February Meeting 2018 – Women’s History

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 westealingwi@gmail.com


January Meeting 2018 – Fitness with Chiswick Scottish Country Dancers

Happy New Year from West Ealing WI! We’re so excited to start the year, find out what WEWI are getting up to in 2018!

At our January meeting, Tuesday 23rd January 7.30 pm at Northfields Community Centre, to get us in the mood for Burns’ Night the Chiswick Scottish Dance Club will be doing a short performance and guiding us through a few steps. Don’t worry if you aren’t too flight of foot as it promises to be a fun filled evening with a mix of demonstrations and a chance to join in. Why not come along and have a go at a jig, reel or hornpipe!


We would very much like to welcome back our members and hope that a few more of you will join us this year. The membership fee for 2018 is £41 which is less than £4 per meeting! Please note our visitor fee has increased to £5 for 2018.

However, membership gets you access to so much more than just the meetings, you can join us at the Pub Quiz, Craft Club, Book Club and get first dibs on our excellent Culture Club. You get to have your say on how WEWI is run and what the WI campaigns for each year. You get a lovely WI Life magazine each month which is full of interesting information, recipes and so much more! Furthermore, you get to be part of an organisation which has over 100 years of history of amazing women, life changing campaigns, fantastic friendships and great new experiences!

So how do you join? Well if you are new member fill out a WI Membership form 2018, and email it back or bring it to the next meeting. If you’re an existing member we will just ask you to confirm your details are still correct when you renew.

You can join (or renew) your membership by paying £41 one of the following ways:

  • Cheque (payable to West Ealing WI)
  • Bank transfer (contact us for details)
  • PayPal (there will be a transaction fee of £1.85)

Refuge Donations


Ealing Women’s Refuge had a fantastic Christmas thanks to all of your wonderful donations. The Refuge has just opened a new relaxation hut for the women to spend some quiet time in to focus on their wellbeing. They would like donations for the relaxation hut but have asked that the items are new rather than used or second hand, so that it feels extra special for the ladies when they exercise or have some chill out time. They would specifically like new yoga mats, throws, cushions, yoga or gentle exercise dvds, fairy lights, battery operated candles, relaxing music or meditation music. We understand that at this time of year not everyone can contribute new items, but don’t worry we will have plenty of other collections and fundraising activities throughout 2018.

Bake off – Scottish Treats

In honour of Burns’ Night and our Scottish Country Dancers we would like people to bring Scottish themed bakes! Whether you make shortbread, ginger cake, tablet, oat cakes or something with a wee dram of whisky it would be fantastic to show our dancers that the Sassenachs can whip up some Highland fare.

Resolutions – time to vote!



The Resolutions short list for 2018 has been released and it’s time for WEWI to have their say. Here is the short list

  1. Positive body image in a digital age
  2. Stop female genital mutilation
  3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK
  4. Mental health matters
  5. Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body
    You can find out more about all the shortlisted resolutions at https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/news-and-events/current-news-and-events/resolutions-2017

Please note that only members can vote for resolutions. Cast your vote easily in a couple of minutes by heading to our online survey Vote Here!

Owl and Pussy Cat Social – 30th January

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WEWI ladies enjoying a bevvie

As there is a 5th Tuesday in the month we are starting the year as we mean to go on by heading to the pub for a members social! This time we are venturing to pastures new and will be visiting alternative local Micro Pub The Owl and the Pussycat on Northfields Avenue. Fear not if you’re not a massive beer fan, they also serve wine and prosecco! If you’d like to join us for a beverage let us know by emailing westealingwi@gmail.com so we can book a big enough table.

Craft Project – Suffragette Banner


Modern Suffragettes with our current WEWI banner!

In honour of the centenary of women’s first right to vote West Ealing WI will be 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. We’re going to be holding a couple of workshops to help make the banner, dates tbc. Craft club will be busily designing and creating the banner this month so if you are interested pop along to the next Craft Club on 16th January at the Star and Anchor or if you want to lend a hand putting it all together let us know at the next meeting!

November Meeting 2017 – Christmas Crafts


It’s that time of year again, West Ealing WI are dusting off the baubles, digging out the tinsel, and generally feeling thoroughly festive. The November Christmas Crafting meeting, Tuesday 28th November, is always a firm favourite amongst members and visitors alike. This year we are excited to announce that we will be making Mexican Mandalas. Mandalas have traditionally been created for celebration, or to bless and protect the home. So we think they will be just perfect for a unique fun festive decoration! As all materials will be provided, we ask that visitors pay £5 for this meeting, also could everyone please bring a pair of scissors.


