Sunday, 14 May 2017

Come and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday and AGM


This Tuesday, May 16th, from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PLE.   
 
We would love all members, past, present and prospective to come and help celebrate our anniversary.
 
There will be no visitor’s fee this month and we will be having a more lavish spread than usual. Featuring products from local producers,with amongst others, bread from E5 Bakery, cheese made in Bermondsy by Kappacasein and fish from Secret Smokehouse.

The party will include reminiscing about what we have learnt and enjoyed with EEWI over any part of the past decade.  This could include evidence of the output from meetings - for example; tee-shirts, drawings, paintings, beading, swifts and many more. As well as stories of your favourite (or least favourite!) meetings that have been held over the past 10 years.

The AGM will feature a summary of last year’s finances and activities, and current members will be able to vote for the President and committee members. We are always open to new committee members, if you are interested please let us know.

To find us enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe, Old Ford Road, and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall which is behind the Gallery Cafe. If you have not been before or for a while don't lose heart – we will be there!

19th May from 9-10.30 - our next coffee morning will be at Chisenhale Art Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ. It will include a guided tour of the current exhibition.
***Please note the earlier time this month***

Saturday, 29 April 2017

First of all I want to thank Graham for our not too strenuous but far-ranging arm/plastic chair tour of Tower Hamlets, earlier in April.
 
Our first cake stall of the year, at the Museum of Childhood’s St Georges Day event, went very well, raising nearly £140. Our cakes as usual were very well received and extra strawberry cupcakes were much appreciated. A big thank-you to everyone who took part.
 
We are sending this newsletter out a little earlier than usual to give everyone plenty of time to prepare for EEWI’s 10th Birthday party & AGM on May 16th, starting from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PLE.   
To find us enter via the gate to the left of the Gallery Cafe and walk around to the garden - you will see us in the hall which is behind the Gallery Cafe. If you have not been before or for a while don't lose heart – we will be there!
 
We would love all members, past, present and prospective to come and help celebrate our important anniversary.
 
There will be no visitor’s fee this month and we will be featuring local food producers, so having a more lavish spread of food and drinks than usual. If you have any favourites you would like represented please let us know by replying to this email, and we will do what we can to include them.
 
The AGM will feature a summary of last year’s finances and activities, and current members will be able to vote for the President and committee members. We are always open to new committee members, if you are interested please let us know.
 
The party will include reminiscing about what we have learnt and enjoyed with EEWI over any part of the past decade.  This could include evidence of the output from meetings - for example; tee-shirts, drawings, paintings, beading, swifts and many more. As well as stories of your favourite (or least favourite!) meetings that have been held over the past 10 years.
 
 
19th May from 9-10.30. our next coffee morning will be at Chisenhale Art Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ. It will include a guided tour of the current exhibition.
***Please note the earlier time this month***
 
 
The Community Garden at Growing Concerns, 2 Wick Lane, London E3 2NA, is progressing well. We have several raised beds and have planted a range of veg. We are meeting regularly on Thursdays at 11am and would love it if anyone else wants to join in.

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