February Meeting ( Cooking and all things Masterchef)

Our February meeting was such a good night

Michael Sanders local chef extraordinaire and Masterchef 2014 finalist, came and cooked, a superb three course meal in under an hour to a packed room of members .

The hall smelt divine as Michael cooked, told us the secrets of Masterchef, and his culinary journey,( he was inspired by Heston Blumenthal).  There were lots of hungry women, quizzing Michael about all aspects of cooking, and wanting to taste the dishes.( pan fried duck , pan fried hake with golden beetroot , and banana spring roll with ice cream and chocolate sauce. )

Michael runs his own business  Invite to Supper.  www.invitetosupper.com – where you can find out more, or follow him on Twitter @invitetosupper

It’s all in the prepping!!!

January Meeting 2016

Happy belated New Year.

This month saw the return of our annual quiz night, with our favourite quiz mistress Sharon. Around 60 women came to the meeting, ( signed up for another year), joined in the quiz, the winning team for the second year running were The Trouble Makers , who each received a voucher from Living Well, ( run by one of our WI members at Woodgrange Market).

We had a great presentation of the eight shortlisted resolutions, (to find out more about the resolutions click on the Women’s Instititute web page).

We as a WI have chosen ‘providing free sanitary protection for homeless women’ .

Programme for 2016/17.

Final touches are being made as we speak, and the programme will be published shortly.

December Meeting- All things Bollywood

Well, what an evening!

We were entertained, ( with a few moves included) by Vane from Kyhal Arts

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( http://www.khyalarts.org.uk ) , then it was party time, with additional live tweeting by Elaine for @WomenoftheWI .  We are tweeting all week about all things WI as part of the centenary celebrations.

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There were Christmas raffles, tote bags giveaway,( for members and guests) , plus lots of lovely toiletries donated by our members for RAMP (Renewal Refugee Migrant Project) who are a locally based organisation, plus we sold out of our limited edition booklets  ‘100 Hints and Tips- Celebrating 100 years of the WI’ ( A special thanks to Helen Perry and Kath Williams for collating the tips).

Toiletries donated by members

Toiletries donated by members



November Meeting- Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends

Caroline with guests from the Danish branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

We welcomed Caroline Wairira Dementia Friend and champion from Newham and Redbridge Alzheimer’s Society. She led a lively, interactive session , talking about living with dementia, and how to become a dementia friend . Fun but also thought provoking

We also were given a brief talk about a recent trip to Calais from Andy and Dinna,( who have both been out to Calais, providing neccessary items for the refugees who are out there.

They both gave a brief description of their time out in Calais ,  about refugees from different countries, and why they’ve fled leaving most of their belongings behind.

Through our raffle, we raised  about £120.00 for the Calais refugees. Andy left a list of organisations that are bringing aid to the refugees, and how we can contribute. More details to follow.

October Meeting.

October’s meeting was all about running your own business. Sarah and Vicky, ( two of our members) gave us an insight  on how they set up their  own businesses.

Sarah Ruiz ( who runs Eat 16 cafe ), spoke about how she set up her cafe in Canning Town,  the joys and frustrations of being her own boss; from dealing with broken down freezers to welcoming all members of the community. Sarah demonstrated that that despite all the difficulties associated with running a business, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vicky Grainger( FaceBook- Pretty Demoiselle) is a former design and technology teacher. She runs  her on-line business through Facebook and Etsy. She explained that she doesn’t like seeing things go to waste, so by utilising her years of experience, and doing something she loves, Vicky has turned this into a fledgling business.

Two different takes on setting up your own business.





Centenary Party

What a time we had!!

So many dressed up, the cakes were AMAZING, the hall looked great with bunting and pom-poms we had all helped make, we sang Jerusalem and read poems (3 to follow).

There were loads of photos taken (thanks to Elaine Odlin), I hope I have included everyone who was there, If I’ve missed yours I’m sorry but am pretty sure you’ll be in the Facebook collection.

Thanks to all who contributed to making such a great evening, special mention must go to Sally King for the stunning cake.



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Poems by members

One Hundred Years


One hundred years ago

the WI had a go

started off with six or

seven, and now reached

a milestone.

Work hard throughout the years

making cakes, bunting,

and shedding tears

making new friends who have guessed

the WI would be

a success!

– Rose



Rally round our leader, girls,

Hear her battle cry.

Votes for women; equality

Our cause will never die.

Rally round our leader, girls,

Our lives are about to change.

We will plough the fields

Whilst our men practise

On the firing range.

Rally round our leader, girls,

The war – it has been won

But we will not rest, girls,

Our work will carry on.

Rally round our leader, girls,

From suffragette to WI,

One hundred years have gone

And we will carry on, girls –

We are the WI, and we are STRONG

– Kathy

WI Poem

Ladies of leisure,

Hard-working Mum,

Sylph-like figure,

Or maybe a tum?

An avid go-getter,

Or: ‘I could do better’.

Baking, sewing, crafting


But perhaps all of these

–You do none.

We all get together

To enjoy the day;

Have a laugh and a

Natter — a whole lot

Of fun.

The WI is for everyone.

– Helen Perry


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