Why not join us for a lovely creative Christmassy evening, sample a seasonal beverage and a mince pie (or two)?

Christmas Bake Off

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry and eat cake! Obviously our Bake Off theme this month is Festive. So bring along your favourite Christmas cake recipe, your best mince pies, or a yummy yule log? We don’t expect standards worthy of a Paul hand shake, it’s just lovely to try your creations with a cuppa (or a mug of mulled wine). Please remember your receipts and give them to Amy so that you can be reimbursed for ingredients.

Christmas Refuge Collection

WEWI has been supporting Ealing Women’s Refuge throughout 2017 and at our November meeting we would like donations for Christmas. As the speaker from the Refuge explained at our June meeting, Christmas is a very busy time for the Refuge and many women and their children have to leave their homes with nothing. Please bring along presents and festive items appropriate for the ladies at the refuge over the Christmas season, as well as children and teenagers.

October Meeting 2017 – Fashion

The leaves are falling and the autumnal chill in the air is making us reach for cosy knits, so why not come and learn about the everyday fashions of yesteryear at West Ealing WI’s October meeting?

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Historian Bethan Bide will be talking to us about 1940s & 50s suburban London fashion, and in particular the everyday dress that women wore during World War Two. Bethan is Lecturer in Fashion Visual Cultures at Middlesex University, she has worked closely with the fashion collections at the Museum of London and also contributed to the Imperial War Museum’s 2015–2017 “Fashion on the Ration” exhibition. Bethan’s talk on wartime fashions will be followed by a Dress Detective workshop, WEWI will have the chance to examine some vintage clothes, accessories and fashion items to work out who would’ve worn what and why!

It’s going to be a thoroughly fashionable evening so we would like to encourage members and visitors to dress the part. Whether it’s full fancy dress or just your favourite retro accessory we encourage everyone to join in and turn up in their best vintage outfits. If anyone is stuck for costume, Julia is offering WEWI Members the use of her vintage collection for free which is Size 6-16 in decades of 1940-80! Email West Ealing WI to find out what might suit you from Julia’s collection.

Bake Off – Traditional


This week Bake Off revisited ‘forgotten bakes’ and as WEWI are similarly exploring past fashions at our October meeting the theme will be ‘Traditional’. It’s time to dig out grandma’s recipes, dust off Mrs Beeton, and remember that local traditional favourite. Bring along a seed cake, prep a parkin, or make a madeira! Please keep your receipts and WEWI can reimburse ingredients.

A spooky social at The Dodo – Tuesday 31st October, 7.30pm

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WEWI are heading to one of our favourite social haunts on Halloween! Our Dodo socials have proved very popular, they are a great chance to get to know each other and relax with a beverage. The Dodo serves beer, prosecco, wine and soft drinks as well as bar snacks. Halloween fancy dress, tricks and treats welcome! Let us know if you are planning to come along so that we can book a space.

What have WEWI been up to? Summer 2017

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!

Brentford Festival

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!

July’s Meeting – The Arts with Carrie Reichardt

We are super excited to announce that our speaker for July is going to be Carrie Reichardt! Carrie is a local contemporary artist working in mosaic, ceramics and graphic design and she’ll be talking to us about her work and her inspiration. She describes herself as a renegade potter and is part of the craftivist movement, using her art for activism and protest.

Carrie’s someone we learnt about after walking past her absolutely amazing house down by Acton Green Common – you may recognise it from the photos!


West Ealing WI Bake Off

Our theme for this month is traybakes. Whether it’s a classic flapjack, the fabulous sounding custard cream blondies or the crunchy blueberry almond bar  the traybake should be big on flavour and short on faff. Our bake off is non-competitve and purely about sharing the joy of cake. If you bring the receipts for your ingredients along, our lovely treasurer Emma can reimburse you.

Women’s Refuge Donations


West Ealing WI has chosen the Ealing women’s refuge as our charity of 2017. Each month we will be collecting items for donation at the main meeting. Women and children at the refuge have often left home with nothing, and desperately need practical items and little luxuries. This month we are asking for cleaning products. Although we’ve got some electricals in the photo above please don’t donate anything unless it’s absolutely brand new – anything secondhand needs to be PAT tested to ensure it is safe to use and we don’t have the capacity to set this up, we were just very lucky that someone had these lying around to share. What we are looking for is washing up liquid, kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners, furinture polish, dusters, sponges and scourers, that sort of thing! Anything you can give us will be greatly appreciated.

