Welcome to London West End WI

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

May 2011 - Dates for the Diary.

Hello Lovely Ladies.
Its May already how quickly time has moved on. One May Bank Holiday gone, and one more Bank Holiday to look forward to. The sun is shining and spring seems to be moving towards summer finally.
As always you can get in touch with us via londonwestendwi@gmail.com if you have news of us or if you need anything from us.
We are tweeting and have a large number of followers now and post items of interest up on www.twitter.com on our website and on our blogspot both listed at the end of this email.
Two LWWI May meetings on 17th and 19th of May.
We are going to be shown how to begin patchworking on Tuesday 17th of May at St Georges. Helena has very kindly agreed to lead this meeting. She has asked Please can members bring along a piece of cotton material, patterned or plain, an old garment or a length of fabric, nothing too flimsy. 
And on Thursday 19th of May Lynne Parker will be talking to us about being the founder of “Funny Women” and “Funny Women Awards” which nurtures and promotes new female talent  at 7 Dials Club
Both meetings as usual will begin at 6:30pm. Talks will start at about 7pm.
More from Lynne Parker: Do you know any Funny Women?

They may be colleagues, members of your networks, in your family or a good friend.  We’re looking for the next ‘big thing’ in female comedy.

The Funny Women Awards, our annual search for the best new female comedy talent, is now launched for the ninth year running. As the leading female comedy brand in the UK we’re setting the benchmark for women breaking into the industry. 

We’re not just interested in regular performers.  We meet lots of great funny women through business networking and want to open up this year’s competition to a broader entry base and new audiences.  Your best friend could be our 2011 champion!

As some of you know, this isn’t just about competing, it’s also about women working with each other and supporting other women to improve their confidence and achieve their potential.  We are really aware of how intimidating the comedy world can be for new acts so we provide a supportive friendly environment at all our heats, showcases, workshops and other events.  With our 10th anniversary in sight for next year, we want to attract as many different types of women to enter this year as possible. 

For more information about the competition visit http://www.funnywomen.com/awards.php

Please come along and see a heat or two – we also need audiences as much as we do entrants! 
Lucy Fell - Documentary photographer wants to come to one of our May meetings as she is documenting the WI in the 21st Century on either 17th or 19th of May.
Please see her email below.
My name is Lucy, I am a documentary photographer, and I am currently researching into doing a project based around the Women's Institute.
I would like to explore the different aspects of the Women's Institute through a photographic documentary piece.

I am extremely interested in looking at the contrast between more traditional WI groups, and others that have been set up which instill more modern and unconventional activities, and ones that also have younger members.

Would your group be interested in myself coming along to a meeting and taking some photographs? Although this is currently only a short term project, I am hoping it will turn into more of a long-term piece, with the hope that it will eventually be exhibited or published bearing it in mind with the Centenery in 2015.

I'd be really interested in coming along to your next meeting on the 17th May! I am hopefully shooting with Goldsmiths WI on the Monday of that week, and have had confirmation with Borough Belles for the Wednesday evening too.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions!

Thank you for your time,

Kind regards,

WI Stall at the Brunswick Fayre on Saturday 14th of May
LWWI did brilliantly at the Brunswick Fayre last weekend, They made about £150 which it fantastic.
More details to follow.
Thank You so much to everyone who came along to support the event and who helped out on the day.
WI Swishing Event - 21st May.
NFWI have invited us to a Fashion swapping event aka Swishing.
WI Swishing Event
Saturday 21st May from 1.30pm
Entry £5

St Brides Foundation,
Fleet Street
*Bring along up to 5 items to swish*
*Find out about the WI’s Fast Fashion campaign & learn new sewing skills*
Places are available on a first come first served basis, but early registration by emailing
e.lindsay@nfwi.org.uk is essential.
Community Evening at British Museum - Afghanistan exhibition
The British Museum have contacted us to see if we want to apply for tickets for the community evening on May 28th.
We will ask for a few tickets and let you know how many if any we get. Please do let us know if you would like to attend this evening via emailing londonwestendwi@gmail.com.  It is expected that the preview will take place between 6pm and 9pm. 
Sewing Circle - Tuesday 7th June.
As usual sewing and committee meeting will be held at 7 Dials Club on Tuesday the 7th of June from about 6ish.
Woburn Abbey - June 23rd
Don't forget tickets are still available for Woburn Abbey on June 23rd, it is possible to pay via paypal for these. Tickets are £12
Which includes coach trip, entrance to the house, and a packed lunch
Bloomsbury is part of the Duke of Bedford’s Estate and each year the Friends of Russell Square organise a trip to Woburn Abbey There are 15 places available on a first come first served basis please email Kate know if you would like to go londonwestendwi@gmail.com Bookable via paypal button at the bottom of our blogspot.
Big Tea Party - 5th June - SE23 1HU
If you are interested in volunteering and live in South London and want to attend please email info@voluntarycarecentre.co.uk . Tea Party event will run between 3pm and 5pm and is open to all potential new volunteers and is held as part of National Volunteers Week.
Flower Arranging Course currently planned for July
More concrete details as soon as date is finalised.
Phoenix Gardens - September 3rd September
Please can all bakers  put a note in their diary of this date and please can ew have some volunteers to help sell produce. Thanks
Future Things to be aware of.
We will be posting a security article advising our members how to mitigate their exposure to the risk following  the recent security incidents that have occured with a number of Big name brands. We will post this article up on the blogspot in the next week or so. Please come back to the blog www.londonwestendwi.blogspot.com for this information if interested.

Queen's Jubilee next year
LWWI are thinking about what they might do to celebrate the Queen's Diamond jubilee in 2012 if you have any ideas about what we might do please do get in touch.
Website of the month
http://wordsmith.org/anagram/ which generates anagrams. for example London westend wi becomes winded sonnet owl.