The WI Tent at the Diamond Jubliee Festival

The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park on Sunday 3rd June 2012

The WI Tent needs you!

WI members from across London are needed to help make the WI Tent at The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park on Sunday 3
rd June 2012 one of the top attractions for the day.  The tent is in prime position, almost directly behind the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park and there will be deck chairs, a croquet lawn outside and a rose lined red carpeted area with a throne (where you can be knighted throughout the day), plus a crystal cake tier stand is close by with an area for picnic blankets.

There will be craft and NFWI information, archive photography and WI merchandise on display, and space for individual WIs to display items that represent you, and sell some items to raise funds for your WI.  If you would like to use this space, please get in touch with Birdy ASAP (contacts below) to confirm details. We’re hoping that the tent will be a true reflection of all aspects of the immense history of the body of women that is the WI and the unique part that London WI members are playing in its Majesty (no pun intended…!)

WI activities throughout the day
Inside the Tent we will be hosting the Amazing Angel Adoree from The Vintage Patisserie and author of The Vintage Tea Party book, who will be providing some of her exquisite decor splendour as a back drop, as well as running a jubilee rosette making workshop.  Her team of beauties will also be on hand doing vintage hair and make up – roll up roll up for your Victory Curls….

The lovely Lydia Leith will be livening things up with her Temporary Tattoo Parlour – corgi tattoo anyone? And will also have emergency Diamond Jubilee sick bags if everything gets a bit too much…more details can be found here:
The Tent itself will be decorated with a full host of WI memorabilia but craft offerings from WI members across the UK will also be on display throughout the Festival including the knitted crafts and the flag contributions (see previous notifications).Call for cakes
As part of the celebrations we are asking you to help create the most imaginative and tasty jubilee themed cakes possible and contribute these to the day.  A giant diamond encrusted cake stand is being specifically designed and built as a centre piece to the event – it will take pride of place within the Tent – to display and showcase the cakes of the WI.

WI members will then be running the cake stand throughout the afternoon and selling the cakes to the hungry general public, offering whole cakes for picnic groups, and individual slices.

The money raised will go to those who bring receipts on the day and wish to be reimbursed, and any excess profit will be divided equally between those WIs that volunteer on the day.
Cake details
The cakes should be no bigger than 8 inches diameter and must not contain any fresh cream as a filling.  Please provide a full list of ingredients along with your name and contact details with your cake.  For further information on making cakes for public consumption, please visit

Please let Birdy know in advance if you are planning to make a cake so we can gauge if we will have enough on the day to keep the hungry public happy.

The Great Cake Gathering
Birdy will be on site at Battersea Park from 11am till 6pm on Saturday 2 June and there will be vehicle access to drop your cakes off.  Unfortunately there is NO vehicle access and some closing of roads on Sunday 3 June – the day of the event – so it may be easier for you to drop off your cakes the day before.  If you are volunteering on the day please bring any cakes with you then – after you have informed Birdy.

There may be a third option for getting your yummy offerings onto the site by contacting Birdy directly to arrange pick ups from around London on Friday 1 June as we may have access to a car/van to do some pick ups.

For all options please contact me on or 0777 4243 206

Volunteering on the day
If you would like to come down and volunteer on the Sunday to represent your WI, please let Birdy know if you wish to attend.  The idea for the day is to have enough WI members volunteering so that we can split up the jobs of the day, including:

  • Discussing WI membership and what you get out of being a WI member with the general public
  • Running the craft activities within our tent (mosaic making –
  • Serving the cakes from the cake tier.

Four members will also be needed to make medals with the public on the day.  If you have experience of using knitting machines before, please get in touch with Birdy and let her know.
Tasks can be swapped throughout the day and there will be plenty of free time to explore the rest of the Festival – the line up for the day looks amazing.  We would like to involve as many WI members as possible so we all get to enjoy the day and watch the magnificent spectacle of the 1000 boat Royal flotilla.

The event will only run as planned with everyone’s help, so please get in contact with Birdy if you wish to attend so she can sort passes for the day for you.  All Volunteers will be given a lovely WI Sash (provided by NFWI) to wear on the day to identify us to each other and the public.

The event is running from 12pm until 7pm with the park being open from 10am till 9pm. The plan is to organise a rota with three-hour shifts – this will be organised once everyone has been in touch.

We will also need some help before and after the event with set up (Saturday 2 June) and pack down – please let Birdy know separately if you can help with these out of hour times.

Many thanks in advance – please see general details and travel information for the event below.

Birdy, London WI Diamond Jubilee Event 0777 4243 206


Tickets are £5 for Adults (booking fee included).
Tickets for Children aged 12 and under are free; children must be accompanied by an Adult.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and can be purchased here:


The festival programme commences from 12.00 and concludes at 19.00. Please note that the gates to the park will open from 10.00 and will close at 21.00.


Nearest Stations: Clapham Junction, Fulham Broadway and Victoria


General Parking is not available at Battersea Park. Travel on Public Transport is strongly recommended.
There will not be designated parking for coaches or other methods of private transport.


There will be multiple road and bridge closures in place on 3rd June for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Road closures will commence at 7am, with some bridges from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge being closed to road traffic from that time until early evening. Details of the precise locations and timings of these traffic disruptions, as well as all other important information will be available from 16th May and communicated via


In Battersea Park there is a designated viewing area for the Pageant for those requiring disabled access. Please note this area will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact

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