As an organisation the WI is very concerned about the plight of women and girls in/from Afghanistan

Members who wish to support calls for the UK government to take action can do the following:

  • Sign this petition which calls for a range of actions to protect the freedom of Afghan women and girls
  • Write to their MP asking them to push the government for action to support women and girls. A draft letter you can send to your MP is attached to this email.

We are aware that many members will also want to take practical action to support refugees who have been resettled in the UK. We have therefore collated a list of organisations working in this field that are asking for support from the public. This list can be found at the following link:

Useful Anti Spam Contacts

NatWest Security centre – available for our customers and non-customers

Friends Against Scams website – headed by the National Trading Standards Scams Team

Report the scam to Action fraud:

0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting tool at You can also forward suspicious or nuisance text messages to 7726

The “Little Book of Big Scams (version 5)” is a fantastic booklet written by the Police Service in conjunction with other expert organisations and is available at

Get Safe On Line – the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy to understand information on online safety

National Cyber Security Centre is the UK’s independent authority on cyber security  

The 10 minute “Become A Friend Against Scams” video available on YouTube

More Helpful Documents To Download From Nat West Bank


As you may know we are making a mini-banner to be joined with others from Middlesex Federation to show who we are and for them to have for display at events. Penny has started to stitch this.

The idea is to use emoji style images to show our activities.  Anyone who wants is invited to contribute an image on a piece of fabric, which can then be appliqued on, following the design. It doesn’t have to be stitched, it could be drawn and painted, cut and stuck, or anything so long as it is stitchable, and quite tiny – the spaces are about 2cm square – and we are sticking to the official WI colour palate.

The cutlery, scissors, and spanner can be metallic thread stitched directly over the background, and Penny has stitched the footprints.  If anyone wants to join in please get in touch with Penny. 

Testament of Yootha

Actress/writer Caroline Burns Cooke – creator of And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet (Argus Angel for Outstanding Theatre and Outstanding Individual Performer at Prague Fringe) and Proxy (Infallibles Award nominee for Outstanding Theatre and Ike Award winner for Best Solo Show) – returns with her third show to examine the life of glamorous sitcom legend Yootha Joyce, directed by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp-Naked Hope and The Silence of Snow)

Adored by friends and fans alike, hiding acute alcoholism from those closest to her, lighting up the screen as Mildred Roper in Man about the House and George and Mildred, she died at the height of her fame at only 53.

Could have been worse. Could have been a wet Wednesday at Rhyl Rep.



15 OCTOBER 2019 – 12 JANUARY 2020

This free exhibition takes an in-depth look at one of Gunnersbury’s most remarkable items ; a highly decorative fabric quilt top created by a local Acton family in around 1825.Thought to have been intended as a bed covering, the so-called ‘Acton Top’ demonstrates a wide range of complex quilting, patchwork and appliqué skills and depicts contemporary figures in Regency dress, Biblical scenes, animals and plants. Comparing the Acton Top with other historic quilts from the museum collection, the exhibition investigates how quilting developed from the late 1780s to the 1850s, and explores associated technological and social changes.

We also have a programme of events inspired by the exhibition including workshops, talks and the Great Gunnersbury Quilting Bee on 2 & 3 November. Keep an eye out for our next What’s On guide and check back here for more details.

When: 15 October 2019 – 12 January 2020
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Price: Free

Make Twiddle Muffs For Dementia Patients At St John’s Hospice

St John’s Hospice, an independent charity located within the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, provides specialised palliative care to more than 4,000 terminally-ill patients and their families every year.

‘Twiddle muffs’ are a knitted or crocheted band with items attached that patients living with the advanced stages of dementia can twiddle in their hands during their hospital stay. They help provide stimulation and they are invaluable to patients as people with dementia can hold and ‘twiddle’ to help any restlessness and agitation that they might experience.

They are calling for crafty folk to put their knitting/ crochet/ Sewing know-how to good use. There are a huge variety of available patterns on line but below are three fairly easy ones to follow.

Twiddle Muff Knitting pattern 1:

  1. Materials

This pattern is perfect for using up left over and odd balls of wool

  • Needles: 8 mm circular or 6.5 mm straight needles
  1. Directions
  • Cuff: Cast on 45 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool or 1 strand of chunky wool (one plain colour works best)
  • Work in stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row) for 11 inches
  • Body: Continue with stocking stitch, but use up oddments of various textures of wool such as chunky, mohair, ribbon etc. until the work measures 23 inches (two strands of double knit for two rows each gives a lovely assortment of colours)
  1. Finishing
  • If working with straight needles, lightly iron the long strip, then neatly join the sides together using edge to edge stitch (with the knit side facing out)
  • Turn inside out and push the one-colour cuff up inside the body
  • Sew the two ends together, again using a neat edge to edge stitch
  1. Decoration
  • Now is the time to decorate the muff, inside and out, with ribbons, beads, flowers, zips, loops, pompoms, buttons etc.
  • You could even knit a separate pocket for a favourite photo or a hanky
  • Be creative, but make sure each item is securely attached
  • If there could please be a loop on the muff at the top so a patient identification band could be attached to it, it would be greatly appreciated


Twiddle Muff Knitting pattern 2:


Twiddle Muff Crochet Pattern

It’s simple to crochet a Twiddle Muff – you need a tube that measures approximately 40cm long and 20 cm wide when laid flat (large enough to fit both hands inside comfortably). Depending on the weight of yarn you’re using, chain stitches that measure around 40 cm.

The best Twiddle Muff has a variety of textures, so you should vary the stitches you use, and use a range of yarns and colours. You could also work a series of bobbles, or add beads to your yarn.

You don’t need to weave in the ends when you change yarn, as the yarn ends can also be fiddled with. Attach a range of buttons, ribbons and patches – it’s a great way to use up any swatches you have from previous projects.

Once you’ve added decorations, fold the fabric in half and sew together, to make the tube.

If there could please be a loop on the mitt at the top so a patient identification band could be attached to it, it would be greatly appreciated.