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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Dates for the Diary - Feb 2011

WI Dates for the Diary - Feb 2011

Food Hygiene Course - Saturday 5th Feb

Final few days to sign up for the Food Hygiene course which is being run in Covent Garden.

Please pay via paypal link at the bottom of the blogspot

If you took the course the last time we ran it, please be aware that your certificate is valid for 3 years only and so runs out in 2011.

If you have any queries please do get in touch
Course fees are £25 which is less than the price of taking the course online and half the price of the taking the course in person at another establishment. (We, LWWI, are supplementing the full course fees for all attendees.)

Jam & Marmalade Workshop - postponed for a few weeks
Due to a lower than expected uptake on the food hygiene course, and because we need a certain number of qualified food safety people at the jam workshop as we hope to sell some of what is made, we are going to have to postpone the course for a few weeks until we get back results for some attendees.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience of rescheduling.

Please check your email if you indicated you wish to attend or check the blog/website for the new rearranged date.

If you hope to sell preserves or cakes on behalf of the WI please do consider attending the Food Hygiene Course.

February London West End WI Meeting - Feb 15th
The February guest for our WI meeting will be Marietta from Transition Towns.

Please check out their website http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

Sewing Group as usual will be meeting Tuesday March 1st at Seven Dials.
Please do come along, all welcome.

March London West End WI meeting - Tuesday March 15th
We are going over to the Cartoon Museum just down the street from where we normally meet.

Please check out their website http://cartoonmuseum.org/

LWWI Website
Our website is progressing quite beautifully. Please do check it out.

We seem to be gaining additional followers via twitter, Thanks so much to Vanessa who is our main new media updater and quite possibly thanks also to Professor Butterworth who came in to see us in January who gave us a most insightful and enjoyable talk and then tweeted about us.

British Museum - Preview of Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World on Sunday 27th February 2011.

The BM have invited us to the Community Preview of Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World at the British Museum, on Sunday 27th February 2011. The exhibition preview will take place between 12 – 5pm (last entry will be at 4pm), and all community groups who wish to bring group members to view the exhibition are welcome.
Kite Making Activity – Great Court, 12 – 2pm

Take part in a creative kite making and decorating activity. Using traditional colours and Afghan patterns decorate your very own kite and explore the significance of this popular Afghani pastime.
Community Evening View

They will also be holding a Community Evening View of the exhibition in late May. Further details of this community view will be available nearer the time.

Please do let us know if you wish to attend the special preview by emailing us at londonwestendwi@gmail.com


NON WI Related Events

Free Tickets to Ideal Home Show for 21-27 March 2011. Available via http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/ then go to the booking section of the site and put in the code MOS11.

Apparently they are giving away 20,000 tickets but the weekend ones are already gone.

Haringey Council - International Women’s Day - 12th March

Haringey Council are hosting an event on 12 March to coincide with International Women’s Day. They theme of the day is resourcefulness in the recession, and they have a number of organisations involved including financial services who will be advising delegates on budgeting and spending, and an organisation that will be hosting a clothes swap shop. The council have been in touch asking if any WI’s are interested in having a stall, or hosting a workshop, or both if you have the energy! They are expecting around 1,000 women to attend so it could be a good opportunity to recruit new members.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact:


020 8489 2585


Million Women Rise - March 5th

Shoreditch Sisters have been in touch as they will be attending the Million Women Rise march against violence against women on 5 March. If other WI’s are planning to attend and would like to join up with the Shoreditch Sisters please contact Shoreditch Sisters Secretary Caroline Brooks on brookscaroline79@gmail.com. We will be lending out the handful of WI placards we have here at head office for use at the march.


Women Reaching Women Conference, 12th April

The conference is free and open to all members and representatives from international development and gender organisations will also be invited. We will send out a confirmed programme of the day in due course.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,


Sara Mason

Campaigns and Administration Assistant

National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI)

104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY

T: 020 7371 9300,ext 211

F: 020 7736 3652


Soil Association
Kathryn one of our members sent us the following which she thought some people might be interested in:

I've recently received a letter from Soil Association asking for support to stop the introduction of pig superfarms to the UK. Pigs are not meant to be confined indoors and keeping this many enclosed so tightly could have serious risk to local environment and human health. 60% of all anibiotics in farming are given to pigs. And they are the same as or closely related to those given to humans. There is reason to be concerned about the build up of antibiotic resistant genes. Then there will be the huge reservoirs of pig slurry etc.

Powerful libel lawyers are attempting to silence Soil Association, for raising their concerns.

