we were guided through an MOT and not a car in sight! A fun but informative day for Trustees.
2019 AGM - Baroness Floella Benjamin received a standing ovation for her inspirational talk. A fantastic evening where reports of our amazing year were heard, upcoming events publicised, winners of our raffle and bursaries were delighted and everyone had a super time!
October County Walk on a Wet Saturday - 23 intrepid walkers braved the weather for a 5 mile walk. Unfortunately the views of the Welland Valley were masked by conditions! Click here for more on the Walking Group
Congratulations Weston Favell Evening WI on your 70th birthday!
Federation four day trip to Sunderland 13-17 October 2019
Another great trip for NCFWI members (and family and friends) to the North East. Huge thanks to the Travel committee for organising such an excellent break. Here's to the next one! Click here for more photos
'SENSATION' ABBA Tribute Band - We had a blast!
WI Climate Ambassadors - out and about again!
Say 'Hello' to Cloudier who was at the Daventry Food Festival with Braunston WI members.Cloudier was featuring the Climate Change scarf that the ladies from Braunston WI had knitted- each row represents the temperature of every year from 1919 to help us visualise the impact of climate change.
Visitors to the WI stand were met with words of encouragement to learn how we can all make small changes in reducing our carbon footprint and were encouraged to eat seasonally. #The Time is Now to take action on Climate Change!
Well done to the Braunston WI ladies and special thanks to Kate who always supports our #Showthelove campaign.
Congratulations to Bozeat WI as they celebrate their 70th anniversary
"One Man's Legacy to Kettering"
This month was the annual fund raiser for the Walking Group. Family and friends joined the group at Barton Seagrave Village Hall for a talk by Wicksteed Park's Community Link Manager,followed by tea and cake,prior to walking around Wicksteed Park. Click here for more photos
2019 NFWI AGM in Bournemouth
Delegates from Northamptonshire joined 4000 members from other Federations for the AGM. An inspiring Conference, meeting up with friends but not forgetting the real purpose of the Conference - to conduct the business of the AGM.
Chipping Camden & Sezincote House
A beautiful sunny day to visit the Cotswolds. Click here for more photos.
2019 Skittles Final
Earls Barton Working Mens Club was the venue for the Skittles Final between Great Billing WI (last year's winners) and Welton WI (who had never been to a final before). This year's final did not disappoint - it was hotly contested with an entourage of enthusiastic supporters. Huge congratulations are due to Welton WI our 2019 Champions!
Congratulations RAUNDS WI on receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor for their time and service at Raunds Town Council coffee and film afternoons, which are aimed at people on their own to come and make new friends. Sometimes up to 150 people turn up. Well done!
A well attended walking group this time at the "Meander in May". Seen here on the banks of the River Nene near Denford.
Watercolours Fast and Loose
Watercolourists "had a go" and found this to be a fascinating hobby.This was a return visit for Gill, our excellent tutor who made the workshop just as enjoyable as previous times.
2019 County Quiz
The closely contested County Quiz held at Wicksteed Park Pavilion was won by Northampton Kingsley WI, closely followed by Geddington & Newton A team which came second and Cosgrove WI which came third. Photo shows David Saint presenting the trophy to the Northampton Kingsley WI team.
Despite high winds those in the April walking group set off from Cogenhoe.
Northamptonshire Denman Weekend - click to go to our Denman page
Some photos from the recent Federation weekend stay at Denman College. Members chose from 3 course options Blenheim and The Churchills, Wildlife Walks or Pewterwork - and a fun time was had by all!
The Mahjong Club celebrated their 15th Anniverary.
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Plenty to see and explore on a recent trip to Trentham Gardens.
Spring Coffee Morning 2019
Climate change was on the Agenda as Towcester Evening WI brought along their display, including a washing line. More significantly they showed us their Best Green Heart Award which was presented at the Climate Coalition's Show the Love" Green Heart Hero Awards. No Coffee Morning would be complete without shopping, WI coffee & cake and lots of fun meeting members from round the County.
