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.

The Time is Now – mass lobby for climate and environmental action

Members of Brockwell Park WI are invited to be part of a mass lobby outside the Houses of Parliament on June 26th 2019, from 1pm – 4.30pm.

The lobby is organised by the Climate Coalition, of which the National Federation of Women’s Institutes is a member, along with organisations such as the RSPB, National Trust and WWF.

To find out more visit: or

If you would like to attend together with other members of Brockwell Park WI, please contact


June Meeting: Life Drawing – Tuesday 18 June, 8pm

Come along and have a go at life drawing at The Prince Regent!

This session will be run by artist Lisa Brown of Herne Hill’s, who specialises in nurturing the ‘creative’ sides within us. You do not need to have any experience in life drawing, it is suitable for beginners, and allows your artistic flair to flow within a safe environment. Bring along sketchbooks if you have them.

Cost of event including materials:
£10 for members
£15 for non members (non-members are always welcome to join on the day)

Tea/coffee and cakes available, alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the pub

May Meeting: Cheese and Wine, plus AGM – Tuesday 21st May @ 8pm

Come and help us elect a new president and committee, find out what has happened this year in the Brockwell Park WI and hear more about what’s coming up for 2019.

We’ll throw in some wine and cheese to ease the night along – and Mauny has promised us a great big fun quiz!

The evening is free to all – you heard it right, free cheese and wine!

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 21st May at 8pm in our usual haunt, upstairs at the Prince Regent.