Brentford Festival on Sunday 3rd September

As many of you will be aware WEWI was very disappointed that we were unable to attend Hanwell Carnival. Fortunately we’ve found another fund raising and cake flogging opportunity and are going to be in Blondin Park for the Brentford Festival on Sunday 3rd September.


To make this event a success we’re looking for donations of cakes, volunteers to help run the stall, and maybe some people to ferry the cakes to the site. Our important cake rules for the day are:
* Pre-sliced if possible – we sell everything for £1 a slice and like to err on the generous side so people feel they’re getting good value
* No fresh cream or anything that needs to be refrigerated
* If you save your receipts we can reimburse you for you ingredients

We’ll have a sign up sheet for cakes and voluteers at the July and August meetings, or you can register your interest by emailing westealingwi@gmail.com.

We’re also going to be running a tombola and would greatly appreciate any prizes you can donate! You can bring these to the meeting tomorrow or on Tuesday 22nd August. Any money we raise from the day is going to go towards helping the women’s refuge – it looks like there are a few decorating and gardening projects we can get involved with which will help create a more pleasant and welcoming space.

Middlesex Newsletter and Facebook Page

The WI is more than just West Ealing. All of the WIs in our area are a part of Middlesex Federation, which runs events, trips, and charitable and educational activites for the group. You can keep up to date with what’s available via their Facebook page, and see what other WIs are up to in the monthly Middlesex News – June’s edition available here! West Ealing WI have been a bit slack in keeping Middlrsex informed of what we’re doing, so if anyone was interested in writing some updates for us we’d greatly appreciate it! Either drop an email to the usual address or grab one of the committee members (anyone with a purple lanyard) at the main meeting.

Memebrs have also expressed an interest in learning some new craft skills and Middlesex Federation runs a number of dabble days where you can try new crafts for a small fee. These are usually based at the county office on the Green in West Drayton and a list of all upcoming events is in Middlesex News. If you do join the Facbook group, Lorraine who runs the events and is Middlesex’s Craft Guru usually sends everyone an event invitation for upcoming courses to keep you up to date with what’s available.

2017 Annual Meeting & Resolutions

On Wednesday 7th June WI members from across the country descended on Liverpool for our Annual Meeting. This year former president Lorna attended on behalf of West Ealing WI and a few other groups from Middlesex Federation, and this is her report.

2017 Annual Meeting

WIAM2017-0Filling up the Liverpool Echo Arena.

The meeting opened with the usual rousing Jerusalem and a welcome from the Mayor of Liverpool. Janice Langley emphasised her commitment to reducing the gap between NFWI and the membership in her final Chair’s Address and it was good to be reminded of the work undertaken of the last few years by the board to meet the members. She was excited to announce the new online membership space, My WI, and was positive and cautiously optimistic about Denman. The Treasurer described the finances as “a good foundation garment: holding everything together and pointing in the right

The first resolution to be discussed was loneliness. The proposer called for us to work to embed strategies with local service providers and raise awareness of the impact. Marcus Rand from the Campaig to End Loneliness said that loneliness has such an observable impact on health and wellbeing, increasing likelihood of mortality by 26%, that
if it were visible we’d have taken action by now. The rebuttal suggested that loneliness is part of the human condition and cannot be treated directly, instead the causes need investigation. The response from the floor was mixed. There were moving stories from
women who had faced the common situations that can cause loneliness who were significantly helped by joining the WI. There were also strong arguments against this resolution particularly around the wording and the identification of lonely people and this was reflected in what turned out to be a close vote.

We had an inspiring talk from the founder of Green & Black’s chocolate who thanked us for being part of her success: the WI, Oxfam and Christian Aid were the first organisations to back the Fairtrade initiative. One of the villages supplying G&B cocoa now has 80% of its children achieving secondary education, up from zero before Fairtrade so how we shop really can make a difference.

