Thursday, 28 September 2017

Countryside Live, our largest fundraising event of the year, is this week end, Sat 30th Sept and Sun 1st Oct - 11am to 5pm. We can always do with more cakes and more help! The event takes place in the Lea Valley, off the Lea Bridge Rd, postcode E10 7QL, it is behind the ice rink. Click here to find out more.

A quick reminder of a few key points:

  • Most cakes can made in advance and frozen (before they are iced)
  • Due to not having any refrigeration facilities on site, we prefer not to have butter cream or soft cheese icings
  • Some gluten free and vegan friendly offerings are always appreciated
  • Children friendly cakes, such as smaller cupcakes, we can sell at lower prices are also good
  • We need a list of ingredients to go with each cake, so we can answer any questions for those with food allergies
  • If you keep receipts and send them to us with your bank details we are happy to reimburse for ingredients
 

If you are able to help, or have any questions, please email Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or call/text 0770 1015588

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Our next meeting, on October 17th, is due to be bigger than usual as we are hosting the local Middlesex Federation WI get together. 
 
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, we have invited IROKO, specialists in African theatre to lead one of their programmes. We will also have Lyn Gerald introducing us to the politics and practicalities of black hair, with a demonstration and opportunities for braiding each other’s hair.
 
These activities will be complemented with themed refreshments and a raffle.
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20 October - Coffee morning will be at the Docklands Museum, E14 4AL from 10.30

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

At our last meeting we had a very interesting and talk and discussion, led by Antonia Jennings from the charity, Economy;  about the economy, its mission to demystify economics and some of our thoughts on the complexity and relevance of the subject to our everyday lives.
There will be another event, introducing their activities to the local community, at their offices, WeWork, 115 Mare St on 7th September at 6pm, to which we are all invited. If you would like to go please email  victoria@ecnmy.org, or give her a call at 07443570968. 
 
EEWI Charity of the year
We followed with a discussion about our charitable giving. It was agreed that we should be giving 10% of the money we make at cake events to charity; this is likely to be around £300 a year, if we continue with our current level of activity. It should be to a local charity or a local branch of a national charity, where we think it will make a difference. We would also like to tie it in with the WI’s national resolutions, so this year would relate to ‘Alleviating loneliness’. The donation could also be combined with more practical help from members. We should also decide which charity to get involved with, that fits with these principles, each year.
 
We will have another discussion as to which charity to support this year, most likely in November and would love to hear your ideas.  
 
 
SEPTEMBER MEETINGS & EVENTS
 
At our next meeting on, Tuesday 19th September, we will be having fun with paper and glue, with Jill Fullbrook helping us do decoupage.
 
As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. The doors open at 7 and we aim to start at 730.
 
The coffee morning on Friday 22nd, from 10.30, will be at - The Chesterfield, 341-343 Roman Rd London E3 5QR
 
Our next committee meeting will be on 26th September, at 6.30. The meetings are open to all members. Please reply to this email and we will let you know the venue.
 
 
COUNTRYSIDE LIVE
Our next tea and cake event is our biggest of the year - Countryside Live - on the 30th September & 1st October, in the Lee Valley.  If you can help with cakes and biscuits and/or on the day please let us know, by replying to this email or to Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or calling/texting 07701015588
 
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We have updated the events page of our website, and want to highlight our October meeting where we will be hosting a group meeting inviting other local WI Groups to celebrate Black History month. We have a few ideas for activities and food but thought we would ask you, our members, if you have any ideas and contacts with people who might be able to help with food, drinks or activities fitting the theme of the evening.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

East End WI in August

AUGUST MEETINGS
 
At our next meeting on Tuesday 15th August, we will be talking about economics and the economy. Antonia Jennings, a member of the Economy newsletter team is coming to talk to us about their mission to make the subject of economics more interesting to ordinary people, so we can better understand how economics affects our daily lives.
 
