Craftivism
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Craftivism

Blog post by Johanna Wilson, Social Media Officer “If we want our world to be gorgeous, we can make it gorgeous” Craft and campaigning have been core parts of the Women’s Institute throughout its history, so it was a pleasure to have Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, recent TED talker and author of a new … Continue reading

Women in STEM
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Women in STEM

Blog post by Muireann Grealy, President Ada Lovelace Day falls every year in October (this year it was on the 10th). It was founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson to draw attention to women excelling in science, technology, engineering and maths. Suw wrote: “Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely … Continue reading

Clothes! Recycle, Upcycle and Swap!
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Clothes! Recycle, Upcycle and Swap!

Blog post by Christel Hernalesteen, Wandering Belles Officer In September’s Borough Belles meeting we talked about clothes. Five speakers came in to speak about this subject from the perspective of their day-to-day work, research or interest. Committee members Ruth (Cloth Scissor Thread) and Alison (Newman Pearce Tailoring) started the evening with very interesting tips and … Continue reading

Creative Crocheting
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Creative Crocheting

Blog post by Ellie Simes, Social Co-ordinator This Belle has crocheted before, but sadly never quite progressed to make anything of beauty or use. I was reminded of this when I went to dig out my crochet hook in preparation for the meeting and found it amongst a bag of small, discarded crocheted rectangles and … Continue reading

AGM 2017
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AGM 2017

Blog post by Muireann Grealy, Borough Belles President It was heartening how many Belles braved the horrible weather for our AGM, to review all the great activities and achievements of the past year and make plans for the future. Sophie, our campaigns and communities officer, got us started with a run-down of all we got … Continue reading

Appy and Healthy
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Appy and Healthy

Blog by Polly Heffer, Culture Club Secretary As the iPhone 3G adverts of 2009 used to tell us, ‘There’s an app for that’. Today, this is truer than ever. Recent statistics suggest that 90% of the time people spend on their mobiles is on apps. There are apps that count our steps and track our … Continue reading