Monday, 3 April 2017

Hi

I thought last month’s information about Freecycle’s Thursday lunches in Hackney and the embroidery with and Stitches in Time were great. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished tapestry, and wonder who will finish the bananas I started! We will pass on more information when we get it.

April is looking busy, with Easter closely followed by our regular meeting and the first of our cake stalls for the year. More details are below.

We have put together a list of the meetings and events we have planned for most of the rest of the year, and posted it on our website, click here. This is of course subject to change but I would highlight that May is our AGM and we will also be celebrating EEWI’s 10th Birthday, we plan to mark it with a more bountiful than usual feast of locally produced food. We will also have a competition for the best preserved work of art or curio produced at a meeting. It would be lovely if some of our past members could join current members to reminisce over old times and new.

If anyone is interested in joining the committee please let us know. There is not too much work involved and it is always good to get new ideas.

April’s activities

18 April - Graham Barker, will be talking about walking around the East End. He is the director of Walk East, which offers guided and self-guided walks ranging the length and breadth of our area.

21 April - Coffee morning, from 10.30, at Kafe 1788, 4 Vesey Path, Poplar, London E14 6BT.

23 April - Museum of Childhood Cake stall, 11.30-4.30. Is our first fund raising event of the year and is often a good way of meeting potential new members and raising our profile. Help on the day and cakes are needed.

26 April - Tower Hamlets St. George’s Day Tea dance, held at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, 2-4.30. We usually have 2-3 people helping to set-up, serve tea & coffee and tidy up at the end. There are also tickets available for Tower Hamlets residents.

14 April - Deadline for the MFWI Denman Bursary Draw There are 2x£100 bursaries for courses held at Denman to be taken between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018.
All entrants’ name, e-mail, full address and a contact telephone number must be received at Federation Office by 14 April 2017.

If you can help or want more details for any of these events please let us know.


Membership
Many of you have already renewed or joined for this year, for those that haven’t membership fees for the remaining 9 months of the year are just £29.25. This can be done at the meeting, or if you want to pay via a bank transfer our banking details are:-

Lloyds    Sort code 30-94-57    A/c 02044729
Please email eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk to confirm that you have joined/renewed so we can keep track of who has paid.

Sunday, 12 March 2017


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March meetings

Tuesday 21st March, from 7 for a 7.30 start we will welcome Stitches in Time - an arts and education charity charity based in Poplar. They will give an introduction to their charity and provide an embroidery activity for their Mercer's Map project. Which involves a sewing group that meets every Thursday at Stepney City Farm, and has been working on a large textile piece based on a map of Stepney from the 1600. We will have the opportunity to contribute to this artwork
 
We will also have a short presentation from FoodCycle, a national charity that cooks surplus food from supermarkets into hot, healthy three-course meals. Their Hackney service on Thursdays at the New Kingshold Centre near Mare Street is urgently looking for more volunteers.
 
Each week they welcome about 50 guests; many are dealing with housing problems, mental health issues and isolation. For many the meal is the one chance they have each week to sit down with others for food and a chat.  This could fit in not only with the alleviating loneliness resolution that got the most votes from the WI resolutions last month but also reducing food wastage.

As usual we will be meeting in the hall at the back of St Margaret's House on Old Ford Road. Meetings are free for members and £4 for visitors. Refreshments provided and possibly even some baking. We appreciate a little donation in the tin if you have a glass of wine of course! 

24th March, our next coffee morning will meet at Docklands Museum from 10.30.

28th March, Committee Meeting, these meetings (held bi-monthly) are open to all members and we would welcome anyone wishing to join the committee. Please speak to one of the committee to find out more.
 
Membership
Many of you have already renewed or joined for this year, for those that haven’t membership fees for the year are £39.00. This goes down to £29.25 from April to the end of the year.
Our bank account details are:-  Lloyds    Sort code 30-94-57    A/c 02044729
23rd April - St George's Day at the Museum of Childhood. We are looking for volunteers to bake and sell cakes on the day as well as advertising EEWI. Please let us know if you can help.

Friday, 3 February 2017

February newsletter
Hi

First of all, we would like to send a big thank you to Deidre for stepping in at the last minute to talk about, the Walthamstow Wetlands knitted swift project, at our last meeting. As the artist designing and leading the project, it was great to hear about other projects she has been involved with, as well as finding out more about the lives and habitats of swifts.
Sophie Churchill was unfortunately unwell on the day but will be back later in the year with ‘Copses to Corpses’.

Chisenhale Gallery were very appreciative of the cakes and support given with the performance of their current events on the 28th Jan.

