Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Welcome to our April newsletter..


Loads to say as usual so let's get on with it.

April's Monthly Meeting Tuesday 19th April 7pm for a 7.30pm start St Margaret's House
This month we are looking at Safe Travel In London. Two officers from the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team will be talking to us about cycle security, safety on London's buses and tubes as well as handing out some on theme goodies.They will also be there to answer any questions you have about safety on public transport as well as what it's like to be a woman in the force in the present day.  Those of you that attended our talk about 7 years ago from a female police officer working in Tower Hamlets will know it can be a very interesting topic.
We meet at St Margaret's House on Old Ford Road in the hall which is at the back of the building which you access by going through the black gates on Old Ford Road to the left of the Gallery Cafe and follow the path round the garden to the right - you will see the hall in front of you.
Free for members, £4 for visitors, all women welcome. Refreshments provided and we welcome all donations of the financial or baked (or bought) sort
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April Coffee morning Friday 22nd April 10.30am  The Peanut Vendor
This month we will be meeting at The Peanut Vendor on Gunmaker's Wharf just off Old Ford Road at the entrance to the park. The peanut Vendor is a vintage furniture shop but it also has a cafe and is in a great position being right next to one of the park gates and a short walk from Roman Road market. For  more info click here.

April and May Afternoon Tea 
April - Monday 4th at Marks and Spencer in Westfield Stratford 3.30pm
May - Monday 9th of May (the 2nd is a bank holiday) Genesis cinema 2.30pm - not earlier meeting time so we can fit in a film. All movies are £4.50 on a Monday and although the programme has not been announced for that date yet, on the day whoever is there will decide what to go and see.

St George's Day Tea Dance Wednesday 20th April  2pm to 4.30pm. 
Every year we help out at the LBTH St George's Day Tea Dance which is taking place at the Art Pavilion. If you are interested in helping out with the EEWI team please contact eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk but also check out the event here as you or someone you know might like to go along. It is always a great afternoon with a really wonderful band.

St George's Day Fete  at Museum of Childhood Saturday 23rd April 11.30am to 4.30pm
We will be running a cake stall at this event on the 23rd. If you can bake or help out, even just for an hour, please do let me know on eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk or grab me at the next meeting. This is a great event and obviously if you are free you should go along and enjoy it. For more info about the day please clickhere.

Blatant Self Promotion 
Tomorrow I am heading out to Palestine to take part in the 2016 Palestine Marathon. Don't panic I am not doing the full marathon. I am having a go at the half. I have never been to Palestine before and have wanted to go for a very long time. Some friends of mine, who have been many times before, and myself are raising money for a school in Jenin that has a leaky roof. If you can spare even a couple of quid that would be amazing and you can sponsor us by clicking here. And if I manage to take enough pictures I will maybe come and share them one evening if we are ever short of a speaker.

East End Women's Museum 
You may remember a number of demonstrations organised outside the Jack the Ripper Museum on Cable Street last year. I won't go into all again here but the two women who co-ordinated those events have set up an organisation called East End Women's Museum and they have an exhibition taking place at the Whitechapel Idea Store until the 21st April. For more info about the museum click here.

Upswing Classes
For those of you interested in getting fit and more specifically learning a little bit about ariel and circus, as shared with us by the amazing Vicki Amedume back at our meeting in January, they have just published their time table for the next round of 'Fit For Flight' classes currently taking place at Cardboard Citizens in Whitechapel. There are lot of other interesting classes too but for more info about Fit For Flight click here
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Core Buds
I have been supporting the work of Core Projects who work with young people who have learning difficulties. They have a number of floristry projects and 
the items they make are available to buy. I still have my Christmas wreath on my front door as I love it so much and also have a beautiful willow heart. Their latest project involves little succulents that you hang on your window. For more info and for the contact details please look here. And if you order anything I would be happy to deliver to you - either to a meeting or to you at your convenience.

Middlesex Federation Newsletter
Please find attached here this month's newsletter from out federation 

Membership
For those of you that were members in 2015 we would appreciate it if you could renew before the end of March - not much time I realise. The fees for current members for 2016 are £37.50 You can do this via online banking - our details are;
East End WI 
02044729
30-94-57 
And please email our treasurer Jo Kelman on jo_kelman@yahoo.co.uk
If you are new to EEWI and would like to join the membership fees for this year from April are £28.10. This is if you have just started coming to us and are joining to recognise the fact you have missed three months.
Again you can do this online as above or you can join at a meeting.

