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and RE-OPEN 11am FRI 5th Jan, 2024.


Geraldine Russell-Jones

Hello Everyone,

Now we are in the run-up to Christmas – always a busy and exciting time. We have taken a chance at winning one
of the many eye-catching prizes at Bingo, indulged in some retail therapy in Llandudno and, hopefully, garnered some ideas for
Christmas gifts, as well as learning some relevant skills at the ‘Welcome to Christmas’ event. Those of us who went on the
‘Turkey and Tinsel’ will have been well-immersed in the Christmas spirit already.After such a busy month – time to relax.
Come and take part in our annual Carol Service in Welshpool on 4th Dec. Bring a friend.
As usual, there will be mince pies and tea or coffee afterwards.
By now, you should have had your annual meetings and I hope that all officers (new and old!) are settling in happily. I’m sure that
you are aware that every help possible is available and, to this end, would welcome you to attend the  Officers’ Training Day at
Abermule on Sat 27th Jan, where there is an opportunity to discuss your role.
I must pass on congratulations to Llwydiarth WI which celebrated its 90th Anniversary this year and thank their members for their
generous hospitality to some lucky Board Members, present and past, who were regaled with a delicious tea and songs.
The Board of Trustees join me in wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Best wishes/Cofion gorau,     Geraldine  Now read on…………..

NFWI ANNUAL MEETING 5th June 2024 in the Royal Albert Hall, London. 

A two night stay in London Tues 4th to Thurs 6th June, Observer tickets @ £28, coach travel @ £16.(Coach subsidised by
NFWI pooling of funds)  Please register your request for an Observer ticket, if over-subscribed a draw will be made.
Hotel accommodation at The Holiday Inn Express, Wandsworth £210.00 per person based on sharing twin room inc. 
Buffet breakfast. 
Delegates will receive ticket for meeting, coach travel and one nights accommodation covered by the PMF AGM fund.
N.B. delegates or their WI will be required to pay for the second nights’ accommodation. ( £105 )
There may also be the opportunity for members not attending the meeting to join us for a 2 day break in London,
contact the office for availability. Booking directly with the Fed.Office.

N.B. Deposit £50.  Full payment  NO LATER than 31st March to secure your place.

TREASURER: Federation Treasurer Lisa Hamer   


Pro-Rata for NEW members joining 1st Oct – 31st Dec £23.00

Break down NFWI £6.30, PMFWI £5.40 and WI Share £ 11.30  / depending on WI Flexibility.

TREASURERS: WIs still banking with HSBC and incurring bank charges, there are alternatives.
If you need any advice or help to change banks please contact the office.

NFWI Wales Conference Thurs 4th April 2024 at Threatr Bryncheiniog, Brecon.

N.B. A change to the usual format, the morning conference followed by a choice of activities.
In person Morning Conference only @ £10  / Conference plus afternoon activity @ £15
Choices:- Afternoon Sing-a-long with Choral Hub / Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop/Acrylic Painting/Historic Walk around Brecon.
Optional Lunch Box @ £8.
Online Morning Conference @ £5 per member / group viewing @ £20.

Online Morning Conference & afternoon an Introduction to British Sign Language @ £10

If demand dictates the Federation will put on a coach @ £20 per person. Booking by 31st Jan.


1. Dental Health Matters. 
2. Impacts of Poor Housing Conditions.
3. Say ‘NO’ to gambling advertising.
4. Improving outcomes for women in the criminal justice system.
Please see information in the Nov/Dec issue of WI Life or visit  MyWI/Public Affairs and Campaigns/Resolutions/Stage 3 Selections
and click on Thumbnail and go to Briefing Notes.
We would urge you all to make the time to look at these Resolutions and discuss them together before submitting your
Votes to the Fed. Office on the Jan. combined form. 

No later than 11th Feb.

MEMBERSHIP : Chairman  Margaret Jones.

