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National Women’s Register (NWR) Update

The NWR is to connect women for discussion, friendship, and fun. We do not get involved in campaigns or fund-raising – our values are open-minded, welcoming, friendly, respectful and embracing difference. We are very democratic with everyone having a say in our programme and taking turns to lead or host a meeting. Chineham and Old Basing NWR generally meet on the first Monday of each month at 2pm in each other’s homes. We have restarted our additional monthly lunch meetings at a local pub and after over a year of Zoom meetings we had a discussion meeting outside with seven who each researched and spoke about someone from the list of BBC 100 Women of the Year 2020. Women chosen were: Wendy Beatriz Caishpal Jaco, disability activist; Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland; Lorna Prendergast, dementia academic; Dame Sarah Gilbert who lead the Oxford Covid vaccine team; Nadine Kaadam, illustrator and writer; Nasrin Sotoudeh, Human Rights lawyer and Julie Budge, domestic abuse activist.

Subject to guidance in August we will be having the highlight of my NWR year– the tutored wine tasting led by the knowledgeable husband of one of our members. In September we will discuss superstitions and in October will talk about gardens we have enjoyed visiting. Some of our members are also in the Thursday evening monthly Book Group. The current book is ‘Small Pleasures’ by Clare Chambers which was set in 1957.

If you enjoy lively conversation and broadened horizons whilst having fun and meeting people (according to the current guidance) please look at www.nwr.org.uk, or contact our current local organiser Karen via karen.dann@gmail.com or call Karen on 01256 328488 for a chat.

Sandie Tapping