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 Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com 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.
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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  victoria@ecnmy.org, 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.  
 
 
SEPTEMBER MEETINGS & EVENTS
 
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.
 
 
COUNTRYSIDE LIVE
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 Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or calling/texting 07701015588
 
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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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

East End WI in August

AUGUST MEETINGS
 
At our next meeting on Tuesday 15th August, we will be talking about economics and the economy. Antonia Jennings, a member of the Economy newsletter team is coming to talk to us about their mission to make the subject of economics more interesting to ordinary people, so we can better understand how economics affects our daily lives.
 
We would also like to have a discussion about what charity(ies) we as a group might like to support. Support could be via money or donations. If you have a local charity that you think would fit our group please come prepared to suggest it.
 
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 18th, from 10.30, will be at The Larder, 241-243 Globe Rd, E2 0JD.

 
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Our cake stall at Victoria Park’s Big Day out was very successful, despite the weather chucking everything it could at us - rain, wind, thunder, lightning and even a bit of sun! Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and or by baking.
 
Our next tea and cake event is our biggest of the year - Countryside Live - on the 30th September & 1st October, in the Lee Valley.

 
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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.
 
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We have been contacted by a member of another WI group in Essex who is involved withWeavers Adventure Playground, who are in need of funds and volunteers. In particular, they are looking for help with their garden, to maintain borders and they are hoping to start a vegetable/fruit garden.  Other opportunities include helping with the small kitchen for after school snacks, and simple lunches on Saturdays and school holidays. Or woodwork/arts & crafts with the children.
If you can help or know anyone who would like to please contact them directly or reply to this email and I will give you a phone/email address of Beverly who contacted us.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Coming up in August

AUGUST EVENTS

Next Saturday, 5th August, 11-4pm, at Victoria Park, we have a cake stand at the Big Day Out. The event is near the bandstand. If you can help on the day and/or by baking please get in touch with Natasha by emailing  Natasha.chetwynd@sky.com or calling/texting 07701015588.

Tuesday 15th August, we will be talking about the Economy. We have invited a member of the Economy newsletter team to come and talk to us about their mission to make the subject of economics more interesting to non-specialists, so we can better understand how economics affects our daily lives.

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 18th August, from 10.30, will be at The Larder, 241-243 Globe Rd, E2 0JD.

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EEWI WEBSITE
We have updated the Coming up in 2017 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.

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We have been contacted by a member of another WI group in Essex she is involved with Weavers Adventure Playground, who are in need of funds and volunteers. In particular, they are looking for help with their garden, to maintain borders and they are hoping to start a vegetable/fruit garden.  Other opportunities include helping with the small kitchen for after school snacks, and simple lunches on Saturdays and school holidays. Or woodwork/arts & crafts with the children.
If you can help or know anyone who would like to please contact them directly or reply to this email and I will give you a phone/email address of Beverly who contacted us.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our 10th Birthday celebrations were a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who could make it, and for the messages received from some of those that couldn’t. It was great to have some old faces there and be told about, or be reminded of, some of the highlights of the past ten years, such as Moira the beefeater and the Air Ambulance man! As well as some of the lowlights, such as the meeting with only a couple of attendees, which reassures me that that things are going well at the moment!
 
The AGM passed smoothly, and I am very pleased that there was no opposition to me remaining President, for at least the next year. So I am celebrating with the photo at the top of this newsletter, of me and the Middlesex Federation representatives, Carol & Gerry, who helped ensure all went smoothly, including cutting the cake. Thank you.
 

For our next meeting, on 20 June, from 7pm for 7.30 start – We have comedian and actress, Samantha Baines coming. In preparation for featuring in the Edinburgh Festival over the summer, she will be trialling her new comedy show

1 WOMAN, A HIGH-FLYER AND A FLAT BOTTOM
STAND UP COMEDY ABOUT THE LOST WOMEN OF SCIENCE

As usual we will be in St Margaret's Hall, behind the Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Rd. E2 9PL. 
 

23rd June from 10.30 - Our next coffee morning will be at St Joseph’s Hospice,  Mare St London E8 4SA.
 
30th June – 9am, Chisenhale Art Gallery, E3 5QZ, coffee morning with a tour of Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, which is based on research he has made throughout his residency period, which began with an exploration into the history of the riots in London in 1981 and 2011.
 
 
HELP NEEDED – We have a couple of events coming up in the next few weeks for which we need help in the form of cakes and people on the day to make tea and sell cakes. We are regulars at both events and would expect to see many friends old and new. Clare is leading on both events please contact her, or reply to this if you are available.
 
1 July -Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Tea & Cakes.
 
9 July - Park Life Summer Fair & Dog Show, Mile End Park. Tea & Cakes.

A few weeks later, on 5 August, will have a cake stall at the Great Day Out event in Victoria Park on August 5th. On which Natasha will be leading.

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.