Welcome to London West End WI

Saturday, 14 August 2010

August Meeting and other events for your WI diaries for the next month.

Tuesday 17th August 6.30ish – WI Meeting
Upper Vestry Room, St Georges-Bloomsbury
Maggie Gaunt will demonstrate & advise on
“Small arrangements for small places- tricks of the Florist Trade ”
(or how to create a stunning floral masterpiece with supermarket flowers & a bit of cunning )
Pls bring some flowers if you wish to be a bit more hands on during this meeting
Pls also bring some food / juice you would like to share with the group as we might pop outside for part of the meeting if the weather is nice.

If anyone has any receipts left over from Covent Garden that they want to claim money back from please bring the receipts to the meeting on Tuesday.

Tuesday 19th August 10am-5pm - Fruit Picking Trip
The coach will leave outside Majestic Wines in Drury Lane 10am & return there at 5pm. Bring a picnic lunch.
This trip has been organised by the Covent Garden Community Association & is free.
You will just have to pay for the fruit that you pick.
Lots of you came to pesto/jams and curd making in June so why not pick your own fruit and put your new knoweldge into practice. Remember NFWI are running the real jam festival this year.

NB Another trip to IKEA is being planned for later in the year also arranged by Covent Garden Community Association.

Saturday 4th September 12 – 6pm - Phoenix Gardens Fair
This will be our last fund raising cake stall this year so anyone who would like to volunteer to help: baking, jam making or manning the stall – contact Claude or Kate via email address londonwestendwi@gmail.com (please remember to keep any receipts for ingredients if you want to claim them back.)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Hot topics & Resolutions

This has been a year in the planning. Last August we had a talk about campaigning and it touch a chord with our members. Georgia and Carrie worked on resolutions around body image.

At the July 2010 meeting the following resolutions were amended & passed by our members.
It's a hot topic in the news at the moment see the Girl Guide http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10865582 and some well known politicians have picked up the topic too.

We have the agreement of our membership to campaign on these issues which are very much in the media at the moment. We are also putting them resolutions forward for selection by the NFWI ... look out for the opportunity to vote on WI resolutions in the November issue of WI life. If it is successful then our WI will be presenting it at the NFWI conference in Liverpool next June.

If you would like to get involved in the planning to campaign on these issues then please contact Carrie Graham or Georgia Machell via londonwestendwi@googlemail.com.

Resolution 1: Disclosing the use of enhanced images of people in advertising
"This resolution urges the NFWI to use its influence to induce advertisers and media owners to explicitly disclose the use of enhanced or air brushed images"

Resolution 2: Media, body image and health
"This resolution urges HM Government and industry bodies to recognise the negative impact overly idealist and unattainable portrayal of men and women in advertising are having on mental health, particularly body image and self esteem, An ideal response would be a Media Code of Conduct for Body Image."

Resolution 3: Opposing the promotion of rapid weight-loss diet plans
"Whilst we recognise that the maintenance of a healthy weight is essential, this resolution urges the NFWI to oppose the promotion of rapid weight diet plans and also urges HM Government to recognize the long term negative physical and emotional impact of extreme weight loss."