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This Wednesday: Hatters WI meeting: AGM and quiz night

Posted by JoG on April 13, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This month, it's our Annual Meeting, when we will elect our committee and President for the coming year. Sadly, Rita has decided to step down after 4 years valuable service (for which we are very, very grateful). We therefore have at least one opening for a new committee member. We'll be taking nominations on the night, so if you'd like to play a part in the running of our WI, please consider joining the committee.

 

Once all the official business is over with, we'll be having a quiz. Our traditional quizmaster, Phil, will be joining us again, so get your thinking caps on!

 

For the first time in WI history, if you join for the first time this month you can do so for a reduced fee of £27. This is only available to new members, but gives full membership to the end of December. As always, guests are welcome for just £4.

We're meeting on Wednesday, 15th April 2015, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd, next to St John Vianney RC Church

 

We'll also be collecting as usual for the food bank. Please provide items from the following list:

 

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Meat/fish (tinned)
  • biscuits

 

 

As always, there'll be cake and a raffle (donations welcome!). We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Carol

on behalf of the Committee

 

Hatters meeting Wednesday 18 March

Posted by JoG on March 17, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone. This month, we're welcoming Nicole Khan from the RSPB, who'll be speaking to us about - you guessed it - birds. Nicole will be telling us what to look out for and what we can do to help the local bird population.

Meeting details are: Wednesday, 18th March 2015, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd, next to St John Vianney RC Church.

We'll also be discussing which local charity we should support in the forthcoming year, and what we should do with last year's donation, now that the local food bank is to be closed. Please bring your suggestions for discussion (bearing in mind that charities must be local). We will also stop collecting food for the food bank for the same reason.

As you may know, this year is the WI's centenary and there are many events happening to celebrate. One such event is a Garden Party to be held at Buckingham Palace on 2nd June 2015 from 2-5pm in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. Details were included in the email sent out over the weekend.

Every WI has had one ticket allocated and we have been asked to ballot members who wish to attend. Therefore, we'll be holding our ballot on Wednesday. If you are unable to attend Wednesday's meeting, but would like to have your name put in the hat, please let Sue know on thehatterssecretary @ gmail.com by Wednesday lunchtime at the latest. Please note that the winning member must pay for their own ticket and cover their own expenses. We are not allowed to fund attendance. Cost of contribution has been confirmed at £25 inc VAT, plus travel to and from the palace.

April is our Annual Meeting, where we elect our committee and President for the coming year. If you would like to put yourself forward to be on the committee, please let us know at this month's meeting. We generally look for 8 people to be on the committee, so if we get more than 8 volunteers we'll have a ballot. The President is then elected from the committee.

This month's cake is being made by Stefanie (thank you Stefanie!). Raffle prizes welcome as always. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Carol

on behalf of the Committee

HATTERS FEBRUARY MEETING

Posted by JoG on February 15, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday, 18th February 2015, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd, next to St John Vianney RC Church

This month, we're welcoming Linda Galloway of Pestle & Mortar Events (http://www.pestleandmortarevents.com) to teach us how to roll (and eat!) sushi. There will also be sake to taste too… Come hungry, please!

A reminder too that if you haven't renewed your membership, or if you would like to join us, you can do so this month for £36 (cheques made payable to 'Harringay and Tottenham WI'). As always, guests are welcome for just £4.

We'll also be collecting as usual for the food bank. Please provide items from the following list:

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Meat/fish (tinned)
  • biscuits

In addition, as we approach the end of our financial year, we'll be discussing which charity we want to support in the forthcoming year. Please give some thought to this and bring your suggestions on Wednesday so that we can discuss and vote, if necessary. Bear in mind that we are unable to make donations to national charities because of Charities Commission restrictions, so try to keep your suggestions local.

Because it's our end of year, if you have any outstanding expenses to claim, could you please bring along receipts for Gwen so that you can be paid, and they can be included in our final figures.

We're also collecting again for Solace, so please dig out any women's clothes, children's clothes (under 10s), toys, games and books. The women also find toiletries very useful, so ordinary things like toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo etc are all very welcome. A brilliant opportunity to clear out unwanted Christmas presents too, perhaps.

This month, Gill is baking for us (thanks Gill). We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday,

Kind regards

the Committee

 

WOW - WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL

Posted by JoG on February 15, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

WOW - WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL

1 - 8 March 2015

 

WOW – Women of the World is a global festival that celebrates the achievements of women and girls and also looks at the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential and contributing to the world.

 

With a diverse range of talks and debates, music and performance, parties, a marketplace, networking and much more, the festival brings together women and men to speak about how they are making the world a fairer place and why it matters.

 

Join us as we present the very best of recognised and emerging female talent and explore everything from body image to peace-making, haircuts, sport, the arts, sex, race, food and love. Expect joy, laughter, passion, insight and a chance to share your own stories.

More info: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

Hatters monthly meeting Wednesday 21 January

Posted by JoG on January 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year to everyone, and a big welcome to 2015. May it be good to you all.

