West Ealing WI have had a fun filled busy summer so here is an update on what we’ve been up to!
July Meeting ‘The Arts’
At our July meeting ‘The Arts’ we enjoyed a really interesting presentation from Carrie Reichardt a West London mosaic artist. Carrie had some of her work displayed at the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A in 2014, and the V&A has blog posts on the Tiki Love Truck and the ceramic panels that hung outside the museum. Carrie also mentioned one of her frequent collaborators is ATM, a street artist who paints pictures of endangered birds around London – here’s a great article about his work around Ealing’s South Acton estate.
Ealing has a thriving miniature community of mosaic artists, including Sarah Stanley, Rosanna Henderson (who has a lovely video about how she got started with mosaics) and our very own Wendy Freeman! All three of them, plus various other friends of WEWI, will be part of BEAT in September.
The WI has now got a members’ only website set up, at mywi.thewi.org.uk. It’s a really useful resource full of information and WI activities, local and national. The My WI website is a great way to find out what other WIs are up to and what campaigns or events we can get involved in. Also, a few snapshots from our Campaigns meeting are dotted about the website thanks to our visit from NFWI! Here’s Julia (Joint Secretary) & Amy (Comms) having a giggle!
August Meeting ‘Food Glorious Food’
We absolutely loved our August meeting as it was all about chocolate! Eichii from My Sweet Academy gave us a fantastic lesson on how to properly taste chocolate, including pinching our noses and voting on flavour combinations! We finished off the meeting with a lollipop decorating competition. The winners, including Janet pictured below with her cat creation, received some fancy chocolates to take home. Eichii was a great teacher and we all left the meeting with new knowledge and a tasty treat. We are thinking of organising a group trip to take one of Eichii’s classes soon!
Extra Curricula Activities
We’ve had some excellent successes with the pub quiz this summer with two podium places! The winnings, a couple of bottles of wine, have oiled the cogs and spurred on our success… we promise! Book Club has enjoyed some riveting reads including The Olive Grove by Deborah Rohan, La Cucina by Lily Prior, and the weighty tome 11.22.63 by Stephen King.
In August, WEWI members also enjoyed another Social at the The Dodo. We’ve been visiting The Dodo since landlady Lucy Do spoke to us in April, we love our new alternative local and the resident pub dog Bo! We recommend Socials, Book Club, Pub Quiz and Craft Club to members who want to get to know each other in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, let us know if you’re interested in coming along!
Despite the drizzle West Ealing WI had a storming success at Brentford Festival. Our combined homemade cake and tomobola stall has raised over £650 for Ealing Women’s Refuge. Dozens of members ‘womaned’ the stall, donated prizes and made us cakes. We want to say a massive thank you to visitors and members who helped, and to everyone who bought a tomobola ticket or slice of cake! Even the Mayor sampled some of our delicious bakes. It was a really fun day out, and we even did an impromptu performance of Jerusalem with the brass band. Not only was Brentford Festival a fantastic fundraiser, it was a great way to spread the word about WEWI, so we hope to see a few new members and visitors soon.
Charity of the Year – Ealing Women’s Refuge
Brentford Festival was of course in aid of our charity of 2017, Ealing Women’s Refuge. The money we raised will go towards child care costs so that the women at the refuge can have time to attend counselling, workshops and training. This important local issue has inspired the WEWI membership who have not only donated their time and cake, but also each month whatever items have been requested by the refuge staff. Ranging from beauty products, to cleaning essentials, to towels and bedding, these donations have helped the women and children at the refuge have a more comfortable experience during a very difficult time. Each meeting the tables have been heaving with contributions, and we hope that the generosity of our members and visitors will continue into the winter and Christmas period.
What’s next? September AGM
It’s that time of year again, as the kids go back to school, the leaves fall and the nights draw in, West Ealing WI has our Annual General Meeting. A delightfully democratic occasion, during which we review what we’ve done this year, vote in the Committee and President and celebrate everything we have achieved. This year, after the official business, inspired by the popularity of the pub quiz, WEWI will be getting their thinking caps and enjoying a sociable evening of quizzical games! More on that to come…. In the meantime we are on the search for a new Committee Member. If you’re a crafty creative, events organiser, admin whizz, or PR pro we’d love you to join the team! Any fully paid up member can join the Committee and we would love a new pair of helping hands. Let us know if you are interested before the September AGM.
If you are a lady of West London, and haven’t come along to one of our meetings, events or activities why not give it a go? Keep an eye on this Blog for updates and information, and check us out on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!