We would also like to have a discussion about what charity(ies) we as a group might like to support. Support could be via money or donations. If you have a local charity that you think would fit our group please come prepared to suggest it.
 
As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. The doors open at 7 and we aim to start at 730.
 
The coffee morning on Friday 18th, from 10.30, will be at The Larder, 241-243 Globe Rd, E2 0JD.

 
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Our cake stall at Victoria Park’s Big Day out was very successful, despite the weather chucking everything it could at us - rain, wind, thunder, lightning and even a bit of sun! Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and or by baking.
 
Our next tea and cake event is our biggest of the year - Countryside Live - on the 30th September & 1st October, in the Lee Valley.

 
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We have updated the events page of our website, and want to highlight our October meeting where we will be hosting a group meeting inviting other local WI Groups to celebrate Black History month. We have a few ideas for activities and food but thought we would ask you, our members, if you have any ideas and contacts with people who might be able to help with food, drinks or activities fitting the theme of the evening.
 
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We have been contacted by a member of another WI group in Essex who is involved withWeavers Adventure Playground, who are in need of funds and volunteers. In particular, they are looking for help with their garden, to maintain borders and they are hoping to start a vegetable/fruit garden.  Other opportunities include helping with the small kitchen for after school snacks, and simple lunches on Saturdays and school holidays. Or woodwork/arts & crafts with the children.
If you can help or know anyone who would like to please contact them directly or reply to this email and I will give you a phone/email address of Beverly who contacted us.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Coming up in August

AUGUST EVENTS

Next Saturday, 5th August, 11-4pm, at Victoria Park, we have a cake stand at the Big Day Out. The event is near the bandstand. If you can help on the day and/or by baking please get in touch with Natasha by emailing  Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or calling/texting 07701015588.

Tuesday 15th August, we will be talking about the Economy. We have invited a member of the Economy newsletter team to come and talk to us about their mission to make the subject of economics more interesting to non-specialists, so we can better understand how economics affects our daily lives.

As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. The doors open at 7 and we aim to start at 730.

The coffee morning on Friday 18th August, from 10.30, will be at The Larder, 241-243 Globe Rd, E2 0JD.

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EEWI WEBSITE
We have updated the Coming up in 2017 page of our website, and want to highlight our October meeting where we will be hosting a group meeting inviting other local WI Groups to celebrate Black History month. We have a few ideas for activities and food but thought we would ask you, our members, if you have any ideas and contacts with people who might be able to help with food, drinks or activities fitting the theme of the evening.

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We have been contacted by a member of another WI group in Essex she is involved with Weavers Adventure Playground, who are in need of funds and volunteers. In particular, they are looking for help with their garden, to maintain borders and they are hoping to start a vegetable/fruit garden.  Other opportunities include helping with the small kitchen for after school snacks, and simple lunches on Saturdays and school holidays. Or woodwork/arts & crafts with the children.
If you can help or know anyone who would like to please contact them directly or reply to this email and I will give you a phone/email address of Beverly who contacted us.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our 10th Birthday celebrations were a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who could make it, and for the messages received from some of those that couldn’t. It was great to have some old faces there and be told about, or be reminded of, some of the highlights of the past ten years, such as Moira the beefeater and the Air Ambulance man! As well as some of the lowlights, such as the meeting with only a couple of attendees, which reassures me that that things are going well at the moment!
 
The AGM passed smoothly, and I am very pleased that there was no opposition to me remaining President, for at least the next year. So I am celebrating with the photo at the top of this newsletter, of me and the Middlesex Federation representatives, Carol & Gerry, who helped ensure all went smoothly, including cutting the cake. Thank you.
 

For our next meeting, on 20 June, from 7pm for 7.30 start – We have comedian and actress, Samantha Baines coming. In preparation for featuring in the Edinburgh Festival over the summer, she will be trialling her new comedy show

1 WOMAN, A HIGH-FLYER AND A FLAT BOTTOM
STAND UP COMEDY ABOUT THE LOST WOMEN OF SCIENCE

As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. 
 