February meetings
21st February, from 7 for a 7.30 start we will hear from Perdita Jones, a Heritage Officer with Tower Hamlets. Following on from the recent exhibition she curated, ‘Radical Housing in Tower Hamlets’, she will focus on the rent strikes of the 1930s and the squatting movement of the 1970s.
Meetings are free to members, visitors are always welcome, and are asked to contribute £4.

22nd February, the book club’s next book is - My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout. If you would like to find out more please reply to this email or contact Natasha.

24th February, our next coffee morning will meet at Recharge, 140 Roman Rd, E2 0RY, from 10.30am

Membership
Many of you have already renewed or joined for this year, for those that haven’t this is a gentle reminder - membership fees for the year are £39.00. This can be done at the meeting, or if you want to pay via a bank transfer our banking details are:-

Lloyds    Sort code 30-94-57    A/c 02044729

Please email eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk to confirm that you have joined/renewed so we can keep track of who has paid.

Further on
March 12th we are hoping to participate in an event being hosted by Hackney Wick FC, who are organising a football tournament for refugees and the wider community. We have been asked to help with a tea and cake stall, there are details we are looking to clarify but think it could be an interesting and fun event to be part of.




 


Monday, 16 January 2017


Knitting swifts project


Now that funding has been secured, it is time to start thinking about knitting the swifts Theresa and Elizabeth were talking about in our November meeting. The first meeting, with Deidre Nelson the artist developing the pattern, is on the 10th January, 6pm at the The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow  E17 7HA .
The aim is to knit 100 swifts for the opening of the Wetlands in late 2017, and the prjoject needs knitters who could trial the pattern.

The nearest station is St James St overground on the Liverpool St to Chingford line.  There is also plenty of free parking nearby at the International Store car park.

If anyone has any questions, or can't make the meeting but wants to be kept in the loop please speak to Elisabeth on 0793 9860863 

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Our next EEWI meeting is on 17th January –  When Sophie Churchill will address ‘From Copses to Corpses’. She has worked in forestry for many years and is the first female President of the Royal Forestry Society. She will also talk about - The Corpse Project, which she heads up,

In addition we will discuss and take a decision on which of the WI’s resolutions, we as a group, will vote for.  The choices are:
  • Alleviating loneliness
  • FGM: More awareness for more action
  • Equal access for all who need specialised maternal mental health services
  • Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women & children in refugee camps
  • Supporting women’s refuges
  • Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
More details of the proposals can be found on the WI’s website and the most recent WI Life. If anyone has a particular interest in any of these proposals and wants to speak for 3-5 minutes to promote the issue, please come prepared.

As usual, we will meet from 7 for 7.30 start at St Margaret’s Hall, reached by going through the garden.

Memberships
Being January it is also time to renew your membership, fees for the year are £39.00. This can be done at the meeting, or if you want to pay via a bank transfer our banking details are:-

Lloyds    Sort code 30-94-57    A/c 02044729

And please email  eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk to confirm that you have joined/renewed so we can keep track of who has paid...
 
20th January coffee morning we will meet from 10.30 at The Larder,  241-243 Globe Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0JD
 
24th January we will hold our first committee meeting of the year, starting at 6.30 venue TBC. These meetings are open to all EEWI members, and we always welcome new committee members to help share the load, spread our skills and learn new ones!

Happy 2017

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

After an interesting 2016 – in so many ways – I thought I would write to wish everyone a Happy New Year and let you know what EEWI have lined up for January.

17th January Meeting – ‘From Copses to Corpses’. Sophie Churchill, OBE PhD FICFor, will be speaking to us, she has worked in forestry for many years and is the first female President of the Royal Forestry Society. She will also talk about - The Corpse Project, which she also is heading up,

In addition we will discuss and take a decision on which of the WI’s resolutions, we as a group, will vote for.  The choices are:
  • Alleviating loneliness
  • FGM: More awareness for more action
  • Equal access for all who need specialised maternal mental health services
  • Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women & children in refugee camps
  • Supporting women’s refuges
  • Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
More details of the proposals can be found on the WI’s website and the most recent WI Life. If anyone has a particular interest in any of these proposals and wants to speak for 3-5 minutes to promote the issue, please come prepared.
As usual we will meet from 7 for 7.30 start at St Margaret’s Hall, reached by going through the garden.

Memberships
Being January it is also time to renew your membership, fees for the year are £39.00. This can be done at the meeting, or if you want to pay via a bank transfer our banking details are:-

Lloyds    Sort code 30-94-57    A/c 02044729

And please email  eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk to confirm that you have joined/renewed so we can keep track of who has paid...
 
