Tuesday, 17 March 2020

As I am sure many of you will have expected, given the recent Government advice, we have reluctantly decided to cancel our next meeting on Thursday 19th March.

Instead of the coffee morning, on 27th March, we are suggesting going for a walk in the park. Meeting at the benches near the Pavillion cafe at 10.30.

In the meantime if anyone is having difficulty with anything, or wants a chat, please let us know by replying to this email.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Our next meeting is on 19th March, when we will have speakers from, the soon to be opened, East End Women’s Museum. They will be giving a short history of the museum, from its unique beginnings through to future ambitions, as well offering us an opportunity to give feedback on emerging plans for the museum’s design.

As usual, we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for a donation of £5.00 (which will be deducted from your subscription if you join). There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our coffee morning, on the 27th march, is at E5 Roasthouse, which is in Poplar Union, a community arts centre, at 2 Cotall Street, Poplar. E14 6TL. Meeting from 1030.
 
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Bridget Chetwynd is having a private view for her upcoming exhibition on the 12th March,  6-8pm, in The Meditatio Centre, St Mark's Church, London, EC1R 1XX.
Click here to find out more.

We also have our first cooking/baking event of the year on the 28th March at the Ecology Pavilion on Grove Road. We will be serving tea, coffee, cake and soup at the East London History Society’s AGM. If you would like to bake and/or help on the day please let me know by replying to this email or getting in touch via 07701015588.

The Museum of Childhood will be closing for refurbishment shortly after their St George’s Day event, which is on the 19th April. We are looking forward to participating with a cake stall; again if you want to bake or help please get in touch.

Our March meeting is included in Alternative Arts program for Women’s month, if you want to find out what else is on click here.  

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Just to remind you that subscriptions for 2020 are due. Not only  are all our meetings included in your membership, but all paid up members, are put into our draw for £100 contribution to a course or activity you are interested in.

Full membership is £43 for the year, while dual members pay £21.10 to the second group they join.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at our next meeting.
Or on-line, our bank details are:
Lloyds:  Sort Code 30-94-57     A/c 02044729.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Our next meeting is on 20th February, when we will have a speaker on the subject of ‘Tax, Care and Toy Boys’ - Looking after your nest egg.

As usual, we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for a donation of £5.00 (which will be deducted from your subscription if you join). There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our coffee morning, on the 28th February, is at Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA. Meeting from 1030.
 

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Our website has been updated for the next few meetings in 2020. Click here to see more.
If you have any ideas for meetings and coffee morning venues please let us know and we will try to incorporate them.
 

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Many of you have already renewed your membership and we have a few new members, which is great, but we are hoping more of you will renew and join.
Full membership is £43 for the year, and  dual members pay £21.10 to the second group they join.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at our next meeting.
Or on-line, our bank details are:
Lloyds
Sort Code 30-94-57
A/c 02044729.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR
 

Our first meeting of 2020 will be on 16th January, when Vanessa Meade from the Geffrye Museum, which has been renamed the Museum of the Home will be coming to talk to us about the museum, the refurbishment and reopening later this year.
As usual, we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for a donation of £5.00 (which will be deducted from your subscription if you join). There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our coffee morning, on the 24th January will be slightly different. It will start earlier than usual, at 9am and is at Chisenhale Gallery. We will be providing some cake and serving tea at their morning open day, and there will be a guided tour by a curator of their current exhibition.
 

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Our website has been updated for the next few meetings in 2020. Click here to see more. If you have any ideas for future meetings please let us know.
 

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Being a new year it is also time to renew our subscriptions.  Full membership is £43 for the year, and  dual members pay £21.10 to the second group they join.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at our next meeting.
Or on-line, our bank details are:
Lloyds:  Sort Code 30-94-57     A/c 02044729.


Photo by NC.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

This month's meeting, on 19th December, will be our Christmas Party.  We are planning food, drinks, star making and roulette (for pennies).

We will also decide which charity to give our annual donation to. We have narrowed the choice down to 3 organisations, all of which are local and each has different objectives. Click on the links to find out more about each of them:

 
  • Lola’s Homeless – a small Stratford based group distributing essentials to homeless people use in the Stratford shopping centre as a base. We could buy things they need with the donation.
  • Ability Bow – a community gym, in St Paul’s church, off Roman Rd. They are open to all but they focus their support on the people who really need their help. People with disabilities or long-term health conditions, who can experience many barriers to exercise, from not feeling welcome in a gym to not appreciating the many benefits of exercise.
  • Praxis – based in Bethnal Green they provide expert support to migrants and refugees in the UK. Every year they help around 2,000 people through immigration advice, housing and peer support groups.

As usual we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for £5.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our coffee morning, the next day, 20th December will be at The Whitechapel Art Gallery, meeting a little later than usual from 11am, when the gallery opens. 
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Our website has been updated for the first few meetings and events in 2020. Click here to see more.

Image from google/eventbrite

Thursday, 14 November 2019

This month's meeting on 21st November will be all about plastics.  Carolyn Clark will be sharing her knowledge of plastics, allowing us to handle samples and bringing along some star items from her collection.  
We will also have Lizzy Mace and Linda Tai, from Plastic Free Roman Road, joining Carolyn to talk about the progress of their campaign for a plastic free Roman Road, including  their borrow a bag initiative.  
 
As usual we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.
 
Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for £5.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.
 
Our coffee morning on 29th November will be at The The Beehive, 305 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9LH, meeting from 1030.
 

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Last month we discussed where our charity donation for this year should go. We are expecting to make a decision in December, so if you have a charity you would like to propose it is not too late. We would prefer to support a small local charity where our donation will make a difference. Within the WI’s guidelines charitable activities should be focused on ways of advancing education or improving conditions of people’s lives.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

We are disappointed to have to let you know that Celeste Bell is unable to come to our meeting tomorrow, 17th October, as she is unwell.

However our meeting will go ahead as usual, meeting at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm, we will start the meeting around 7.30. Enter via the black gate to the left of the cafe and walk right around the garden.

We would like to decide where our charity donation for this year should go. Please come with ideas for a charity you would like to propose. We would prefer to support a small local charity where our donation will make a difference. Within the WI’s guidelines charitable activities should be focused on ways of advancing education or improving conditions of people’s lives. Preferably it should also be for a specific purpose rather than added to a general pot.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked for £5.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our coffee morning on 25th October will be at The Hackney Coffee Co, 503 Hackney Rd, E2 9ED, meeting from 1030.***
Lydia, (who designed our lovely leaflets) is exhibiting some of a set of illustrations she has done of ingredients, Plant Based, in the Gallery CafĂ© from early November. To get a preview go to her instagram account

The Matchgirls Memorial charity is holding a Community Open Day on Saturday 2nd November at Tower Hamlets Library in Bancroft Road. They think the heritage of the Matchgirls should be enjoyed and celebrated.