Welcome to London West End WI

Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's our birthday!

London West End WI is turning 10 years old this year (well, roughly anyway - we may be a teensy bit older, but who's counting?)

All current, former and prospective members are invited to come to our birthday party on 21st June, 6.30-8.30pm. We'll have some bottles of fizz, birthday cake and maybe some party games! Hope to see you there?


Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Review 2017

At the beginning of May we were kept busy with craft club, where we had another go at cross stitch (with differing levels of success!).


At our monthly meeting we were joined by Nancy from the Positive Society who gave a fab and inspiring talk about the society, the benefits of positivity, and how we could all become involved. 

We also voted in favour of both the NFWI resolutions, on combatting loneliness and micro-plastics in the oceans.

As well as our meetings, members also attended the community preview of the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum, which is well worth going to if you can. Members are frequently able to visit BM exhibitions for free before they open, just one of the benefits of joining LWEWI!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Monthly Meeting: Wed 17th May, The Positive Society and WI Resolution voting

For this month's meeting we are pleased to welcome Nancyt Steidl, founder of The Positive Society. She'll be telling us all about the society, and the benefits of staying positive. In these changing times, that can be difficult so this should be a wonderful and uplifting evening. 


Nancy will also be telling us about the "achievement diaries' which are run with the Society - they started in January but can be started now. It's a free tool, which lets you set targets and work through them to make your dreams come true, along with reflection on what you've achieved. 

www.thepositivesociety.com
www.facebook.com/thepositivesociety2


Resolutions

Note that at this meeting we will also be asking members to vote on the WI Resolutions for 2017, Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup. 

All members get one vote for each resolution: you are not voting for one over the other, but should vote for or against each one independently. LWEWI will then cast our WI vote for or against each resolution as directed by our members. 

If you have not paid your subscription by the start of the meeting you are not entitled to a vote.

All members can inform themselves of the campaigns by reading pages 20 and 21 of the April issue of WI Life magazine, and check out the resolutions page of the NFWI website by clicking here.


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Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members). You're welcome to email us in advance, but do feel free to just turn up on the night!

Upper Vestry Room, St George's Bloomsbury, Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Door open c.6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Talks generally start at 7pm.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Review of the Month - April

In April we celebrated springtime both at craft club and at our monthly meeting. 

At craft club our crafty ladies knitted little chicks to pop chocolate eggs into just in time for Easter


At our monthly meeting we finally had our long-overdue AGM, and voted in our new committee. Thanks to all our outgoing committee members, particularly Becky and Laura for so valiantly dealing with the accounts, and a massive thank you to Alix for being President over the last year. Our new committee are:

  • Pam (President)
  • Claude (Secretary)
  • Helena (joint Treasurer)
  • Margaret (joint Treasurer)
  • Laura 
  • Chris


Thanks to all for volunteering their time for LWEWI!

After the AGM we got crafty as Helena led us in the making of lonely bouquets, which we then left around London to hopefully brighten some stranger's days.



Thursday, 30 March 2017

MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS NOW DUE

IMPORTANT:

Please note that all 2017 membership subscriptions should be paid ASAP. The cost is only £39 for the whole year, which gets you free entry to our monthly meetings, copies of WI Life magazine from the National Federation of Women's Institutes, and the chance to join us for previews of British Museum exhibitions (worth £15 or more per exhibition). 

Your subscriptions help us pay our rent and get speakers for meetings, as well as being shared with Middlesex Federation and the NFWI. Without paying members, we simply can't afford to exist any more.

You can pay via the paypal button to the right of this page, or by cash or cheque at the next meeting. Any members who haven't paid by the end of the April meeting will be removed from our membership list - don't let that be you!



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March Review / What's On in April

March
Review of the Month
March has been a busy month (and it isn't even over yet!) with Craft Club busy making iris folded cards, and a lesson in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs at our monthly meeting.
Iris folded cards made by our Craft Club

We learned to read this inscription at our March meeting

Members also enjoyed a visit to the British Museum to the community preview of the American Dream exhibition, and some attended the book launch Tom Schuller's new book, The Paula Principle - Tom previously spoke to LWEWI about his research for the book, and the ideas behind it. The book is available in all good bookshops, or via Amazon*

*If you shop with Amazon via our link Amazon will donate back to us 5% of your total spend.

April
Spring is in the air, and our April activities reflect this!

Craft Club
At Craft Club on Tuesday 4th April we'll be having a go at knitting simple Easter chicks, ready to be stuffed with creme eggs (other chocolate based eggy treats are available!). I'm assured they're very easy to knit, and we have experienced knitters on hand to assist.



Main Meeting
At our monthly meeting on Wednesday 19th April we're going to be making lonely bouquets to brighten up stranger's days, and printing our own gift wrap for them.



See our 'craft club' and 'this month' pages for more details. Guests and new members are always welcome to our meetings, for more information get in touch via email: londonwestendwi@gmail.com.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

March Monthly Meeting, Wed 15th - Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Wednesday 15th March 2017 6.30pm


A Beginner's Guide to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Ever wondered what the symbols on Only Connect really mean? Or puzzled over what all those sculptures in the British Museum say? They can't simply mean "owl, walking man, dog, tree" can they? 

