Past Meetings…

Wednesday 8th November, 7:30pm

10th Birthday AGM & Recipe Swap

- Social evening with food, and the opportunity to vote for next year’s calendar



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Wednesday 11th Octber, 7:30pm

‘Happiness Workshop’

~ brought to us by the people behind The Museum of Happiness.

 

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Wednesday 13th September, 7:30pm

‘Stalking the Stalker’

Given by Hamish Brown MBE, retired Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector, & a leading authority on the crime of stalking.

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Wednesday 9th Aug, 7:30pm

Indian Block Printing

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Wednesday 12th July, 7:30pm

Guided walking tour of Hampstead Village

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Wednesday 14th June, 7:30pm

Games Night

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Wednesday 10th May, 7:30pm 

Jewish Community in Brent

Illustrated talk by Louise Dryden

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Wednesday 12th April, 7:30pm

Suffolk Puffs Workshop 

led by Sarah-Grace

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Wednesday 8th March, 7:30pm

Zumba Workshop 

led by MaggieZumba

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Wednesday 8th February, 7:30pm

“How Design Improves Lives”

 A talk given by Claire Robinson from the Design Museum

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Wednesday 9th November, 7:30pm

AGM & Social Night 

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Wednesday 12th October, 7:30pm

Seasonal Arrangements 

Very simple but lovely arrangements were made using a variety of leaves, herbs, and flowers. Our thanks to Rhona for guiding us through the evening.

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Wednesday 17th September, 7:30pm

Belly Dancing

Thanks to our wonderful instructor Sandrine we were shimmying & shaking – all while balancing ‘sabres’ on our heads………

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Wednesday 10th August, 7:30pm

Potato Printing for Grown-Ups

We had a great night getting our hands messy & working on designs for our printed tote bags – coming soon to our stall at Queen’s Park Day, Sunday 18th September 2016.

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Wednesday 13th July 2016, 7:15pm for 7:30pm start

“Bohemians and Bluestockings” 

- a Central London literary walk

The Bloomsbury Set were described as people who ‘lived in squares and loved in triangles’. We strolled through the Georgian squares of Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia to see the places where the famous writers lived, worked and loved. Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, George Bernard Shaw, T S Eliot, W B Yeats and Charles Dickens are just some of the writers we met on this walk. Our Blue Badge guide tailored this walk for our group & so also focused on many of the influential women who lived & worked in the area; including Vanessa Bell, Marie Stopes, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lizzie Siddall, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Louisa Brandreth Aldrich Blake, Dorothy Richardson, Noor Inayat Khan, Angelica Kaufman, Mary Ward. 

 

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Wednesday 8th June 2016, 7:30pm

Handywoman’s Tips 

Basic DIY

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Wednesday 11th May 2016, 7:30pm 

Origami Workshop

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Wednesday 13th April 2016, 7:30pm -

‘Active Listening’ workshop led by volunteers from the Brent Samaritans

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Wednesday 9th March 2016, 7:30pm –  

Peace & Reconciliation through Kitchen Gardening;  a talk by Elizabeth Cave

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Wednesday 10th February 2016, 7:30pm -

Sugarcraft

We had a really sociable evening creating roses, leaves & other flowers. Most of us had never done anything like this before but we were really pleased with how easy it was to get some lovely results. See the gallery below for a preview of what’s coming soon to a cake stall near you……..

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Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7:30pm

W.I. Resolutions Shortlist;  

Presentations, discussion, & voting

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Wednesday 9th Dec., 7:30pm  

Christmas Dinner 

at

‘Little Bay’ 

228 Belsize Road, London NW6 4BT

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Wednesday 11th Nov., 7:30pm

AGM,

Chocolate-Themed Quiz, 

& Social night

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Wednesday 14th Oct., 7:30pm  

Ukulele Workshop with the (nearly) all-female punk ukulele band

“The Pukes”

 Click HERE for to see their video

Here are some photos from the great night we all had!:

 

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Wednesday 9th September. 7:30

Indian Dancing

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Wednesday 12th Aug., 7:30pm

Natural skincare specialist Elka de Wit 

on

Skin: The Largest Organ of your body – How does your mind affect it?’ 

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Wed. 8th July – DEEDS NOT WORDS: WOMEN IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

 Marking the centenary of both WW1 and the WI, Blue Badge guide Janet Smith led us on a very interesting walk through Central London highlighting the vital role of women in the First World War and how it changed their lives forever. 

 We heard how women ‘did their bit’ to keep the Home Front running: not only as nurses and munitionettes but by taking on almost every job previously done by men – as bus conductors, police patrols, farm hands and even road-menders and coal-heavers. And we learned more about some specific women including the Pankhursts, Louisa Garrett Anderson, Agatha Christie, Vesta Tilley, and Edith Cavell. Our guide even brought along the tin which her grandfather had received on the Western Front which had contained chocolates & cigarettes – a Christmas gift from Princess Mary.

It was a lovely summer’s evening and despite the tube strike we had a good turnout and a nice catch-up in the pub afterwards.

