May 2013 Meeting AGM and Jewellery Workshop

May is when we hold our AGM.  It is our time to talk about what has happened in the last year and what we will do in the coming year. We will be voting on the next WI resolutions and electing new committee members. Only members can vote on new resolutions, so if you’re a member please come along to the meeting and have your say on the future of the group.
We will also be talking about the Save The High Street resolution, more information on the WI website here

Please read the briefing before voting on it.

After the official matters, we have a jewellery workshop run by Lily of Frilly by Lily!

Lily has grown her business from a small Portobello Road market stall and will be coming to talk to us and show us how to up-cycle jewellery. Bring along any odd earrings, broken jewellery and other bits you may have inherited and make something new from something old or broken. If you don’t have jewellery to bring Lilly will be providing materials for you to use.
Read more about Lily here:

*Please note that the door tax for this meeting as a visitor will be £5 instead of the usual £4 to cover the cost of materials*

£5 for non-members free for members (membership opens again in October)

Both members and Visitors need to RSVP by Friday 24th May to with AGM Meeting as the subject line.This is so we can ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
There is tea, coffee and other drink for sale at BGWMC. Feel free to impress with your baking skills by bringing cake if you wish!

Come along alone, or with a friend- be prepared to leave with a few more!

See you there!

More Midwives Campaign 2013

Last year the  WI across the country voted to campaign about midwives, as suggested by Horwich WI, Lancashire Federation:

“There are chronic shortages of midwives. The NFWI calls on the government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care.”

Almost one-third of midwifery heads were been asked to cut staff in 2011.

Recruitment freezes leave vacancies unfilled.

Existing midwives are stretched and can’t deliver the care they were trained to give, due to the shortages.

80% of women in labour in England didn’t receive one-to-one midwife care in 2010.

More to follow, on May 3rd when a WI commissioned report is published on this topic. If any of our members are free on May 3rd, we would like you to lobby your local MP and give him or her a copy of the report.

A Force to Be Reckoned With

This month’s big meeting is the second of our campaign themed meetings.

After the success of our Million Women Rise meeting in February, where we made the amazing banner above, we will have Jane Robinson, author of “A Force to Be Reckoned With” joining us for an inspiring chat about Women’s Institute campaigns of the past.

What a wonderful name for a history of the Women’s Institute, and we can carry on being that force as 21st century WI members. Soon we will be voting on resolutions (which means choosing the topic for next years national WI campaign) as well as starting our own monthly campaigning meeting, carrying on with the Embroideries FGM awareness campaign and starting a new, as yet undecided member chosen campaign. To inspire us, social historian Jane will tell us how the WI changed the world, about the suffragettes and social crusaders.

Anyone getting a copy of the book before the meeting, you’ll be as thrilled as I was to spot that not only do the Shoreditch Sisters get a mention in the book and on the jacket, but there is a photo of the 2009 Map Of Gaps, one of our earliest craftavist projects, with our founding president Jazz Domino Holly and her successor Becky Clark with Ruth Bond, overall President of the Women’s Institute. [See the quilt on the V&A’s website.]

As well as Jane Robinson’s talk, we’ll be asking members to think about what they would like to campaign about next, so have a think before hand. The ideas will then be discussed at our new monthly Campaigns Group.

We now have tea available at the bar, along with the usual alcohol, so bring some extra cash for merriment. Some WI committee baked cakes will be gratis – bring your own baked goods to share with your sisters.

Non-members are very welcome, no need to book ahead. Just pay £4 on the door. For this meeting, members of any WI are very welcome. 

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6.50pm (starting at 7pm) till 9pm
Tuesday 26th March 2013
@ Bethnal Green Workingmen’s Club