March Meeting: Cancelled

Following the updated government advice on March 16th to avoid social gatherings we have cancelled our March meeting.
All those who have bought tickets in advance will be refunded via Eventbrite.
We are so sorry for any disappointment caused and plan to bring beeswax wraps to you at a future date.

February Meeting: Rum Tasting – Tuesday 18th Feb 8pm

Is rum the new gin?! At our February meeting we will be putting this to the test as we say ‘goodbye’ to dry January and ‘hello’ to the warmth of the Caribbean. We will be trying different types of rum, sampling mixer combinations and also enjoying some rum inspired Caribbean cakes (it is the WI after all!).

There will be lots of time to chat with other members and a rum quiz so we can pass ourselves off as rum-experts by the end of the night 🙂

8pm Upstairs at the Prince Regent.
Rum Tasting: £5 members, £10 non-members

*Members who don’t want to taste the rum can attend for free

January Meeting: Tuesday 21 January 8pm – T’ai Chi Taster with instructor Anne Marie Franklin

T’ai chi chuan is a gentle form of exercise with strong emphasis on mental and physical relaxation. When our mind and body relaxes a natural healing process can commence.

In our session we will do a short warm up with a few Qi gong, stationary breathing and movement exercises that will energise as well as relax the body.

We will learn a few movements from the first part of the Yang style, long form Tai chi ch’uan . This will give you a taster of what is involved and how it feels to be moving connected to your natural breath. The combination of mindful body awareness and movement synchronised with our breath helps release physical tensions. Which then transforms that tension into free flowing energy around the body which improves our circulation of blood to our major organs.

You don’t need any special equipment to do Tai chi, just loose comfortable clothing, flat shoes and some water to stay well hydrated.

Anna is always very aware of her participant’s health and will ask if you have any problems. There will be a participation form to complete on the night. If you have health problems that mean you need to see a doctor before doing exercise, you can ask them to complete a doctor’s approval form.

8pm at the Prince Regent Pub.
FREE members £5 non-members

It’s Membership Renewal Time!
Whether your looking to meet new friends, learn a new craft or get involved with your community in 2020, Brockwell Park WI has it covered! Renew your membership today for £43 to benefit from free or reduced prices for meetings, priority booking for our most popular sessions, WI Life magazine and access to national and regional WI Events. Transfer £43 to Brockwell Park WI: Account Number 63612562, Sort Code 20-21-80 using your name as the reference or bring cash to our January meeting.

Refuge

We are continuing to support Refuge throughout 2020. If you have any unwanted women’s/children’s toiletries please bring them to our January meeting and we can donate them to our local centre supporting victims of domestic violence.

New Year, New Program of WI Events

The Committee have been busy getting everyone’s ideas and turning them into a calendar of meetings for the year.  The program kicks off (gently) in January as we attempt to make up for some of the Christmas excesses by treating mind, body and spirit to some Tai Chi (or was it only me who ate far too many mince pies?).  Later in the year we will be aiming to reduce our impact on the environment by making our own beeswax wraps and giving our old clothes a new lease of life. We’ll be doing hand loom weaving, learning about local history, tasting some cheeky tipples and doing some more Christmas crafting, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy.  We are still finalizing details for some evenings, so it is not too late to let us know if you have an idea for a speaker or activity.

To sign up for 2020, existing members should bring £43 to the January meeting, or transfer money to Brockwell Park WI Account Number 63612562, Sort Code 20-21-80 using your name as the reference. We are currently accepting new members, who can sign up at the January meeting – just come along on 21 January.

December Meeting: Tuesday 10 December 8pm – Christmas Wreathes

Christmas wreath making has become a bit of a Brockwell Park WI tradition and, once again, Mauny and Tamsin did us proud with a pre-dawn visit to the flower market to collect a fantastic array of holly, ivy, and everything else we needed. We made our wreaths more eco friendly this year, using wicker bases, rather than wire, but the creations everyone went home with were no less impressive than previous years.

We continued our fundraising for Refuge and raised almost £130 to help their much needed work.

November Meeting: Refuge – Tuesday 19 November 8pm

Hear from Kirsty Bates, Brixton-based Community Fundraiser for Refuge, about the campaign to end domestic violence and the work of Refuge here in Lambeth. Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence since 1971. It is now the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services, supporting over 6,000 women and children at a time.

In Brixton, Refuge runs the pioneering Gaia Centre, which provides support services for people of all genders living in the London Borough of Lambeth, including: an outreach service, a specialist independent gender-based violence advocacy team, an early intervention service and specialist service for young women, and peer and group support schemes.

To raise money for Refuge we will be accepting donations for cake and holding a raffle for the chance to win a framed print of Brockwell Park by Place in Print.
We will also be making some festive bunting to help decorate a local refuge for Christmas.

8pm at the Prince Regent.
Free for members and guests.

October Meeting: Jam Jar Terrariums – Tuesday 15th October, 8pm

Have a go at creating a miniature garden in a glass container using small indoor plants such as cacti and succulents.

Plants and other materials are included in the cost but please bring your own glass container* and any small tongs if you have them, to lower plants into the jar.

*Glass containers ideally needs to be big enough to put your hand in at the top. A Kilner jar or large olive or gherkin jar could work well. Other options are a large wine glass, or small bowl or vase. Please don’t bring a very big container, like a bell jar, or we won’t have enough materials to go round!

8pm at the Prince Regent.
£4 for members, £7.50 for non-members. You can now book your place online via Eventbrite. Remaining tickets will be available on the door.

Have you been meaning to join us but unsure about whether to commit for the year? You can sign up at our October meeting for the discounted price of £10.50 and get members’ prices for the last three meetings of 2019.

September Meeting: Wet Felting Landscapes – Tuesday 17 September, 8pm

This month we’re having a go at wet felting, sometimes known as traditional felting. It uses water, soap and agitation to bind wool fibres together and is a fun, tactile craft that everyone can have a go at. We will be making a card or small picture to take home so feel free to bring along a picture or idea to inspire you.

Please bring if you can:

  • A large Lego or Duplo base building board (I appreciate not everyone will have one!!) OR
  • A small hand towel – it will get wet but not dirty!
  • We will be using water diluted with washing up liquid to rub the wool so you may want to bring gloves if your hands are sensitive.

Don’t worry: we will have spares if you can’t bring something or forget.

We will be meeting at 8pm at the Prince Regent.
FREE for members, £5 for non-members.

July Meeting: Lost Effra Walk – Tuesday 16 July, 8pm

Have you ever wondered how Brixton Water Lane or Effra Road got their names?

Join us on a walk in and around Brockwell Park, led by writer and urban historian Dr Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers to hear about the history of the River Effra, how it was lost and its modern-day legacy.

The River Effra is one of South London’s largest lost rivers and one of a number that have been placed in tunnels or diverted into the sewer system.  But while they may be hidden from view, traces remain for those who know where to look.

We will be meeting at 8pm at the Prince Regent as usual and then setting off on a 45min walk (rain or shine) heading along Dulwich Road to the main gate then in and around the Park, returning to the pub for Pimms and nibbles.

FREE for members, £5 for non-members.