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Monday, 15 February 2010

"Not Just a Pretty Face Forum" 2 for 1 ticket offer

There are lots of events taking place around International Women's Day (on 8th March) and some link to particular WI campaigns such as the Stop Violence against Women. Check out this event on 15th March

This event may link in with the work we want to do on body image & the media.
Funny Women and Candied Thinking present
Monday 15th March 2010
Shows Start: 5.30pm, doors at 5pm
Tickets: £25.00
See website below for details of how to book - There is a special 2 for 1 offer to Womens Institute members & friends, watch this space for more details very soon.

If women were running things, how would the world be different?
Women are a powerful force in effecting change in the world; we need to learn how to get our voices heard.
The approach; conversation not combat, supporting the idea that we can effect social change.
Speakers include: TV’s Dr Linda Papadopoulos, political advisor Ayesha Hazarika; Davina James-Hanman of the Greater London Domestic Violence Project; PR guru, author and broadcaster Lynne Franks; Dianne Nelmes, creator of TV’s Loose Women, semiotician Malcolm Evans & social entrepreneur Karen Darby.
Whether you are creative or in business, man or woman, you can be part of this conversation.
Ticket price includes tea and cake and a donation to V-day.
Check out the events at this website Http://www.newplayerstheatre.com/london/events/seeyounexttuesday.asp

See also http://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/2010/festival between 4th & 12th March for films dedicated to women & women's creativity.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Fundraiser Saturday 15th May - help needed

Saturday 15th May 10am to 4pm tbc – Village Fete at The Brunswick Centre
A local shopping centre has invited us to have a stall as part of their Village Fete. We went to a similar event last year & sold cakes. This is a great opportunity for us to raise funds, our local profile and recruit local women to our WI. To make this happen we need one or two coordinators to recruit volunteers, bakers & makers for the day. It is good fun and members/friends helping out on the day have often enjoyed working as a team to make it happen. We’ve raised over £200 at this type of event in the past and last year we spoke to lots of women about our WI & WI campaigns. If you would be willing to take on a coordinator role or bake/make/ sell goods then please email londonwestendwi@googlemail with your offer ASAP! Remember we will reimburse the cost of ingredients. Keep the receipt and remember to tell us the cost/cake/bun so that we can charge appropriately.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Monday 22nd Feb WI Social

Come along to this friendly social. 6pm to 8pm Mon 22nd Feb @ The 52 Club, 52 Gower St, nearest Tube s Goodge st ( 5 mins walk), opposite Cheney St. Down the outside steps to the basement entrance for this UCL hospital health & fitness club. The bar is closed that night but there are drinks vending machines but we suggest you bring a tea or coffee with you from Pret/Starbucks nr Goodge St Tube and meet us in the bar area. Bar is on the left as you walk through the door. Next time we'll go for a night when the bar is open.

The theme for tonight is body image & media & a possible LWEWI campaign. The WI has a long and impressive history around taking up issues that matter to women ( & men). We'd like to test out the interest in our WI for a campaign and WI national resolution on the way the impact that media advertising and articles have on our perception and satisfaction with our body & appearance. There lots of interesting articles on this subject via the internet and we'd like to sound out members for taking up this issue. One possibility is to put forward a resolution to the National Federation of WIs and ask them to campaign for it in the same way that they & we campaign for Stop Violence against women, climate change and Bees! The reason we are holding this meeting now is that we need to get planning to get a resolution voted on by our WI before we put it forward for selection and time is passing. If you can't make the 22nd then do let either Carrie or Georgia know of your interest asap

Bring your knitting /crochet or other craft projects to this session, a warm comfortable venue that are keen to have us there.

Phone Carrie 07789954972 to let her know you are planning to join us.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

WI theatre club - 19th May Theatre Trip

Anyone interested in a theatre Trip. Mrs Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw

Ambassador theatres have set up WI nights and offering a half price rate on this one. Needs a minimum of 8 people to pay their money in advance £29.50pp. Late payment date is 28th February. Members - You are welcome to invite a female friend for the same price.

Bring your cash on 16th February and speak to Carrie or send her a text before 16th if you cannot be there on the night.

What is Mrs Warren’s profession? Her daughter Vivie has never really known much about her mother. A prim young woman, she has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, a Cambridge education and a generous monthly allowance. Now she has ambitions to go into Law. Is it conceivable that all this privilege and respectability has been financed from the proceeds of the oldest profession? How will Vivie react when she finds out the awful truth about her mother’s ill-gotten gains?

Shaw’s ultimate test of a mother-daughter relationship is one of his most witty and provocative plays. Written in 1894 but banned from performance until the racy 1920s, Mrs Warren’s Profession lays bare the rampant hypocrisy of Victorian society and its constrained morals.
Felicity Kendal’s television credits include The Good Life and Rosemary and Thyme. Her numerous stage appearances include The Vortex and most recently, The Last Cigarette.
‘It is much my best play. Ah, when I wrote it, I had some nerve’
Bernard Shaw
'Felicity Kendal…superb, Lucy Briggs-Owen…brilliant. A witty and gripping production of one of Shaw’s greatest plays' Daily Telegraph