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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A joyful Spring

Hi all, Melonie here!

Firstly, apologies for the radio silence on this blog – don’t you hate it when work gets in the way of life?! Haha

This year has certainly got off to a great start for our WI. We’ve had some fab meetings and for those who haven’t been able to make it along here’s a little recap:

February we had the informative talk from the British Red Cross.

Book binding fun!
March Claudia a curator from Kensington Palace came to speak about the role of portraits and photography in how we see royal women. Looking back at Elizabeth I forward to Diana Princess of Wales, it was fascinating to see how these women used these forms of media to tell their own story and convey their power. For anyone interested, Diana: Her Fashion Story is on at Kensington Palace until 2019 and new items have recently been added so it’s a great excuse to go. Claudia also spoke about Queen Victoria whose reign saw the move from paintings to photography – the exhibition Victoria Revealed, again at the palace, opened earlier this year and is one not to be missed. If you do go to the palace be sure to try and see the new tiaras and jewels on display, some of which have not been on public display before – a sparkling day out. 

Some more fantastic craft club creations
April was book binding. This has always been popular at craft club so it seemed like a great idea for one of our monthly meetings too! 

Away from craft club and our meetings, there have been some fab events we were invited to attend. When the London Transport Museum held one of their late events, focusing on women in this suffrage year, we offered up rosette making at our stall which was hugely successful – I don’t think we had an empty table all night. Following this we were asked to be a part of boutique store Revival Retro’s Thursdate event. This is a regular event they hold which usually entails trying on, buying things we don’t need but are oh so pretty and a cocktail or too. To coincide with International Women’s month, we were invited along for rosette making again with the lovely Revival ladies, again a great evening! 

The Rodin exhibition
The Rodin exhibition at the British Museum was a fantastic day out once again. We’re hugely lucky that we get complimentary tickets for events at the British Museum, just one of the perks of being a member of our WI! 

This month we will be having a quiz so as well as nibbles to share be sure to bring your grey cells! The next craft club we will be card making so if you've got a birthday or are just super prepared for Christmas, come along and have a go!

In June it is the AGM in Cardiff. I’ll be going along to the meeting and I’m so excited! I’ll be reporting back, both here and in the meeting and I’ll be posting plenty of pictures from the day.

See you all soon!

Friday, 19 January 2018

What a start to the year!

Although January isn't typically the most exciting of months there can be no denying that this month has got off to a great start for our WI group.

This month's craft club saw us creating lovely paper roses. February (Tuesday 6th) will see us jewellery making so please bring along any stones or anything you'd like to turn into a pretty piece. Looking ahead to March (Tuesday 6th) we will be knitting squares which can be used to make blankets for knitting for Africa. All skill levels will be welcome, with someone on had to show the absolute the beginners the ropes (or the wool!) so please do come along for what will be another great night.
The beautiful creations at January's craft club

Our first WI meeting of the year saw us transported back to the 1920s and have a go at swing dancing! Despit there being some nerves to start with, everyone had it by the end! The swing era spanned from the 1920-1940s and evolved with the jazz music over the years. But with changes in music styles swing dancing and lindy hop faded into a background for a time.

In March at craft club we will be knitting squares which can be used to make blankets for children in Africa  

The dance was revived in the 1980s when Sandra Cameron and Larry Schulz of the Cameron Dance Center Inc in New York tracked down old timers Al Minns and Frankie Manning who taught them the moves. Dancers from New York, Sweden and London then set about reviving the dance style and today it is as popular as ever with old timers such as Norma Miller still traveling the world to inspire people to get on the dance floor.

Swinging the night away!
Swing dancing is not only a whole lot of fun but it is a great way to keep fit and make new friends. 

If the dance class left you wanting to learn more you can find a dance class near you on this website: 

Lindy exchanges and dance camps give you the chance to see the dance scene in other parts of the world. For a list of camps and exchanges across the globe check out

Friday, 8 December 2017

December Craft Club

Nicky led another fabulous craft club this month with a festive feeling perfect for this time of year.
Here are some pictures of the Christmas trees that were made, perfect for decorating your home. If you have a go at these at home do share your creations on our Facebook or Twitter! 

An easy to make festive treat!

January's Craft Club will lead to another pretty creation!
Craft Club is usually the first Tuesday of each month but in January we will be meeting on the second which is the 9th. In this first meeting of the year we will be trying out hand at paper rose (pictured). If you have  some old books, glue gun, cutting mat please bring them along . 

Pop a note in your diary and as always, look forward to seeing you all then!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

November Round-up

November’s meeting was our AGM and our new committee was voted in – so here’s to another great year for our group!

Ready  for our close up, Mr. DeMille

Once the official business was dealt with we had the chance to channel our inner Monroe’s and Bergman’s in a drama class run by Matilda Thaddeus Johns, the founder of Tie-Dye Drama. Judging by the amount of laughter that filled the room a fun night was had by all! 
Get ready to get festive in next month's craft club!

Our next meeting on the 20th of December will coincide with St George's carol service so come along and have a sing song with faces old and new. We will be providing refreshments in our usual meeting space after the service so if you have time, get your pinny on and get into the kitchen and bake something delicious to be enjoyed (with mulled wine) afterwards.
And talking of festivities, December Craft Club on the 5th we will be making paper Christmas trees – hope to see you all then!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November meeting: Tonight, 15th November

Tonight is our AGM, when we'll be joined by a representative of Middlesex Federation to review the year and vote in the committee for 2018. It's not too late to think about joining the committee, and helping run LWEWI for the next year!

After the AGM we'll be unleashing our inner divas with a drama workshop led by Matilda Thaddeus Johns, the founder of Tie-Dye Drama.

We're in the Upper Vestry Hall of St George's Bloomsbury from 6.30pm until about 8.30pm, business part of the meeting will begin at 7pm sharp.