East End WI

30 December 2011


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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.  We’ve danced at Chisenhale Dance Space, worked with local artists, made fab stuff out of coffee sacks, supported local charity U-Turn, crafted with children and local women, marched for a greener world, run for the Women’s Trust, and much, much more.  We can tell you where the best cafes are in Tower Hamlets from our monthly coffee morning outings.  And we can show you how to belly dance, do tai chi, make jam, sing, liberate your wardrobe, take better photos, release your inner goddess, and swish.

Making jam for the Ministry of Food.

 What people don’t realise is that local WIs are mini-social enterprises.  To stay solvent we have to raise income to cover our expenses, so selling tea and home-made cakes at community events is our bread and butter.  We also support local businesses and try to showcase our own members’ talent.  On December 13th we’re opening the seasonal fun with a WI Christmas Market for local women designers and makers.  You can find out more on our website about that, and our monthly meetings (third Tuesday of the month) at St Margaret’s House, Old Ford Road E2.  Put it in your diary.  Come and say hello.

 

Post by Colleen Bowen, President of East End WI.

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