Swig for Victory July Meetup

This week Swig for Victory  – moved beyond the boundary of Shoreditch to the leafy(ish) environs of Camden Town. We were invited by the lovely folks at the Spread Eagle for an evening of free drinks, and that was one offer we couldn’t refuse! Our Swig for Victory ladies first visited the Spread Eagle at a ‘meet the distillers’ gin event earlier this year and loved it, so were delighted when they invited us back to the pub at a date of our choice. Their great selection of beers and ciders kept us all happy, and the cosy decor and air conditioning meant we whiled away a happy evening on the hottest day of the year. Thanks again to the Spread Eagle for their hospitality. For info about upcoming Swig for Victory events see our Facebook page.

July Round Up and events comin up between now and the end of August


Knit and NatterTuesday 9th July, 6.30pm at Leon, Spitalfields
Calling all new and seasoned knitters and crocheters for a fun and chilled evening of yarn-based delights.

Campaigns Group – Tuesday 16th July, 7pm at Crimson Heart 
We will be discussing the Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops campaign from War On Want, in collaboration with the Craftivist Collective. To be added to the mailing list email Caroline at shoreditchsisterscampaigns@gmail.com

Book Club – Wednesday 17th July, RSVP for time and venue
This month’s book is Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which is about her early years in New York with fellow artist Robert Maplethorpe.  RSVP to Laura at shoreditchbookclub@gmail.com for details.

Radiant RidersSaturday 20th July, 11am, Trafalgar Square
Our rad bike gang, Radiant Riders, will be teaming up with Daughters of Eve and VSO to go on an anti-FGM ride.  See above for more details, check out the Facebook event or email Annisa at sswi.radiantriders@gmail.com


Sewing Bee – Thursday 25th July, 7pm at a ***secret venue***
We have a new members-only sewing club.  SSWI members please contact shoreditchsewingbee@gmail.com to find out the venue and to complete the questionnaire (if you have not already done so).
Shoreditch Sisters Beer Club
It’s been brewing for a while *groan* but our women’s beer club has officially opened for business!  Join the Facebook group to find out more info.  For those who aren’t on Facebook please email us for details. 
The Make EscapeTuesday 30th July, 7.30 – 11pm, Hackney Attic
Crafty SSWI members will be heading along the Make Escape’s July event, featuring cross stitching, fimo modelling and a chance to play retro games.  Anyone for Sonic and Donkey Kong?

so MANY subgroups

The way of the WI is that we always have one big meeting per month and as many or as few other meetings we fancy, for whatever other interests we have. So if you’re a member and like cheese and think some other members might like cheese too, you can set up a Shoreditch Sisters cheese group for example. For a while we just had the Knit and Natter as an extra meeting (it always happens two weeks after the main meeting and is always at Leon in Spitalfields and free for non-members as well as members). Then Anissa and Martha started the Radiant Riders, our most awesome bike club, who go on a ride every month and will help get you ready to cycle to work without fear of London roads. They even got a mention in Psychologies.

And now we have more groups. Yesterday was the inaugural Book Group run by Laura. Contact her via shoreditchbookclub@gmail.com. We had a full room at The Crimson Heart in Shoreditch and talked about How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, with a lively debate and a lot of laughs. Next time the book will be The Bell Jar by Syvia Plath, as member Katie pointed out it is it’s nearly 50 years old.

Coming in 2013 expect another gathering, for campaigning and then maybe a beer club (drinking, learning about brewing, homebrew and visiting London breweries), a zine group and any other group our members can come up with….a choir? a gardening group? drama club? …whatever takes our fancy next.