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Press Coverage

October 2019

We were featured in The Telegraph taste testing strawberry jams.

April 2016

Sophie, our Campaigns Officer, was featured in a Grazia Article: How the Women’s Institute Got Cool

July 2015

We were mentioned in The Independent, in a review of Lucy Worsley’s 100 Years of the WI.

September 2014

We were mentioned in The Telegraph, in an article about homegrown food.

Summer 2014

philomenaOne of our lovely members, Philomena was featured in WI Life magazine this summer talking about a Death Cafe she works with.

CWNN mentioned on the All Together Now

Spring 2013

Our fab (then) President Lara wrote an article for WI Life about the WI in Bronzefield Prison.

January 2013

The Belles were featured in this article from the Express on the ‘Changing face of the WI’ with a quote from our (then) President Lara.

May 2011

Southwark News article- WI: We’re not all about doilies

Spring 2011

‘Lost in London’ magazine feature 

November 2009

Kirsty, our founding president talks to the Times with the amazing title ‘Life is stressful, let’s make chutney

October 2009

A feature on inner-city WIs from The Evening Standard

Our first mention in the papers before we even had our first meeting!

Blog write ups

Bermondsey Street Bees mentioned us in their round up of local Urban Planting Projects.

LOST IN LONDON about us taking part in their pop-up Chelsea Fringe Festival event at Hackney City Farm and also on The Brokedown Palace blog

Richard Reynolds on our Guerilla Gardening expedition

The lovely Catherine Hirst, who has run embroidery and amigurumi sessions with us

Cos I Like Making Stuff blogged about our craft meet with Perri Lewis

Pins and Needles

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Radio and Television

1185603_659670030709920_1229450339_nOur ex-President Lara on Channel 5 News talking about the WI Save the high street campaign

‘The WI Gets Hip’ with Kirsty McQuire

Talking about all things zine with South London Hardcore at the South East London Zine Fest

Belle (and ex-Borough Belles President) Lara spoke on BBC Woman’s Hour about craft, empowerment, the pressures on women in their 30s to marry, the joys of being an auntie and making friends in the WI!

Three Belles took part in Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice in celebration of Comic Relief

Four Belles were lucky enough to star on The Great British Menu’s Women’s Institute centenary edition, and try a delicious honey-themed desert by Lee Westcott

Three Belles took part in a surprise WI performance alongside Gary Barlow performing Dare on the Royal Variety Performance 2016


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