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A Message from Lara


Last month we said a fond farewell to the 2013-14 committee as we had our AGM. We were very sad to see some of our lovely committee members go (though they have assured us they will still come to our monthly meetups!). Lara, our former president has done the job for two years and she read through all the things we’ve done as a WI group over the past year.

Lara’s Message:

“It has been a great privilege to have been Borough Belles president for the last 2 years. When I first moved to London I really missed having a strong group of friends and crafters to hang out with. With the Borough Belles I have found a wonderful community of likeminded ladies which is so friendly and diverse and made some great friends. Borough Belles combines well things I am passionate about; craft, wildlife, learning new things and feeling a bit more connected to the community.


After a long day, I turn up at WI feeling tired and stressed from work and leave feeling amazingly uplifted! There is something fantastic about having a group you turn up with craft, listen to interesting talks, dance and eat cake with. Since becoming a Borough Belle I have learnt to dance like Beyonce (while, still trying), been to my first supper club, embroider, dream of keeping bees, made chutney late into the night to sell at farmers markets, papercut, judged a cake competition (life-long ambition) appeared on Channel 5 news and written an article for WI life. I’m especially proud of links we have made with Choir with No Name, the Garden Museum, Waterloo Food bank and Bronzefield WI. Being part of the WI makes me feel connected to a strong history of inspiring women and that can only be a good thing.


I’d like to say a BIG thank you to all members who have supported me over last couple of years – the enthusiasm to try new things has been brilliant as well as all the hard graft that has gone into running the WI and organising events (cake-baking, cup-washing, running stalls).   I’m really excited to see what BBWI does next and will be cheering the new committee on from the sidelines! See you all at a meeting soon. Lara x”

We’ve had exciting workshops, and lots of talks from different people from all sorts of professions and interests, and we had a great go of “Social Bingo” where we had to find out all sorts of interesting facts about each other. Turns out we have a lot of budding archeologists in our group!

As the new committee begins (check us out on the About Us page of this blog) we want to say a great big thank you to those members that are stepping down. It is a big ask being part of the committee and lots of things happen behind the scenes from washing up cups to booking speakers to organising socials! We hope you still come to meetings and we feel very grateful for all your help!

We now hand over to the new committee who are wasting no time with there grand plans for the year ahead! Stay tuned…