Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Come and join us at our annual Christmas Crafts session on Tuesday 15th December, 7.30pm at Chisenhale Art Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, E3. This year crafts will include an origami gift box, a table flower arrangement for Christmas feasts and much, much more. There will also be the annual EEWI Mince Pie Bake Off so please do bring your mince pies - there will be great prizes for the winner. Also if you would like to be on the judging panel please do let us know. There will be tea, coffee and mulled wine but please do feel free to bring a bottle. All welcome, free for members £3 visitors.
We are having a low key Christmas Drinks this year as we will be going out for a meal in January. So if you fancy meeting for a quiet Christmas drink we will me meeting at the Victoria Pub in Grove Road, E3 on Tuesday 22nd December at 7.30pm. We may stay there for a while or move on later – however we all feel.
Look forward to seeing you at least once in December!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
It was fascinating to get an inside view of Westminster and to meet with all three political parties, one after another. There was a clear difference between them all and their preparation for the meeting. Sorella said "It was invaluable for the politicians to meet with the WI and to hear the concerns and opinions of ordinary women. Women are most affected by climate change around the world and yet are also very powerful agents of change".
The WI's various projects to raise awareness have been very effective. These have included Eco Teams, Love Food and Women Reaching Women. The WI are also taking part in The Wave, a march to highlight the Copenhagen UN climate summit this weekend. Go along if you can!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The Wave is a climate change march taking place in Central London on 5 December to draw attention to the dangers of runaway climate change and provide decision-makers with the grassroots mandate to take strong action at the UN Climate Change talks in Copenhagen. The march is organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, of which the WI is a founder member, and is timed to coincide with the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen. If you are free on that date, it would be great if you could join the march which will start at Grosvenor Square and march around the Houses of Parliament. Dress code is to wear something blue!
WI members will gather in the events room of the Mayfair Library (25 South Audley Street , London , W1K 2PB). from 11am. This is an opportunity to meet members who have similar interests, catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while, enjoy some light lunch and to feel a little more at home if you’ve never been on a march before.
At midday,WI members will head over to Grosvenor Square for the start of the march, staying together as a WI group. There will be a rally in Grosvenor Square whilst people assemble, then move towards Westminster via Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street before encircling Parliament. The climax will be as Big Ben chimes 3pm, when a wave of blue will flow through the people circling parliament. The Wave will then pass over Westminster Bridge and disperse.
See the WI website and the Stop Climate Change Coalition for more details.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Hsa Thoo Lei Learning Centre provides a free education for 700 children, and is home to about 200: these are children whose parents are dead or who are still inside Burma. Whether the children live in Hsa Thoo Lei or with family or friends outside, they are all in desperate poverty. The school tries to provide two free lunches a week when funds permit (not at all this calendar year) because for some children that is the only proper meal they ever eat. The children learn all the usual subjects but additionally learn languages - Burmese and Karen, the tongues of their homeland, Thai which is the language of their country of residence, and English, which many hope will one day be a passport to a better life elsewhere.
The Burmese migrant children in these schools are vulnerable to malnutrition, especially since the schools’ income is very much below levels required to fund regular school lunches. The Thai children’s Trust with help from partner organisations aims to ameliorate this situation by promoting the introduction of mushroom houses.
A mushroom house grows mushrooms in pre-prepared spore bags, placed on racks in a hot and humid hut. Regularly tended, the spore bags will produce mushrooms over a 3 month cycle. For most of the cycle there will be mushrooms available to supplement the diet of the children in the school. At the peak of the cycle there will be mushrooms for the school to sell.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Pictures and more feedback from the day to follow although do keep an eye on the blog and on the Fete website www.stbarnabascommunityfete.org as they will both be updated as and when photos of the day stream in.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 15th September when Richard Reynolds is coming to talk about Guerilla Gardening. Richard's passion is fighting the filth with flowers and forks and he'll show us just what is possible. Please have a think about an area in our community or anywhere really that you feel is neglected and could do with some gorgeous planting - we'll vote on which one we'll do and get Richard to help us to plan our very own bit of guerrilla gardening.
For more on Richard go to http://www.guerrillagardening.org/
Usual time and place: 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Chisenhale Art Gallery 64 Chisenhale Road
£3 for visitors free for members. Tea and coffee provided free courtesy of Cafe Direct. Please feel free to bring a bottle!
Our Coffee morning is on Friday 18th September - Gallery Café St Margaret’s House in Old Ford Road, E2.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Howlovely that even though it was traditionally the holiday season we still had a great turn out and a fab evening - I may have drunk a little too much wine....
Thursday, 20 August 2009
We started off with a talk from Rachael from City and Hackney Mind. She reminded us that one in four people is likely to suffer from a mental health problem at some point and welcomed our support for their work. Look out from more info here on their October Awareness day.
Alex and Yasmin from Cafe Direct, who generously sponsor us with the provision of coffee and tea for our EEWI stalls throughout the year, showed a film describing the way they work with growers yes, it did make me a bit teary) before we moved on to a coffee tasting session. Who would have guessed at the power of the collective EEWI palate? Read more about it on the Cafe Direct blog, with thanks to Alex for his kind words.
The more prudent among us saved the goodies to have with coffee- Coffee Crunch Bars, Coffee Victoria Sponge and Blueberry Muffins. Thanks to Veronica, Elizabeth and the maker of the muffins ( sorry - did not catch your name!
So... 20 women, two sewing machines, an ironing board, lots of snipping and sipping (OK, yes, there was some wine) ...result ONE MORSBAG!
