Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Love Your Libraries

Following huge support at the Annual Conference, the NFWI has launched its Love Your Libraries campaign.  Part of the campaign is a petition calling on the Government to honour its commitment to champion the library service.  We are hoping that there will 100,000 signatures and trigger a debate in Parliament.  You can sign the petition online via the Government's e-petition website.  And do remember to encourage others to sign the petition too!

We'll be doing our own bit to support our own public library service, kicking off with a coffee morning in October.  Watch this space for more info!

EDITED TO ADD:  Forgot to mention that you can get into see films at Rich Mix on Mondays and Tuesdays at a reduced rate if you show your Tower Hamlets Ideas Stores Card.  Wish I'd have remembered that before I paid full price this week to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy....

Sunday, 18 September 2011

to the rescue: two: our september meetings

If you remember this session, you'll remember what a brilliant night we had with Cynthia Gerald when she held a singing workshop for us.  We're delighted that Cynthia has come to our rescue after we had to change our planned activity this month.  This time she has some rather different tunes up her sleeve (what? is that where she keeps them?).  This is going to be a session that everyone can enjoy no matter whether you sing or not. We'll be meeting at the usual place - St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, E2 on 20th September, 7.30 for 8pm.  We'll provide the tea and coffee, but do feel free to bring a bottle or share some nibbles if you wish.  If you are not a member, we suggest a donation of £3 for the evening.

Our coffee morning on Friday 23rd September takes us a bit further east to the Albion Cafe, 2-4 Boundary Street, E2.  Meet up in the cafe at 10.30am. We're told the cakes are very good.

If you have a favourite coffee shop that you'd like to suggest for our monthly coffee morning visit, or maybe a museum or art gallery where we can have coffee and see an exhibition too, do let us know.

Oh, and don't forget to post your snaps for our photography competition.  You'll find the details here.

to the rescue

What's this?  No cake?  But hold on, who's that coming in through the storm?

It's Clare, isn't it?  With more supplies.  Clare you are a marvel. Your sultana cake and madeira cake eked out the last of our meagre supplies at the Poplar Festival in Bartlett Park on Saturday where we were helping to celebrate 60 years of the Lansbury Estate.  The theme was positively 1950s as we shared our tent with the 1950s Museum and tombola while our Lady Luck Jive regaled us with dance vibes while the sun shone.

There was a steady flow of customers until the rain poured down, the crowds poured in and Clare came to the rescue.  All this after running our annual stall the week before at St Barnabas Fete where we served up cream teas and biscuits.

Many thanks to all the excellent women who helped put at both events. We are really grateful and hope you enjoyed yourselves too.  If you would like to come and help out on one of our tea and cake stalls we have one more event coming up for the Battle of Cable Street celebrations on 1st October, 12 - 5pm in St George's Gardens.  It would be lovely to see you.

Monday, 12 September 2011

stop press!

Just to let you know that the proposed U-Turn quiz has been postponed until November.  We'll set aside the prizes that some of you have so kindly and generously donated until then.

We've also had to change our planned activity for the September 20th meeting, so watch this space to find out we have planned.  Our coffee morning will take place on Friday 23rd September will be at the Albion Cafe in Shoreditch.  More details soon....