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And the award goes to...

NWR has a habit of setting thoughts and ideas in motion...

Trentham

In June 2014 the Trentham group looked at the significance and value of war memorials, including their local one.

Marilyn Vigurs, from the Trentham Group tells us more:

"We thought it would be interesting to research the seventeen names listed on the memorial from the First World War. Eventually we tracked down information for all but one of the men, but we could NOT stop there. Ten of us formed ourselves into the Trentham World War One Project group and set about finding out more about who lived in this community 100 years ago and how they coped with the dark days of the war.

Over the past three years, we have used our subsequent researches to make four films, engage with local schools, organise two Heritage Open Days, run community events, mount exhibitions and lead heritage walks. We also undertook all our own fundraising. It seems as though our efforts have NOT gone unnoticed. In September 2018, we won the community group of the year in the Our Heroes awards run by our local newspaper.

That NWR meeting back in 2014 took us on quite a journey. We would NOT have missed the experience, but we will NOT be doing anything similar anytime soon!"

The photo shows five members of the project group receiving the award.

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Conference Report - The Audacity to Dream

 

The Audacity to Dream - SW04 Area Day Conference

Salisbury. Saturday October 6th 2018

After weeks of wonderful, sunny early autumn weather 120 NWR members from far and wide arrived at Sarum Academy, Salisbury in pouring rain. What a good thing we had a bucket for the umbrellas!! Good humour was the order of the day however and the rain failed to dampen spirits!

The day, ‘The Audacity to Dream’, was planned with the 70th Birthday of the NHS in mind and with such a vast brief we honed in on a few unusual and perhaps lesser known aspects!

The proceedings began with 2 presentations of Singing for Health and Well Being. Liv Mclennan brought a few of her local ‘singing for lung health’ group along and soon had the entire auditorium on their feet making amazing faces and other contortions and then singing….even those who thought they couldn’t!!

This was followed by Kate Edgar who runs several local choirs. She spoke of the health benefits of singing and camaraderie and general ‘happiness’ factor and then members of her ‘Amici ‘ choir gave a rendition( with actions)of Tuxedo Junction and soon, once again the audience were on their feet singing their hearts out. What a lot of smiley faces…

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Then came our main speaker, the Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe (just call me Ann!) who spoke on ‘NHS - Dream or Nightmare’. Her presentation was amusing and much laughter filled the hall. It was also serious and thought provoking and a salutary warning that the NHS has to change dramatically to survive. Nye Bevan did not, and indeed could not, envisage or foresee the future back in 1948. The advances in medical science, the increase in average life expectancy and the growth in population and immigration all play their part in making the original ‘Dream’ into today’s unwieldy and underfunded ‘Nightmare’. Ann said she had no magic formula but felt strongly that an open discussion involving all political parties alongside professionals in the medical field must take place to come to any workable solution. Each political party in power has to stop passing the buck and blaming the next. There was ample question time and as usual NWR ladies were not backward in coming forward!

Then before a wonderful lunch, Laura Drysdale from the Restoration Trust gave a fascinating insight into The Human Henge Project which took place last year using the Stonehenge Landscape with English Heritage with a group of people with mental health problems. A few of the participants came along and read poems and one lady played a penny whistle for us! Part of the presentation was by Yvette Staelens who managed the Human Henge project and she presented a very moving and emotional and insightful audio visual record of the project.

After lunch everyone repaired to their chosen workshop on various aspects of health and well being after which each group reported back to a plenary session with a question or statement to ponder.

Then our Trustee Josephine Burt introduced our brand new Patron, Marion Molteno (incidentally she was a speaker at our last SW04 conference!) Marion introduced herself and asked that as Patron she might be involved as much as possible with area and national events in the future. She is a super, approachable, kind person with a wealth of experience and knowledge, so I urge all members to include her in NWR activities and to make her welcome.

We finished our day with more music, this time the glorious voce of Katie Ereira . Katie is hoping to gain a place at the Welsh Conservatoire next year and we wish he well. Her voice is truly ethereal and I think many attendees were close to tears as she filled the auditorium with 3 songs including Abba’s ‘I Have a Dream’ which seemed totally appropriate to the title of our day. Katie’s mum is one of our Salisbury NWR members.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our day. The Dream Team of Organisers was, and still is, well pleased!! The one common thread that came from all ideas and views expressed in the varied presentations is that we must all take some responsibility for our own health. The NHS turns up trumps in an emergency situation but has to deal with far too many unnecessary and avoidable pressures on its time, expertise and funds.

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Look after yourselves!

 

Vanessa Moulding

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Planning for NWR's 60th Anniversary in 2020

Natalie has booked a national planning meeting in Birmingham on 20th October and she is hoping to visit potential conference venues the day before. The next national meeting will take place in Birmingham on the 14th January 2019.

 

Minutes from the first 2020 Planning Meeting

 

Please complete the survey link below if you are interested in being involved in planning for NWR's 60th Anniversary. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWR2020 


Regional 2020 planning meetings for the new year:

North East - Durham - 15th March 2019
North West - Manchester - 25th February 2019
Scotland - Edinburgh - 18th February 2019
West Midlands - Birmingham - 14th January 2019
East Midlands - Nottingham - 11th February 2019
Eastern - Bury St Edmunds or Elvedon - 28th January 2019
Central - Hitchin - 18th January 2019
South East - Tunbridge Wells - 8th February 2019
South West - Taunton - 25th February 2019

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Room 101

We recently had a fun and informative evening exploring ‘Room 101’.
It was a chance to exile your top peeve or worst nightmare from our world forever. We tried to persuade those present to banish these hates to oblivion in Room 101.
Room 101 was the torture room in George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" which contained "the worst thing in the world", that is a person's ultimate breaking point. For Winston, one of the main characters, this was rats.
George Orwell named Room 101 after a room in BBC Broadcasting House where he would sit through tedious meetings during World War II. When the original room at the BBC was due to be demolished a plaster cast was made by the artist Rachel Whiteread and displayed in the cast courts of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from November 2003 to June 2004.
The BBC television programme "Room 101" ran from 1994 until July this year when Frank Skinner announced it had been axed. The first celebrity to appear on it was Bob Monkhouse who condemned French to Room 101. When Anne Robinson took part years later and banished Wales, the controversy this caused led to an investigation by the BBC Standards Commission. They viewed her comments on the programme as "bordering on racism".
Our own suggestions proved less controversial but led to much discussion and laughter, including:
.affected accents (whether highbrow or not)
.wind farms, the use of
.excessive use of vehicle reversing alarms
.call centre scripts
.extremely early Christmas tat displays with muzak
.spray pumps in plastic bottles which you can’t twist open to get the last bit
.snakes
After voting there was a tie with 7 votes each for call centre scripts and Christmas tat. We were most entertained by Jane's dancing Christmas tree!!

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Lily Langtry, affairs and tea

Deborah, Irene and I took Afternoon Cream Tea at Langtry Manor today - unfortunately Dee wasn’t well enough to join us and Jan didn’t make it.

We had our tea sitting amongst portraits of Edward V11th and The Jersey Lily in the Dining Room, beneath the Minstrels Gallery. We entertained each other with snippets of Lily’s life and loves and tales of Francesca Annis who received a BAFTA for her portrayal of Lily in the ITV series first screened in 1979 ( and yes, we all remembered it well). We moved on to wonder at what some women saw in ‘ men of power’, notably Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler and concluded that their power/ arrogance was probably the mesmerising key! ( No we still don’t get it!) We also talked about the attraction by women of a certain age to younger men ( and the reason these relationships often didn’t have legs) and concluded this was something we totally understood!

 

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