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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Monthly meeting, 15 September 2021

This month's meeting is on Wednesday 15th September, and we're going to be meeting in person! As the Vestry Hall is still being redecorated, we're off on a jaunt. 

We're delighted to be able to join St Giles artist and curator Jane Palm-Gold for a historical walking tour that takes in the sights and stories of Seven Dials and the notorious parish of St. Giles. Meet at 6pm at Seven Dials, outside the art gallery right on the Dial. Hopefully we'll be able to head for food or a quick drink after the walk, if members are interested.

If you haven't come to one of our meetings before you can email us on londonwestendwi@gmail.com so we know to look out for you. 


Sunday, 22 August 2021

September to December 2021 Meetings

It's been a while, but we now have a programme of meetings from September to December this year, a mixture of online and in person! Hurrah!


Craft club meets on Zoom on the 1st Tuesday of every month: details are sent out by WhatsApp to all members, and can be emailed out too. Let us know if you're interested. Join us for an hour of crafting and chatting from 6 to 7pm on:

  • 7 September
  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 7 December

Our monthly meeting are going back to in person for the rest of the year, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities on the evening of the 3rd Wednesday of the month

Meetings usually start at 6.30pm at St George's Church, Bloomsbury, but times and places for the outdoor events will differ. Full joining details for each meeting will be put on the blog, social media and our email newsletter ahead of the meetings. Visitors and new members are always welcome, drop us an email if you haven't been before so we know to expect you.

15 SeptemberA walk and talk around Phoneix Gardens  and Seven Dials with Jane Palm-Gold. the route is all pretty much compact and begins at Seven Dials, ends at top end of Dyot Street (across New Oxford St). This little area is stuffed full of history, so it should be a fascinating walk. We will try to head to a pub or cafe afterwards for a drink afterwards.

20 OctoberBack in the Vestry Hall we’ll have a craft session with Helena to make some Christmas wreaths from aluminum cans.  Our aim is to recycle rubbish to make something nice and given it’s so close to Christmas we thought we could make it festive. We should have plenty of drinks cans, and sparkly nail varnish etc to help decorate them, but we'll let you know if you need to bring anything

17 November: Geraldine Beskin from Atlantis Books will give us a talk on Tarot, including the history, the trend and a bit of a demo, which promises to be an interesting evening. Again this will be in the Vestry Hall.

15 December: Out and about, we hope to do a walk around the Christmas lights and festive displays, and perhaps make this a social evening with Christmas dinner somewhere nice.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

April to June...

 It's been a while since our last update, for which I can only apologise. Blame real life as the world opens up again!

So, what have we been up to in the last 3 months? Well, we've continued our monthly online craft clubs on the first Tuesday of the month, and we've also had regular monthly meetings. One of them was even In Real Life!!!

We're still planning the rest of the year, so if there's anything you'd like us to organise, do drop us an email at londonwestendwi@gmail.com or post on our WhatsApp group. 

In other news, we've made the sad decision to - for now at least - make our craft club online only instead of in person. We've had a good run at Atlantis Books, but with a number of our crafty members leaving London in the past year we just won't have enough people to make it financially sustainable. Perhaps once things get back to normal and we get more members we'll be able to pick it up again. 

Membership fees are of course due, but we've been having some PayPal issues - bear with us and our Treasurer will be in touch soon with details of how to pay!




In April we had a go at freestyle drawing led by artist Caroline Banks from the comfort of our own home with a workshop "Play with Drawing"- a spot of mindfulness trying to draw plants and objects from memory and with eyes shut - a few of us may have been dubious at the beginning but it really is wonderful fun and very relaxing!

In May a small group of us met up in person for a real life meeting, a fascinating guided walk around Covent Garden learning about the Actresses' Franchise League with the wonderful Naomi Paxton, followed by pizza and drinks - so nice to be able to see real people again! 

Be sure to check out Naomi's Suffra-Greats card game here: https://www.clavisandclaustra.co.uk/products/suffragreats-game

In June we were back online for a craft session, as Helena led us in a papercutting workshop - it's amazing how effective some simple techniques using paper, scissors and a glue stick can look even for beginners. We've all found a new craft to try in card making and other projects!

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Feb and March update from LWEWI


February brought us our regular online meetings, starting with Craft Club and then treating ourselves to an online spa led by Olivia from Temple Spa

February Craft Club, and we were delighted Sue was able to join us for the first time in ages for felting, knitting, embroidery and jewellery making!

Our main February meeting, and we were joined by Olivia from Temple Spa for an online spa evening in the comfort of our own homes. A wonderfully relaxing evening and the products smelled amazing
Ah, the glamour of an online spa with hot flannels at the ready!


In March, we had our regular online meetings again - starting with as ever Craft Club, and following that with an online scavenger hunt at our monthly meeting. Well done to everyone for finding various headgear, telling us about their favourite books, and showing off their magnificent holiday souvenirs!

Craft club, and we're still knitting, card making, and embroidering our way through lockdowns!
Natalie has finished her embroidery, and here it is: amazing work!

Online scavenger hunt, and kudos to Chris for posing with a colander on her head!


March also brought us Easter, and both Elaine and Jo got into the swing of it making their own Easter treats. Shame we had to share them via WhatsApp rather than try them in person. Hopefully next year...

Jo's hot cross buns fresh from the oven

Elaine's simnel cakes

Bringing us right up to date, our April Craft Club met on Zoom and got on with embroidery, calligraphy and crochet and more, with members joining the call from North East and South West England as well as London!


We are currently planning online meetings for the next few months as we wait to see where new rules take us. If you'd like to join LWEWI, do get in touch via londonwestendwi@gmail.com and we can give you more info about our online meetings and WhatsApp group as well as plans for in person meetings when the time is right. 

Membership is now due for 2021/22, and will cost £44 for the year. Note we're currently having PayPal issues, but will be up and running to take payments soon we hope!

Monday, 25 January 2021

LWEWI Wildlife Photo Gallery

Following our virtual tour of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, we decided to put together our own little show of some of our members' nature/animals/wildlife photographs taken during lockdown. Hope you enjoy!

Elaine Armstrong

Pam Young

Joanne Large

Natalie Miller

Nicky Johns