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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

British Museum Exhibition Preview, Sunday 15 May

LWEWI members and guests are invited to attend the community preview of the British Museum's new blockbuster exhibition, Sunken Cities, on Sunday 15 May (almost a week before the exhibition opens to the public, when tickets will be £16.50 each). 


Timeslot still TBC.

Tickets are free, but limited in number - please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com to reserve your place.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Search Party, March 2016

On Sunday 20th March LWEWI committee member Helena and Claire (a friend of committee member Claude) volunteered at an event called 'Search Party' organised by Sing LondonSearch Party was the flagship commission for the Mayor of London’s Find your London festival. Two and a half thousand searchers followed trails as they searched for the secret party. Mary Ward House on Tavistock Place was the secret final destination, where our two were based.

Helena tells us "we turned up to volunteer without knowing much about it except that it sounded fun and might be a useful contact for us. If we had known the scale of the catering we might have stayed at home and put our feet up! Several people had stayed up all night making cheese, pickle and spinach or cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, there were boxes and boxes of them which we served non-stop all afternoon. I mean literally non stop. Not a single biscuit or crust was left and there were still people queuing in vain for food as we tidied up. There was live music and dancing, and the room was pretty.

Sing London really appreciated our quick assessment of what needed doing and our dedication to the task. They made a donation to the LWEWI as a thank you gesture".

Want to know more about community events like this? Why not join LWEWI and get involved?

Monday, 4 April 2016

Coming Up in April

Craft Club
Tuesday 5th April
This month we'll be making tote bags out of old t-shirts - bring along your own t-shirt and get crafty (no sewing skills required!)
Atlantis Books, Museum Street, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 20th April
We'll also be getting crafty at our monthly meeting, as we have a go at the art of Japanese paper folding - origami to you and me.
Upper Vestry Room, St George's Bloomsbury, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

British Museum Visit
Sunday 17th April (time TBC)
Join us at the community preview of the British Museum's Sicily Exhibition. Email us to reserve your ticket.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

March Round-Up

Monthly Meeting

At our monthly meeting on Wednesday 16th March, we were treated to an informative talk about hypnotism by 18 year old Mike from www.mikehypno.com where he explained how our minds are like icebergs, with our brains only consciously processing about 10-20% that is above the waterline as opposed to the 80% going on beneath the surface.
Mike and our President, Alix
The talk was interspersed with audience participation exercises including the "Yes" exercise and the "Observation" exercise where you counted the number of ball passes, demonstrating the way your hands communicate so much about what you feel. It was interesting to see how a positively phrased suggestion can be very persuasive.

Members asked lots of insightful questions and came away hopefully with a better appreciation of what hypnosis and hypnotherapy can do. The event ended with a guided meditation.

For those of you who missed it, it was a great evening and in case you were wondering, no-one pretended to be a chicken...!

Becky and Laura have now taken over the role of Joint Treasurer, we at LWEWI are very, very grateful for them stepping up to take on this role.
Becky and Laura hypnotise each other into becoming Treasurer (possibly...)

Craft Club

At March craft club on Tuesday 1st March, Sue very patiently led us in crocheting granny squares - a first for some of us, a chance to practice for others.

Monday, 14 March 2016

March Meeting and BM tickets

Wednesday 16th March 2016, 6.30pm

This month's meeting is all about hypnotism, with street hypnotist Michael Beeson who hypnotises both for entertainment and for therapy.

(c) Michael Beeson, www.mikehypno.com

The talk will include what hypnosis is, some history, where and how it's being used, and  interactive exercises for confidence, ego-strengthening, energy, assertiveness and other positive outcomes which can be achieved through hypnosis. We will also learn something called "suggestibility tests" which can serve as great things to practice and amaze friends and family with how powerful words can be!

Please note: Michael may be filming us (with consent forms), and he has advised that anyone with a diagnosed psychological order may not want to take part in the exercises.

Find out more about Michael at his website here: 


BM Community Preview Tickets, Sicily Exhibition

We have preview tickets for the British Museum's new exhibition,"Sicily, Culture and Conquest" on Sunday 17th April. 

Tickets are available to any member of LWEWI, email us at the usual address to reserve yours (timeslot TBC). 
More information on the exhibition here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/sicily.aspx