Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Happy New Year
We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting for 2019 on Thursday 17th January.
Jackie Lynch, a Registered Nutritional Therapist, and author of a couple of books is coming to talk to us. Her most recent book is Va Va Voom: the 10-Day Energy Diet, which she was inspired to write because so many people come to her nutrition clinic complaining of feeling tired all the time. She will give a brief talk and then be available to answer questions.

As usual, we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm aiming to start around 730. Entry is via the black gate to the left of the cafe and around the garden.

Entry for members is free, and visitors are asked to pay £5.00. There will be a donation tin for refreshments.
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Our coffee mornings are moving to the 4th Friday of every month, meeting from 10.30. The next one will be on 25th January at Chiringuito, Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA.
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Our first fundraising event for the year is on Saturday 26th January, when we will be catering for the East London Family History Society AGM, at the Ecology Pavilion.
The plan is to serve tea, coffee & cake throughout the day, along with some soup and rolls for lunch. Last year this was a very successful and interesting event, so we are very happy to have been asked back. If you can help on the day, or by baking please get in touch.
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Subscriptions for 2019 are now due, full membership is £42 for the year, while dual members pay £20.50 to the second group they join. You can pay by cash or cheque at the next meeting.
Or on-line. our bank details are: Lloyds:  Sort Code 30-94-57     A/c 02044729.



Illustration copyright Jacqueline Bissett

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Please come and join us at our next meeting, on Tuesday 18th December, for our Christmas party, featuring a seasonal cheese and wine tasting with a quiz.

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

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked to pay £4.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

Our Christmas coffee morning on the 21st December will be at – The Larder, 241 Globe Rd, E2 0JD, meeting from 10.30.

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Tower Hamlets Christmas Tea Dance is on 13th December and is free for Tower Hamlets residents. It is a fun afternoon with a professional dance band, instructors and partners and refreshments. We help with the later and enjoy the former. To find out more and register follow this link.

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 I also want again to remind everyone that our meetings are moving to the 3rd THURSDAY of each month from January 2019. If you have set reminders in your calendars please change them. Our website has been updated, so you can check what is planned for the next few months by clicking here.
Next year our coffee mornings will be on the 4th Friday of each month.
Additionally we will be raising the visitor donation requested to £5 per meeting, which is in line with most other local groups and makes membership a good deal.

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Subscriptions for next year will be £42 for the year. Dual members pay £20 to the second group they join.
EEWI’s bank details are: Lloyds:  Sort Code 30-94-57     A/c 02044729

Thursday, 15 November 2018

At our next meeting, on Tuesday 20th November, we will be introduced to soap carving with Paula Haughney, a sculptor based in Bow. To find out more about her and her work click here.
As usual we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm aiming to start at 730. Entry is via the black gate to the left of the cafe and around the garden.
 Entry for members is free and visitors are asked to pay £4.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

This month we are also highlighting Bow Foodbank’s Christmas gift appeal. EEWI will be donating to the appeal, as our charity for 2018, but they need more. It is hoped that they will be able to give all 300 users of their service a small Christmas gift, costing about £5. This is in addition to the 10 items that can be picked up each week.

As they are keen to give everyone a gift of a similar value and in the expectation that they will be able to buy more as a bulk purchase they are looking for cash donations. If you want to make a gift aid donation please follow this link, any money collected at our meeting will be forwarded to them.

Our coffee morning on the 23rd November will be at - Second Shot Coffee, 475 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 9QH, meeting from 10.30.

Additionally  there is a coffee morning at Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd,  the following Friday, 30th November, from 9am, E3 5QZ, not only will there be some EEWI cake, tea & coffee, but also a tour of their current exhibition by Beirut based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan.

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 Whilst we still have most of November and December to look forward to, I wanted to warn everyone  that our meetings are moving to the 3rd THURSDAY of each month from January 2019. If you have set reminders in your calendars please change them. Our website has been updated, so you can check what is planned for the next few months and coffee morning locations by clicking here.
Next year we will also change the coffee mornings to either the 4th or 1st Friday of each month. If you have a preference please let us know.



Image Copyright © Paula Haughney

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

September newsletter

At our next meeting, on Tuesday 18th September,  Nicola Whittaker, from Fellows - a specialist auction house for jewellery, watches, designer handbags and accessories as well as antiques and collectables, will be coming to talk about Art Deco jewellery. Please bring in anything you  think may be of interest as she happy to look them and hold an Antiques Roadshow type event.

As usual we will meet at St. Margaret's House, Old Ford Road Bethnal Green E2 9PL, with the doors opening at 7pm, aiming for a 7.30pm start.  Enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall, behind the Gallery Cafe.

Meetings are free for members, and visitors are asked for a £4 donation. There is also a donation tin for refreshments.
 
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Our coffee morning on 21st September will be at Poplar Baths, 170 East India Dock Rd, E14 0ED, meeting from 10.30.
 
