December 2011 Hot Topics

77 Members and 2 guests enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine on Monday evening, which put us all in the mood for a most enjoyable sing along of Seasonal songs and led by Michaela Kent, who also entertained us with some solos. We had a most enjoyable evening, thank you to all concerned.

We have sold all but one of our packs of cards, and would have sold that had it been available. Many thanks to those who contributed designs and to Joanna who organised the printing, envelopes and packaging.

Thank you all for your gifts, which have now gone to Kid’s Company, and who will be writing to us in due course.

We will be holding a Bring and Buy Sale in January, and the money raised will go to Faith in Action, your chosen charity for next year. So keep all your unwanted gifts and articles in good condition, to bring along to our next meeting! We will need some volunteers to sort and sell on the night, so please contact a member of the committee if you can assist.

A new Craft Group is being formed by Dulcie Edwards and Diana Ovens which will meet monthly on a Tuesday evening.  The first meeting is 10th January.  We do have 6 names on a sign-up sheet but if anyone else is interested please contact Dulcie.

Our first meeting of 2012 will be on Monday 16th January, when we will be having a quiz, and when you need to renew your membership.  Please bring your cheque or cash in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your name and contact details. The subscription is £31.50   [£13.80 for dual members.]


  1. A Literary Lunch is being held at Denman College on Monday 6th February re Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey.  The guest speaker is Lady Fiona Carnarvon from Highclere Castle. The cost is £40.  Contact Denman if you are interested.
  2. The Blue Elephant Children’s Theatre in Camberwell is giving WI members a special discount to their evening performance of “Noah’s Ark Production”.
  3. There is a Boxing Day walk in Morden Hall Park at 10.30am (1 hour). Meet at the National Trust cafe.  The cafe and garden centre are not open but the car park will be.
  4. Re: Celebrate International Women’s Day with an Inspiring Women Gallery Tour
    To mark International Women’s Day 2012 the NFWI has teamed up with the National Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square to offer WI members a complimentary and unique inspiring women themed tour.
    Inspiring women are represented throughout the National Gallery’s collection. From Minerva the goddess of wisdom to saints that remained steadfast to their beliefs in the face of adversity this tour will explore inspiring women in many guises. How did women artists like Vigée le Brun and Berthe Morisot overcome the challenges of their time to become successful artists and in what ways have depictions of women throughout history shaped society?
    Tours normally last one hour and look at around four or five paintings in detail – they’re designed to be informal, interactive and relaxed; participants don’t need to have any prior knowledge of art history and the lecturer will encourage ideas, questions and discussion.
    Places are available on two tours, starting at 11am and 2pm, on 8 March.  Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.  Contact Yetunde Akintola in the Public Affairs department to register by email; or telephone; 020 7371 9300 ext 212.

Wishing you all a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lesley and Val
17 Dec 2011