Well what a busy couple of months for FGWI.
We had the second supper club visit , baking for Forest Gayte Pride, cycling, Processions 2018 , , camping( twice !,) quiz night, the Mors Bag marathon,
Baking ( again ) for the Winchelsea Summer Fair, a visit to Ham House ,
London WIs brunch at Andi’s ( as in Andi Oliver, one of the judges on the Great British Menu ) PLUS our annual picnic in Forest Gate Community Garden , featuring Forest Voices who celebrated their 10th anniversary,
A few of us attended this massive human art installations in June. On a hot, sunny day, we joined thousands of women and young girls to make history., and celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote. We were joined by East Edge Sisters, N1WI and Stow Roses WI. Wearing green,white or purple scarves, we formed a massive Suffragette flag which could be seen in all it’s glory from above. It was an amazing day. We felt very privileged to be part of it.
- Cycle ride to Victoria Park,
- Walk around Greenwich ,
- London WI brunch at Andi’s-
- Supper Club
- Forest Gayte Pride
The cycle ride to Victoria Park ( via the Olympic Park, ) proved to quite popular.
This was to celebrate one year since the launch of the cylcle club (/which is going from strength to strength with thanks to Kerena from Newham Cyclists . Kerena has encouraged a lot of our members to get back in their bikes, by organising relatively easy rides to some interesting places .
Kathy our Blue badge guide took some members on a walk around Greenwich, taking in the iconic landmarks ( The Cutty Sark, The Royal Observatory, and the Naval college.
UWI London Federation
On the same day , some of us ( along with members of the UWI London Fed Facebook group, ) went to Andi’s – a fantastic restaurant in Stoke Newington , owned by Andi Oliver one of the judges on The Great British Menu. It’s a great way to meet other WI members from across London, and find out about other WI events in the capital.
FGWI Supper Club went to Mexicasa, a New Mexican restaurant in Stratford
Around 15 of us went and had a great time, good food, great company ( a few of our new members enjoyed the evening.
Amongst all the galavanting, we still managed to bake for Forest Gate Pride,
Saw us camping, ( twice) heading to Ham House , taking part in the Mors Bag Marathon, running a stall at the Winchelsea Summer Fete., and enjoying Pimms and cake at our annual picnic .
FGWI camp at Debden – lots of members come for the first time. We enjoyed football, ! Crafting ( some of us made power bracelets ) a great bbq , walks in the forest and forging some
Tea & Tents at Walesby Lincolnshire.
Adzovi went to Tea & Tents on her own, but come back making so many friends from around the country. She was adopted by fellow London WI group N1WI and Stow Roses WI. This camp has been going for the last four years, and has grown in size. Run by members of WIs around the country, it is a fantastic way to meet other WI members, learn new skills, habe fun and be with likeminded women.
It inspired us to hold the annual FGWI camp at Debden, and has inspired other groups of WI members to start up other camps around the country.
Ham House , the Annual picnic and the Mors Bag Marathons
Forest Gate WI organised a lovely trip to Ham House in Richmond.
Fifteen of us ( plus a couple of SO) spent the day at this lovely stately home.
Situated by the Thames, we enjoyed walking around, with an unofficial tour led by Kathy . There was ample time to look around the house and grounds. Go for lunch, and purchase at the gift shop.
Everyone who went had a great time.
The annual picnic
This was well attended ( despite the national team playing that night). We were entertained by Forest Voices at Forest Gate Community Garden.
We enjoyed a lovely picnic, and again quite a few visitors came , who are hoping to join Forest Gate WI. Pat one of our bakers made a beautiful cake in the Suffragette colours. Some crafts were on display, made by the members – it was a very chilled and laid back evening, with a few members joining in the celebrations of the national team at the pub.
Mors Bag Marathon……HAS BEGUN
Back in October 2017, some of us went to the Great British Sewing Bee exhibition, and joined in a workshop to make Mors Bags- Mors bags are made of upcycled material, and are given out ( sometimes at random) to the public, to discourage them from using plastic bags. The newly formed campaign group decided to tie in with last years NFWI resolutions, ‘Plasic Soup’ and have embarked on a mission to sew 100 Mors Bagsto give to the Forest Gate community. Also to try and persuade local shopkeepers not to use plastic bags.
One sunny afternoon at Forest Gate Community School, some members came together, got out their sewing machines and made around fifteen bags. This is ongoing, and anyone can join in.