KeWI members visited Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers, the Bombe, Colossus and Enigma plus a few linguists and mathematicians! A very informative time was had but shhh - they won't talk about it.
St Anne’s Church hall was transformed for our Annual Charity Quiz night in aid of The Women’s Safe Houses in Chiswick.
Packed to the gunnels and decked out in pink the room looked amazing.
The Quiz was challenging but great fun thanks to our Master Quiz Mistress Shirley Newton and her co-quiz devisor Janine Gavin. The home-cooked food was plentiful and delicious thanks to a small army of cooks and the service ran smoothly and seemingly effortlessly which was entirely down to the extraordinary hard work and almost military organisational skills of Sarah Crampton and Elizabeth Davies in the kitchen. Whilst Gail and Sophie our barmaids for the night made sure the refreshments flowed freely and in their spare time they proved to be excellent assistants to Paul Newton our esteemed Quiz Scorer, referee and master of the scoreboard.
Thank you so much to everyone involved mostly though to Pippa Anderson and Vicki Campbell who despite being holders of the wooden spoons themselves, masterminded the whole event, organised, shopped, cooked, chivvied and baked brownies!
Pippa is delighted to announce that thanks to your overwhelming support the Quiz Night made £1749.
Wednesday's WI night turned out to be a very sociable sewing bee in the company of our speaker, Cath Kidston Craft Project Designer and Author Lucinda Ganderton.
Around 50 members enjoyed Lucinda’s talk “Bazaar Makes” which gave us plenty of crafty ideas for simple attractive homemade makes for our Midsummer and Christmas stalls.
Enthused and inspire we attempted our own covered coat hangers to varying degrees of success although the pleasure wasn’t only in the activity but also in the time it gave us to chat over needles and thread.
There was quite a buzz of conversation in the hall and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Many thanks to our lovely speaker, Lucinda.
We had such a lovely evening at KeWI with our February speaker Tony Kirkham and his wife Sally.
Tony, Head of the Arboretum at Kew Gardens, is an engaging speaker and his talk was full of fascinating and entertaining anecdotes.
As well as hearing about the stories behind some of the great giants of Kew, we also learned more about the Royal connections to Kew and the people who contributed to the gardens as we see them today.
Due to the Easter break it was a rather select group of 35 members that came together to celebrate KeWI’s second birthday at our April Meeting but what a good time they all had!
Those of us unlucky enough to be away missed a real treat as “Tony Cannelloni” sang a selection of well-known opera arias whilst entertaining members by ‘cooking’ crepes.
Tony, otherwise known as Ian Bloomfield, also told us some interesting facts about the composers and the background to some of the arias such as La Donna e mobile and O Sole Mio.
Ian runs a company known as Opera on the Run, but he is also happy to undertake private parties as ‘The Singing Chef’.
He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3602 7694/07771 541 650.
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