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In September there are a few other events that we have been invited to that should be interesting:

Thursday 6th Sept 6.30-8pm, there is a launch party for a new book by Kate Thompson called The Stepney Doorstep Society which tells the moving stories of the selfless matriarchs of London's East End who sacrificed everything to protect their families and communities. At the party there will be a panel discussion with some of the women whose stories are told in the book. It is being held at The Women's Hall, Tower Hamlets History Library and Archive, 277 Bancroft Rd, E1 4DQ
If you are interested in going please rsvp to katethompson.research@gmail.com

                                                                         
On Friday 28th Sept, 7.30–10.00pm, there will be a staged play reading of COMMON WOMEN – A play with songs about the women at Greenham Common, at Kingsley Hall, Powys Road, E3 3HJ Entrance Free
There are also opportunities to get involved, if you are interested contact Joan Grifftiths of Bow Drama Group - joangriffiths46@gmail.com or by phone 020 8981 8104
 
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N1 WI have also been in touch with a save the date invitation for this year’s Middlesex Federation Group Meeting on 22 October, 7-9pm at St James's Hall, Packington Street, N1.
The speaker will be Dr Hollie Price, who is hosting a film screening of MOI films shown to WI groups during WWII. They will also be serving refreshments, holding a raffle, and running two recipe competitions in keeping with the WWII theme: preserves and potato dishes, which will be judged by Middlesex federation delegates.



 

Image from Fellows

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

I’m sending this email out a little earlier than usual, to remind everyone that the last cake event we have lined up for this year is Victoria Park’s Great Day Out, this Saturday 4th August, 11-4pm. If you can make a cake or would like to help on the day please email me,Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or call 07701015588.
 
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At our next meeting, on Tuesday  21st August, we have changed to a holiday themed topic. Andrew Wittingham (Melissa’s partner) will be talking about his intrepid adventures in a number of places most of us would never consider, from Nigeria to Transnistria, Bangladesh to Moldova, this talk is an eclectic collection of travel anecdotes from less commonly visited countries.  ‘You Shouldn’t Go There – It’s Dangerous!’: Tourism Off the Beaten Track.

As usual we will meet at St. Margaret's House, Old Ford Road Bethnal Green E2 9PL, with the doors opening at 7pm, aiming for a 7.30pm start.  Enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall, behind the Gallery Cafe.

Meetings are free for members, and visitors are asked to pay £4. There is also a donation tin for refreshments
 
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Our coffee morning on Friday 24th August will be at The Beehive, 305 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9LH (opposite the Museum of Childhood). We will meet from 10.30

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As there have been a few changes to our proposed schedule I thought I would give a quick recap on our line-up of meetings for the rest of the year:
  • 18th Sept - Jewellery talk with Nicola Whittaker, an auctioneer at Fellows, an auction house specialising in jewellery. If you bring along your sparklers and other finery she will be happy to have look, and we can have an Antiques Roadshow type event.
  • 16th Oct - Having missed May we are delighted that Mike Ruff will be bringing his Maypole to give us a twirl in October.
  • 20th Nov - In preparation for Christmas gifts we will be trying our hand at soap carving with local sculptor, Paula Haughney.
  • 18th Dec - Xmas Party with a Cheese & Wine Tasting Quiz.

Friday, 27 July 2018

At our next meeting, on Tuesday 17th July we have Amanda Claremont, a volunteer guide at Chelsea Physic Garden, coming to talk to us about the garden.

Entry for members is free and visitors are asked to pay £4.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

As usual we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PL - from 7pm aiming to start at 7.30. Entry is via the black gate, to the left of the cafe and walk around the garden.
 
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At slightly short notice we have agreed to have a tea & cake stall at the Mile End Park Dog Show on Sunday 22nd July. For which cakes and help are again requested.  Clare will have more information on Tuesday.
We will also have a cake stall at Victoria Park’s Great Day Out on Saturday 4th August. Please let us know if you are able to help.

Before either of these events, on  on Thursday 19th July, from 9am, everyone is welcome to come to a coffee morning at Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, E3 5QZ. Not only will there be cakes made by EEWI members, but also a tour of their current exhibition by Istanbul based artist, Banu Cennetoglu. To find out more click here.



Image of Chelsea Pysc Garden By flickr user flickr-rickr [CC BY-SA 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, 11 May 2018

May Meetings

Our next meeting, on Tuesday 15th May, is our AGM, to be accompanied by English themed food and drinks. The main event for the evening will be Maypole dancing instructed by Mike Ruff.

At the AGM we will go over the last year’s activities and accounts and elect officers for the committee. New members are very welcome. Representatives from Middlesex will be there to ensure we do it properly.

And we will hold the draw of all paid-up members for our £100 bursary, which can be put towards any course of your choice.

We also need to vote on whether to accept or reject this year’s resolution:

Mental health matters
Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

 

 Entry for members is free (only members can vote) and visitors are asked to pay £4.00. There is a donation tin for refreshments.

If you have any surplus seedlings we will have a table for a seedling swap, or a donation to EEWI. Books as well.

As usual we will meet at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe on Old Ford Rd from 7pm. We will start promptly at 7.30 as we have such a packed meeting.

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For our coffee morning on Friday 18th May we will meet at  E Pellicci. 332 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 0AG around 10.30.
 

Image from WikiHow