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Written by Carole Smith


BFWG Norfolk and Norwich Association

Report for the Eastern Regional Meeting 2017/2018



Once again our Association has held a full calendar of events, all well attended. Each month we have a number of events to try involve all our members.  Most months we have speakers who talk on a variety of issues and interesting subjects. These talks have included, Female Genital Mutilation given by the Founder of Freedom Charity,  and a wonderfully illustrated presentation on the Iconography of the Nativity, just before Christmas.


Our Book Group meets at Waterstones in Norwich every 2 months and continues to flourish due to the range of interesting books. The Out to Lunch Club visits venues around Norwich, meeting 3 or 4 times a year. Discussions and other events, such as coffee mornings, afternoon teas, bring and buy, the ever popular Spring book sale and the Annual Quiz and Lunch, take place in members homes.

A number of interesting visits also take place throughout the year. One of these was to the Nelson and Norwich Exhibition at Norwich Museum and another, a bird watching trip on Barton Broad led by one of our members. At the Anniversary Lunch a speaker from the Norfolk Museum service entertained us with poems, anecdotes and songs based on thee Seven Ages of Woman. Our Alternate attended the National AGM and Conference in Durham last July.


In November, the recipient of our Betty Robinson Education Award was to have attended a meeting  to tell us how she had used  the Award, unfortunately due to illness this could not take place. She did however, write a very interesting description of her life and work at university and a detailed account of how she was using the Award.


We are sad to have lost some long serving members but pleased that we are able welcome  a number of new members. We continue to drive to increase our membership. Members encourage interested friends, colleagues and acquaintances, providing information about the BFWG, our local Association and inviting them along to talks and other events. The decision was taken at our last AGM to have a rolling Presidency. This role has been taken by 4 committee members and is working well, each President supporting the next.





Please note these amendments to the new programme for 2017/2018

August 28th 2017 should be August 15th and Monday August 14th 2018 should be Tuesday.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.



Butterflies in the Garden - Monday 12th June 2017



Dr Ian Bedford, from the John Innes Centre, gave a very interesting talk on butterflies.  As well as showing our group the differences between moths and butterflies, Dr Bedford gave us an insight into the surprising and important role of ants in the life cycle of some species of blue butterflies, and the vast distances covered by painted ladies during migration.

There are things that you can do to encourage butterflies into your garden. 


For further information, please follow the links in the text.



FGM - Monday 24th April 2017

Aneeta Prem from Freedom Charity, gave our association members a very informative talk about female genital mutilation, and the charity's work educating school children about both this, and the issue of forced marriage.  If you don't know much about these issues, please use the above link to visit the charity's website.


Anniversary Lunch - Saturday 19th November 2016


Members of the BFWG Norfolk and Norwich Association met for their Anniversary Lunch at  Park Farm Hotel in Hethersett.

The guest speaker, Rachel Duffield, gave a very engaging talk as Elizabeth I.




Sharon Greer – BFWG Norfolk and Norwich Association



Welcome to BFWG Norfolk and Norwich Association

The BFWG Norfolk and Norwich Association provides an opportunity for you to meet educated women, not only graduates, of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and interests.

If you live in Norfolk and would like to join in our discussion groups, social activities, luncheon club, book group, talks and local and national projects, then why not join us? We would be delighted to welcome you to our group.