In this historic year for women’s history we are very excited about our February meeting. Former tv producer and historian Rebecca Rideal will be giving us a talk on the trailblazing women of 17th century London who paved a way for women’s voices in culture, politics and society. Rebecca’s work focuses on the cultural impact of women throughout history, her most recent book, 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire is a vivid account of a dramatic year in British history. Rebecca is a champion of women’s history and in her writing for The History Vault, The Guardian and The New Statesman she has argued for the continuing importance of women’s voices in British history and academic debate. We are looking forward to what promises to be a unique and informative talk.
Women’s Refuge Donations
This month the Ealing Women’s Refuge have asked for children’s clothes and nappies. The refuge has asked for new or as good as new children’s clothes for toddlers up to tweens for both genders. The children often arrive at the refuge with only one set of clothes and need everything from play clothes to nightwear. During a recent visit Emma and Amy met some of the children living at the refuge and they told us all about their favourite films and tv shows so any clothes with characters on would definitely be welcome! The Refuge also always needs nappies of all sizes.
Bake Off – Something Spicy
We’ve had some fantastic cakes and bakes at our recent meetings and we are so pleased our members and visitors are embracing the Bake Off spirit! This month we are looking for something spicy, whether you’re ready to be liberal with the chilli, or creative with ginger, bring along a bake with a flavoursome kick! It can be savoury or sweet, biscuit, pie or cake, and if you bring along your receipts we can reimburse for the cost of ingredients.
You voted! WI Resolutions
West Ealing WI voted on the resolution short list and chose Mental Health Matters. We look forward to hearing the final two resolutions voted for by WIs across the country that will be taken to our AGM to decide on our campaigns for next year. Mental Health and wellbeing is an issue that WEWI feel strongly about and hope to find ways to promote mental health awareness this year. This video from the organisation Mind shares some experiences of young people with mental health issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y97VF5UJcc If you have any suggestions for how we can promote and support mental health wellbeing for women and in our local community get in touch.
Craft Project – Suffragette Banner
In honour of the centenary of women’s first right to vote West Ealing WI are making a Suffragette Banner! Find out more about the project here. After a brilliant suggestion from WEWI member Janet, our banner is going to be focused around Marion Wallace Dunlop. Marion Wallace Dunlop was the first Suffragette to go on hunger strike and lived on Montpelier Road in Ealing. The Banner will be at Craft Club this evening, Tuesday 20th February, 7.30pm at the Star and Anchor Pub. We will be organising additional workshops to put the finishing touches to the banner, including a fish, slice of toast and bunch of bananas that Marion infamously threw from a window! If you’d like to help with the banner get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org