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Friday, 27 November 2015

November Round-Up

So November is almost gone... scary stuff!

At Craft Club we continued in the festive spirit with our 3rd consecutive month of Christmas crafting! This month we made 3D Christmas trees out of felt, which we will of course be decorating our homes with!

At our November meeting it was our AGM - as usual, our President gave us a summary of the year's events - it's been a somewhat varied and successful year, with lots of new members joining us, and a wide variety of talks. At the AGM, Victoria stepped down as President but will remain on the committee, and Jane and Pam stepped down from the committee - but not quite entirely! Jane is our temporary treasurer until our new treasurer can join us, and Pam (that would be me - hello!) remains in charge of this blog and Facebook.

Our new President is Alix Vernon-Evans, seen here on the right receiving the Presidential badge of honour from Victoria.

December brings with it Christmas, and Craft Club (Wed 2nd Dec) is more Christmas crafting, of the shiny, beaded jewellery persuasion. Our annual Christmas quiz has been postponed, and will be a New Year quiz at our January meeting. Instead, all members are invited to join the congregation of St George's at their annual Christmas Carol Service starting at 6.30pm on Wed 16th Dec, and afterwards there will be mince pies and mulled wine.

Thursday, 5 November 2015


Wednesday 18th November, 6.30pm

AGM and Sparkling Wine Tasting

Join us for our annual review of the year, and vote for a new committee. Some lovely ladies from the Middlesex Federation will be coming along to make sure we do everything properly.

Want to be on the committee, and help run our WI? So long as you're a member, you can join. No previous experience needed, just enthusiasm! We'll also need a new President, Treasurer and (maybe) Secretary. Drop us an email at londonwestendwi@gmail.com or via our Facebook page and we can give you more information.

The AGM takes 30-40 minutes, so afterwards we'll be having an alcohol tasting/quiz - can you tell your prosecco from your bolly? Come along to our blind tasting of sparkling wines and see how well you can do!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

October Round Up

As the nights draw in, it's not quite the end of the calendar month but time to review LWEWI's activites for the month.

At Craft Club we made Christmas Cards, led by talented member Nicky.

Our regular monthly meeting was a hands on session, led by the lovely people of Arthur Beale Chandlers of Shaftesbury Avenue. After a brief history of the business and an introduction to rope, it was time to learn all about knot tying. Teaching us a bowline knot turned out to be more difficult than you'd think, but it turns out we're all naturals at making nooses!

And as if that wasn't enough, Sunday 25th Oct is the community preview of Egypt: Faith After The Pharaohs at the British Museum, which 12 of our members are attending for free. One of the perks of being a LWEWI member!


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Next Meeting - October

Wednesday 21st October, 6.30pm

A Knotty Issue

Yo ho ho and a cup of tea, and attention all craft-minded members (or interested vistors)!

We have invited Steve Harvey and one of his shipmates from Arthur Beale, the long-established yacht's chandlers in Covent Garden, to take us through the art of roping and other knotty problems. Come along and learn more about this fascinating topic, with hands on practice, without tying yourself in knots!

The company has been on the same site in Shaftesbury Avenue for 120 years, and survived the many transformations this vibrant area has seen. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

September round-up

On Tuesday 1st September we had Craft Club, where 11 of us spend a merry couple of hours learning the art of teabag folding with Nicky in order to make Christmas cards (yes, it's already that time of year!). Next month we're going to be making Christmas cards again, but with ribbons this time.

Jane and Tish show off their creations at Craft Club

On Saturday 5th we had our annual cake stall at the Phoenix Gardens fayre, where we took almost £350 - a great amount given the dismal weather! Thanks to Helena, Jane, Valeria, Pat, Tish, Victoria, Claude, Denise, Pam, Ruth and Kate for their selling, jam making and/or baking skills which made the day a success!

Helena, Tish, Pam, Pat, Jane and Denise at Phoenix Gardens

Wednesday 16th was our monthly meeting, where Geraldine Beskin gave us a fascinating talk about researching local history from the comfort of your own sofa, and one of the stories she has uncovered, in particular the story of James Allen, who was found upon his death in the early 19th century to be a woman, something not even his wife had suspected!

James (Abigail) Allen, from the 1828 London publication "An Authentic Narrative of the Extraordinary Career of James Allen, the Female Husband!"

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th are Open House weekend, where we' were doing the refreshments for St George's. We took over £300 across the two days, and even the vicar stopped by for tea! Thanks to all the ladies who baked, sold cakes and made cups of tea on either day.

As if that wasn't enough, Sunday 20th was also the community preview of Celts at the British Museum, which a few of us were lucky enough to attend - remember that London West End WI members get free tickets to the exhibition previews at the BM, saving you over £10 a ticket.