Jam, Jerusalem and Porridge
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Jam, Jerusalem and Porridge

Blog post by Lara Clements, Committee Member In March we welcomed Angeline Gore, who founded the first WI within a women’s prison at HMP Bronzefield. Angeline talked about her career working in prisons as a housing and resettlement manager and about the development of the WI at Bronzefield. HMP Bronzefield is the largest purpose built … Continue reading

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