Discover your inner zen with us this February!

We are inviting women from Northampton and beyond to join us for a Tai Chi workshop at our next meeting, on Monday, February 8th, 7.30 – 9.30pm. It will be our first meeting in our new venue; the Alliston Gardens Community Centre on Adelaide Road, and we’d love for you to join us!

Louise Tuffin, our super secretary, says

‘We’re really excited about our new venue and hope that lots of new ladies from the area will come along and see us, and hopefully join in with our sessions. The WI is a remarkable organisation that does so much for women across the country, and it’s a shame it sometimes still struggles with a slightly out-dated image. We love that our WI is full of fabulous ladies who are in their twenties up to their seventies, and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more women throughout the year.’

Remember, your first visit is free-of-charge,for anyone who wants to come along to see what we’re all about before joining, and we promise a friendly welcome, laughs and lots of cake.

For more information, come and say hello at



The Northampton Town Roses are blooming this Spring!

As you’ll all know by now (but hopefully not yet be sick of hearing about!), 2015 is the national centenary of the Women’s Institute and here at the Northampton Town Roses HQ, we’re using it as an excuse to have as much fun as possible! We’ve already taken on the Bradlaugh pub quiz and almost, but not quite, conquered it (we think fourth place is quite impressive for our first attempt), and at our February meeting the amazingly talented Chris Kinsey showed us how to paint folk-art floral wreaths. Chris was a truly inspirational teacher, and I think we were all in agreement that she could easily go into a career in stand-up comedy if she ever gets fed up with painting 🙂


But the best is yet to come! And next month’s meeting is going to be brilliant!

Monday 9th March will see us host our Awesome Open Evening; this meeting will celebrate all things fabulous about our group and if you’re not already a member, wash away any doubts you had about joining! We’ll be joined by our lovely County Federation Chair, Sue Kendall, there will be lots of information to help answer all those niggling questions you may have about the WI and, best of all, there will be lots of fun workshops to have a go at. Louise will be demonstrating how to make felted beads, Ruth will be making earrings and Jenny will be overseeing a cupcake decorating challenge. We’ll also be upcycling glass jars into gorgeous lanterns and there will be a quiz with a mystery prize. All this will be crammed into our usual meeting time of 7.30 – 9.30pm, so make you arrive early and bring some friends with you too!


Remember, if you’ve not been before it’s completely free of charge and there’s the usual guarantee of tea, cake and a friendly face, so there’s absolutely no excuse – we’ll see you there!

NTR committee xxx

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Get cooking to celebrate the WI Centenary!

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We’re now one month into the centenary year of the Women’s Institute and there’s already been lots of exciting happenings, and lots more to come too! The latest addition to the centenary activities is the publication of The WI Cookbook. Written and compiled to celebrate 100 years of talent within the world of WI baking and cookery, it features 100 different favourite recipes from members around the nation.

And there’s some extra good news too! If you’re a member and order it from the Northants County Federation before the 5th March, it’s only £14 (normal RRP £20). The Roses committee members will be snapping some up as a lovely keepsake of the centenary; expanding our cooking and baking inspiration, and no doubt our waistlines too!

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