Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Our first meeting of the year is on the 16th Jan.

We will be looking at, working on and talking about our banner for the 100 Banners Project; celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People’s Act, which first gave women the right to vote.
The design is to put out EEWI logo onto a printed brick background and then add bits of personal graffiti, from all of us. So we will provide the materials and are looking for you to come with ideas.

Alongside this activity we will also decide which charity to make a donation to for this year and whether and how to work with that charity in some way.

At our December meeting there were several suggestions, some that expressly fit in with combating loneliness theme. To enable you to explore these ideas further I have listed them below and added links to take you to their websites. They all have local facilities and we have heard from them over the past few years. In addition a few of us are already volunteering with them and some have benefited from their services.

Bow Foodbank - Specifically, we could help with children’s goody bags for next Christmas.

Sick Children’s Trust - Stevenson House, provides accommodation for families with a child at the Royal London Hospital.

Cocktails in Care Homes - Devised and organised by Magic Me, we could fund and volunteer for one or more cocktail party in Tower Hamlets, or further afield.

Hestia - Supports adults and children across London in times of crisis.

As usual we will meet from 7, and aim for a 7.30 start at St Margaret’s Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe on Old Ford Rd.
Our next coffee morning will be on 19th Jan, at The Larder Cafe, 241-243 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0JD, meting from 10.30.
On the 27th Jan we have our first cake event of the year.
We will be offering tea & cake to the East of London Family History Society, between 12-5pm at The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. We will need some cakes and a few helpers on the day. If you would like to help please get in touch with Natasha  on 07701015588.
Being a new year it is time to renew your membership of EEWI.
The subscription for 2018 is £41.00. Half of this is kept by us, to fund meetings, including the hire of the hall and to pay for speakers and activities. The other half is split between the Middlesex and National Federations.
You can belong to more than one WI, by paying the full membership fee to the first WI, and a further £20 to any other WI.

Our Bank Details are :
  • Lloyds: Sort Code 30-94-57 A/c 02044729
Or you can bring a cheque or cash to the meeting.

As we are currently putting together ideas for this year’s meetings the committee would love to have your ideas for activities and interests you would like us to consider. Our next committee meeting is due to be on the 23rd Jan, and members are welcome to join us.

Best wishes for 2018

Thursday, 7 December 2017

At this busy time of year I thought I would send out a quick reminder of all our activities taking place in December.

9th Dec everyone is invited to meet at 11am at the William Morris Museum to see the Mae Morris exhibition (photo by William Smedley-Aston, 1904) and have lunch. There may be some space in a car if anyone wants/needs a lift. Reply to this email or speak to Natasha on 0770 1015588 for more information.

Some may also go on to see the Walthamstow Wetlands, but this will depend on the weather, (which is forecast to be sunny), and other variables.

15th Dec Tower Hamlets Christmas Tea Dance, at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, with live music and refreshments. Admission is free, but needs to be booked in advance. Click on the link to find more details.

19th Dec will be our Christmas Party with singing led by, soprano, Bethan Williams. We also want to talk about our local charitable giving, please bring your ideas to the meeting.
We meet in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery cafe in Old Ford Rd. from 7 and we aim to start around 7.30.

22nd Dec our Christmas coffee morning will be, as usual, at the Geffrye Museum, from 10.30. EEWI will be buying refreshments for members. 

Looking forward to seeing you at some or all of these.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Before talking about parties and our next events I want to thank Magic Me for last week's interesting and fun meeting, talking about manners and creating a manifesto.

Following on from which here are links to the video clips we watched. Firstly, Vanessa Kissule delivering her Personal Malleable Manifesto.

And we also saw part of the video of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, giving her TED talk, to hear the whole thing go to "We should all be feminists".  The talk has been turned into a book, which is given to all 16 year olds in Sweden, which was featured in an article in the Guardian, and to buy the book (from Amazon) click here.

There are still a few places on Magic Me’s Decorum 2 Project.
Who decides what good behaviour is? 

Are you a woman over 55, living in east London who has an opinion, likes drama, movement and storytelling?
If so, and you are able to join them on Wednesday afternoons in the New Year, at the Osmani Centre E1, call Magic Me on 0203 222 6064 or email
Coming up in December

5th Dec, 6.30pm will be our next committee meeting. All members are welcome to participate. To find out where it will be please reply to this email or call Natasha on 0770 1015588.

9th Dec everyone is invited to meet at 11am at the William Morris Museum to see the Mae Morris exhibition and have lunch. There may be some space in a car if anyone wants/needs a lift. Again reply to this email or speak to Natasha for more information.
Some may also go on to see the Walthamstow Wetlands, but this will depend on the weather and other variables.

19th  Dec will be our Christmas Party with singing led by, soprano, Bethan Williams. We also want to talk about our local charitable giving, please bring your ideas to the meeting.

22nd Dec our Christmas coffee morning will be, as usual, at the Geffrye Museum, from 10.30am.

And then we will be into another whole year!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

At our next meeting, on Tuesday 21 Nov, we are looking forward to meeting Magic Me, an inter-generational arts project. They will be introducing their Decorum project, an exploration of what ‘good behaviour’ means for women in the 21st Century. And offering a creative workshop, led by two artists asking the question; How is Decorum experienced by women of different generations? 

