Tuesday, 31 January 2012

where the heart is

copyright Dorothy Lloyd Magic Me
55+ Local women needed for "where the heart is" arts project 

Every year, local charity, Magic Me partners with The Women's Library and 
Mulberry School for Girls to work on an arts project. Magic Me needs local older 
women that are over 55 to get involved in this year's project, Where the 
Heart Is. You will explore stories of love in the East End with experienced 
Magic Me artists. Using film, theatre and story telling techniques as a group 
you will design a walk of the area drawing from your stories. The final artwork 
will be presented as part of this year's LIFT Festival. 
Sessions start on the Wednesday 22nd February from 2-3:30pm, and then 
every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm at The Women's Library. 

For more information call Clea on 020 3222 6064 or email cleahouse@magicme.co.uk

Sunday, 29 January 2012

the edible garden gets cooking

Now normally the idea of an afternoon at a steering group would not fill my heart with joy, but when we met today with Corinne, Sue and Fabio from Phakama to discuss the Edible Garden project we all came away full of the fun to come.  And food too, lots of lovely food.  We've got grand plans - a space has been identified in Mile End for the garden! - and we are already thinking about how to use the space, plan our growing, and what we need to do to get ready for a grand feast later in September 2012.  And for a trial run, we shared a food preparation and testing session with our prospective chefs with some imaginative and delicious outcomes.

Many thanks to Annie, Clare, Heather and Ruth for coming along this afternoon and sharing their time, ideas, experience and all important tastebuds.  We are really looking forward to working in partnership with Phakama, giving and gaining to make the Edible Garden a beautiful, productive space.  There will be regular updates on the Edible Garden blog and plenty of opportunities to get involved with growing, cooking, crafting and story-telling.

Watch this getting-greener space.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

life chances

It's January.  Resolutions are still in the air.  So it was good to welcome Jay Bharvada along to hear about Chance to Live, the charity he has set up with his wife to increase the number of people signing up to the Bone Marrow Register.   Jay spoke very movingly about his own son's illness and how we can help people like him who would benefit from bone marrow donation.  Jackie's daughter has signed up, and Niki has circulate the information to her work colleagues.  Even if you are not eligible to sign the register, you may want to think about how else you might be able to help.  We'd love to hear what you've done to raise awareness of the register.

Our second speaker, Lana Hersak, explained how to go about setting up a small business.  There was lots of sound advice - who'd have thought it was so complicated?  Some  members shared their own experience of running businesses and there was a lot of note taking.  If you didn't manage to get all the information, Lana has let us have a checklist and some links to organisations that can help.  You can find them on a separate page on the blog here.  And good luck if you are thinking of taking the plunge. Let us know how you get on - we're always keen to support our talented women.

After such a thoughtful start to 2012,  it was good to see concentration of a slightly different sort at the coffee morning at Hurwundekei....

Nice work.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

january meetings: aim and aspire

If you are want to explore new horizons in 2012, Lana Hersak, the speaker at our 17th January meeting, may be just what you need to stir you up.  Lana will be talking to us about setting up a small business, drawing on her experience leading aim and aspire workshops.  We will also have a short talk about charity "Chance to Live".  And we'll be encouraging you to vote on your preferred resolutions for the NFWI AGM.  So a busy night ahead.

We are meeting at the usual time 7.30pm for 8pm start at our usual venus, St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, E2 (just next to the Gallery Cafe).  If you are new to the WI, do please come along - the weather may be chilly but you'll find a warm welcome and refreshments available; we suggest a donation of £3 to cover the cost of refreshments.  If you are a member, we'll be taking 2012 subscriptions - £31.50 for the year, or you may prefer to pay in three instalments.

Our coffee morning on Friday 20th January will be the Hurwundeki Cafe in Cambridge Heath Road (just before you reach the railway station going north.)  We'll gather from 10.30am onwards.

And just another reminder that we are continuing to work with Project Phakama on the Edible Garden project.  There will be a meeting on 28th January at Queen Mary College in the Arts building, 2 - 4pm if you want to know more about the project.

It's going to be a busy year,  See you soon.