Come along for a brief introduction to one of the most ancient written languages in the world, what the symbols mean, a few phrases to dazzle friends and family with, and learn how to write your name in ancient Egyptian. 



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St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

Please bring along refreshments to share with the group, (they don’t have to be home made!)


Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members). If you're not a member, please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com so we know to look out for you!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Invite to Book Launch

Some of you will remember that in October 2013 author Tom Schuller gave us a talk about The Paula Principle, the theory of why so many women work below their competence - details of the talk here

His book is now being published, and LWEWI members are invited to attend the launch of the book at Waterstones on Gower Street at 6pm on Wednesday 8th March. See details below, and please RSVP direct to Sarah at the email on the invite.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

February Monthly Meeting with Harper Stein

Wednesday 15th February 2017 6.30pm


Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members), and we are delighted to open up the meeting to members of other WIs too. If you're not a LWEWI member, please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com or reserve a ticket via eventbrite so we have an idea of numbers.

It's Valentines day (or near enough) so this month we're exploring matters of the heart.



Harper Stein, the UK's most exclusive invitation-only dating agency, are delighted to present an interesting talk by award winning dating and relationship coach, Shelley J Whitehead. Shelley's fascinating talk will explore  how to lead a life you love, how to have better relationships and the biggest mistakes we make in relationships and dating. 

Single ladies are warmly welcomed for complimentary registration with Harper Stein at the end of the talk, where Shelley will also be available to answer questions and to explore private coaching options.




St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Committee Members Needed - URGENT

We really, urgently need committee members for the next year! We'll soon have our AGM (date to be announced), and we'll be losing Alix as President and Becki & Laura as co-Treasurers. 

Without these posts the London West End WI will sadly have CLOSE as we are not allowed to operate without filling these positions. 

If you're a paid up member of LWEWI you can be on the committee! Get in touch with us via email at londonwestendwi@gmail.com and we'll let you know what's involved. It's not too onerous, and you'll have the backing of other committee members such as our lovely secretary, Claude and long-standing member Helena.


WI Fair at Alexandra Palace


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

January Review

We've welcomed in the new year with colour and fun at both Craft Club and our Monthly Meeting this January!

Craft Club
At the first meeting of Craft Club this year we had another go at quilling, which we first tried over a year ago. This time round our talented crafty ladies made some amazing cards!



Monthly Meeting
To banish the winter blues, our January meeting was all about Carnival! Our guest speaker, Natalie, gave a presentation about the history of Carnival in the Caribbean and beyond, as well as bringing along some costumes for us to try on, and leading us in some Carnival dances!






Wednesday, 18 January 2017

January Meeting, Wednesday 18th

This month it's all about Carnival!

Banish the winter blues with an evening dedicated to colour, dance and feathers!

In the lead up to Trinidad Carnival, one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Natalie will be discussing the origins, history and role of women in Carnival in the Caribbean as well as exploring what Carnival looks like today; both in the Caribbean and diasporas in the UK and Europe.

The talk will cover various aspects of Carnival from its origins in slavery and traditional costumes to modern Carnival and 'pretty mas' We'll also discuss how Carnival came to be in Notting Hill, as well as differences in Carnivals across the globe.

There will be costumes on display with headdresses to try on, and some Carnival choreography so wear comfortable shoes!



St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR. Doors open at c. 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Main business of meeting usually 7pm to 8.30pm

Membership for 2017 is £39.00. Membership is non refundable and will expire at the end of the year. Guests are very welcome (£5 for non-WI members), feel free to just turn up and say hello!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

December round up - Carols, Concerts, Candles and Mince Pies


Thank you to all our members, committee, visitors and speakers for a wonderful 2016! Here's a quick round-up of what we, and some of our members, got up to in December.

1. Claude and others helped out with refreshments at the Cosmic carol concert on 5th December - see below for their thank you letter.

2. Long-standing LWEWI member Margaret Busgith responded to a request from the WI for members to be in a choir to take part in the Royal Variety Performance on 6th December. 

Margaret writes "[below] is a picture of the whole choir for the event! There were 150 of us... we sang with Gary Barlow and the song is from the new show Girls - taken from Calendar Girls... It was interesting to do and we were in the theatre watching other people at the dress rehearsal. Gary came outside to see us all afterwards and had some pictures taken which was very nice of him."

Well done Margaret! She's towards the back left of the picture, if you can spot her. There's also a video of the performance (from Youtube) posted below.




3. St George's Carol Service. 

On 21st December our monthly meeting was replaced by the annual Carol Service in the church. As ever, LWEWI provided the mince pies and mulled wine to the congregation afterwards. Many thanks to those who helped with baking or serving - Ruth, Laura, Kate, Margaret, Claude and Helena. Many thanks to those who helped clear up after the event too! All donations from the refreshements went to the Vicar's night shelter fund, a total of £60.



4. Craft Club
At our December craft club we had a lovely evening turning old jam jars into fancy tealight holders. After tweeting the picture, we seem to have inspired other WIs to make these next year!




Hope to see you all in 2017 for another exciting year ahead! Details of our January meeting will be posted soon.