We want you to be part of EEWI in whatever way suits you, so if you are only going to come a few times a year we are happy for you or just pay the visitor fees, but if you join you get 8 copies of WI Life magazine a year and more importantly opportunities across the year from EEWI such as taking part in the EEWI Bursary - more on that next month.

May meeting - our AGM
This is just a little reminder that our May meeting is our AGM. We have some fun things lined up to go along with the admin but I will be standing down as President and we will be voting in a new one. If you feel you would like to join our committee we are always looking for more people however much or little time you feel you can offer - it is good to have a wide range of heads to put together!
There is so much more to tell you but I think that has to be it for now.

Any questions of queries drop us a line at eastendwi@hotmail.co.uk or grab one of the committee at our meetings.

I hope you are all enjoying the lighter evenings even though they seem to have brought with them very strong winds!

Niki Stevens
President EEWI

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

EEWI meets Chapel Cinema

EEWI meets Chapel Cinema



Thank you to everyone who came along to Chapel Cinema last night that EEWI hosted this week as part of Women's History Month. The film is an interesting one taking you on a bit of a rollercoaster. Interesting in that many mainstream films, action movies, have male characters killing dozens of voiceless background actors with no exploration of the grief those deaths might cause and often we don't think twice about it - it never seems to worry the character either. In Thelma and Louise we are following the two friends through their painful exploration of killing Harlan, the hideous rapist, in the car park of a roadside nightclub and how that act, along with the baggage they both drag around with them, sends them on a crime spree that enables them to truly find themselves. If you haven't seen it, see it.

It was really well attended and almost all of the cakes got eaten so that is the main thing. A particular favourite was ......




For more info about Chapel Cinema - the FREE  cinema in the Chapel at St Margaret's House, click here.

And for information about The Insider's Guide, an annual book that celebrates all things Bow and is the product of an amazing journalism course aimed at local people, click here.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on April 19th.



Friday, 15 January 2016

a new year and January meetings




January Meeting Tuesday 19th January 7 for a 7.30pm start St Margaret's House
Usually in January we try to find something uplifting to help us navigate the grey days and post-Christmas blues, so this month we have invited Vicki Amedume to come and talk to us about her life and career in circus performance. Vicki is the founder and artistic director of Upswing based at Rich Mix. Upswing creates aerial and circus performance for a diverse variety of venues as well as having a wide programme of training courses for all levels and running outreach programmes working with hard to reach and vulnerable groups within the community. Vicki will be talking to us about how she got involved with aerial and circus as well as how Upswing came about. As new year fitness plans go aerialism may be a bit extreme but all of their classes are loads of fun and something a little bit different. Please note we won't be having a go at aerialism! Don't worry!

As usual we are at St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road E2 in the hall at the back of the complex - go through the black gates to the left of the Gallery CafĂ© and follow the path round to the right to the hall. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Free for members, £4 for visitors. Refreshments available - donations to this of the edible, drinkable and spendable kind always welcome.
 
Coffee Morning will be  on Friday January 22nd, 10.30am at the Gallery Cafe, St Margaret's House. All women welcome.

Jumble for the Jungle
Niki is organising a jumble sale on Saturday February 13th at St Barnabas Church in Bow from 12pm onwards to raise money for Calais Kitchens, an organisation that cooks food for the refugees in the jungle at Calais. Set up on Friday 12th from about 6.30pm - just for a few hours then setting up more on the Saturday morning from about 10am. Please contact Niki if you would like to donate, bake or help out.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Our Christmas Meeting




EEWI December Meeting - Fruit, Music and Festive Fun Tuesday 15th December 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Meet in the hall at St Margaret;s House, 21 Old Ford Road. Go through the black metal gates to the left of the Gallery Cafe and follow the path round to the hall on the right. Free for members and £4 for visitors. We will be doing the following...
Making pomanders - deliciously scented oranges, - what could be more Christmassy?
Carving fruit -
Carve beautiful flowers and birds from everyday fruits and vegetables. ,
Singing - don't worry you don't have to if you don't want to but we are going to have a good old Christmas sing song.
Choosing the WORST Christmas decoration - so please do bring along your worst Christmas dec and this time there will be a proper prize.
We also invite you to bring your Christmas crafts or bakes to sell if you would like - a chance for us all to make some last minute (or if like me you haven't actually started yet) Christmas presents.

