Things To Do

GFWI Things To Do 2020
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LADY DENMAN CUP 2020


The Lady Denman Cup Competition is an annual writing competition run by NFWI. This year’s theme is ‘What I heard on the bus …’.
Using no more than 500 words, WI members are invited to submit a piece of writing, either comical, serious, fact or fiction, based on a conversation they have overheard, or imagined they had heard, on the bus. Have some fun with this! It’s a great theme!

Applications forms and more information can be found on MyWI - the NEW closing date is Friday 18th September for members to submit their entries to their Federation office, and then Federations have until Friday 16th October to select up to three entries to go forward for national judging.

JULY EVENTS

Must sees of Cambridge - a talk by Murray Jacobs - Tues 28th July at 2pm 

This virtual tour will show anyone who hasn’t been to Cambridge the most important areas to visit. Those who have often visited Cambridge will also discover things they didn’t know. Murray will focus on King’s College and King’s College Chapel as many people may have listened to “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” or watched “Carols from King’s” on Christmas Eve and this might add to their appreciation. The tour will last approximately 35 minutes and will include images from Google Street View and PowerPoint slides. The talk will be interactive and if time allows, questions will be taken at the end.

Tickets £4 via Eventbrite (click here)

Secrets, Scandal and Salacious Gossip  - a talk by Sarah Slater - Thurs 30th July at 7pm 

Sarah Slater is a Guide Lecturer at Historic Royal Palaces and a costumed tour guide at Hampton Court Palace. In her talk about Sex, Secrets, Scandal and Salacious Gossip of the Royal Court, 1660 to 1830 she will disclose all the naughty bits of history you would probably not have learnt about at school! She will discuss sexual diseases of the time and the methods used to prevent them. Warning, this tour is not for the prude, it is fun but rude!

Tickets £4 via Eventbrite (click here)

AUGUST EVENTS

A virtual walking tour of Kensington with David Tucker - Thurs 6th August at 7pm 

If you are planning to attend the NFWI Annual Meeting at the Albert Hall next April and want to explore the area, this talk is a must. The tour will start with aerial views from Trafalgar Square to Kensington. That's so we understand where exactly Kensington is found in the London crown. And – location, location, location – that ride over the rooftops unlocks the secrets of Kensington's success. Why and how this ancient village became what it is: the wealthiest borough in the country.

Tickets £4 via Eventbrite (click here)

Alfred the Gorilla - A talk by Ray Barnett of Bristol Museum - Tues 11th August at 11am

Bristol Zoo's famous resident, Alfred the gorilla, was an animal celebrity in his day and is still remembered with affection by the people of Bristol. His lively personality included a habit of throwing snowballs, wearing woolly jumpers, and a dislike of bearded men and aeroplanes. Stories of Alfred even made the press in America during World War II as US Army troops stationed in Bristol sent stories and postcards of him home

Tickets £4 via Eventbrite (click here)

FABULOUS FABRIC FLOWERS - Saturday 15th Aug - 10am - £14 (includes materials which will be posted to you following registration)

CROQUET TASTER - 20TH AUGUST - CANCELLED.

BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM TRIP - 20TH & 21ST AUGUST - CANCELLED

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Terracotta Pot Painting - Thurs 17th Sept - 10.00am-12.30 

Cost £10 (via form with your secretary) Join in as you watch. You will need: 2 terracotta pots (new in a manageable size), acrylic craft paint - a variety of colours (suggested is red orange green blue and purple), masking tape, round tipped brushes (a finer one and a thicker one), a pot of water, a saucer/palette for paints, towel/rag to dry brushes and paper to practice designs on.

COMING SOON...

AUTUMN MEETING - 26TH OCT - 10:30PM TO 3:30PM - MOVED FROM 25TH MARCH
Where: Cheltenham Town Hall
Cost: £13.50 for non-delegates, more information to follow

2021 Planning

MOKUNE GANE WORKSHOP - 17th February
PEARL STRINGING WORKSHOP - 10th March

ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING - 24th March - Cheltenham Town Hall

BOOK BINDING WORKSHOP - 7th April

NFWI ANNUAL MEETING - 19th April - Royal Albert Hall, London

CREWEL EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP - 5th May

WALKING WEEKEND - 7th - 9th May

SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT FINAL - 20th May - WI House

ROYAL THREE COUNTIES SHOW - MARQUEE ONLY - 18th to 20th June

ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA TRIP -  6th July

SWISHING EVENT - Spring 2021