July Hot Topics

71 Members and 3 guests were hugely entertained by Sam Peacock, a local artist who explained his techniques, showed us examples of his work and sketched a still life in charcoal to demonstrate proportion for us.


Joyce Pountain from Abundance Wimbledon also told us about this special project to encourage people to pick fruit and eat it. There are many fruit trees around Wimbledon in gardens and public places, but every year a lot of fruit goes to waste.

The aim of Abundance is to help people harvest the fruit and make use of it. Volunteers are needed to harvest, distribute and process fruit. A special Wimbledon Fruit Day will be held on September 17th at St. Mark’s Church 11 –2 p.m. If you are interested in helping with this project in any of the above ways or by turning the collected fruit into jam, please email Joyce at abundancewimbledon@gmail.com or telephone Joyce..

St. Raphael’s Hospice

A cheque for £460 was handed to St. Raphael’s our chosen charity for this year from the proceeds of the Wimbledon Village Fair and our Super Raffle.

Parking Space at Ursuline Car Park

Could members please remember to leave the first parking space vacant each month for the Guest Speaker.

Card Making St. Lawrence Church

The card making day with Julia Whiting has been arranged for Saturday October 1st from 10a.m – 3p.m. This is a free event paid for by our WI. Please sign up at the September meeting or email our Secretary, Lesley at wi.secretary@gmail.com to book your place.

Tea & Coffee Rota – September

We need volunteers for the September rota. Please email Lesley if you can do a turn at the September meeting.

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

A letter was received from the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge thanking Wimbledon WI for the wedding card which we sent.

Committee Taster Evening

If you would like to consider joining the Committee from November onwards when we will have vacancies, why not consider coming to the September Committee Meeting to see what happens. Please email Lesley for further information. Come on, step up, it’s fun!

Christmas Card Competition

Our summer competition is to design a Christmas Card with the theme “Wimbledon Christmas”.

  • Size of final image: 75 x 186mm (you can make your design larger as long as it is thto the same proportions
  • You can use any medium, paint, photography (make sure you have permission to use the photograph), embroidery, collage etc. The winning designs will either be photographed or scanned for print
  • The deadline for entries is the September meeting where we display them and vote for the best six. We will then have them printed ready to sell at the October meeting.
  • Any questions please contact Joanna contact@wimbledonwi.org.uk

Social Events

The visit to Eltham Palace last week was successful and very enjoyable.


Visit to Highgrove on Tuesday 9th August: people going to Highgrove must remember their passports, and must be at the main entrance to Ursuline (on Downs Road) at 7.45a.m.


– on Saturday 20th August: All wishing to join in should meet at Cannizaro at 12.30pm by the Aviary and bring own picnic and drinks. The event will be cancelled if it is raining in the morning or if the forecast is for bad weather. If in doubt on the day, please phone the WI mobile to see if the event is still on.


The Old Palace Croydon on Wednesday 26th October in the afternoon. The cost is £8 (£7 for concessions).


On Thursday 17th November there will be a visit to the “Classical Spectacular” evening concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets will be approximately £24 depending on how many people attend.

Please sign up to go on the Old Palace and concert trips at the next meeting. Please pay by cheque or cash in an envelope, writing on it your name and the event.

Love Your Libraries

Following the NFWI Resolution ‘This meeting urges H.M.Government to maintain support for local libraries, as an essential local education and information source’, there is a NFWI petition available for members to sign in support of Public Libraries. This will be available at meetings until the end of the year. There is also a draft letter available to ask local Councillors to support local libraries. If you would like a copy please contact wi.secretary@googlemail.com

Fast Fashion Show Little Black Dress Competition

This is an opportunity to take part in a NFWI fashion show to be held at the Fashion and Textiles Museum. The theme is The Little Black Dress and WI members are being invited to put their creative skills to use and design their own version for the show. The NFWI is asking members to rethink the LBD and design and then make a dress in the following categories.

  • LBD made from scratch
  • Re-made or up-cycled LBD
  • Eco-friendly LBD

Deadline October 8 2011

For more information contact Emma Lindsay. e.lindsay@nfwi.org.uk or 020 7371 9300 ext 213

Merton Women’s Refuge

MWR would be very grateful for any spare towels or toiletries members have available. Sheets, especially single ones, pillowcases etc. would also be gratefully received. Anything that is not used at the refuge is given to the women when they leave to start a new life away from violence. These can be delivered to Lesley or brought to the September meeting.

Real Jam Festival

This will take place at Denman College on 8th and 9th October. Maple Village WI has spare room on their coach if anyone would like to attend. Contact wi.secretary@googlemail.com

Clapham WI

– has invited members to attend their Summer Event at Bread and Roses on Clapham Manor Road on August 2 from 7.30 onwards.

Do it for Denman!

Help to improve central heating and hot water system at Denman, by selling tea to collect money. For more info contact j.baker@denman.org.uk


If you would like a WI diary for 2012, please contact wi.secretary@googlemail.com before the end of July.

Surrey News

There are still a number of back copies that have not been collected. If you are unable to attend a meeting, please can you arrange for someone to collect your copy. Due to lack of space I cannot keep these for more than 2 months. [Besides, they will be out of date!] If you have ordered for the coming year, and have not yet paid please can you do so at the next meeting. Please would all members remember to wear their name badges a at the meetings.

I hope you all have a very good summer. Please remember there is no August WI meeting, so if you are not attending the picnic, we look forward to seeing you at our next WI meeting on September 19th.

Best wishes, Sheila