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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

August (and early September) round up

Despite being holiday season we still managed to have a full craft club in early August, where Nicky led us in making 3D paper cut outs.

 At our monthly meeting, we were joined by the Urban Urchins project officer from London Wildlife Trust, Emma Pooley, who gave us a fascinating talk all about hedgehogs. If anyone wants to get involved in the project, or if anyone sees a hedgehog in London, you can contact the project here.

As we're into September before I've done any writing up, I'll also include early September information here (and why not!). At our September craft club we dug out our glue guns, pliers and boxes of shiny things and made brooches, earrings and bag charms.

On Saturday 2nd September we had a cake stall at the annual Phoenix Gardens Agricultural Fair, and a splendid day was had by all! Thanks to everyone who made things to sell, helped us sell our goodies, or bought from us. 

Ruth, Melonie, Claude and Helena hard at work!

Coming up in September/October:

1. We have a trip to the British Museum on Sunday 10th September for the community preview of the Scythians exhibition.

2. Our next cake sale is at St George's Bloomsbury as part of Open House on Saturday 16th September where it's all about cream teas.

3. Our September monthly meeting is on 20th September, where we'll be Morris Dancing.

4. October craft club turns its mind to Christmas, and we'll be turning ribbons, fabric scraps and embroidery hoops into festive wreaths.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Phoenix Gardens, Saturday 2 September

Bakers, Crafters, Sellers, Buyers... we need your assistance at the Phoenix Gardens Agricultural Fair in Soho this Saturday!!

Email us if you can bake or craft for the table, or help with selling.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Monthly Meeting

August 16th 
Saving London's Hedgehogs

Consistently voted Britain's favourite mammal, the western-European hedgehog is now suffering from a severe population decline, particularly in urban areas. 

This talk will explore the ecology of the humble hedgehog, while looking at some of the challenges the species is facing in the urban environment. Hedgehog Project Officer for the London Wildlife Trust, Emma Pooley, will reveal how the Urban Urchins citizen science project is aiming to discover more about the status of London's hedgehogs, and simple things you can do to improve your area for them.

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!

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!)

Monday, 31 July 2017

Review of the month - July

We started July with our first bake sale of the year (reported on in our review of June - obviously!), and continued with a second sale at the Chap Olympiad in Bedford Square in the middle of the month, with assistance from Kate and Claude.

Some of our goodies for sale at Bedford Square (c) Claude Asgill

Craft Club took place on 6th July, where we had a go at origami - some of us more successfully than others, it must be said! At our August craft club on 1st August we're going to be doing more papercraft, with Nicky leading us in making 3D paper models/cards.

At our monthly meeting on 21 July we were hoping to welcome Geraldine Beskin to give us a local history talk, but due to illness this meeting will be rescheduled. Huge thanks are due to Helena, who led us in printing cards using fresh flowers, hammers and watercolour paper - a fascinating evening, and who knew it was possible to make such pretty things in this way!  At our monthly meeting on 16 August we'll be learning all about Urban Hedgehogs with a speaker from the London Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

July meeting - 19th July, art from flowers

In a change to the advertised talk, tonight is a crafty, hands-on session led by Helena. We're going to be taking hammers to flowers and leaves in order to release their natural dyes onto watercolour paper to make works of art which can then be turned into cards, bookmarks etc. Creating art from nature while venting your frustrations? Sounds like a winner!

If you've got any brightly/strongly coloured leaves or flowers in your garden/windowbox you'd like to try with, do bring them along - the darker or brighter the better! We'll have hammers, but do bring your own if you have one. 

Watercolour paper will be supplied, and we'll also have some embellishments for you to decorate your artwork with!

We meet in the Upper Vestry Hall of St George's Church, Bloomsbury. Come along from 6.30pm, we'll be crafting from about 7pm. Bring snacks to share with the group!