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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

January Meeting, Wednesday 18th

This month it's all about Carnival!

Banish the winter blues with an evening dedicated to colour, dance and feathers!

In the lead up to Trinidad Carnival, one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Natalie will be discussing the origins, history and role of women in Carnival in the Caribbean as well as exploring what Carnival looks like today; both in the Caribbean and diasporas in the UK and Europe.

The talk will cover various aspects of Carnival from its origins in slavery and traditional costumes to modern Carnival and 'pretty mas' We'll also discuss how Carnival came to be in Notting Hill, as well as differences in Carnivals across the globe.

There will be costumes on display with headdresses to try on, and some Carnival choreography so wear comfortable shoes!

St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Doors open at c. 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Main business of meeting usually 7pm to 8.30pm

Membership for 2017 is £39.00. Membership is non refundable and will expire at the end of the year. Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members), feel free to just turn up and say hello!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

December round up - Carols, Concerts, Candles and Mince Pies

Thank you to all our members, committee, visitors and speakers for a wonderful 2016! Here's a quick round-up of what we, and some of our members, got up to in December.

1. Claude and others helped out with refreshments at the Cosmic carol concert on 5th December - see below for their thank you letter.

2. Long-standing LWEWI member Margaret Busgith responded to a request from the WI for members to be in a choir to take part in the Royal Variety Performance on 6th December. 

Margaret writes "[below] is a picture of the whole choir for the event! There were 150 of us... we sang with Gary Barlow and the song is from the new show Girls - taken from Calendar Girls... It was interesting to do and we were in the theatre watching other people at the dress rehearsal. Gary came outside to see us all afterwards and had some pictures taken which was very nice of him."

Well done Margaret! She's towards the back left of the picture, if you can spot her. There's also a video of the performance (from Youtube) posted below.

3. St George's Carol Service. 

On 21st December our monthly meeting was replaced by the annual Carol Service in the church. As ever, LWEWI provided the mince pies and mulled wine to the congregation afterwards. Many thanks to those who helped with baking or serving - Ruth, Laura, Kate, Margaret, Claude and Helena. Many thanks to those who helped clear up after the event too! All donations from the refreshements went to the Vicar's night shelter fund, a total of £60.

4. Craft Club
At our December craft club we had a lovely evening turning old jam jars into fancy tealight holders. After tweeting the picture, we seem to have inspired other WIs to make these next year!

Hope to see you all in 2017 for another exciting year ahead! Details of our January meeting will be posted soon.

Monday, 19 December 2016

December Meeting - Carols at St George's

Wednesday 21st December 2016, 6.30pm

St George's Bloomsbury Carol Service

There is no formal meeting of LWEWI in December, as the church holds its annual carol service on the evening we'd usually meet.

All members are invited to join the congregation of St George's for this seasonal service. 

LWEWI will be providing mince pies for the congregation after the service, as well as serving mulled wine. If you're able to provide some pies, or are willing to help serve and clear up, do email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com

Thursday, 8 December 2016

St Mary's Hospital Carol Concert

On Monday 5th December LWEWI helped provide refreshments for COSMIC, the intensive care unit at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, who held a Carol Concert at St Matthew's Church in Bayswater, in aid of the charity.

Thank you so much to everyone who baked and attended.

The food all went down a storm. They were very happy and said the refreshments were so much nicer than they normally were.

See below for a copy of the cover sheet and page of thanks from the service booklet.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Bakers Needed for Monday 5th December

Might it be possible for any of our members to assist with the refreshments for St Mary's Intensive Care Unit's carol concert? The concert is happening on Monday 5th December, in the evening. Refreshments are needed just before the concert begins.

They approached us a few weeks ago as their nearest WI. They are the charity which had all the Christmas presents which were about to be given to sick children stolen along with the Christmas decorations and Santa outfit from the Hospital Ward in the last day or so (see photo for more details) - it was in the news and the papers yesterday.

Claude is going to bake and we are hoping one or two of you might also be able to bake?

If you can bake, and would like to attend the concert at St Matthew's Church in Bayswater, please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com and we will request they reserve a ticket for you for the concert. They have said that all refreshment providers can have tickets, they just need to know how many are needed.

The church is:
St Matthew's Church in Bayswater
29 St Petersburgh Place
London W2 4LA

With regards to baked goods for the event, the things they usually serve are cakes, biscuits, mince pies etc - nice nibbles really. Please could they be delivered to the venue for around 4 to 5pm as the event starts at 7pm. More information about the carol concert can be found here.