Beginning in September each year, we host monthly meetings with entertaining, thought-provoking speakers on a variety of topics. Recent topics include 'Life as a Butler to Royalty', 'Costume Design for Theatre and Film' and 'What It's Like to Be Deaf'. These meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at St John's URC in Northwood. Non-members are welcome to attend their first meeting as our guest.
As we approach the festive season, we have had a mini Christmas market at our November meeting, where lovely homemade and handcrafted products, mostly made by our members, were available to be purchased. At our December meeting, an appetizing holiday brunch will be provided. This year, members were also treated to a performance from the North London Military Wives' Choir. Our May meeting is our Annual General Meeting at which we present the proceeds of our fundraising efforts to our chosen charity, select a new charity and elect the club's board for the next year. We finish our club year with our annual summer lunch (in lieu of a June meeting) during which we celebrate another year of fun and friendship by enjoying a meal together and installing the next year's board.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
7 March 2024
4 April 2024
2 May 2024 (AGM)
Doors open at 9.30 am, meetings start at 10 am
We have a variety of member-led interest groups. Some of these groups are long-standing, whereas others come and go as the interests of our members change with our changing membership. All members are welcome to participate in any (or all!) of the interest groups. Should a member have an interest that is not currently addressed, they are welcome to organize a new interest group. Most interest groups meet monthly, but some meet more often.
Current Interest Groups
Ladies Night Out
Ladies Who Lunch
Out & About
Throughout the year various outings are planned to give both our international and UK-national members a chance to see and learn about various places in greater London. These outings are generally themed walking tours of London neighbourhoods, guided museum tours and West End shows. Occasionally, we go a little farther afield. Recent outings include a private guided tour of Bentley Priory, a theatre outing to see Witness for the Prosecution, private tours of Apsley House and Wellington Arch and a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. Our first outing for the 2023-24 Club year was in September to see the performance of The Lion King. In November, members enjoyed the amazing works of Monet in a different way at the Monet Immersive Experience in Brick Lane. We also went on a guided tour of the historic Freemasons Hall in central London, and learnt about the history, symbols and rituals of the society. In December, we got into the festive spirit with an outing to watch The Christmas Carol performance at the Alexandra Palace Theatre. In January 2024, we visited the Reubens & Women Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and enjoyed Tom Stoppard's Rock & Roll Play at Hampstead Theatre. In February, we visited Harrow School and learnt about its history and enjoyed a sunny morning exploring Magna Carta park at Runnymeade In March and April, we can look forward to an informative architecture tour of the Barbican in London and a visit to Church Gardems In Harefield followed by afternoon tea.
Guided Tour Harrow School
Guided Tour Freemans Hall
Apsley House Private Tour
North London Military Wives Choir
at our December 2023 Meeting
St John's all dressed for our December 2023 Christmas Meeting
Amazing array of Raffle Hampers at our December 2023 Meeting
Here is a round-up of our activities for March 2024:
Each year NAWC members select a local charity and raise funds to assist their work. Funds are raised throughout the year at club events and activities in various ways, such as raffles at our monthly meetings.
In just the last 25 years, NAWC has raised over £65,000 for various local charities. Past beneficiaries of our fundraising efforts include Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Peace Hospice, Northwood Live at Home, Watford Hospital Radio, Michael Sobell Hospice, RNIB Sunshine House and Hillingdon Women's Centre.
In May 2023, we presented the Centre for ADHD & Autism Support with a cheque for £3,000 from our fundraising efforts over the previous year. The Centre is a registered charity that aims to support, educate and empower individuals diagnosed with ADHD or who are autistic as well as their families and the community by raising awareness to change perceptions and break down barriers.
Our charity for 2023/24 is the 6th Northwood Scout Group. This registered charity offers 6 to 14-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to positively impact the community. Scouting helps individuals develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.
The money that NAWC raises over the coming year will help the the 6th Northwood Scout Group update its camping equipment and/or replace the group's minivan, which needs to be replaced before the ULEZ expansion.
What members have to say ...
There is so much I enjoy about the Club - meeting women from so many different countries, and all different ages; the talks on a huge range of subjects, the guided walks and theatre trips, and joining in with several of the Interest Groups. It's lovely getting together regularly with a group of friendly, social women!