CAROL SERVICE: I hope you enjoyed the Carol Service on 4th Dec at Welshpool Methodist Church. A special thanks to all who took
part in the service, a fitting and festive start to our celebration of Christmas.
OFFICERS WORKSHOPS for President, Treasurer and Secretaries Sat 27th Jan. Abermule Community Centre. An opportunity for
new officers and any interested members to come together to learn, discuss and share ideas. Coffee at 9.30am, workshops start at
10am until 12.30, followed by a light lunch prepared by committee members. Workshops are free but numbers and any dietary
requirements are required for catering. Booking form enclosed.
My thanks to WI's who answered our questionnaire in the November Mailing about further workshops/Trips etc you would be
interested in. It’s not too late for WIs to respond. 
JIGSAW RACE. Wed 21st Feb 7pm at Adfa Village Hall. Come and join us for a fun evening hosted by Adfa and Cefn Coch WI.
Light buffet will be provided £4 per person  Booking on enclosed form by 31st Jan.
2024 CALENDAR: Available from the office @ £3.50 an ideal Christmas gift. We are inviting members to submit photographs
depicting  “Seasons in Montgomeryshire” which will be our monthly Facebook page in 2025. Landscape photographs, limited to 3
entries per member, to the Fed. Office, preferably by email please by 30th April.

LIFESTYLE : Chairman Ruth Hesketh               

WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS Thank you to all who attended.  I hope you enjoyed your day.
SPRING SHOW Sat 11th May 2024 at Abermule Community Centre. I hope you have all had time to look at the schedule and
maybe start working on your entries over the winter months.  Entries into the Office by 29th March. Please note: the Federation
will NOT be entering the NFWI Wales Competitions at the Royal Welsh Show in 2024.
Knit and Knatter– there will be no more sessions this year but we hope to start again in 2024.
On behalf of the Lifestyle committee, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas 
with your loved ones, and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT :  Chairman Eleri Roberts 

CHRISTMAS PRIZE BINGO A very successful evening with the Monty Club providing an excellent venue. Thank you to the
committee for putting together an excellent array of hampers. I hope some of you were lucky enough to take one home.
LLANDUDNO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA A full bus enjoyed our trip to the seaside and a little retail therapy to get us into the
Christmas spirit.
ENTERTAINMENT EVENING: Hopefully, we all got to do our bit this time! Nobody can control the weather. Details next month
just in case!
LITERARY EISTEDDFOD Schedule and rules enc. in Nov. Closing date Feb 29th 2024.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

SPORTS & LEISURE : Chairman Pam Adcock   

KURLING: We had a very enjoyable day in Abermule, many thanks to Abermule WI for the excellent refreshments and to everyone
who took part. Congratulations to our winners,
1st Jean & Joyce Aberhafesp, 2nd Hilary & Cathie, Abermule, 3rd Joan & Marian, Tregynon, 4th Margaret & Glenys, Aberhafesp
DOMINOES AND DARTS: Competitions getting started, good luck to you all and have fun.
SHORT TENNISTaster / Refresher at Llanfair Leisure Centre, Sat 20th Jan 2 -4 pm,

£4.00 per head, booking on enclosed form by 5thJan.

SHORT TENNIS Competition Sat 24th Feb, 10.00 am prompt start. Team of two  £6.00. Please bring own refreshments,
booking on enclosed form by 31st Jan. 
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Sporting 2024

In October we asked you to help us, to make the WI everything

you want it to be!

Number of responses from WIs was disappointing, another chance to make your views know on this months combined
form. The Federation arrange a varied programme of events, workshops and trips. We are seeking your suggestions….
What are your interests?      What would you like to do?     Where would you like to go?
Would you be interested in a short break? i.e. Craft, Sporting, Spa or Murder Mystery.
Also please consider any workshops you would like whether it’s help in running your WI assistance with recruitment or a new sport
or skill you would like to have a go at - crafts / gardening / flower arranging / Cookery etc. etc. …..  ??????????
January Newsletter Printing / Mailing / Ready for collection Date: 15th Dec.

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