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Eggheads Team Update

Wow – what can I say, thank you so much to everyone who put their name forward for our Eggheads team. We had over 50 NWR members who were ready to take on the smartest team on television (you’re a braver bunch than me!), with many more of you getting in touch to say what a good idea you thought it was to try and get a team together.

Names were pulled out of a hat to choose the team as we were so short of time and we have now put the application in to Eggheads and are waiting for the producers to get back to us to say whether we have got through to the next stage.

We got some great suggestions for team names, but the most popular suggestion was ‘Lively Minded Women’ which sums you all up perfectly, so that is the one we submitted.

I’ll keep you informed on what happens next and let you know the team members once we have finalised details. Thank you everyone who got invoved.

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Calling all quizzers... NWR needs you!

All NWR members should have received an email about about the NWR 'Eggheads' Team.  We are hoping to apply for the next round of filming to see if NWR are smart enough to beat the Eggheads (I know we are!) but we need to get a team together before the 5th December; less than a week away!

Please contact Sara Jane, our website and publicity coordinator ASAP if you would like to take part... and if you are not a whizz at quizzing then make sure you encourage anyone else in your group you think fits the bill.

If you didn't receive the email and want more information please contact SJ by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - but be quick!

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Country theme information now available!

The country theme information for Romania is now available to download from the website for your groups to take part next year.

You need to login to the Members dashboard and it can be found under the Resources tab and then programme planning.  If you are not sure how to log in, get in touch and we can help.

If you do not have the facilities to print the pack then you can request a paper copy from the office.

 

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TTT Clues and Answers

 

The 2017 TTT answers are in!

Winners list and message from the Taunton group

 

Recent Comments
Janet Barclay
We are completely baffled - can we have an additional clue to help us please?
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:37
Ann Gillies
Did any groups struggle with the TTT this year? Or was it just us?
Saturday, 18 November 2017 20:32
Karen Elphick
Yep, we found it difficult, and in some cases, impossible! Hopefully the answers will be published soon?
Sunday, 19 November 2017 16:19
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Report of SW Area Workshop – Women and Film

When groups in Devon were planning an Area workshop, member Marie Handyside knew who would fit the bill. Her daughter Dr Fiona Handyside is a senior lecturer in European film at the University of Exeter and had recently written a book on 'Sofia Coppola; A Cinema of Girlhood' (featured in the 2017 Big Read). So, on Saturday 28 October, over forty members and visitors from Devon and Cornwall came together for a workshop on 'Women and Film: Images, Memories and Fantasies'.

We started with a presentation by Fiona and her colleague Dr Danielle Hipkins, which expanded on the NWR national theme for 2017 of women in film. Interspersed with film clips, they focused on the multiple ways women interact with film: as directors, as stars and as viewers. We learnt how films such as 'Breakfast at Tiffanys', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Lost in Translation' subverted and changed how women were portrayed. Some of the very few 2017 films made by women such as 'United Kingdom', Wonder Women', 'Viceroy's House' and 'Beguiled' were highlighted.

After an excellent lunch we moved from the cinema style setting to workshop tables and encouraged by various questions, discussed the changing roles of women in film and shared memories of cinema going. Some members were regular cinema goers in the 1950s and 60s and recalled plots and stars from those times. Memories were stimulated and illuminated by posters, books and magazines from the University's Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Many thanks to Carolyn Hempenstall, Glenda Cooper and the area team for arranging such an interesting, informative and stimulating event. I returned home inspired to find out more, view productions more critically and with a list of films to see and some to watch again.

Fiona and Danielle have kindly offered to create a pack so that other NWR groups can explore or revisit the Women in Film topic.

Josephine Burt

Oct 2017

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