Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wimbledon WI Trips 2014


Cavalry Museum

Saturday 8th March 10.30am (approximately 2 hours) £4

 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre)

Thursday 27th March 3pm £35


Highclere (Newbury)

Thursday 24th April £28 –  full day and coach

 Swan Lake (Wimbledon)

Tuesday 29th April £25.50 – 7.30pm


Charleson House (Lewis)

Friday 30th May – £30 – full day and coach


The Globe Tour (Southbank)

Sunday 15th June £11.50 12 noon


Royal Albert Hall (Kensington Gore)

Tuesday 22nd July £19.50 including light lunch

The Importance of Being Ernest

Wednesday 2nd July
PRICE £35.00

Plus a post theatre play talk with the cast. Starring Nigel Havers. More information on the theatre website

Coming up…

MISS SAIGON                      Tuesday 4th November                 Prince Edward Theatre             £49.50.

ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS   Thursday 5th March  2015             Wimbledon Theatre                  £25.50


February Hot Topics


Agnes, the President, welcomed the 77 members and 3 guests to our meeting.


We celebrated Kosovo’s Independence Day with Elizabeth Gowing.

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Spring 2014 Noticeboard

Fairtrade Fortnight

24 February – 9 March

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 marks the launch of a special campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure those at the sharp end of the supply chain, the millions of struggling banana farmers and workers, get a fair deal. For further information visit or call 020 7405 5942.




Wednesday 5 March 2014 – Sunday 9 March 2014
A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls.
The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.


3-9 MARCH 2014
Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate-change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. A range of activities will showcase practical solutions from every sector in society. You can find more details on events in your area, or get started on planning your own event. For more information see the website
or contact 020 3397 2601.

World Book Day

6th March

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

Surrey County Diamond Jubilee Show

Spring Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014

at Stoke Park, Guildford  8am – 6pm

Our 2014 Local Charity

As a WI we are allowed to support local charities, doing work for local people. Our 2014 Charity is Merton and Morden Guild.

Knitted Squares

While we wait for evenings to be lighter why not knit some more squares for blankets. We will be saving some for next year’s Get Your Knit On and some will be made into blankets for our charity Merton & Morden Guild.


Size 8 (4mm) needles, 33 stitches of double knit wool – preferably work in garter or moss stitch (not stocking stitch as it curls at the ends) until you have a 6″ square. Wool available to knit and would welcome any donated wool.

How to knit garter stitch

How to knit moss stitch

A thank you from the Get Your Knit On Team

Dear All
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in the Get Your Knit On! project. We received over 2,000 knitted squares from all over the country, and even some from overseas. I think the furthest travelled knitting was from Japan! This enabled us to make around 40 blankets which have now been given to Age UK Lambeth to distribute to vulnerable older people in Lambeth, the borough Southbank Centre is based in. It’s wonderful to be able to help our neighbours in this way, and really heart warming to think that around fifty people contributed to each blanket.
Thank you to each of you for your contribution, if you knitted squares or helped sew up the blankets, you all made a valuable contribution and have helped to keep older people warmer this winter and beyond.
We hope to repeat the project next year and will be in touch nearer the time.
Best wishes, Jessica and Hannah

Hot Topics January 2014

Our Charity of the Year

99 members and 3 guests were present to hear and participate in a highly entertaining and interesting presentation by Anne Donaghy and Hamish Duncan from our Charity of the Year – Merton & Morden Guild in Morden).

Hamish explained the background to the setting up of the Charity for older people well over 50 years ago when the key concerns had been transport and heating.  Nothing much changes does it?  The Guild’s work includes lunches, shopping trips, bingo, dancing, exercises classes, as well as friendly get together e.g. over coffee.  Because of funding cuts, the Guild very much welcomes being our chosen Charity of the Year – whatever we could do to raise money would help them continue with their work.  Anne talked about the fitness classes started 15 years ago when there was increased evidence of older people not going out because they were afraid of falling.  The first session had 1 customer but this had increased by the last financial year to some 16,000 attendances at classes aimed at keeping older people fit and mobile.  Some now had sufficient mobility to brush their hair, do up buttons/zips, make cups of tea and put on socks/tights.  We joined her in a “gentle” seated group exercise session as an example of the sort of work done with frail people.  Even those who exercised regularly felt that we’d had a work out!  They left leaflets for us about the Guild (reference copies on the Notice Board during 2014).

Bring & Buy Sale

Clearly much inspired by what we’d heard, we’ve raised so far the massive total of £210.20p (including the monies from the chosen Charity voting in October) for the Merton & Morden Guild.  A big thank you all for your wonderful generosity with goods for the sale and for digging so deep into your pockets.  Thank you too to Jennifer and Fiona for coping with the stall and the rush of eager buyers!  Well done everyone – let’s keep at it for the rest of the year. Any items left over went with Hamish and Anne to use for their own charity raising events.

The One Show

25 of us visited the BBC studios in London on Sunday. We were welcomed by our two guides Ben and Russell who proved to be both knowledgeable and fun. They told us about what went on at the centre and we had the chance to watch the workings of the news room from the viewing balcony.
Then things really got interesting as some of our group got to read the news and give a weather forecast.  We went on to a recording studio and the studio when the one show is recorded. We all sat on the famous settees as we watched a video recoding of the one show hosts telling us about the show.
Last of all in a special recording studio volunteers were called for and several budding Thespians stepped forward to record a short play complete with sound effects also provided by our own special effects person.
It was a very interesting and fun trip.