Lots of exciting things coming up….going to Winchester Christmas market, our Christmas dinner on 9th December and, in good WI tradition, making preserves. Our next meeting is at the Bulls Head on Monday 21st October – Harriet Lawrence is coming to tell us her secrets on finding film set locations

Our Annual Survey – your thoughts count

In a separate email you will have received a link to our annual survey.  It’s really easy to do … tick boxes for most of them but still plenty of space to feed back your thoughts.  BUT .. and it’s a big BUT … we really need a good response.  Not just from the people who come regularly but from all 65 of our members so we can get a really good picture of how we have done and what you want us to change.  If you haven’t received it please check your junk box and if it still isn’t there you can connect to it using this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BarnesWI19.

Next Meeting
Monday 21st October
Location, Location, Location

The next meeting is on Monday 21st and we’ll be hearing how Harriet Lawrence tracks down all those cool houses, flats and other places
you see on the telly, film and commercials.
Who knows … maybe your place is suitable too! Meeting starts at 7.15 for registration and drinks orders, we’ll start the business bits at 7.30ish and then Harriett will begin at 7.50 or so.  If you know you need to leave early can you please nab a space at the table by the door.

As always it really helps to know if you are coming or not so please reply to [email protected] 

Christmas Meeting

Monday December 16th
Barnes Green Day Centre

Not only will this be held at a different venue** but there’s a different feel to tonight!  Because the wonderful Silver Swans – part of the Royal Ballet School and featured in this month’s edition of Times & Leisure  – are coming along to show us the difference between a Plie and a Jete and maybe even a Pirouette.

Working to a Christmas theme this will be an interactive evening for those who want/can or purely observatory for those you don’t.  Either way be prepared and make sure – even if you are only going to watch the rest of us be silly – you dig out the Tutu’s and wings … tiara optional!

** The Christmas Meeting will be held at Barnes Green Day Centre, next to the Pond and will include festive nibbles and drinks! 7.30 start.

Preserving Day – or maybe not!

Christmas is looming so it’s time to dig out the pots and pans and start preserving.  Held at Carrie’s (Lonsdale Road, Barnes) on 9th November, the day will see us make Mulled Pears, sweet mincemeat and sweet chili jam.  Led by Sarah, the event is free plus you get to take a jar of your favourite home – the rest on sale to the other members at the Christmas meeting. However it can only happen if we get enough takers so if you are interested and want to reserve a place email Sarah here.

WE’LL NEED JAM JARS!

Even if you aren’t going to make we could do with lots of jam jars for the Preserving Day so please bring any spares (clean with lids) to the next meeting in a carrier bag.

THANK YOU!

Club Outing
Winchester Market
5th December

Sarah is organising a trip to this fab Christmas market.  Some of you have already booked but if you haven’t reserved a place please email her here.   If you want to know more about it click this link … it looks amazing!
https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/home/christmas-at-the-cathedral/christmas-market/

 

Christmas Supper Monday 9th December

Victoria has taken the lead on this one and negotiated a really good deal at Cote on Barnes Green.  We’ll be in the Conservatory area and the price will be £27 for a 3 course meal and a glass of wine (you’ll need to pay for coffee and any extra drinks) which is even better value than last year!!

To reserve a place you need to transfer your payment to the Barnes Wi bank account – details below – please use Xmas/your name as the ref and email Victoria here to say you’ve booked.  Alternatively please bring cash to the next meeting and liaise with Liz and Victoria.
Bank details:
Nat West   Account No 87529793    Sort Code 60 – 17 – 11

Can you help the committee???

Most of the committee are standing for a second year but we have space for more!  Liz would like a Deputy Treasurer, we also desperately need someone to take over the newsletters/general comms and we can never have enough activity organisers … even if it’s one event a year. So if you fancy joining the merry gang please let Alison know by emailing her here.

Can you help the committee???

Most of the committee are standing for a second year but we have space for more!  Liz would like a Deputy Treasurer, we also desperately need someone to take over the newsletters/general comms and we can never have enough activity organisers … even if it’s one event a year. So if you fancy joining the merry gang please let Alison know by emailing her here.

Women’s magazines urgently needed

Liz Bridge, our member who works at Wandsworth Prison has asked us to share this message.
Dear All,
The visits hall at the prison has done an urgent call out for women’s magazines. The wives who visit often have to wait for hours with young children. We have done a fair job at toys and games for children but the women visitors are often tired and distressed and have nothing to do (but get cross with children and one another).
I suddenly thought that the members of Barnes WI might be prepared to give and collect up their magazines –any glossy will do. If someone will gather up for me I will come and collect.
Loads of love
Liz  

If you have any or fancy donating some new ones again please bring them on the 21st

The Mah-jong club is going strong but Amna always has a space for new comers.  If you are interested email her here

Book Club

In July, we read The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es, a biography of a Jewish girl, Lien, in Holland during World War II, a change from our usual fiction. Interspersed with the story of Lien’s life is information on Holland during and after the war. It is fascinating to see the period from a very different perspective to the history we learn in the UK, as Holland was an occupied country, with the lowest survival rate for Jews in Western Europe and many difficulties for survivors after the war.

The author is a grandson of one of the families who fostered Lien during the war and he recounts how he gradually pieced together the story from the reluctant 80-year old Lien. He movingly recounts her struggle for survival and some of its lasting impacts on her, along with the love, but also significant challenges, of foster families. Sad at times but a very enjoyable read.

In September we met to discuss Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. This classic needs no introduction. Generally everyone enjoyed the book: not a light read, and at times sad, but compelling and worth the effort. A number of members were re-reading a book they studied at school and perhaps understanding it better than they did then!

Our next books are:
October              Notes From an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
November         The Wych Elm by Tana French
December          No meeting
January              The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans 

Book Club meets on the last Thursday of the month at The Sun Inn, Barnes.  To join the group contact Jill here

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