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NFWI response to Afghanistan situation

Dear all,

I am writing to make you aware of the action NFWI is taking in response to the developing situation in Afghanistan as we have had a number of contacts from members on this issue. Please cascade this information to WIs in your federation.

We are deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and particularly about the very real threats to the safety of women. We stand in solidarity with those calling on the international community not to turn their backs on the women and girls of Afghanistan. We are urging the UK Government to do everything in its power to protect the Afghan people, particularly women and girls.

The NFWI has been in contact with other charities and NGOs working in Afghanistan or to support women and girls affected about ways that we can add value to their efforts. We have also fed the views of members into ACWW so that they can raise these on our behalf where relevant.

Members who wish to support calls for the UK government to take action can do the following:

  • Sign this petition which calls for a range of actions to protect the freedom of Afghan women and girls

  • Write to their MP asking them to push the government for action to support women and girls. A draft letter you can send to your MP is attached to this email.

We are aware that many members will also want to take practical action to support refugees who have been resettled in the UK. We have therefore collated a list of organisations working in this field that are asking for support from the public. This list can be found at the following link:

The usual guidelines on WI fundraising activity continue to apply so please do consult the guidance on My WI before taking part in any charitable appeals within your federation or WI.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with the Public Affairs Department via email ( or phone (020 7371 9300 ext. 2002). Please note the Department’s new phone extension.


Please cascade this email to WIs in your federation.

Best wishes,

Emma Holland-Lindsay

2 for 1 offer – Tudors to Windsors at Royal Museums Greenwich

I hope you are well. I’m getting in touch as a Member of the WI myself (Borough Belles!). I work at Royal Museums Greenwich, where our latest major exhibition is Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits. It is a landmark collaboration with London’s National Portrait Gallery and includes over 150 of the finest portraits from across five… Continue reading

Autumn Online Events

Free online events with Mirthy (ongoing) Mirthy are a community of over 30,000 in the UK putting on online events for lifelong learning and social connection. Online events cover a variety of activities and interests such as pilates, yoga, musical concerts, cooking demonstrations, dancing and craft workshops, educational lectures, with many more to come. There is… Continue reading

Link for recording of July meeting and a picnic in August

We really hope you enjoyed Stephen Powles’ talk on Thursday evening about wildlife photography as much as we did!   If you were unable to attend the meeting and missed his talk, the recording is available on our website until Friday 30th July via the link below: NB You will also need the password… Continue reading

July Picnic at Manor House Gardens

It was fabulous to see so many of you at the picnic on Thursday 8 July, what a treat to actually meet up in person after such a long time. What could be better than the opportunity to picnic and catch up with old friends – and make some new friends – in the evening… Continue reading

Manor House Gardens Litter-Pick

Well done and many thanks our members who joined the Manor House Gardens Users Group litter pick on Saturday 3 July. They were able to try out our new pink hi-viz vests which were created especially. Fortunately, the weather was favourable at the time of the pick and the waterproofness wasn’t tested! If you would… Continue reading

Events for July

See below programme and details for the Hever Castle Festival. Our Largest Festival Ever to Offer a Summer of Optimism and Joy JULY TO AUGUST 2021 – HEVER CASTLE, EDENBRIDGE, KENT We’ve made it – hooray! What’s more, it’s our largest festival ever with even more of your favourites – magic, live music acts, operas,… Continue reading

Streets of London Quiz with Graham Hooper

Friday 25th June saw the latest in a series of online quizzes from quizmaster Graham Hooper (seen relaxing in the picture to right) which we must say have kept us going over the past year and a half. This time the usual format of 6 rounds of 8 loosely connected questions were united by the… Continue reading

June meeting – Hazel Beale – Three historic houses in Bexley

This month’s speaker was Hazel Beale who introduced and reminded us of three important historical houses that are almost on our doorstep – Hall Place in Bexley, Danson House in Bexleyheath, and the Red House also in Bexleyheath. Through her photographs Hazel showed the contrasting architectural styles: Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian and Victorian.   Hazel introduced us to Hall… Continue reading

Events for June

Se below flyer for virtual events hosted by Surrey Federation including Annie Sloan, creator of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. Pleas be aware that the live events are open to Surrey Federation members only. JUNE 2021 SFWI FLYER Continue reading