Friday, 19 August 2011


I hope everyone's photographic skills have improved exponentially after Ella's perfectly pitched presentation this week (thanks, Ella!).  Lydia chose East End WI as the story for her snaps, with a lovely shot of the bargain EEWI badges and mirrors Sarah has made for us to sell.  I managed to get a couple of photos of people playing on the WiiFit Plus equipment (thanks ladies!) but I don't think people would thank me for publishing their attempts at virtual hula-hooping or standing on one leg.  Nor would the snaps have been quite right for our photographic competition.  The theme  is "green" so make the most of the last days of summer with some happy snapping.  More details soon.

There will be a chance for some practice today at our coffee morning at the Zealand Cafe (corner of Zealand Road and Roman Road, just along from St Barnabas. 10.30am onwards).  Later on in the day, there will be plenty of green at our summer picnic - Wennington Green, Mile End Park (opposite St Barnabas Church in Grove Road) from 5.30pm onwards.  Just bring a blanket and some teatime treats.  Looks like it might actually be fine weather...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

whatever next?

With such turmoil going on over the last few days, we want to remind everyone how important it is to get together and celebrate the good things about the East End, and especially EEWI.  So big thanks to everyone who has been involved in all our events over the last few weeks, especially those dedicated troopers who turned out for the Museum of Childhood Summer Festival and have only just managed to dry out after torrential rain in the afternoon.  And to the lovely Ruth for taking the floor at our last meeting and showing us how to sort out our wardrobes. Now we all know how to make the most of our assets, plentiful or otherwise.  It was a fab evening and we learnt a great deal about how to liberate our unloved stuff and fill our wardrobes with gladrags instead.  We're very,very proud that we have such talented members willing to share their knowledge and skills with us.   

We are equally delighted that at the August meeting, our Ella will be showing us how to improve our holiday snapshots with a session on using photography, focusing on how to get the best from your  digital camera.  We'll also be launching our photography competition for summer, so do bring along your cameras and get some expert advice.  We'll also have the people from WiiFit with a demo on how you might use some electronic help to stay fit.  We are meeting on 16th August, our usual venue, St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, E2, 7.30pm for 8pm.  We'll have tea and coffee for you, and as many cakes as our generous bakers bring along, but do feel free to bring a bottle too if you wish.

On Friday 19th August we have our coffee morning from 10.30am at the Zealand Cafe, on the corner of Zealand Road and Roman Road, just along from St Barnabas Church - it's quite a small venue, but they know we're coming.  And in the evening we'll be gathering from 5.30pm onwards for our summer picnic at Wennington Green, Mile End Park, close to the Adizone/ Bow Wharf.  Just bring some food and drink, blankets and bunting and your happy selves and family.

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather. And if it rains there are plenty of pubs nearby for us to get dry.  Or wet our whistles.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

it's summertime

We're well and truly in the swing of serving tea and cakes this summer.  We didn't quite manage the tea at St Margaret's House Garden Party because we couldn't get into the kitchen, though thanks to Clare, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Janet and Vivien we did manage to serve up a few cakes while listening to the music. So  Heather made up for it by managing three teapots at once when we were participants in the wonderful artwork that was the Piccadilly Community Centre.

Annie and Elizabeth had a lovely time chatting to the tourists. and selling crafts by our makers and our own EEWI bags and flowers.  They learnt all about knitting in Latvia, what some Portuguese students were doing in London, found a WI member from the North East and were given a donation from a lovely American lady in memory of her mother-in-law who loved the WI.

  And when she wasn't chatting to people, Elizabeth went nuts with the fluffy flowers.

Indoors, Anne, Clare, Heather and Veronika charmed visitors and centre users with their tea and cookies and cakes.  We'd nearly sold out by the time we left.

And to keep everyone busy we offered a choice of pompom making with Jo, or rag-rugging with Janet (Janet- where were you hiding when I came along with my camera?)

Thanks to friends who came and visited us on the day.  Don't worry though if you missed us, because we'll be at the Museum of Childhood Summer Festival this weekend - Sunday 7th August from 11.30am - 4.30pm  - having a good time with more EEWI goodness.  Do pop in if you are passing by!