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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.

Friday, 10 November 2017

British Museum visit, 2nd December

We have been offered Community Evening Preview Tickets for the British Museum on Saturday 2nd December at 7pm.

If you'd like a free ticket to attend either the Scythians or Living With Gods exhibition, please email us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com by 20th of November and confirm which exhibition you'd like to see - you can only visit one exhibition on the evening. Full details are in the newsletter.

If you're not a member, one of the perks of joining LWEWI is the chance to visit British Museum exhibitions for free as part of their community partnership work.