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Monday, 14 November 2011

November 2011 - Dates for the Diary

Hello Ladies

Goodness can it really be about 8 weeks until Christmas and thus little more than that time until we are at the end of 2011. It seems impossible that we have come through 10 months of the year already.

Weirdly as the nights seem to be drawing closer the amount of content in the Dates for the Diary emails have reduced compared to that seen earlier in the year.
So here is our last official D4D email as LWWI Secretaries
Kate & Claude

LWWI Stuff.
November meeting - Tuesday November 15th

Heather, LWWI 2011 President was leading an alcohal tasting session following our AGM on Tuesday 15th of November but is nolonger able to do this. And so we are going to have a food tasting instead.

Our AGM should last about 45 minutes or so followed by the tasting.

We plan to start the AGM at 7:00PM
During the AGM a summary of the year presented by the secretaries will be read out. And the treasurer will present the accounts to member. It is not as dry as it sounds we promise.

Following that we will elect a new committee for 2012 and we will select a new President and Secretary. Jane has indicated she will stand again as Treasurer but if anyone else wants to stand then do please nominate yourself and let us know.

If you wish to stand as President or Secretary please let us know. LWWI cannot continue to exist without a Secretary and President so these positions have to be filled.
The 2011 Secretaries and President are standing down after two years service and these positions are up for election. Don't worry it is not as daunting as it sounds taking on either position and we personally would recommend job sharing these roles.

For the November meeting Kate is proposing to bring along some home made vegetarian soup and it would be super if members additionally brought along refreshments to share at the meeting.

2012 LWWI membership fees

For 2012 the LWWI membership fee will be £31.50 this was announced a few weeks ago by NFWI and is mentioned in the latest issue of WI Life.

As usual from Janaury you will be able to pay by cheque, by cash or online on our blog using paypal.


Not many of you came back and indicated what your preference was for the December meeting. Time is passing quickly ladies and we really do need your feedback as to what we do for the December meeting.

The options were: Quiz night, Just meeting at the pub or having a buffet meal in the upper vestry room with everyone bringing something along to share and us all sitting down to eat together.

BTW The vicar of St George's has invited us to the Carol Service. Helena will be reading at this service representing LWWI.

Proposed calendar of meetings for 2012.

Dear Ladies if you have any ideas about what you would like to see during 2012 at the LWWI monthly meeting please do let us know. If you have any contacts who might make interesting speakers please let us know. If there are any trips/experience etc you think we might like to let members know about please do get in touch.


There are a nunber of attachments with this email which have been sent by Surrey and NFWI about days at Denman and the big NFWI AGM next year in London etc. Do have a look at these.

Theatre Project in Holborn looking for interested volunteers.


I am writing from a community theatre project in Holborn that is actively seeking members of the 50+ community to get involved.

Here's a little bit more about the project (attached) and maybe you could advise me on the best way to reach your members. Our directors Kate and Morgan are willing to come and present the project in person and show a video and a model of last year's show. People are often hooked when they get to know us in person and want to help. Maybe at an event you run and a mention in a newsletter might be helpful.

You Me Bum Bum Train is a volunteer-driven immersive theatre production that gives individual audience members a range of experiences. To make these scenes as realistic as possible, our team of performers need to be diverse.
We are looking for actors aged 50 and over to come and take part.

Central London location (Holborn).

Suitable for people with little or no experience.


I'm happy to answer any of your questions. I think this is a great way to get senior citizens involved in something exciting. I spoke to a guy who runs a movement class for the mature and he knew his members would be excited about this as they are quite adventurous.

Of course, we are looking for performers of all ages, so any help appreciated.


07841 655 453


London mobiliser for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Sam Green wrote to us to say: I'm currently looking for groups or individuals to get involved with our event - the African Climate Connection (www.stopclimatechaos.org/african-climate-connection). The aim is to bring African, Development and green-campaigning groups together to continue pressure on MP's on climate issues. We're running African themed climate events rights across the country during the Durban climate talks, which will be the first to take place in Africa. I was wondering if your WI would be interested running something, potentially involving your local MP, depending on what you wanted to do with the event.
The event would run during the Durban Climate talks at the beginning of December. I am happy to provide, resources, support and anything else you might need. Your event could be something as simple as a film screening or an African lunch!

If you're interested, get in touch and we can discuss it more, You can call me on 0207 095 5420 on Mondays and Thursdays, or else just send me an email and I'll get back to you.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Sam Greene, london@stopclimatechaos.org

Stop Climate Chaos, London

 Foundling Museum

If you have been fortunate to visit Florence or Venice you will be sure to know of the Foundling Hospitals there and their association with art and music (Andrea della Robbia and Vivaldi respectively) but do you know of London’s Foundling Hospital and its connections with Handel and Hogarth?

Established in 1739 by a retired shipwright, Thomas Coram, who was moved by the plight of babies abandoned in London’s streets. Coram’s compassion and stubborn determination led to the creation of the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London’s first home for abandoned children, where it remained until the 1920s and then moved to

The Foundling Hospital closed in 1954 (but continues today as the children’s charity Coram) and the poignant yet fascinating history of the Hospital with its connections to Handel and leading artists of the eighteenth century is portrayed in the Foundling Museum. Why not arrange a visit for your members? Please find below some information about visiting the Museum and guided and unguided tours. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum.Tuz Morrison, Group Bookings, 020 7841 3591 email tuz@foundlingmuseum.org.uk http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/

Website of the month

I came across the lovely little shop whilst out wandering the other day. Its a mainly Spanish themed shop which sells a number of spanish specialist foods as well as spices. But it also sells a number of lovely craft items some of which made me think we might attempt some of the simpler items possibly at Knit and Knatter on the first Tuesdays of the month sewing/committee meetings. The website for the shop is http://www.alhamrahome.co.uk/

I came across this site http://www.page99test.com/ a long time ago and then refound it the other day whilst dejunking. Its basically a site which says you can tell a food book not by the first page or chapter but by randomly flicking to page 99 of the book and reading that page in isolation. And if that page grabs your attendtion then there is every chance you will actually love the book.

The blurb for the site reads: Published and unpublished writers upload page 99 of their book manuscript to Page99Test.com. Huge community of readers read the book excerpts and rate books.

Kate and I came across the following sites which list special offers to try experiences that you might never have considered exploring at a much cheaper rate than normal. These two sites were www.groupon.co.uk and http://www.wowcher.co.uk/

Well keep warm & well and see you all soon

Claude & Kate
LWWI Secretaries.

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