Monthly Archives: March 2021

Hot Topics February 2021

We hope you all managing to keep well and active and that the majority of you have now had your first vaccination.

At our last meeting Christine Green, a former graphic designer at the BBC, gave us a wonderful insight into what goes into those few opening seconds of a programme – the title sequence – and how these and credits of programmes are created. Amongst other programmes Christine’s work has included “Our Friends in the North”, “Tracey Beaker”, “Children’s Hospital”, The Queens Christmas Speech and even Pudsey’s buttons. Christine explained the process of creating memorable graphics that fit with the programme from initial idea, storyboard to completed work. Christine also mentioned her love of crafts, including patchwork and paper cutting, which she is now heavily involved in.

These Preview Notes are being sent out early and please note our next Zoom meeting will be on Monday 15th February.  Our speaker will be Teri Atkinson Fear a celebrity make-up and hair artist. With over 20 years’ experience in the business Teri has worked with some of the world’s most famous, influential and internationally recognised personalities and celebrities. She also gives make up tutorials.

As usual the meeting will start at 7.00pm prompt and our guest speaker will take over at 7.30. So please make sure you have joined Zoom by then or you may have trouble getting in. A Zoom link will be sent nearer the time. As a matter of etiquette can we ask all members to put themselves on “mute” during the speaker’s session – even if you are not intending to speak, Zoom is very sensitive and picks up the slightest noise. Please let us know if you are having trouble using Zoom so we can talk you through it. Otherwise here are a few useful links

NFWI Board Elections 2021-2023: You will have seen in the February WI Life (page 35) a list of the candidates for the NFWI Board of Trustees elections. Please read about each candidate and as you cannot cast your own individual votes please email us who you would like to vote for before the March meeting (15th March).

NFWI AGM: At very short notice we have been informed by SFWI that applications for an Observer ticket for the AGM at the Albert Hall on 8th June have to be in by Friday 12th February. If you would like an application form for an Observer ticket please let Lesley know as soon as possible. (This event has subsequently been cancelled).

Dons Local Action Group: Wimbledon Football Club are looking for laptops people no longer need to be cleaned, updated and distributed to school children. If you are able to support or help in any way please visit for further information.

Lady Denman Cup Competition 2021:  The NFWI is pleased to announce that this competition will be held in partnership with the National Gallery.  Using no more than 500 words, WI members are invited to submit a piece of writing, fact or fiction, in any style (story, poem etc.) based on a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. For further details please see the attached document.

Crafty Ladies: We will be having another Crafty Ladies Zoom meeting on Friday 12th February at 3.00pm. So do join us with your cup of tea, and maybe a slice of cake, to hear and see what members have been making.  This group is for any handicrafts that members do and want to share (not just knitting). Please email Eileen to be sent the zoom link. If you don’t craft but fancy joining us for a chat, we’d love to see you.

Wildlife Appeal:  One of our members wondered if any of you would like to crotchet or knit nests for rescued wildlife babies. For further information, patterns and where to send items follow this link

Surrey News on line: The February edition of Surrey News is now available to view online. Details of how to book the SFWI Annual Council Meeting via Zoom on 15th March are on page 3. Speakers are Lynne Stubbings and Joanna Foat.

From SFWI:  To view Zoom events and “how to use Zoom” run by the Yorkshire WI please visit