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Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Review 2017

At the beginning of May we were kept busy with craft club, where we had another go at cross stitch (with differing levels of success!).

At our monthly meeting we were joined by Nancy from the Positive Society who gave a fab and inspiring talk about the society, the benefits of positivity, and how we could all become involved. 

We also voted in favour of both the NFWI resolutions, on combatting loneliness and micro-plastics in the oceans.

As well as our meetings, members also attended the community preview of the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum, which is well worth going to if you can. Members are frequently able to visit BM exhibitions for free before they open, just one of the benefits of joining LWEWI!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Monthly Meeting: Wed 17th May, The Positive Society and WI Resolution voting

For this month's meeting we are pleased to welcome Nancyt Steidl, founder of The Positive Society. She'll be telling us all about the society, and the benefits of staying positive. In these changing times, that can be difficult so this should be a wonderful and uplifting evening. 

Nancy will also be telling us about the "achievement diaries' which are run with the Society - they started in January but can be started now. It's a free tool, which lets you set targets and work through them to make your dreams come true, along with reflection on what you've achieved. 



Note that at this meeting we will also be asking members to vote on the WI Resolutions for 2017, Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup. 

All members get one vote for each resolution: you are not voting for one over the other, but should vote for or against each one independently. LWEWI will then cast our WI vote for or against each resolution as directed by our members. 

If you have not paid your subscription by the start of the meeting you are not entitled to a vote.

All members can inform themselves of the campaigns by reading pages 20 and 21 of the April issue of WI Life magazine, and check out the resolutions page of the NFWI website by clicking here.

Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members). You're welcome to email us in advance, but do feel free to just turn up on the night!

Upper Vestry Room, St George's Bloomsbury, Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Door open c.6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Talks generally start at 7pm.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Review of the Month - April

In April we celebrated springtime both at craft club and at our monthly meeting. 

At craft club our crafty ladies knitted little chicks to pop chocolate eggs into just in time for Easter

At our monthly meeting we finally had our long-overdue AGM, and voted in our new committee. Thanks to all our outgoing committee members, particularly Becky and Laura for so valiantly dealing with the accounts, and a massive thank you to Alix for being President over the last year. Our new committee are:

  • Pam (President)
  • Claude (Secretary)
  • Helena (joint Treasurer)
  • Margaret (joint Treasurer)
  • Laura 
  • Chris

Thanks to all for volunteering their time for LWEWI!

After the AGM we got crafty as Helena led us in the making of lonely bouquets, which we then left around London to hopefully brighten some stranger's days.

Thursday, 30 March 2017



Please note that all 2017 membership subscriptions should be paid ASAP. The cost is only £39 for the whole year, which gets you free entry to our monthly meetings, copies of WI Life magazine from the National Federation of Women's Institutes, and the chance to join us for previews of British Museum exhibitions (worth £15 or more per exhibition). 

Your subscriptions help us pay our rent and get speakers for meetings, as well as being shared with Middlesex Federation and the NFWI. Without paying members, we simply can't afford to exist any more.

You can pay via the paypal button to the right of this page, or by cash or cheque at the next meeting. Any members who haven't paid by the end of the April meeting will be removed from our membership list - don't let that be you!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March Review / What's On in April

Review of the Month
March has been a busy month (and it isn't even over yet!) with Craft Club busy making iris folded cards, and a lesson in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs at our monthly meeting.
Iris folded cards made by our Craft Club

We learned to read this inscription at our March meeting

Members also enjoyed a visit to the British Museum to the community preview of the American Dream exhibition, and some attended the book launch Tom Schuller's new book, The Paula Principle - Tom previously spoke to LWEWI about his research for the book, and the ideas behind it. The book is available in all good bookshops, or via Amazon*

*If you shop with Amazon via our link Amazon will donate back to us 5% of your total spend.

Spring is in the air, and our April activities reflect this!

Craft Club
At Craft Club on Tuesday 4th April we'll be having a go at knitting simple Easter chicks, ready to be stuffed with creme eggs (other chocolate based eggy treats are available!). I'm assured they're very easy to knit, and we have experienced knitters on hand to assist.

Main Meeting
At our monthly meeting on Wednesday 19th April we're going to be making lonely bouquets to brighten up stranger's days, and printing our own gift wrap for them.

See our 'craft club' and 'this month' pages for more details. Guests and new members are always welcome to our meetings, for more information get in touch via email: londonwestendwi@gmail.com.