If any of our members are interested in finding out more or lending their support they can go to www.soilassociation.org/notinmybanger.aspx


EC4 choir concert - Barbican - Friday March 11th, 19.30

Susan Evans another our members has sent us the following information

EC4 choir and music are putting on a concert at the Barbican on Friday March 11th, 19.30 (see below for details). Ticket prices are £10, £20, £25, £35 but with a £5 reduction on any of these prices if you quote 'EC4 Music Offer'. All profits to the Prince's Trust. The last time we did this we raised thousands for the trust. Please tell your friends.

You can book direct with the Barbican online booking office or I can do a block booking.

The concert: Barbican Hall

Prokofiev Concerto No 3 in C major for Piano & Orchestra

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Duruflé Requiem, Op 9

EC4 Choir and Orchestra

Tim Crosley conductor

Olga Stezhko piano

Claire Seaton soprano

EC4 Music is delighted to return for its fifth fundraising concert in aid of The Prince's Trust with an evocative programme to stir the senses. Conductor Tim Crosley welcomes young Belarusan pianist Olga Stezhko for her debut Barbican performance with Prokofiev's wonderfully lyrical third Piano Concerto. We also hear Mussorgsky's ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition and are treated to a performance of Duruflé's exquisite Requiem.

Writing courses

New independent bookshop, cafe, and gallery Woolfson & Tay in Bermondsey Square, London SE1 offers an exciting series of writing and performance workshops for a creative start to 2011.

Woolfson & Tay Bookshop & Gallery, 12 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN www.woolfsonandtay.com Tel. 0207 407 9316


Comedy, music and more - celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day - KOKO, Camden, Tuesday 8th March 2011

We are producing a sparkling, innovative evening of entertainment featuring stand up, character, sketches, magic and music. This will take place on Tuesday 8th March International Women’s Day (IWD) at the well known entertainment venue, KOKO in London’s Camden Town, a mecca for music, fashion and comedy.

Funny Women has celebrated IWD with a comedy show for the last seven years. However, this year is the 100th Anniversary of the first ever IWD and this new variety event is the perfect way to mark the occasion and engage the next generation of British women to carry on the tradition of celebrating the day.
The 100thAnniversary of IWD is being celebrated all over the world and our event aims to make young British women more aware of their role in western society and recognise that not all women globally have the same freedom and opportunities that are open to us.
Awareness for IWD has grown in the UK since Funny Women started out in 2002, and there is now a wide range of activities being planned across the UK to celebrate IWD being organised by different groups and networks under the banner of the EQUALS? Campaign see http://www.weareequals.org/. Despite this, the day itself remains an enigma - it isn’t always a news item, there’s no public holiday and it’s not necessarily ‘cool’ or even part of the agenda for the next generation of young women.

Music and comedy are both brilliant mediums for communicating messages – from protest songs to subversive humour, they are a barometer of our culture that we can use to reflect how women’s lives have changed over the last 100 years.

So this show is a modern day ‘march’ on the perceptions of women. It begins with a live show which features female opinion formers and role models. We will invite acts to perform stand up, sketch, music, magic, song, dance and even a bit of drama as we tell a story of change – past, present and future.

Our target audience is broad but the event is aimed at 18 to 25 year olds who are not as aware as we would like them to be. The essence of our event is to make this the place to be on the 8th March – a true celebration in an accessible, fun environment with the message being delivered with a memorable performance.

If you would like to be involved we are looking for sponsorship to cover production costs and organisations and individuals to help us market the show and sell tickets. There is also a corporate entertainment opportunity if you would like to entertain your customers or clients. Please either give us a call or email us at womensday@funnywomen.com so that we can send you more information.

If you work with a charity or NGO and would like to be part of the ‘big picture’ please visit http://www.weareequals.org/ and join the big debate. We want to make sure that women’s voices are properly heard on this very special anniversary.


1A Arts Course for parents and children.

1A ARTS etc is offering parents and children (aged 7+) another chance to unleash their inner animator and give the creators of Wallace and Gromit a run for their money! This 3 session course will brighten up boring weekends in March. All participants will take home a DVD of their animation brought to life with their own characters and story. Please see attached for details. Early booking is recommended! Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested. If you would like hard copies of this publicity for your workplace please call or email me to let me know how many copies you would like.
Kind regards
Caroline Lister


1A ARTS etc

The 1A Centre

1A Rosebery Avenue

London EC1R 4SR

Tel: 020 7837 3332 Mobile: 07870 197 834

Student Volunteering Week 21st - 27th Feb.

Don't miss out! 21st - 27th February

Please do stay in touch via twitter, the blogspot and website if any of you have any news that you would like to share with us please do get in touch.

See you soon

LWWI Secretaries


1st Tuesday of the month Sewing Group at Seven Dials.
3rd Tuesday of the month WI meeting at Upper Vestry Hall, St. Georges, Little Russell Street, London, WC1

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