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Leighton Buzzard Observer – anniversary celebrations

On 25th February 2020 the Leighton Buzzard local newspaper published a letter submitted by Local Organiser, Heather de Lacey

2020 is a momentous year for the National Women’s Register here in Leighton Buzzard and nationally.

We are delighted to be taking part in the national 60th anniversary celebrations this year, as well as commemorating our own 50th anniversary with a special lunch and tree planting ceremony in March.

NWR began as a result of a letter to a newspaper, written by Maureen Nicol to The Guardian in response to an article headlined ‘Squeezed in like sardines in suburbia’ on the women’s page.

Maureen is alive today and must be very proud of how the NWR has developed over the past 60 years.

The name has changed from National Housewives Register to the National Women’s Register, and women’s lives, too, have changed immeasurably. But what has not changed is the stimulation we continue to enjoy of being in a women’s group and the help we give each other in offering friendship and combating loneliness and isolation.

We have seen our Leighton Buzzard group flourish and expand as we continually increase our range of activities such as book groups, walking groups, discussion meetings, coffee mornings, scrabble and outings to name but a few. two of our members have successfully set up new groups in Milton Keynes. Our hope is that women will continue to join NWR and benefit from it as much as we do. We see no reason why it wouldn’t be around in another 60 years.