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20150708_213516_resizedWI on Deeds not Words Walk July 8th Meeting

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Wednesday 10 June – Centenary Drinks Party

We celebrated the first 100 years of the WI (& also 800 years of the Magna Carta) with a summer Drinks Party which Janet generously hosted in her garden. The evening sun shone, there was plenty to eat & drink, and it was such a lovely evening that I forgot to take more photos…….

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Charleston Dancing charleston group

Wednesday 13th May – Charleston Dancing 

with Nikki Santilli (www.hotjazzrag.com)

We had a great night learning some of the the basic Charleston steps as well as some of the slightly wackier ones – ‘The Scarecrow’ anyone?

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Wednesday 8th April – Fabric flower-making

Deb & Alex led a great workshop in making vintage-inspired fabric flowers in our lovely new venue at The North London Tavern. 

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Monday 9 March – Rachael Matthews

To mark International Women’s Day we had a great evening with Rachael Matthews, guerrilla knitter, folk fashion facilitator, textile designer, & owner of Prick Your Finger (“wool shop, school, gallery and artist’s initiative”). She gave us an inspiring glimpse into her work as an artist incorporating yarn into audio & performance art (amongst other things).

Rachael MatthewsWe also launched our group knitting project in aid of the charity Knit for Peace. Full details will be on this website shortly……..

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Monday 9 February - The filming of  “Wolf Hall”

Gavin Finney, the Director of Photography on the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels, gave us a presentation about his approach to this project & about the work of a cinematographer in general. Appropriately, the room at the Alice House was lit only by candles for much of the evening….

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 And following on from our successful collection at our January meeting we once again collected bras in aid of world charities & breast cancer research:

‘Donate your unwanted or unloved bras and you are helping to raise vital funds for breast cancer dedicated research to improve detection and survival. Breast Cancer Research have teamed up with BCR Global Textiles who help small businesses in Africa, and through their textile project they are preventing valuable textiles going to landfill giving them a new lease of life in developing countries across Africa where bras remain too expensive to produce. BCR are donating £1,000 to our research for every tonne of bras collected, that’s only 9,000 bras! With over 30 million women in the UK you could really help make a difference!’

Well done for contributing so enthusiastically – we now have a donation of 128 bras (which comes to over 8 kilos) to contribute to the Middlesex Federation’s collection!  ******************************************************************************

12 JANUARY 2015 – New Year’s Resolutions

Start the new year with a clear out! 

‘De-Cluttering’ specialist Patty Cruz-Fouchard from ‘Organised & Simple’ will be giving us a talk on

“5 common traps people fall into when getting organised”.

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8 DECEMBER – Christmaevent 

After the huge popularity of last year’s gin tasting, this year we had a Wine Tasting led by Peter, a sommelier from the Alice House company, who took us through a range of wines to compliment our buffet-style supper.

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We also had our 2nd annual ‘Mince Pie Bake-off’.  Well done to all who channelled your inner Mary Berry and brought a selection of 6 mince pies made to your favourite recipe for sampling. Congratulations to Louise who was voted overall winner using the trusty ‘one member – one chocolate coin’ voting system!

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And new this year – a Christmas raffle! Included in the prizes won was this lovely Liberty iPad cover donated by one of our members.

Liberty iPad cover

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10 NOVEMBER – AGM  followed by Quiz Night 

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13 OCTOBER  -  Japanese Architecture: Gardens & Tea House design

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23 SEPTEMBER  - Annual  WI group meeting: Magic Evening at The Tin Tabernacle in Kilburn 

North West London WI hosted the regional group meeting on Monday 22nd September 2014. The event was held in the unique Tin Tabernacle in Kilburn North London
http://tintabernaclekilburn.org.uk
Members of NW London committee worked hard to organise a very successful evening, transforming the venue into a magical space.  Invitations were extended to WI groups within the London area, and the dress code of ‘sparkles, top hats and magic wands’ was enthusiastically embraced by many participants.  The NWL hosts were delighted by the level of support and sisterhood which made the evening such a resounding success. Everyone brought contributions of delicious food, and drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) flowed, ensuring that the evening went with a swing. Entertainment included a performance by Jenny Meyer, the first black woman to join the Magic Circle.  We were also treated to a brief, fascinating history of the Tin Tabernacle by one of its enthusiastic volunteers.  A representative from each group gave a short account of their WI’s recent activities, which demonstrated a spectrum of interests – from traditional crafts to sex-shop outings, providing us all with new ideas for future meetings!  Response from everyone was extremely positive and the evening helped to cement friendships and cooperation between the participating groups.
 

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11 AUGUST  - URBAN BEE KEEPING   2 speakers give us the latest  buzz on  what is happening in bee world and bring some locally produced honey.

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14 APRIL – Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating

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10 FEBRUARY – Chocolate Tasting with Cocoa Hernando

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A SELECTION OF PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS…………

 

Gin Tasting – December 2013

(the blurriness of the photo has NOTHING to do with how many gins we tasted…..!)

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Queen’s Park Picnic – September 2013

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Hampstead Heath Picnic – August 2012

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