Science Lectures - "Microbiotics" & "Yuck that's Disgusting"
Professor Hilary MacQueen informed and entertained us with her talk on "Microbiotics". Doctor Rachel McMullan introduced us to her "Disgust-o-meter". In a relaxed way we learned of the Good Bugs and the Bad Bugs in our bodies. Also of experiments and advances in medical science. Who would think science could be so interesting!
Jigsaw Fun Day Dextrous members became utterly absorbed in this fun and addictive day completing 1000 piece jigsaws. Winning table took approx three and a half hours.
"Focus on the Federation" where our Top Team of Trustees and committee members met informally for their annual get-together. Bronnley entertained us with their quintessential fragrances and a good time was had by all!
Walking Group members dressed suitably for the February weather, enjoyed their walk near Bugbrooke
Christmas Coffee Morning 2018
Members delighted in meeting up with others from all over the County, enjoyed their coffee/cake, browsed the enterprises stall and marvelled at Debs' willow weaving. A reflective time was when a tree was planted in WI House garden in memory of Winnie Shurville, a founder member of Weston Favell WI.
The murk did not dispel the enjoyment from the Walking Group on their November walk
Over 35 attendees from across the county enjoyed a very lively 2nd Canasta Fun Day at WI House
WI Christmas Craft Fair held at The Tithe Barn, Wellingborough - many stalls offering much retail therapy, showing the skills and diversity of WI members, together with some local charity stalls. Lots of fun had by all, even Jules of Radio Northampton came in search of some "Treasure"!
The Walking Group followed the combined harvester across the Holdenby Estate on a glorious Saturday morning.
Chipping Warden and Edgcote WI - Federation Centenary Celebrations
Chipping Warden and Edgcote WI recently had their own Federation Centenary celebration. They planted a Silver Birch tree outside the WI hall which was publicised by the local newspaper. A beautiful slate plaque joins the tree.
The picture of the tree was taken this spring once it had grown and was in leaf and it still doing well.
They also held a cheese and wine party with music for the village. Plans are in hand for the celebration of there WI’s centenary in May next year.
July walk, near Stoke Bruerne
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Sunny May walk, near Clipston.
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Does your WI have their banner ready for the Centenary picnic at Althorp House? Here are some that are ready to be displayed at what will be a fabulous day on the 24th June 2018.
Spring Coffee Morning 2018
Flore WI won the Challenge Trophy to design and make the NCFWI Centenary Banner which was unveiled by Sue Kendall, County Chairman, at the Spring Coffee Morning
Badby and Fawsley WI turn 100!
Sue Kendall, County Chairman joined Badby and Fawsley WI as they celebrated their centenary in style.
Canasta Fun Day
A great day was had by those that attended the recent Canasta fun day at WI House.
Happy 20th birthday to Staverton WI
Desborough WI at Denman College
Members of Desborough WI recently organised a day at Denman College. They enjoyed a tour and a canape making session amongst other things. Why not organise a Denman day for your WI? For more information visit www.denman.org.uk or call 01865 391 991.
29 June 2017 "Our Future Green and Pleasant Land" Climate event
A very informative evening at Roade Village Hall. Members heard from two speakers, Brian Evesham, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and Quentin Clark, Director for Business Collaboration at LEAF. Click here for a report by Kate Mawer, Braunston WI and Northamptonshire Federation Climate Ambassador.
8 June 2017 NFWI Annual Meeting held in Liverpool
The Northamptonshire contingent travelled up the day before and some members visited the Cavern Club whilst others were blown away by the Mersey. Successful conference with both Resolutions being passed and the conference ended with the Echo Centre rocking to the Sounds of the Mersey!
2017 Darts & Skittles Finals
Another exciting evening with Bouverie WI being crowned Darts Champions and Kelmarsh Harrington & Arthingworth WI being crowned Skittles Champions.
Wootton WI held a sponsored Walk the World
2017 County Quiz
Congratulations to Cosgrove WI who came first in the 2017 County Quiz with 57 points. In a full room of teams from WIs from all over the County second place with 55 points was Hunsbury Hill 'A' with 55 points and third Roade WI with 54. Many thanks to our excellent quizmaster BBC Radio Northampton presenter Helen Blaby.
Spring Coffee Morning 2017
Photos show what an enjoyable event this was!
WI Fair at Alexandra Palace
Look who we met at the WI Fair!
Raunds WI members enjoyed their chat with Janice Langley and will display this prized photo of Janice at their 90th party in 2017.
Four Day Stay in Caernarvon visiting WI Museum and North Wales
Travel committee have excelled themselves again by organising a wonderful trip to North Wales. One of the highlights was visiting the home of the First WI in Britain where we were entertained by Anglesey Federation. Click here for more photos and details of this enjoyable and, of course, educational trip.
Royal School of Needlework and Hampton Court Palace
Members visited the "Stories in Stitches" exhibition at the RSN and enjoyed some of the many fascinating experiences on offer at Hampton Court Palace.
Christmas Coffee Morning
An excellent morning - great cake!
Lots of members meeting friends and having a lovely time.
2016 WI Christmas Craft Fair at Guildhall, Northampton
Amazing crafts of all description for that special Christmas gift.
The 'Treasure' on Radio Northampton's Treasure Quest was found by Jules Osmany of Radio Northampton, ie Anne Rodwell who spearheaded the Fair.
Northamptonshire Federation Weekend
at Denman, November 2016
Christine, our Denman Ambassador, excelled herself with the wonderful, educational and thoroughly enjoyable courses. Here's to the next time!
Literary Lunch with Ingrid Seward, Author of "The Queen's Speech"
Ingrid gave an entertaining and informative talk on HM The Queen's long reign
and included a few anecdotes of the Royals at work and play.
"Top of the Class" at an Advanced Driving Day
Out of 125 members from around the Country, our very own Kate came out Top after negotiating various manouvres compiled by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Well done Kate!
Tips from the experts made for a successful Jam Making day at Green Acres, Staverton, including lunch taken with WI members from around the County.
Visit to Winterbourne House
A visit to Winterbourne Botanical Gardens, plus Winterbourne House,
then on for a guided tour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts -
all in the company of wonderful WI friends. Click here
Behind closed Bins!
Steve of SNC welcomed WI members to a packed Council Chamber to hear all about what happens to our recycling once it has been collected from the roadside.
Sporty members had a little target practice!
The Chemistry of a Cream Tea
Dr Natalie Fey (left) enthused members whilst they learned about the structure of molecules, what makes jam set or a scone rise and the chemical process for making milk turn sour. An enthralling Workshop.
2016 NFWI Annual Meeting held in Brighton
The Northamptonshire contingent was lead by our County Chairman Sue Kendall.
Click here for more about this event.
2016 Skittles Tournament
An exciting Final was played at Earls Barton WMC with a delighted Great Billing WI crowned Champions.This was a double celebration as they were runners-up in the Darts Tournament. Well done Great Billing WI!
Equally delighted were Wootton WI the runners-up of the Skittles Tournament as this is the first time they have reached the Final. A great event thoroughly enjoyed by all teams during the winter months.
Table Runner Workshop
Here is some of the work that talented members recently produced.
Walk from Sherington including Hollington Wood
On probably the hottest day of the year, so far, members family and friends enjoyed a colourful walk from Sherington and were delighted to discover the bluebells in Hollington Wood.
Visit to the World Wedgwood April 2016
Members enjoyed a trip to the World of Wedgewood. After the tour they partook of tea and cake on the most delicate of crockery!