23rd June from 10.30 - Our next coffee morning will be at St Joseph’s Hospice,  Mare St London E8 4SA.
 
30th June – 9am, Chisenhale Art Gallery, E3 5QZ, coffee morning with a tour of Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, which is based on research he has made throughout his residency period, which began with an exploration into the history of the riots in London in 1981 and 2011.
 
 
HELP NEEDED – We have a couple of events coming up in the next few weeks for which we need help in the form of cakes and people on the day to make tea and sell cakes. We are regulars at both events and would expect to see many friends old and new. Clare is leading on both events please contact her, or reply to this if you are available.
 
1 July -Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Tea & Cakes.
 
9 July - Park Life Summer Fair & Dog Show, Mile End Park. Tea & Cakes.

A few weeks later, on 5 August, will have a cake stall at the Great Day Out event in Victoria Park on August 5th. On which Natasha will be leading.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Come and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday and AGM


This Tuesday, May 16th, from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PLE.   
 
We would love all members, past, present and prospective to come and help celebrate our anniversary.
 
There will be no visitor’s fee this month and we will be having a more lavish spread than usual. Featuring products from local producers,with amongst others, bread from E5 Bakery, cheese made in Bermondsy by Kappacasein and fish from Secret Smokehouse.

The party will include reminiscing about what we have learnt and enjoyed with EEWI over any part of the past decade.  This could include evidence of the output from meetings - for example; tee-shirts, drawings, paintings, beading, swifts and many more. As well as stories of your favourite (or least favourite!) meetings that have been held over the past 10 years.

The AGM will feature a summary of last year’s finances and activities, and current members will be able to vote for the President and committee members. We are always open to new committee members, if you are interested please let us know.

To find us enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe, Old Ford Road, and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall which is behind the Gallery Cafe. If you have not been before or for a while don't lose heart – we will be there!

19th May from 9-10.30 - our next coffee morning will be at Chisenhale Art Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ. It will include a guided tour of the current exhibition.
***Please note the earlier time this month***

Saturday, 29 April 2017

First of all I want to thank Graham for our not too strenuous but far-ranging arm/plastic chair tour of Tower Hamlets, earlier in April.
 
Our first cake stall of the year, at the Museum of Childhood’s St Georges Day event, went very well, raising nearly £140. Our cakes as usual were very well received and extra strawberry cupcakes were much appreciated. A big thank-you to everyone who took part.
 
We are sending this newsletter out a little earlier than usual to give everyone plenty of time to prepare for EEWI’s 10th Birthday party & AGM on May 16th, starting from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PLE.   
To find us enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall which is behind the Gallery Cafe. If you have not been before or for a while don't lose heart – we will be there!
 
We would love all members, past, present and prospective to come and help celebrate our important anniversary.
 
There will be no visitor’s fee this month and we will be featuring local food producers, so having a more lavish spread of food and drinks than usual. If you have any favourites you would like represented please let us know by replying to this email, and we will do what we can to include them.
 
The AGM will feature a summary of last year’s finances and activities, and current members will be able to vote for the President and committee members. We are always open to new committee members, if you are interested please let us know.
 
The party will include reminiscing about what we have learnt and enjoyed with EEWI over any part of the past decade.  This could include evidence of the output from meetings - for example; tee-shirts, drawings, paintings, beading, swifts and many more. As well as stories of your favourite (or least favourite!) meetings that have been held over the past 10 years.
 
 
19th May from 9-10.30. our next coffee morning will be at Chisenhale Art Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ. It will include a guided tour of the current exhibition.
***Please note the earlier time this month***
 
 
The Community Garden at Growing Concerns, 2 Wick Lane, London E3 2NA, is progressing well. We have several raised beds and have planted a range of veg. We are meeting regularly on Thursdays at 11am and would love it if anyone else wants to join in.