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:  www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/Climate-Change or www.theclimatecoalition.org/thetimeisnow.

If you would like to attend together with other members of Brockwell Park WI, please contact  brockwellparkwi@gmail.com.

 

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 www.sketchpaddrawing.com, 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 downstairs.SketchPad.com

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.

April Meeting – with recipe!!

At April’s meeting we learnt all about the fantastic L’Arche Community in West Norwood. This global organisation builds unique communities with a culture of shared lives between people with and without learning difficulties, from which they work together to build a more human society

Sue baked such a delicious gluten free almond cake that we just had to share the recipe from Claudia Roden’s “The Food of Spain”. According to the book this is a recipe from Galicia and very popular in the pastry shops and restaurants around the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where they decorate it with a shape of the cross of the Order of Santiago.

Ingredients
250g of ground almonds
6 eggs separated
250g caster sugar
Grated zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
4 drops of almond extract

Instructions

1. Grease a spring form 28cm cake tin with butter. Heat the oven to 180°C
2. Beat the egg yolks & sugar to a pale cream.
3. Beat in the zest & almond extract.
4. Add the ground almonds & mix well.
5. With a clean mixer, whisk the egg whites until stiff.
6. Fold the egg whites into the almond mixture, this is slow going at first as the mixture is so thick.
7. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin.
8. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until it feels firm.
9. Leave it to cool before turning out.
10. Dust the top with icing sugar.

If you’ve got a signature bake you would would like to share at a meeting, just sign up for the cake rota.

February Meeting: Cambria Choir Sing-a-long – Tuesday 12th Feb 8pm

Join us on Tuesday 12th Feb (a week earlier than usual!), for a fun evening of singing with the Cambria Choir – suitable for ALL abilities!

The Cambria Choir are south London’s leading, non-auditioning community choir. Based in Herne HIll, they meet regularly and perform all over London. We are excited to have Lucy, their co-director, joining us on Tuesday 12th Feb.

Lucy says ‘Hi, I’ve been teaching adults and children to sing for 8 years, all genres of music. I’ll be leading a fun, relaxed session of singing upstairs in the pub. If you’re someone who only sings after a drink, that’s not a problem! Just bring one up with you. I’ll be teaching some fun warm-ups, we’ll try singing a few rounds, and then get our teeth into a pop song. Words will be provided on the night and there’s no need to read music. Hope you can join us!’

This event is free for members and £5 for non-members (cash on the door please).

Limited memberships available for £42 for the year – you can join on the night.

January Meeting: The Alexander Technique – Tuesday 15 Jan 8pm

Start the New Year standing tall as we kick off 2019 with Well-being month.

Join practitioner Tanya Schoop  to learn about the Alexander Technique. A practical session that will help you achieve optimum balance, poise, posture and coordination in everything you do.

2019 membership is open but places are limited. Sign up on Tuesday for £42 for annual membership.

Find us upstairs at The Prince Regent, Dulwich Road.

January – knit-in for King’s

This month we embodied what many see as the spirit of the WI – we knitted our little hearts out!
With wool sourced from lovely local charity shops and donated from our local haberdashery, we set to work to knit twiddle mitts, muffs, whatever you wish to call them, in aid of King’s College Hospital’s initiative for patients with dementia. https://www.kch.nhs.uk/news/public/news/view/21593
A great cause and an excellent contribution from the ladies of Brockwell Park WI. Some people couldn’t stop knitting!

November = Wreath making magic

Getting ahead of the silly season, we got started early by making our own winter wreaths.

In advance of this crafty session, the Committee made several early morning trips to Covent Garden flower market to stock up on eucalyptus and air-dried oranges (really! lots!).

The room was filled with foliage and following a quick demonstration of ‘a few we made earlier’, Brockwell Park WI’s crafty crew set about wreath making magic.

BPWI Christmas Wreath examples