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30 December 2011

East End WI


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East End WI at Living Art, Piccadilly Community Centre, London.East End WI at Living Art, Piccadilly Community Centre, London.

If I were to write just two words – jam and Jerusalem – your first thought is likely to be Women’s Institute. But did you know that we have had our own local WI – the East End WI – for the last five years? When Niki Stevens and Sorella Le Var set up EEWI they had a vision for a WI accessible, creative and fun for all women. And that’s what we have.

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28 December 2011

Dada da dam ba da da


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People of Note, Bristol

You’ll doubtless recognise the bass riff on Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac here. When we’re singing it, the basses in People of Note go dada da dam ba da da 50-odd times, though obviously different notes are involved as well.

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Hungarian Culture & Heritage Society, trip to woods.

The Hungarian Culture and Heritage Society (HC&HS) is a small charity (founded in March, 2011) that works actively to introduce Hungarian Culture and Heritage in the UK, promote the preservation of heritage, language and culture of all Hungarian speaking people and those of Hungarian ancestry, and promote unity, cooperation and goodwill between all Hungarian speaking organizations and individuals in the UK.

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A wintery-looking Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in Camden, London.A wintery-looking Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in Camden, London.

In case your New Year’s resolution is to meet new and interesting people, we’ve got a mixture of quirky clubs and societies for you to check out this week on the blog. From revamping a British institution to learning about a proud European culture, we’ll be hearing from those ready to welcome you into their midst and show you a good time!

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16 December 2011

Brighton Pier


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Brighton Pier

Thrill rides ✓Kids rides ✓Good old English pubs ✓…and that’s just the head of the pier.

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14 December 2011

Saltburn Pier


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Saltburn_Pier_landscape

The National Piers Society was formed to assist with the preservation of the nation’s seaside piers and, by implication, the heritage of the seaside town’s where they are located. It is not an understatement to say that ‘saving’ a pier is not always successful, but with a very keen and active local Friends group, it can be achieved with excellent results, as demonstrated below. If you have never heard of Saltburn, you have now!

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12 December 2011

Southwold Pier


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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier, originally 810ft long, was built in 1900 as a landing stage for the Belle Steamships that brought holiday makers to Southwold from London. As roads improved, the steamships lost business and the pier was increasingly used for promenading and fishing.

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Reliance Arcade, Brixton Market.Reliance Arcade, Brixton Market.

Where can we go to promenade after our Xmas lunch ……

I had thought I would take to the seaside and promenade down the pier at Brighton for this blog post but something caught my eye far closer to home. It was something that had always caught my eye as I walked along the High Street in Brixton and made me smile. Wedged in between two large buildings was this little arcade – a hint of the labyrinth Arcades beyond that make up Brixton Market.

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09 December 2011

Aston Hall by Candlelight


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Aston Hall re-enactors during the Candle Light event. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.Aston Hall re-enactors during the Candle Light event. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

Aston Hall is one of the country’s finest Jacobean houses and visitors to its December event will be able to see it at its most breath-taking, lit by around 300 shimmering candles. The popular Aston Hall by Candlelight event returns with a Victorian Christmas for 2011, running from 2-11 December.

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Old Teasel's pre-Crimbo lunch with the angels

And lo, an Angel of the Lord said unto Old Teasel, “Get thee down Broadmead and the German Market.” And Old Teasel did hearken unto the angel and met his mate Mike there. For Mike had set all in motion, yea even four years ago, and knoweth the stall-holders mightily.

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