Darts Tournament 2016 at Earls Barton WMC
A fun day much enjoyed by all teams! Middleton Cheney WI were ecstatic to retain the Cup and are the 2016 Champions. A jubilant team from Great Billing WI were runners-up , the first time they had entered! Here's to an exciting Tournament in 2017.
90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Northamptonshire Federation sent greetings to HM The Queen with a beautiful card depicting a Northamptonshire rose made by Eileen of Towcester Evening WI.
Visit to Northampton Shoe Museum
Weather and venue - perfect! The talk and examples of historic shoes, available to inspect at close quarters, very instructive. Afterwards we viewed the extensive and attractively displayed shoes and "tools of the trade".
Spring County Lunch 2016
Ben Fraser was an excellent speaker. He spoke of his journey towards becoming a finalist in the Great British Bake Off, with amusing anecdotes and tips on baking. This was followed by a delicious lunch provided by our own hard-working Catering Team.
Spring Coffee Morning 2016
This turned out to be a load of fun!
Just look at those cakes!Who would think drawing the raffle could be such fun!
"My Life, whatever the weather" with John Kettley
Entertaining evening with a plenty of humour. Much enjoyed by all.
Lovely Festive Coffee Morning at WI House
Click here to see more about our AGM at Spinney Theatre
We enjoyed a Cream Tea at Milton Malsor Village Hall to celebrate United Nations International Day for Rural Women. Click here for more news on this event and the work of ACWW in Northamptonshire.
The WI County Walking Group discovered a Windmill on their latest walk which commenced at Haversham.
The "Scottish Royal Highlights & the Edinburgh Tattoo" tour was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed. Photo shows just a few who were lucky enough to taste the delights of Scotland.
Felix Francis, author/writer and son of the late Dick Francis, was the Guest Speaker at our Literary Lunch held at Greens Restaurant, Collingtree Park. He spoke of his life and how he came to follow in his father's footsteps.
Northamptonshire's Centenary Picnic at Sulgrave Manor was a memorable day.
2015 Centenary Annual General Meeting at Royal Albert Hall
Wendy Dunkley, President of Hackleton & District WI took to the podium
WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
Photo shows the Presidents of Northampton Martinis and Denford WI
about to enter Buckingham Palace
2015 Darts & Skittles Finals
After months of competition around the County, the Finals were held at Earls Barton WMC in May. County Skittles Champions are Earls Barton WI, with Bouverie WI runners-up.
2015 County Darts Champions are Middleton Cheney WI, with Hunsbury Hill WI runners-up.
2015 County Quiz
Congratulations to Brigstock "A" Team for being the Winners with 56 points, Hackleton & District were 2nd with 55 points and Hunsbury Hill "C" Team were third with 54 points. Could not have been much closer! Well done to all.
Spring County Lunch 2105
The Catering Committee truly excelled themselves with the most delicious imaginative lunch. Our speaker, Melissa Little, was entertaining as well as educational. There was an exceptionally happy atmosphere in the tranquil venue of Great Houghton Village Hall. Follow that!
Spring Coffee Morning 2015
Members declared Spring and enjoyed some retail therapy too!
An Evening with Eric Knowles
An hilarious evening enjoyed by all with anecdotes of Eric's life -
and a few items about antiques thrown in!!
Christmas Coffee Morning 2014
look at all those pennants, Christmas Wreaths, and a feel the festive atmosphere!
Day Visit to Wightwick Manor & David Austin's Rose Gardens
A Literary Lunch at Flore - Speaker, Liz Brandow
Richard III was born at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. Liz Brandow talked us through the controversy and speculation so many years after his death. A scintillating talk followed by a delicious lunch.
Gliding - at Husbands Bosworth
These "taster sessions" were a rip roaring success (see photos below).
Liz Garrod was a real trouper and had two launches. Maeve Taylor only had one launch but stole the show on Friday evening as she "looped the loop".