WIAM2017-3NFWI Public Affairs stand

After lunch and the announcement of the 2017-2019 NFWI board we returned to the resolutions: microplastic fibres in our oceans. Dr Natalie Weldon became everyone’s new hero with her fantastic talk about her research in the Clyde on the impacts of marine micro plastic pollution. Domestic washing fibres are the largest source of pollution, making up to 30% of the stomach volume of surveyed langoustine. Natalie said that this problem can be tackled at home through extra washing machine filters and wearing natural fibres, and through political lobbying for better filtration at water treatment facilities, and commercial lobbying for plastics with quicker degradation. There wasn’t a rebuttal and the comments from the floor were wholeheartedly in favour of the resolution. There was an excitement in
the room about being a leader of the campaign, but also caution that we don’t cause more problems in fixing the problem. Bamboo was cited as a natural fibre that actually uses a high amount of energy and water to produce and is therefore not a sustainable alternative.

Susie Dent of Countdown Dictionary Corner provided 
entertainment with talk of malaphors, incorrect metaphors such as “we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it”, and eggcorns, misheard words and phrases that replace their originals. “Trending towards” is currently replacing the original “tending towards”. If you’re worried about the degradation of the English language, Susie instead thinks it is incredibly exciting and gave examples that this has been happening for centuries.

Having a boogie!

The Retros played out the meeting, having entertained the WI at Denman College, they had the WI ladies dancing in the aisles and I left the meeting with a huge smile on my face!

Thanks for attending on our behalf, Lorna! The NFWI have put up some videos from the day covering many of the discussion – the morning session is below, and you can find the afternoon session here.


As Lorna said above, both of this year’s resolutions passed!  They are:

Alleviating loneliness
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance.
North Cave WI, East Yorkshire Federation
The resolution was passed with 69.3% of the vote.

Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.
Ashley Green WI, Buckinghamshire Federation
The resolution was passed with 98.9% of the vote.

We’d love any thoughts you have on what we as a WI can do around these resolutions to bring about positive change in our community!

June Meeting 2017 – Campaigns

We’ve had a scorching start to the Summer and West Ealing WI is ready to get hot and bothered about Campaigns! Following on from our newly announced resolutions, Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean, WEWI will be learning all about campaigning. There will be a range of speakers, including the Ealing Women’s Refuge and Southall Black Sisters, as well as a seasoned campaigner from a national organisation who will be talking about effective ways to share a message and make a difference. We are really looking forward to this inspirational and informative session, and we hope it will give us lots of ideas about how West Ealing WI can get campaigning.


WEWI getting our march on!

 Women’s Refuge donations

West Ealing WI has chosen the Ealing Women’s refuge as our charity of 2017. Each month we will be collecting items for donation at the main meeting. Women and children at the refuge have often left home with nothing, and desperately need practical items and little luxuries. This month we are collecting single bedding, including sheets, duvet covers, mattress protectors, and pillow cases. Please donate new or in new condition items and remember that both the women and children need bedding.


West Ealing WI Bake Off

The theme for our June Bake Off is ‘Chocolate’. Share your chocolate bakes with us, whether you bring a brownie, make a chocolatey cake or a melt in the mouth biscuit we would love to try your choctastic creations!

As agreed at the May meeting, the Bake Off is no longer competitive but we will have a monthly theme to inspire bakers. All the great bakes will feature on a new picture gallery on the WEWI website. Please keep your receipts and the cost of ingredients will be reimbursed.


West Ealing Camping Trip

Tea and Tents is on a break this year so we’re planning a WEWI camping trip to Haye on Wye from 7th to 9th July. Tickets are £20. The more the merrier, don’t worry if you don’t have a tent, we can find you a space, but if you have your own camping gear great! Please let us know asap if you would like to join in! As long as you can find a spot in a car or drive your own we can accept last minute happy campers!
Brentford Festival: Save the Date!

As many of you will be aware WEWI was very disappointed that we were unable to attend Hanwell Carnival due to a miscommunication about new rules and regulations for stall holders. However, we are now working towards an alternative! Brentford Festival is taking place on 3rd September and it looks to be a great event to finish off the summer and raise some funds for Ealing Women’s Refuge. We will need bakers, volunteers to staff the stall and willing drivers to help us transport cakes, equipment and our gazebo. Even if you can just donate one Victoria sponge or an hour of your time we would be most grateful if you could let us know in advance so we can plan our cake stall. .