 

This month, in a change to our planned meeting, we're welcoming Rachel and Matt from Craving Coffee (http://www.cravingcoffee.co.uk) who are going to talk to us about all things (you guessed it) coffee, from beans to roasting to brewing to tasting. It should be a fascinating talk.

 

Membership:

A reminder too that this month members should renew their membership. Subscription this year is just £36.00, which includes 11 meetings and 8 copies of WI Life Magazine. We're happy to take cash or cheques, but please have cheques made out in advance to 'Harringay & Tottenham WI'. New members absolutely welcome, or you can join us as a guest for just £4.

 

Winterfest bakers:

In addition, could anyone who baked for Winterfest please bring along receipts to cover their expenses - we really don't need you to donate cakes and are very happy to cover everyone's costs.

 

Food bank collection:

We'll also be collecting as usual for the food bank. Please provide items from the following list:

 

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g)

Fruit juice (carton)

Pasta sauces

Tomatoes (tinned)

Cereals

Tea bags/instant coffee

Meat/fish (tinned)

biscuits

 

National WI resolutions:

This month, we'll also be voting on this year's resolutions. We'll be providing a paper ballot on Wednesday, but if you can't come along, Jo has set up an online survey, where you will find more information about each of the resolutions and can vote, if you prefer. It's here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73Z9287 It's not a secret ballot, so we'll need you to provide your name here, as only members can vote.

 

Hatters members' survey:

We'll also be providing a members' survey, but again, Jo has put one online if you prefer to do it that way: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GYV3H7 This is anonymous, though you can add your name if you like.

 

Jo's baking this month's cake, and I know there'll be chocolate involved, and as always, raffle prizes are welcome. Bear in mind that in February, we'll be collecting again for Solace - clothes, toys, books and toiletries - so you might want to save that kind of thing for next month.

 

I hope that covers everything, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Carol

on behalf of the Committee

 

Harringay & Tottenham WI Christmas party: 17 December

Posted by JoG on December 16, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday 17th December, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd N15, next to St John Vianney RC Church

 

This month, we're being all festive, and having ourselves a merry little Christmas party. We'll be providing food and drink, so there's no need to bring anything except your lovely selves. We'll make sure that most tastes are catered for, so we'll have meat, fish and vegetarian canapés, plus cheese, wine, and soft drinks. If there's something that you can't or won't eat, please let me know as soon as you can, though I'm sure we'll have you covered. We might play the odd game or two, but I suspect that mostly we'll be chatting and enjoying ourselves.

 

Don't forget that we'll be putting names for our bursaries, so if you're interested, make sure you put your name in the hat. There are terms and conditions attached to the bursary, so please make sure you've read those before you put your name in. We'll also have our usual raffle, so any contributions to that are welcome, as always.

 

We are also resuming our regular collection for the food bank, though it might be nice to bring some Christmassy things. Mince pies, puddings, chocolate etc will all be welcome - just make sure they have a decent shelf life. If you prefer, you can stick to the usual list of things, because those are always useful.

 

• Milk (UHT or powdered)

• Sugar (500g)

• Fruit juice (carton)

• Pasta sauces

• Tomatoes (tinned)

• Cereals

• Tea bags/instant coffee

• Meat/fish (tinned)

• biscuits

 

And finally, a big thank you to everyone who baked and who came out to help on Sunday at Bruce Castle. It was a resounding success, but we'll give you more details at the meeting on Wednesday.

 

If you baked, and would like to claim your expenses (and please do - we don't need you to donate, as we make a really decent profit on everything), and if you're claiming less than £20, could you please let Gwen know by emailing her at [email protected] so that she can set aside cash for you. Just bring along a receipt that covers the amount you are claiming, in an envelope with your name on it please. If you're claiming more than £20, we'll have to write you a cheque in due course, but please bring your receipt nonetheless.

 

I hope that covers everything... And we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Carol

on behalf of the Committee

 

 

Harringay & Tottenham WI November Meeting

Posted by Carol Tennant on November 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday, 19th November, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd N15, next to St John Vianney RC Church

 

Welcome to November, everyone. This month, we're welcoming Andrew Humphrey, AKA 'Tupperware Man'. His website is here http://tupperwareman.co.uk. Andrew was the UK's first male Tupperware seller and as such, has some unique tales to tell. Andrew's talk will be about the social history of Tupperware - it was an opportunity for women to get out of the house and to earn some money in a unique way. It's a fascinating talk which I know we'll all enjoy.

 

When we were visited by Solace Women's Aid earlier in the year, we launched a very successful collection for them and we decided that we'd do it again nearer to Christmas. This time, however, we're looking to collect gift items for both women and children under 10 that might be suitable for Christmas - look around the house and see if you've anything unused that would be suitable, or buy a small toy or bath item. Please don't wrap anything, as they'll need to see the items to ensure that they're suitable.

 

We understand from member Gill that the food bank is quite well stocked at the moment, so while donations are always welcome, please feel free to concentrate your efforts on Solace this month. Normal food bank collections will resume next month.