Darts & Skittles Final 2014
Every year we hold a Darts and Skittles Tournament which proves very popular. The Winners rceived a Shield on the night of the Finals and the Teams are presented with a Trophy at our AGM in October. Congratulations to Middleton Cheney WI (Darts Champions) and Bouverie WI (Skittles Champions).
An Evening with Michael Portillo
A full house welcomed Michael Portillo and thoroughly enjoyed a great evening. Michael spoke affectionately of his parents and his childhood, moving on to his political life and now in the media. He fielded some challenging questions in the Q&A session afterwards.
Mahjong - 10th Anniversary Party
This group meets at WI House. Husbands family and friends all welcome.
"Inspiring Women" at Peterborough
Northamptonshire Trustees, Federation Appointees and sub committee members joined other local Federations at the first of the "Inspiring Women" conferences
Spring County Lunch 2014
The Reverend Richard Coles entertained over 100 members at Barnwell Village Hall with a witty and amusing talk. This was followed by a delicious Italian themed luncheon prepared by our wonderful Catering Committee.
Scrabble Competition 2013
Having retained her crown last year as County WI Scrabble Champion Judith Pidd retained the trophy again this year. Shirley Corke presented the trophy to Judith at the Christmas Coffee Morning.
Our Christmas Coffee Mornings are always well supported. This year there were plenty of Christmas wreaths for sale; all made by Mary Sheldon, so many goodies to buy at our WI Enterprise able and as usual excellent refreshments. All this makes for a very pleasant start to the festive period.
Craft Fair November 2013
A lot of hard work, by WI members throughout the year, culminates in our annual Craft Fair. The proceeds from the sale of some very imaginative crafts helps to boost WI funds. Refreshments at this event are always popular and a lot of fun is had by all.
County Lunch October 2013
Twice a year WI members have the opportunity to attend a County Lunch. These are held in different areas of the County and this October Greens Norton Village Hall was the chosen venue. The Speaker was Group Captain Tim Hewlett, recently retired as Director of Royal Travel. Our photos show Shirley Corke, Chairman, with Group Captain Tim Hewlett as well as members of Boddington WI who were lucky to win raffle prizes and the table arrangement.
County Quiz April 2013
Newly refurbished Wicksteed Park was the venue for this bi-annual quiz and welcomed approximately 320 members to pit their wits against each other with 'back by demand' popular quiz master David Saint. Winners this year were Hunsbury Hill WI.
Day Visit to Highclere Castle April 2013
Following the success of the TV series Downton Abbey the venue used for filming the series, Highclere Castle, proved a very popular visit.
Prue Leith - November 2012 - Brooke Weston College, Corby
Prue Leith, one of Television's favourite personalities regaled us with many stories about her life and launched her new book "Relish, My life on a plate"
2012 was a very special year. Not only did we celebrate the London 2012 Olympics with the journey of the Baton but we went on to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at a most prestigious venue - the grounds of Holdenby House. A cold night and threatening rain did not dampen the spirits of around 600 members, their family and friends.
DAIRY DAY 19 MAY 2012 at WI House to highlight the WI's campaign MISSION MILK turned out to be a most interesting event. Delicious dairy produce to try and buy. A lot of fun was had with Urban Farm, Northampton's wooden cow. Please take a minute to browse the gallery.
CARD FIT FOR A QUEEN
Janette Hopkins, Yardley Hastings WI, has made a beautiful "waterfall card" which has been sent to Her Majesty the Queen, congratulating her on her Diamond Jubilee.
JOURNEY OF THE BATON
An Olympic-themed idea to commemorate the huge sporting event in London this summer has been launched by members of Northamptonshire WI.
The journey of the Baton is a relay between all 126 WIs across Northamptonshire which began with Hunsbury Hill WI on 15 February 2012.
After stopping at every WI for 24 hours the Baton will finish its journey at Holdenby House on Thursday 21 June when the Northamptonshire WI will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the grounds.
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