May Meeting 2017 – Summer Crafting

The theme of our May meeting is Summer Crafting. The sun is shining, gardens are bursting into life and West Ealing WI will be having a go at flowering arranging! Following on from the recent resolution proposal for Alleviating Loneliness we will be making Lonely Bouquets. The idea of the Lonely Bouquet is to spread a little joy by making a small bouquet, or even just a single bloom, and leaving it somewhere for a random stranger to find. Lonely bouquets help start conversations about loneliness and raise awareness of the issue in our community. Last year 60,000 bouquets were made and distributed. Each lonely bouquet will have a tag explaining who made it and encouraging people to ‘adopt it’.

lonely bouquet

A local florist The Cracked Pot has already agreed to donate to flowers. It would be fantastic to have donations from your own gardens, window boxes and allotments too! We will need flowers, greenery, scissors and secateurs. Please note that the visitor’s fee will be £5 for this month. We are really looking forward to this creative campaigning meeting!

West Ealing WI – what do you want from your WI?

The Committee would like to dedicate the first half of our May meeting to discuss what kind of events and activities West Ealing WI members would like to participate in and plan. We really want to know your ideas on craft club, bake off, theatre trips, socials and campaigning. What events would you attend? What are activities are you interested in and what would you like to plan? Please bring some ideas and suggestions for discussion.


Women’s Refuge donations

West Ealing WI has chosen the Ealing Women’s refuge as our charity of 2017. Each month we will be collecting items for donation at the main meeting. Women and children at the refuge have often left home with nothing, and desperately need practical items and little luxuries. This month we are collecting bras (new or used in good condition), knickers (new) and sanitary products (tampons and sanitary towels). Please donate bras and knickers in your own size, we are a representative group of women of all shapes and therefore reflect what will be needed at the Refuge.


West Ealing WI Bake Off

The theme for our May Bake Off is ‘Fruity’. Have you perfected your lemon drizzle cake? Can you bake a batch of fruity scones? Or does your family have a fantastic fruit cake recipe? Whether it’s an old classic, a comfort bake or a new recipe we would love to see more members bring homemade bakes to our meetings!

The winner will be judged by the Committee (each month a different committee member will act as judge). Our best baker will receive a special WEWI certificate and their bake will feature on a new picture gallery on the WEWI website. Please keep your receipts and the cost of ingredients will be reimbursed.

Exercise your democratic rights

At our May meeting we will be voting on this year’s WI resolutions. The two resolutions are Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean. West Ealing WI has to vote to support one or both resolutions. The vote will be taken at the beginning of the meeting (only paid members at the meeting are eligible to vote). Read more about the resolution process here

April Meeting 2017 – British Traditions

The theme of this month’s meeting is British Traditions and we are celebrating that great British Tradition… the pub! We will be joined by Lucy Do owner of The Dodo a new local micropub. Lucy will be telling us about her journey from beer enthusiast to lady publican, as well as sharing her experiences of the micropub and craft ale movements. Lucy is also bringing along three real ales for a tasting session, so that we can learn how to judge a good pint! Even if beer isn’t your thing this promises to be a fun and informative meeting. We are really looking forward to welcoming Lucy and her enthusiasm for West London community pubs!

Women’s Refuge donations

West Ealing WI has chosen the Ealing Women’s refuge as our charity of 2017. Each month we will be collecting items for donation at the main meeting. Women and children at the refuge have often left home with nothing, and desperately need practical items and little luxuries. This month we are putting together ‘pamper hampers’! Please bring make up (e.g lipsticks, eye shadow, mascara, eye liner), face masks, nail varnish, hand cream & moisturiser, perfume, and other toiletries. This is a great opportunity to use any vouchers, magazine offers or spare Boots points.

West Ealing WI Bake Off

The theme for our April Bake Off is ‘Easter’. Do you still have mini eggs rolling around in the cupboards? Have you seen an eggcellent recipe you just have to try! Bring along your Easter bakes to our April meeting.

The winner will be judged by the Committee (each month a different committee member will act as judge). Our best baker will receive a special WEWI certificate and their bake will feature on a new picture gallery on the WEWI website. Please keep your receipts and the cost of ingredients will be reimbursed.

Bluebell Walk

Sunday 30th April 12pm West Ealing WI will be heading to Perivale Wood to enjoy a bluebell walk. Admission is free and there will be a nature trail, plant sale, tea and cakes.

Exercise your democratic rights

At our April meeting we will be voting on this year’s WI resolutions. The two resolutions are Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean. West Ealing WI has to vote to support one or both resolutions. The vote will be taken at the beginning of the meeting (only paid members at the meeting are eligible to vote). Read more about the resolution process here