Welcome ladies of central London! This is the inaugural post of the London West End Women's Institute website. Please check back frequently to find information about our forthcoming meetings, current campaign issues and ongoing activities. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the upper vestry room of St.George's Bloomsbury on Bloomsbury Way, so please come and join us - the more the merrier!
Our next meeting will take place on the 19th of June Kusuma Barnett, the head of the volunteers program at the British Museum is going to come and talk to us. Originally hailing from Sri Lanka, Kusuma trained as a nurse with the intention of becoming a lady of leisure upon her retirement. However, in 1989 she visited the British Museum and enjoyed it so much that she became a volunteer and has been awarded an MBE for her efforts over the past 20 years. Come and hear Kusuma's stories and insights into one of the most fascinating collections in Britain.
On the 17th of July Richard Knight from the Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre will be coming to dazzle us with his knowledge of the St Giles and Bloomsbury areas, and looking ahead, our Summer Garden Party will be held on the 21st of August in the Vicarage garden on Gower Street, where we won't have to worry about any repeats of last year's close shave with an ASBO. Members of the Islington and Fulham WIs are also being invited, but in order to put on a good shindig we'll need some volunteers and good ideas, so have your suggestions ready at the next meeting.