Winnin’ Wimin!

January, a month for fresh starts, new beginnings and resolutions for the year ahead. How appropriate then that we kicked off 2016 in a brand new venue! It was so great to welcome back current members and meet some brand new ones too. There were just so many beautiful and smiling faces everywhere – it’s no wonder the man who wandered down the stairs and found himself lost didn’t want to leave!

Our new home (The Book Club in Shoreditch) was the perfect setting for our meeting this month – our Wimin’s Quiz of the Year!

All teams battled it out admirably across 6 rounds which were completed with furious whisperings, exclamations of joy, panic and sometimes despair. I managed to shoe horn in questions about my favourite two women on the planet (Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) and everyone had a good chat and a good laugh about the year that was 2015.

We had a bumper raffle this month including many fine unwanted Christmas gifts! However it was the ‘Crafting with Cat Hair’ book and the ‘Periodic Table shower curtain’ that got the most interest.

The free cakes went down a treat and were ridiculously tasty – I certainly enjoyed ALL of them (yes ALL of them). Our amazing bakers had been hard at work producing the finest for their sisters – including a vegan friendly, dairy free, gluten free brownie that was to die for!

The scores were tallied up and after a lot of confusion and bad math skills on the part of the very beautiful but ‘slightly’ overtired quiz mistresses KPVP (Katie – yes that’s me…) the winners were announced!

In a delightful self-fulfilling prophecy style way the winning team were the Winnin’ Wimin who instantly got stuck in to their prize of a bottle of prosecco and some luxury chocolates.

Winnin Wimin January 2016

Well done to you all! We can’t wait to see you in February for our next meeting which is a Galantine’s day extravaganza!

Peace, love, light and laughter to you all in 2016, let’s make it a smasher!

Lots of love

KPVP x

Ladies on Tour do Bath.

Is this seat taken?

What do you get when 16 Shoreditch Sisters escape London for Bath? A bloody awesome weekend that’s what! A weekend of military precision organisation – really what else would you expect from the WI?

We had a jam packed weekend, kicking off in the world’s smallest and cosiest pub The Bell Inn on Friday night with drinks.

Saturday started with a free tour of Bath organised by the Mayor ( just to clarify the mayor of bath didn’t personally organise the tour!) after a frosty start our tour guide warmed to us when she realised we weren’t a bunch of rabble rousers.
A tour of the Jane Austen museum was obviously on the cards, with the history of Jane and the rest of the Austen Clan. Possibly the best bit was the end where the Sisters got to run a mock in the dressing up box. Should I ever find myself magically transported back to 1817 I have my fan sign language down!

Come here often?
You’ve changed!

The evening was rounded off by a brilliant dinner at a cheeky little Italian place called Martini that did excellent cocktails. But the night wasn’t finished yet, oh no. These sisters like to dance. With the additional hour danced away at The Nest a random and cosy club it was pretty much the best Saturday ever.

Rachel’s loving her cocktail!

Phew if your exhausted after that, Sunday was the perfect blend of relaxing and eating. We visited Bath’s legendary Spa complete with roof top pool. Having learnt our lesson the previous day (at the walking tour), we denied all knowledge of each other in the queue to get in (no groups allowed). 3 hours of relaxation later and we were ready for some food. Like a boss, our tour organiser arranged only the fanciest afternoon tea at a Bea’s Vintage Tea Room complete with our own room and millions of cakes, it was a feast. There was quite the debate about the correct order of cream and jam placement on a scone, but luckily no fights broke out.


Thanks to our excellent President for organising a WI worthy trip.

Jodie’s travel agency comes highly recommended. Five star service!

Blog post by Jen Lane on behalf of Shoreditch Sisters WI

April Meeting: Games Night!

Board Games GaloreAre you a Player? We all were at the April meeting. The first ever Shoreditch Sisters Games Night gave us ladies a chance to psych each other out during Jenga, scrapple over rent on Park Lane in Monopoly and get wordy (and a little bit dirty) with Bananagrams.

Dirty Bananagrams

No games night would have been complete though without a token board game from Ann Summers – needless to say, it was a popular choice.
Fantasy for Lovers

We normally host exciting speakers who will teach us a skill or share awareness on a campaigns issue. Games night was a great chance for us to settle down with a cup of tea (or something stronger) and have a good chinwag with our fellow sisters.

A big hug of a thank you to everyone who brought their games down to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – we’ll see you for our May meeting. Comedian Viv Groskop will be hanging out with us to give us a taste of her Edinburgh Fringe show. Apparently it’s about feminism and the middle classes. You’ve been warned…

Sorry Board Game group

Blog by Tina Edwards for Shoreditch Sisters WI

Knot Just Knitting

The sun was shining and we had a delightful little Knit & Natter meeting this month. All of the important issues were discussed: the Conservative’s extension to right to buy, knitted dogs, the eternal love we have for First Dates and what Chloe Fox’s WI would look like…

Chloe at Knit & Natter
Chloe at Knit & Natter

Hey! So what crafting are you doing?

