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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

June Round-Up

June's not quite over, but all LWEWI's activites for the month are, so here's a quick summary of what we've been up to. Join us in July for craft club on the 5th, our monthly meeting on the 20th, which this month will be a walking tour, and 2 cake stalls (more about that in a later post)

June Craft Club

We started the month with our regular craft club, where Nicky taught us more of the mysterious art of paper folding, and we were able to use our creations (fish, shirts and butterflies) to create hand made cards.


June Monthly Meeting

We were joined this month by Keely, one of the Boobettes from Coppafeel, who gave us an inspiring talk all about breast cancer - not the most uplifting of subjects you'd think, but as a breast cancer survivor after her diagnosis at the age of 29, Keely gave an amazingly inspirational talk, as well as reminding us all of the need to get to know your boobs and go to your GP as soon as you think something's not right.






Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Notices from the May Meeting


A lot of notices were read out at the May meeting - here's information about each of them. If you want full details (some documents are too big to attach here), please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com for more information.

1.The BBC want people who would like to take part in a new TV show about changing your life!


 2. There's a sustainable gardening day at Denman in September - email them for more information or to apply.
 3. Ever wanted to be a cover girl? Now's your chance, especially if you have an interesting story to tell!

4. There's a free event with the PDSA taking place at Denman on Friday 29th July. Places will be allocated via a ballot on Thursday 23rd June. Email k.bell@denman.org.uk for more information or to apply. 

Other news:

Please email LWEWI for full copies of the documents/information sheets mentioned here

1. ORAL HEALTH AND DENTURE CARE AT DENMAN Throughout our life teeth and gums go through many changes and some of us lose our teeth. But that need not impair our enjoyment of food. Join us for a free Denman Day on Friday 1st July to hear about oral health and denture-care, with demonstrations by former Great British Bake Off contestant Holly Bell.

I would be grateful if you would inform your members about this Denman Day. Any members who would like to attend are asked to complete and return the enclosed application form or send us an email with the relevant information. We kindly request that full contact information is provided for all of those entered on to the application form, including individual email addresses. We would like to inform each person who has been allocated a space via email in order to cut down on postage costs. Attendance is free and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are asked to arrive from 10.00 am for refreshments in time for a 10.30 am start, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea is also provided. The day will finish at approximately 4pm. We appreciate that this is relatively short notice. Please note that we have to work with the marketing schedule of the company concerned.


2. WI SPORTS WEEK, SEPTEMBER 2016 On behalf of the NFWI Science and Leisure Committee, please find attached the document Autumn-Antics Update.
This document is also available to download from the Sport & Leisure area on the WI Moodle, although we would be grateful if you would cascade this on to WIs and interested members.
Please note, you are not obliged to pursue any of the contacts or organisations given within this document
Do, please, continue to keep us updated with your plans for the week.
With best wishes,
Helen Neal

3. PETITION TO SAVE HOME FIRES ON ITV As you have probably heard by now, ITV has decided no to commission a third series of Home Fires. I have never asked the WI a favour before but I am today. Please can you help to spread the word that there is a petition to make the network change its mind and we could really use the support of members if they have enjoyed the series.

Here is the link https://www.change.org/p/itv-itv-must-recommission-homefires?recruiter=5098496&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

Review of the month - May

Monthly Meeting - Tech Night


Our May meeting was a return visit by the team from Dragon Hall to talk about their work developing technology based skills with young people in London, and letting us have a play with technological toys including 3D Doodler pens, google glasses and augmented reality phone apps.




Craft Club - jewellery making

At our monthly craft club, we made beaded necklaces and bracelets, using the simple techniques of threading onto elastic or nylon thread, and a spot of crimping or knot tying (turns out the latter is harder than it looks!)




British Museum Visit - Sunken Cities

On Sunday 15th May, some of our members attended the community preview of the Sunken Cities exhibition at the British Museum. It's well worth a visit - if you missed it, there may be another opportunity to attend a community view of it later in the summer.




Friday, 6 May 2016

May Meeting, Wed 18th May

Tech Night

This month we'll be joined by a speaker from Dragon Hall in Covent Garden, who will be bringing along lots of gadgets for us to play with. Think 3D printers, augemented reality viewers, 3D doodler pens, and more! Join us for what is certain to be a fun and interactive evening of discovery.

You're never to old for new tech, as Ruth demonstrates

The Dragon Hall team visited us last year too - for information about what we got up to last time, see here

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Review of the month - April

A very crafty month!

At our monthly meeting on 20th April we were led in a session of origami by Seelin Ho, and welcomed a number of first time visitors to our meeting. Starting with a quiz of all things Japanese, we then tried our hand at paper folding, and successfully made flowers, hearts, stars and cranes - amazing!




At Craft Club we spent a merry couple of hours turning old t-shirts into tote bags, without any sewing whatsoever (and powered by tea and biscuits, as always!)
Craft club with the bags we made

In April some of our members also visited the British Museum for the community preview of the Sicily exhibition. All members have the opportunity to attend these previews, one of the benefits of joining LWEWI. Next month we'll be attending the preview of the BM's Sunken Cities exhibition - see the post below this one for details of how to get tickets.