Doors will open at 7 and we aim for a 730 start, at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PL. 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.
Our next coffee morning will be on Friday 24 Nov, at Whitechapel Art Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX (from 11 as that is when the gallery opens).
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The annual over 50's  Christmas Tea Dance for Tower Hamlets residents is on Friday 15th Dec, at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park.  There will be live music and an afternoon of dancing, light refreshments and Christmas cheer. Tickets need to be booked in advance and there are a couple of slots for EEWI members to help out.

Another event that could be fun is at the Museum of Childhood on Thursday 7 Dec, when you can enjoy live music from harpist, Ruby Aspinall, and musician, MG Boulter whilst embellishing drawings by artist Amy Brown in the museum’s atmospheric environment. For more details click here

Monday, 23 October 2017

October's meetings

We firstly wanted to send out a big thank you everyone who came to our Black History Month celebration on the 17th October, we had a lot of fun drumming with IROKO and hearing about Lyn's hair adventures, which sparked a lively discussion. There was a great turnout, with lots of friends from nearby WI’s, representatives from Middlesex Federation and a few visitors. To see more photos of the event click here to visit our facebook page
We also wanted to remind you all of a few other things coming up.

EEWI’s next meeting is our coffee morning on Friday, 20th October, we will be meeting at the Docklands Museum, E14 4AL from 10.30.
On the same day the swift exhibition that some have knitted for, and others have just heard about, will be opening, at Walthamstow Marshes. For more details on getting there etc.please click here.

On Sunday at 9.45pm Lynn will be on BBC Radio London with Dotun Adebayo, talking about her Ska and Reggae workshops. These will be held at 6pm on 25th & 26th October at the Idea Store Whitechapel.

A little further ahead at November’s meeting, on 21st November, we will be hearing from Sophie Churchill,OBE, on her varied interests and experiences. These range from copses (as President of the Royal Forestry Society), to corpses, (as part of The Corpse Project, seeking to open up public debate on better ways with the dead body), her interests have recently expanded to include potatoes. 

On the 24th November our coffee morning, will be in the cafe at Whitechapel Art Gallery, from 11am.

As an aside if there is anyone out there who is able to help with our social media presence, which varies between patchy to non-existent, we would love to hear from you!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Countryside Live, our largest fundraising event of the year, is this week end, Sat 30th Sept and Sun 1st Oct - 11am to 5pm. We can always do with more cakes and more help! The event takes place in the Lea Valley, off the Lea Bridge Rd, postcode E10 7QL, it is behind the ice rink. Click here to find out more.

A quick reminder of a few key points:

  • Most cakes can made in advance and frozen (before they are iced)
  • Due to not having any refrigeration facilities on site, we prefer not to have butter cream or soft cheese icings
  • Some gluten free and vegan friendly offerings are always appreciated
  • Children friendly cakes, such as smaller cupcakes, we can sell at lower prices are also good
  • We need a list of ingredients to go with each cake, so we can answer any questions for those with food allergies
  • If you keep receipts and send them to us with your bank details we are happy to reimburse for ingredients

If you are able to help, or have any questions, please email or call/text 0770 1015588

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Our next meeting, on October 17th, is due to be bigger than usual as we are hosting the local Middlesex Federation WI get together. 
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, we have invited IROKO, specialists in African theatre to lead one of their programmes. We will also have Lyn Gerald introducing us to the politics and practicalities of black hair, with a demonstration and opportunities for braiding each other’s hair.
These activities will be complemented with themed refreshments and a raffle.
20 October - Coffee morning will be at the Docklands Museum, E14 4AL from 10.30

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

At our last meeting we had a very interesting and talk and discussion, led by Antonia Jennings from the charity, Economy;  about the economy, its mission to demystify economics and some of our thoughts on the complexity and relevance of the subject to our everyday lives.
There will be another event, introducing their activities to the local community, at their offices, WeWork, 115 Mare St on 7th September at 6pm, to which we are all invited. If you would like to go please email, or give her a call at 07443570968. 
EEWI Charity of the year
We followed with a discussion about our charitable giving. It was agreed that we should be giving 10% of the money we make at cake events to charity; this is likely to be around £300 a year, if we continue with our current level of activity. It should be to a local charity or a local branch of a national charity, where we think it will make a difference. We would also like to tie it in with the WI’s national resolutions, so this year would relate to ‘Alleviating loneliness’. The donation could also be combined with more practical help from members. We should also decide which charity to get involved with, that fits with these principles, each year.
We will have another discussion as to which charity to support this year, most likely in November and would love to hear your ideas.  
At our next meeting on, Tuesday 19th September, we will be having fun with paper and glue, with Jill Fullbrook helping us do decoupage.
As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. The doors open at 7 and we aim to start at 730.
The coffee morning on Friday 22nd, from 10.30, will be at - The Chesterfield, 341-343 Roman Rd London E3 5QR
Our next committee meeting will be on 26th September, at 6.30. The meetings are open to all members. Please reply to this email and we will let you know the venue.
Our next tea and cake event is our biggest of the year - Countryside Live - on the 30th September & 1st October, in the Lee Valley.  If you can help with cakes and biscuits and/or on the day please let us know, by replying to this email or to or calling/texting 07701015588
We have updated the events page of our website, and want to highlight our October meeting where we will be hosting a group meeting inviting other local WI Groups to celebrate Black History month. We have a few ideas for activities and food but thought we would ask you, our members, if you have any ideas and contacts with people who might be able to help with food, drinks or activities fitting the theme of the evening.