Welcome to London West End WI

Monday, 18 March 2019

Coming Up Soon!

Monthly Meeting
Our main meeting in March is coming soon - Wednesday 20th, to be precise. This month it's quiz time, so get your thinking caps on and brush up on your general knowledge! It's a team effort, so everyone should have a chance to dazzle at their specialist subject



If you have any unwanted gifts etc suitable for prizes, do bring them along for the prize table. Don't worry, you get to choose your prize if you're a winner, so you won't be taking it home again!

We'll be in our usual home of St George's Bloomsbury from 6.30-8.30pm.

Members, make sure you read the newsletter for thoughts about April's meeting!

Craft Club
Sadly our March craft club had to be cancelled, but we'll be back in April with a knitting session, all in aid of charity. We're going to be knitting little wooly hats for Innocent Smoothie bottles in aid of Age UK. Don't worry if you don't knit much, our experienced knitters will be happy to help out, or you can make the pom-poms for the top. 

Here's some we made previously:



Tuesday, 26 February 2019

February Round - Up


Main Meeting


Thanks to all those who came to our February meeting, including the lovely ladies of Middlesex Federation. Unfortunately for operational reasons our AGM couldn't take place on the evening, but we will get there! 

The ladies from Middlesex explained and thanked us for our votes on the resolutions, everyone's vote gets counted and put forward - there was a question about what resolution we put forward - they will advise us in due course what the Middlesex ladies will vote for at the annual AGM in Bournemouth once all the London WI results are collected. 

After the notices we had birthday cake made by Ali, as LWEWI turned 13 on 21st February, the day after our meeting.  We also had candles and managed not to cause the smoke alarms to go off!
Cake!

We spent the evening sewing and gossiping, and made drawstring bags for the Red Box Project. Nicky guided the expert sewers and the newbies through the process, and we made about 12 in all. There were donations of sanitary products and tights to go with the bags. 






As a reminder, Claire, our social secretary, has an online survey on what sort of events members might like to attend. You can complete it here.

Craft Club
February Craft Club saw us papercrafting, making woven hearts and folded pyramid gift boxes under the expert guidance of Jayne, with some stunning results.




Monday, 28 January 2019

What's Happening in February?

It's almost February, the days are getting longer and the first signs of spring are here!

This month we have two crafty offerings for you, at Craft Club and at our main Monthly Meeting:

Craft Club
February's craft club will be on Tuesday 5th February at Atlantis Books, 5.30-7.30pm. We'll be making gift bags and boxes out of old wrapping paper and cardboard, and also these fab woven hearts, just in time for Valentines. These are traditional Scandinavian decorations called Julehjerter, frequently used on Christmas trees (as the name suggests). They can also be used for gift baskets, and we reckon they'll be great with chocolates in too!  


Remember to email lwewicraftclub@gmail.com if you're coming, so we have an idea of numbers. As ever, hot drinks and nice biscuits are included in the price!

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday 20th February
Our monthly meeting on Wednesday 20th (6.30-8.30pm, Upper Vestry Hall, St George's Bloomsbury) may or may not include our AGM. 

As well as the AGM (or instead of it) we will focus on bag making for the Red Box Project, which "quietly ensures that no young person misses school because they have their period". 




We'll be making drawstring bags for menstrual products to be put in - bring along unwanted material for 10x10cm or 20x20cm bags, thread, needles, fabric scissors and ribbon if you have any going spare, Nicky is also preparing 'bag kits' for us to sew, with all cutting etc already done.

You can also bring along pads or tampons to go into the bags, and the group we are donating to are also in urgent need of black tights & underwear to go in them too. The filled bags are placed in schools, and any girl who needs the products can simply pick one up as required, no questions asked.




And Another Thing...
A quick reminder that Claude will be hosting a panel discussion about mental health and the stigma surrounding it at the Best of You show at Olympia. Her talk is on Friday 15th February (time tbc), the show is also open on the 16th,. More info on the show here: http://thebestyouexpo.com/uk/

Saturday, 19 January 2019

January round -up

Welcome to all our members, potential members and visitors who joined us in January.

Craft Club
We started 2019 off with a jewellery making session at Craft Club, where beaded earrings and bracelets were the order of the day. 


Head over to our Craft Club blog, http://lwewicraftclub.blogspot.com/ for more info about us!

Monthly Meeting
Our monthly meeting focussed on winter wellness and foraging, with a fascinating talk and sampling session from Kim of Handmade Apothecary, complete with sampling of elderberry tea, and lots of information about what we could easily forage locally. We're all enthused to go out and start sustainably foraging for wild garlic, cleavers, elderflowers and much more besides!


Coming up in February
A quick reminder that Claude will be hosting a panel discussion about mental health and the stigma surrounding it at the Best of You show at Olympia. Her talk is on Friday 15th February (time tbc), the show is also open on the 16th, and there's a link to free tickets (valid until 22 January) here: https://thebestyouexpo.com/uk/free-tickets/

February's craft club will be gift bag and box making, on Tuesday 5th.

Our monthly meeting on Wednesday 20th may or may not include our AGM. As well as the AGM (or instead of it) we will focus on bag making for the Red Box Project, which "quietly ensures that no young person misses school because they have their period". We'll be making drawstring bags for menstrual products to be put in - bring along unwanted material for 10x10cm or 20x20cm bags, thread, needles, fabric scissors and ribbon if you have any going spare. You can also bring along pads or tampons to go into the bags. The filled bags are placed in schools, and any girl who needs the products can simply pick one up as required, no questions asked.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Next meeting, 16th January

Our speakers in January will be the lovely ladies of The Handmade Apothecary.



"First and foremost we are a team of medically trained herbalists who are passionate about sharing the lost, traditional knowledge and uses of herbs with others and the community through running workshops, walks and talks on herbal remedy making, natural beauty and botany. Our aim is to help others to re-establish a bond with nature and use plants and natural ingredients for health, home and self-care." (c) The Handmade Apothecary

They are going to talk about winter wellness, as well as talking about the plants you can forage at other times of the year to see you through winter, and will bring some tasters. They are aslo going to bring some herbs to try. 


If you would like to buy their book in advance they will sign them on the night but unfortunately do not have any books to bring with them. You can buy it via independent bookshops through Hive or our Amazon link.