It’s a copy of someone else’s drawing of a bird for the Liberty quilt the Sewing Bee are involved in – I’m really behind schedule!

Literally just this minute you have ousted our benevolent leader Jodie from the top spot and become President of our fine and upstanding branch of the Women’s Institute! Bloody go you. So I know you have organized an absolutely killer main meeting for this month. It’s going to be in amazing new venue: where is it?

A beach in Bali

And we’ve got ourselves a new bar person: who is it?

Jamie Dornan. A naked Jamie Dornan… Yeah a naked Jamie Dornan.

Phew, well I think I need a drink and it’s your round: what are we having?!

Pina Colada! It’s the ultimate beachy drink especially when it’s delivered by Jamie Dornan

Wooaahh and this party is catered! What are we chowing down on?

I don’t do the veggie stuff so definitely having meat. Maybe a barbecue with loads of types of meat, maybe some prawns. And… erm… peppers for the veggies?

We have an amazing speaker: who is it and what are they chatting about?

Joanna Lumley on how she has become so successful without compromising herself!

Sounds like a great talk but it’s time for the dessert trolley! What’s on it?

Gooey chocolate torte, cheesecake, marshmallows, Victoria sponge, profiteroles, the whole shebang, lots of cream… served by Jamie Dornan.

For the second half of the meeting we are learning a new skill: what is it?

I’m really into Masterchef at the moment so those twits that present it will come and give us the challenge to cook for the Gurkhas!

After feeding all those gurkhas we have the raffle and OMFG you win it. What did you win?!

World peace. Is that a sh*t answer? No, I’m sticking to it.

Wow, great prize. At the end of the meeting you’ve got one piece of advice to pass on: what is it?

Be nice and life is too short to not drink alcohol.

Excellent advice! Thanks so much for sharing your meeting with us. It’s been totes emosh!

The next Knit & Natter will be held at Leon in Spitalfields Market on Tuesday 12 May at 6:30pm. Pop along!

Blog by Jodie Major for Shoreditch Sisters WI

Knot Just Knitting

Knot Just Natter
The joy of Knot Just Knitting…

What a lovely wee Knit & Natter we had this month?! Huge table of about twenty of us gorged our way through various criss cross chip things, halloumi wraps, cakes, a whole plethora of hot drinks and a few beers. And the nattering was also a veritable smorgasbord of topics: the valley of despair, laser eye surgery and what happens if you don’t pay (they repossess your eyes #fact), tooting and booting knitwear, so-bad-they’re-good dating events and, like that rotten penny which keeps turning up, tinder (“on the road to friendship all conversations lead to tinder” The Dali Lama said that. Don’t google it. Like, I know he said it ok?).

But now without further ado may I please introduce to you our very first President for the Day: some say she dreams in hula hoops, some say she once saved a man by knitting him back to life, some say she can actually see the Matrix. All I know for sure is she is the one, the only:

MS ABBY O MILLWARD!

Abby-Knitting

President for the Day

Hey! So what are you doing there with the things and the needles and the craft?!

This is a sock that I’m really tired of knitting.

Literally just this minute you have ousted our benevolent leader Martha from the top spot and become President of our fine and upstanding branch of the Women’s Institute! Bloody go you. So I know you have organized an absolutely killer main meeting for this month. I hear it’s being held in an amazing new venue. Where is it?

A really old Chateau in the French countryside.

You walk in and we’ve got ourselves a new bar person! Who is it?

My dad, who’s dead, he’d be a shit barman but I’d like to see him.

In your wild exuberance at finally becoming President you order a round of drinks for everyone. What are we getting?!

Normally I’d go for anything with gin but this time as we are in this beautiful Chateau it’s going to be that dusty old bottle at the back of the cellar – you can have your choice of colour.

Oh wait, shut the front door – looks like this party is catered and what a beautiful spread it has! What are we chowing down on?

I’m really into meze at the moment so lots of halloumi and spanakopita and tzaziki. Yum.

You have managed to wangle an absolutely amazing speaker for us. Who is it and what are they chatting about?

Sir Robert Winston is speaking about the science of women’s bodies – hormones and that.

We have a little break and the dessert trolley is being brought round (yeah we have a dessert trolley now) what’s on it?

A trio of apple and ginger crumble, Eton mess and chocolate fondant.

Time for the second half of the meeting and we are learning a new skill! What’s it going to be?

How to make explosives with everyday items from your kitchen like jelly babies and vinegar.

Fab, so glad I can make sh*t explode now. Time for the raffle! OMFG… you only go and WIN! What is it?!

Lifetime supply of yarn!

So it’s coming to the close of a stellar meeting and you’ve got one piece of advice to pass onto the ladies gathered there before you let them go back into the world. What is it?

When it comes to craft and really anything in life if there is something that needs doing: JFDI.

Just do it.

Woah man, that was deep. Thank you so much for sharing your meeting with us. It’s been totes emosh and amazeballs.

The next Knit & Natter will be held at Leon in Spitalfields Market on Tuesday 14 April. Come along and you too could be discussing tinder!

Blog by Jodie Major for Shoreditch Sisters WI