20th January coffee morning we will meet from 10.30 at The Larder,  241-243 Globe Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0JD
 
24th January we will hold our first committee meeting of the year, starting at 6.30 venue TBC. These meetings are open to all EEWI members, and we always welcome new committee members to help share the load, spread our skills and learn new ones!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Sorry I am just learning how to update this - so will post a more up-to-date newsletter/blog  for 2017 shortly!

It was October - nights are drawing in, and it's time for a warm, creative and enjoyable evening with EEWI. This month, Jill will be guiding us in making lino cuts, so bring an apron or a big shirt to cover and protect clothes.

We meet next on Tuesday, 18th October at St Margaret's Hall, 7.00 for 7.30 start. Any contributions of refreshments are welcomed. Natasha will be far away on the other side of the States, and Sioban will be hosting for the evening.

We will be collecting gifts for U-Turn - these are always appreciated and this is our last opportunity to show our support before the project closes. We are all invited to their party on 7th December 12- 4 p.m., with lunch served about 1.00 p.m. We can help make it something special, giving everyone the opportunity to say 'Goodbye'.

Coffee morning - Friday 21st at Chesterfields 345 Roman Road from 10.30.

Everyone is also welcome to Chisenhale Art Gallery for coffee and a tour of their latest exhibition from 9.00 a.m. on Thursday 20th.

Plans for future meetings:
November 15th. Teresa will talk about the Bird Yarn Knitting Project for the Walthamstow Wetlands, which are opening in 2017. Deirdre Nelson, the artist involved with the project, is well-known in knitting circles. We will also be introducing you to Twiddle Muffs.
Coffee morning:18th November Quarantacinque 45 Roman Road - three doors west of the London Buddhist Centre.

November 3rd. We will forward you the publicity and invitation to the De Beauvoir Strictly Dancing celebration at the Crypt Cafe, St Peter's Church, North Church Terrace, N1 4DA, 7.30-9.30. Entrance is free for all our members as we have contributed to the costs.

December 20th. Christmas Party. Bring along a song, a dance, a poem, a joke or anything else to entertain us all.
Coffee morning: 23rd December at the Geffrye Museum. 10.30 a.m. Everyone who comes is a guest of EEWI.

January 17th look forward to Sophie Hill on, 'From Copses to Corpses'.
Coffee morning to be advised.

February 21st. A talk about East End housing from the Local History Library.

March 21st. Graham Barker on walks, and exploring the East End.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer sunshine. There is so much going on that this is a rather long newsletter!
First of all I want to thank Sioban for her talk at our Augustt meeting. Here is a link to CalAid’s web page if you would like to find out more or make a donation.

Nearly as importantly we need to start thinking about and baking for Countryside Live. The event takes place over two days – the 24th and 25th Sept, in the Lea Valley, near the ice rink. Click here to find out more.
This is our largest fundraising event of the year and enables us to pay for speakers, buy supplies for our meetings, offer bursaries and make donations to causes we support.  Over the last few years we have raised around £1500’s at this one event – which is an amazing amount of cake and tea - so as much help as possible is required. 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

In addition we will need help on both days, usually 3-4 people are needed at a time. To serve cake, tea & coffee and take money. If you are able to help, or have any questions, please email Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or call/text 0770 1015588
 
At our next meeting, on Tues 20th Sept, for our main speaker we have invited Caroline from Growing Concerns to come and talk about our local plant nursery and its history.

Phillip Green from Boundary Green Fun Palaces event will also be coming to tell us about their event on 1st Oct. They are looking for crafters and bakers to help on the day.  Clicking on the link above will take you to more information, including the link to a free documentary film screening on 12th Sept at Rich Mix which some of us have already got tickets for.

Alongside all this we would like to have a Harvest Festival Food Swap. It will be an opportunity for those with excess produce from their gardens or allotments to donate/swap produce, and for those that don’t, to bring in donations in exchange for fresh/homemade produce in support of Bow Food Bank, following their visit earlier this year. As a reminder they accept a wide variety of - in date - tinned or dried food, ranging from meat and fish products to fruit and veg, rice and pasta. (They find fresh food more difficult to cope with.) As well as toiletries and cleaning products.
Finally, we will have an ugly fruit or vegetable competition. Please bring your entries.

Our next coffee morning is on 23rd Sept, from 1030 at  Kiki - 516 Roman Rd, E3 5ES. Before this, from 9am, there is a tea/coffee morning and guided tour of the new exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, E3.

Many thanks for getting to the end of this rather lengthy message – if you have!
Best wishes
Natasha