Well, it was a busy evening and for some of us this was a new experience. Happily, lots of you took home some cut fabric to finish off and make up. Looking forward to seeing them in September.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
The show was a revelation. Traditional crafts were on display - baking, flower arranging, embroidery with a smattering of stalls, cakes and jams for sale. The cross stitch work from WIs across the counties was especially charming, I thought - selection pictured here. The Federation had also asked all of the WIs to send in unfinished craft projects and there was a selection of nearly finished embroidery and tapestry for sale with a view to giving them a "happy ending".
We had our own happy ending too. Cakes and jams in our EEWI bags, we headed off to the seaside, my hopeless planning redeemed by my knowledge of where to buy a decent cup of tea and seaside ice cream.
More happy outings this weekend at our Annual Picnic. Sunday 16th, 3pm, Victoria Park on the green by the Pavilion Cafe. See you there.
Friday, 7 August 2009
We'll be making Morsbags at this meeting, so please bring along unwanted fabric/ pillow cases/ duvet covers that we can recycle. We are building up our stock of give-away Morsbags to distribute in the future at a local supermarket to encourage people to abandon plastic bags and replace them with more sustainable bags which don't degrade the environment.
Evening meetings are free for members and cost only £3 for guests and Chisenhale is an accessible venue with easy access for everyone.
Our next coffee morning will be on Friday 21st August at 10.30am. We will be meeting at the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park , corner of Old Ford Road and Grove Road, just inside the park. Please join us.
Stop Press! Forgot to mention our Summer Picnic at 3pm on 16th August in Victoria Park. Meet at the open space near the Pavilion Cafe. Fingers crossed for some sunshine.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The room was stiflingly hot for some reason even though it was very cool and breezy outside but the EEWI are made of strong stuff and once again we had a great turn out and a really great evening.
We were also joined by Oliver King from Campaign Against Climate Change who talked to us about the work they do and invited us to join them on a march in the future.
At the moment we are supporting U-Turn by selling copies of their book 'i don't sing', an anthology of photography and poetry by the women who rely so heavily on the project. Copies are £7.99 cheques made payable to the U-Turn Project. If you would like to help please contact us in the usual way
Thanks goes to Veronika and Elizabeth for bringing some gorgeous home made cakes!!!!
Sunday, 19 July 2009
PS Don't forget we'll be at Park Life this coming Sunday selling teas and cakes.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Measure: 6ozs of plain flour, 6oz wholemeal flour, 6oz butter/ margarine, 6oz soft brown sugar, and 6oz a mixture of dried fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas , mixed peel, cranberries, glace cherries - I usually use 4oz of raisins or sultanas then make up the balance with cranberries. Have ready 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 large egg, a couple of tablespoons of milk, a quarter teaspoon nutmeg, a quarter teaspoon of mixed spice, and a quarter teaspoon of salt ( I often leave reduce the amount of salt).
Get mixing: Sift flours, baking powder, spices and salt. Rub in butter/ margarine until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in whisked egg and one/ two tablespoons of milk until you have a stiffish dough.
Get cooking: Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C. Using a couple of forks, place craggy blobs of the dough onto a lined baking sheet - you will have between 9 and 12 . Bake for 15 - 20 mins until firm and golden, depending on size. Don't overcook or they will be too dry. Leave on the baking sheet for a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool.
Make a cup of tea while you are waiting. Relax and enjoy before anyone notices.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
PS This is Ellen's apricot cake that I bought at the MS bake-in. A very delicious cake it was too.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Our next evening meeting is on 21st July. This month we will joined once again by Tracy Karkut-Law. Tracy is an EEWI member and local homeopath and this will be her second workshop with us.
We all look forward to summertime and deserve every minute of our well earned holidays! Whether camping with the family or sunning ourselves on the med, pop a little homeopathic remedy kit into your bag and you'll be ready for anything! Find out how non-toxic homeopathic remedies derived from known poisons such as arsenic, stinging nettle and deadly nightshade can be used to relieve the effects of bites and stings, too much sun, unfamiliar food or too much of everything!
You will make and take home your very own remedy kit, complete with instructions, ready for you to take on holiday, or to keep in the medicine cabinet for use all year round. If you weren't at the previous homeopathy talk, you can also find out about first aid remedies to add to your kit.
Tracy presents information about homeopathy in a lively and accessible way, so whether you and homeopathy are strangers or old friends, come along. 7.30pm for an 8pm start Chisenhale Gallery 64 Chisenhale Road, E3 5QZ. Free for members, £3 visitors.
Our July coffee event will be taking place on Friday 24th at La Bouche café, no 49 Broadway Market, E8 4PH (020 7923 0600). The market will not be open that day. La Bouche is located close to London Fields and the London Fields Lido. Meet in the café at 10.30am and let the cake testing commence!
Transport details: Broadway Market, E8 can be found just South of London Fields, and North of Regents Canal, West of Mare Street and East of Kingsland Road.
By bus: The 394 bus route runs from Islington (Todpuddle Street) to HomertonHospital directly past the South end of the Market, the 236 runs from FinsburyPark to Hackney Wick (Eastway) across the North end of the Market. Buses: 394, 388, 263, 55 253, 106, 48, 26, 277, D6
By tube: Central line to Bethnal Green Station. Take the exit to the right, and walk up Cambridge Heath Road until you come to RegentsCanal, then take a left after the canal and follow Andrews Road over to the market.
By train: London Fields BR station is a 5 minute walk, with Hackney Central and Cambridge Heath both 10 minutes.
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
London Swing Dance Society who kept us company. To Let Them Eat Cake whose beautiful cake stands we borrowed. To everyone in East End WI who baked the wonderful cakes we sold . To all those who spent time setting up and working on our stall. And to Niki and Sorella for whipping us into order all over the weekend and getting the day sorted. Fanbloomontastic.