 

Something you might be interested in is Stroud Green WI's Winter Fair, being held this coming Sunday 23rd November at The Stapleton Tavern, 2-3 Crouch Hill, N4 4AU, to raise money for Open Door (a Crouch End based charity which provides counselling and therapy to young people in Haringey). It sounds like a great event, and an opportunity for a little early Christmas shopping. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/751895998184804/

 

We'll also be looking for volunteers to help out at Winterfest at Bruce Castle on 14th December, 1-5pm. We need bakers, but also volunteers to staff the event. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year and as such, is quite an important event for our WI. Fundraising pays the rent, plus it covers the cost of inviting guests to speak and as such is a vital part of the running of our WI. Please bear the date in mind and let us know if you can help on Wednesday.

 

New members are welcome to join for 2015 this month, and current members can also pay next year's subscription if they wish, The fee for 2015 is £36.00, and cheques can be made payable to 'Harringay & Tottenham WI'.

 

I think that's everything for this month. There'll be tea, coffee and cake (baked by Sue this month) as usual, and raffle prizes are always welcome (there may be one or two Tupperware surprises in this regard...).

 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday

Harringay & Tottenham WI October meeting

Posted by JoG on October 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday 15th October, 7-9pm, https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/St+John+Vianney+Catholic+Church/@51.586252,-0.093967,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x22e039faca81c007?sa=X&ei=AcY6VNfiDe6S7AbjoIGgAQ&ved=0CIABEPwSMAs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, West Green Rd N15 3QH, next to St John Vianney RC Church

 

Autumn has arrived at last.

 

This month, we're welcoming Rebekah Hillman, of Hillman Legal in Crouch End. Rebekah will be talking to us about wills, probate and intestacy. We decided to do this in October, as November is Will Aid month (http://www.willaid.org.uk) and so we thought it would be a good time to bring writing a will to everyone's attention.

 

As always, we'll be taking collections for the food bank. See list below for items they particularly need:

 

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Meat/fish (tinned)
  • biscuits

 

Cake this month is by Karen, and as always raffle prize donations will be gratefully received.

 

From October, new members can join for 2015 - this effectively gives you 3 free months, as membership runs from January to end December. Next year's subscription is just £36.00, which includes 11 meetings and a subscription to WI Life magazine.

 

So, if you were thinking of joining us, come along in October - we'd be happy to meet you. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Carol (on behalf of the committee)

JUNE MEETING - SOLACE WOMEN'S AID

Posted by JoG on June 13, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Wednesday, 18th June, 7-9pm, Jubilee Hall, Millennium Centre, next to St John Vianney RC Church, West Green Rd, N15.

As always, guests are welcome for £4.

 

This month, we're welcoming Jools Ramsay from Solace Women's Aid Haringey (http://www.solacewomensaid.org/get-help/haringey/). Jools will be talking to us about the organisation, and how we can help. If you are able to donate items, please do (see below).

 

We've invited Jools to speak to us after Solace approached us requesting help. Women often flee abusive relationships with nothing but the clothes they (and their children) stand in. They are therefore in need of just about everything - women's clothing, children's clothing (in particular for children under 10), toys, games, books and also toiletries (new please).

We'd like to ask you to have a good root around and to bring anything that falls into the list above that you can spare, and to bring them to next week's meeting, where we'll arrange for them to be collected. With many thanks in advance for your help with this.

 

And don't forget to bring along donations for the food bank. As a reminder, these are the things they are in particular need of, so please add a couple of these things to your regular shop and bring them along on Wednesday:

 

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Tea bags/instant coffee
  • Meat/fish (tinned)
  • biscuits

 

And that's everything, so we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

 

Kind regards

Jo (on behalf of the Committee)

MAY MEETING - WINE-TASTING 'CALL MY BLUFF'

Posted by Carol Tennant on May 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
This month, we're going to be wine-tasting, 'Call my Bluff' style. We'll be tasting 6 different wines, each while they're being described to us and it'll be our job to decide which wine is in the glass. Is it a Riesling or a Chardonnay? Come along and decide for yourself! There'll also be cheese and biscuits, so you won't be tasting on an empty stomach. This event will be run by me, and by our resident quizmaster (and my husband) Phil. As always, guests are welcome for 4, and it's not too late to join for the 2014. Subscription is 34.70 (cash or cheque made payable to 'Harringay and Tottenham WI' please). And don't forget to bring along donations for the food bank. As a reminder, these are the things they are in particular need of, so please add a couple of these things to your regular shop and bring them along on Wednesday: Milk (WHT or powdered) Sugar (500g) Fruit juice (carton) Pasta sauces Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals Tea bags/instant coffee Meat/fish (tinned) biscuits We'll also be reporting on what was a very successful event for us, Tottenham Ploughman's May Fest, which many of us baked cakes for, and helped sell on the day. Here's a clue - we did very well. And we met lots of new people, some of whom will be receiving this email this month - we hope to see some of you on Wednesday. We'll be discussing our involvement in further events for 2014. So, no cake this month, though there will be tea and coffee as always, and raffle prizes greatly appreciated. And that's everything, so we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

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