MOST importantly
, as many of you will be aware every Christmas we ask that when you are thinking about your Christmas shopping you purchase an extra present suitable for a woman for the service used at U-Turn Women's Centre, a charity we have been involved with since we began 8 years ago that supports women who work in and are trying to exit work in prostitution. You can buy pretty much anything but please avoid alcohol and there's no need to worry if you are on a budget - these women have very little and it is more about us saying to them that we are thinking of them and support them. I cannot express the difference this small gesture from us makes. If you are able to buy a little gift bring it along wrapped up and we will stick it under a tree of some sort and representatives from U-turn will be at the meeting to pick them up.

December Coffee Morning - Friday18th December 10.30am. Creatures of habit we are going back to the Geffrye Museum for I think the 7th time. A wonderful museum looking at interior design across the centuries where at Christmas they decorate each room as it would have been decorated at the time from 1600s onwards. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Our November Meeting





Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th November when Michael Smythe will join us to talk about Phytology a project which brings artists and botanists together to explore the medicinal properties of plants that are common to derelict urban environments.  It’s a public art project and urban medicinal garden planted within the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve.  Generally regarded as common indigenous weeds, each plant has been selected for its on-going use in phytotherapy  - the study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agent and traditional medicine. Visitors to the garden are invited to explore the Bethnal Green site, harvest and use the plants for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Phytology aims to challenge ideas of use, value, resilience and the function of wildness within our urban ecosystem.
Michael will discuss the process of establishing the Phytology project (locating the site, establishing the meadow, engagement & art program).
www.phytology.org.uk

As usual we will be meeting in the hall at the back of St Margaret's House on Old Ford Road at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Free for members and £4 for non-members. Refreshments provided and possible even some baking. We appreciate a little donation in the tin if you have a glass of wine of course! We are also inviting people to bring their home made gifts and crafts so don't forget to bring some cash just in case something tickles your fancy.

EXCITING COMPETITION! - This month we will be kicking off our new monthly competition section like that of the Felbridge Women's Instiute of the Surrey Federation's 1976 programme and for starters we are inviting you to bring along your Best and Worst Holiday Souvenirs. Could be from this year, could be from another time gone by it's up to you and there will be a prize of some sort. Everyone welcome to take part (even committee members!)
Look forward to seeing you then

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

October Meetings and All about Boobs



October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this is obviously something that is close to all of our hearts. We have two organisations coming to speak to us and are very excited about both of them.
Our October meeting is on Tuesday 20th October at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. As ever we meet at St Margaret's House on Old Ford Road. Our meeting takes place in the hall at the back of St Margarets which you can access by going through the black gates on Old Ford Road to the left of the gallery Cafe then you follow the path round the garden to the right and you will see the hall. Our meetings are free to members and £4 for visitors. We provide tea, coffee, herbal teas and wine as well as some nibbles and we do welcome donations of the edible or monetary kind.
For details of our other activities this month, check the sidebar, or read the full newsletter here.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

September Meetings and 100 years of the WI

First WI meeting held in 1915



At our 15th September meeting we're going to be celebrating 100 years of the Women's Institute.   We would like you to think about the WI past present and future and what it means to you. So please bring along something that represents that - something baked, knitted, embroidered, a poem, something from a book, a photo, an anecdote, a cocktail ANYTHING.  There will be prizes and lots of other celebratory things too.

If you know anyone who might like to join us please bring them, all visitors will be welcomed free for this meeting - as usual, donations are invited for drinks and food etc. As usual we meet at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL.

Coffee Morning - This month's coffee morning will be on 18th September, 10.30 start, venue to be confirmed. (Check the sidebar).
 
Our Afternoon Teas happen on the first Monday of the month and are at 3.30pm. Like our coffee mornings they are a chance to chat and explore new venues. The upcoming afternoon teas are as follows;
Monday 7 Sept Museum of London Docklands 
Monday 5 Oct The Coffee Room, Mile End


Hope to see you soon.