Hot Topics December 2019

Fiona welcomed 67 members. Lesley and Fiona read out a few notes before handing over to our guest speaker, Paul Lewis, who had stepped in at very short notice in place of his wife.

Salvation Army: Lesley has received an email from the Salvation Army saying they were thrilled to receive our gifts and vouchers and particularly wrapping paper and thank you all very much. Lesley has also received a copy of their The Link Café newsletter which she will put on the noticeboard.

Denman: Lesley also reminded us of the one night stay Denman Experience on March 7-8 where 5 courses are on offer and the Surrey at Denman weekend from July 10-12. If interested please apply as soon as possible. Details of these events and other courses can be found on

The two lucky winners for the Denman draw on Monday were Sally and Sue who won bursaries up to the value of £350 each – congratulations.

Social Events: There are still spaces available for:

Tour of Wimbledon Tennis Grounds by Blue Badge Guide Friday, 17th January at 11.00 am £17.

Cinema Museum, Friday, 21st February, £7

Overlord Embroidery – The D-Day Story, Portsmouth, Tuesday 31st March £28. 

As usual please let Gillian know as soon as possible if you would like a place.

Wimbledon Crafty Ladies: Please note as from January the Crafty Ladies meetings will be held on the third Friday of the month. So the next meeting will be held on Friday 24th January in the upper restaurant at Ely’s Department Store in Wimbledon from 2.30pm to approximately 5pm.  Members are welcome to come to every meeting or just to attend now and again.

2020 Resolutions:  We will be discussing these at our January meeting.  Your copy of November and December WI Life gives you information on the Resolutions which might be considered at the 2020 NFWI AGM at the Albert Hall. Please bring the resolution selection form with you to complete at our January meeting.

Subscriptions: Subscriptions for 2020 are due next month for everyone and will be £43 for full membership and £21.10 for dual member (to your second WI).

NFWI AM 2020 – Royal Albert Hall:   The NFWI Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, 4th June at Royal Albert Hall and costs £22. If you are interested in going into the ballot for a ticket please download and complete the “Request for Observer Ticket” form on Forms to be in by 24th January.

Jams: Some of the remaining jam from the summer fair was sold at Monday’s meeting and made £41.

Learn2love2read: We have received an email from this Wandsworth based charity that is looking for volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support for 5-7 years olds who are at risk of falling behind. They currently work at 6 schools (4 in Wimbledon). For further information visit

Refreshments: Starting from January 2020 tea and coffee will be free at our meetings and wine will be reduced to £2 for a standard measure.

Paul Lewis gave us a potted history of his career. He began composing for television at age 20 and is best known today for his television music which include  Arthur of the BritonsThe Prisoner of ZendaUndermind, children’s series such as Woof!, comedies such as the Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The Benny Hill Show. Paul has also written music for films and the concert hall and composed “Inauguration” for orchestra which was used to accompany a Pathé news reel of Prince Charles’ Investiture at Caernarvon. At the end of the evening Paul accompanied us on his keyboard whilst we sang a few Christmas songs.