Sunday, 14 January 2018

Valentine's day - 14 February 2018

Wednesday 14 February, 7.30pm, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

Our February meeting has a Valentine's twist! We're meeting a week later than usual, and this year the second Wednesday in February just so happens to fall on the 14th... so: we're asking all members and visitors to come with a funny romantic story - from first dates to wedding days, we'd love to hear your tales!

Our special guest and speaker for the evening will be Ray Brooks, Actor and Author. Has starred in many TV programmes and films; Coronation street, Eastenders - he played the part of Pauline Fowler’s second husband Joe Mercer.  Has starred in Cathy Come Home, Carry on Abroad to mention just a few...

"lovely day for it!"
"That's what they all say..."

-Carry on Abroad

We look forward to welcoming you. Visiting members: £3, visiting guests: £4

Monday, 1 January 2018

Gentle exercise class - 3 January 2018

Wednesday 3 January, 7.30pm, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

Our first meeting of 2018 will include a gentle exercise class to help us all ease into the New Year and hopefully start as we mean to go on!

A friendly reminder that the 2018 membership subs will also be due: £41.00 for the year. Cash or cheque payments accepted on the door

Visitors are also welcome: £4 for guests and £3 for visiting members

For more information, email: 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Annual meeting and Christmas wreath making - 6 December 2017

Wednesday 6 December, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

Our Annual meeting saw us elect a brand new committee to serve in 2018 - we're looking forward to all of the exciting new things that our fabulous new committee will inspire us to do next year.

To conclude our year we made some seasonal floral decorations under the expert guidance of Eloise, from Wild About Flowers, a florist based in Twickenham. Our talented members made some beautiful Christmas wreaths!

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Chocolate workshop - 1 November 2017

Wednesday 1 November, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

We had a fabulous time at our November meeting learning how to create yummy cocoa masterpieces in this chocolate workshop. Members made some tasty treats to take home with them. Delicious!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Link Together - 4 October 2017

Wednesday 4 October, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

In our October meeting we talked through how we can get involved in the latest WI campaign: Link Together, a campaign to help end loneliness and social isolation.

The resolution:
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance
What you can do:

Bring your ideas and put your thinking caps on to help us explore how we can contribute to this essential cause.

Admission: free to members, £3 for visiting WI members, £4 for guests.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

With special guest: Rhidian Brook - September 2017

Wednesday 6 September, Duke Street Church Cafe, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH

Our September meeting saw us meet on a new day and in a new venue! We were delighted to be able to use the fabulous space at Duke Street, and look forward to many an exciting activity there going forward.

Our guest speaker at this meeting was Welsh novelist Rhidian Brook, who discussed his latest book The Aftermath, which will be released as a film starring Keira Knightley in early 2018. We invited our members to read the book (this was also our Book Club's book of the month), and encouraged all to join in the discussion.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Summer Social - 5 August

Picnic in the park, Saturday 5 August, 12.30pm - 4.00pm

We were delighted to join the London WIs for their annual London WI picnic in the park, this year it was hosted by Putney WI

  • Time: 12.30 - 4.00pm
  • Location: Wandsworth Park, Putney Bridge Road (by the playground!)
Bring some food, drink, a blanket (or chair!), and of course your wonderful selves.

We hope to see you all there

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Reducing plastic waste - 6 July 2017

Plastic Soup Foundation

Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm The Old Ship Richmond, 3 King Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND

In our July meeting we looked at the WI Resolutions which have been voted through at this year's AGM, and look at how we can take an active involvement in the campaigns.

We had hoped to have a colleague from the Plastic Soup Foundation
 join us via conference call from Amsterdam and talk to us about plastic microfiber pollution in our oceans, but sadly extreme weather didn't allow us this chance! We hope to welcome a colleague from the Foundation via conference call at another meeting soon. This informative and insightful talk was aimed to help us to think about our WI's contribution to the overall NFWI campaign to end plastic soup - one of the Resolutions passed in June.

Luckily one of our very own fabulous new members, Alison, stepped in and gave us a fantastic impromptu talk on how we can reduce our plastic usage in our daily lives. From using reusable shopping bags to taking our very own metal drinking straw out with us, there are lots of ways we can reduce the demand on this environmentally damaging product. Thank you, Alison.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Our personal nutrition - June 2017 meeting

Thursday 1 June 2017, 7.30pm The Old Ship Richmond, 3 King Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND

Change of speaker: we are now delighted to welcome nutritionist May Simpkin to our next meeting!

May will get us thinking about our own personal nutrition: what do we really need to be eating, based on our lifestyles, so that we can be as healthy and energised as possible? What should we be thinking about? And what could we do to make healthy changes in our diets?

At this meeting, May will talk to us about her work and get us thinking about healthy choices for ourselves. She'll even help us draw up our own healthy eating plans for this summer - so we invite you to bring along any thoughts, notes and ideas for your own plan.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

With special guest: Holly Tucker MBE - May 2017

Thursday 4 May 2017, 7.30pm
The Old Ship Richmond, 3 King Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1ND 

We welcomed guest speaker Holly Tucker MBE, founder of Holly & Co, and Chief Inspirator and co-founder of Her life long passion is to champion creative enterprises and support small businesses.
Holly’s dedication and contribution to business has been recognised through a number of awards over the years, most notably by her MBE for services to small businesses and enterprise as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2013, and her appointment as the UK Ambassador for Creative Small Businesses by the Prime Minister in 2015. 

We also explored and voted on this year's proposed WI Resolutions:

  1. Alleviating Loneliness
  2. Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans