Sort My S*** Out
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Sort My S*** Out

Blog post by Amelia Parsons, Belles of Fire Officer This month, our member Katherine Blackler gave the Belles some top tips to start sorting our sh*t out! Katherine started her business, SortMySpace Ltd, after realising that she could apply the excellent organisation skills she used working in project management roles in the City to helping … Continue reading

AGM (2017-18 roundup!)
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AGM (2017-18 roundup!)

May’s meeting was our annual AGM, where we review all the great activities and achievements of the past year and elect a new committee. Firstly, Lara gave us a rundown of all the campaign work and community volunteering we’ve taken part in this year – from baking cakes for the Choir With No Name, and … Continue reading

Spring Crafts
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Spring Crafts

This month, we tried our hands at some crafts for new crafts for spring. It was one of the hottest April days and barely any tea was drunk at the meeting – but I think that was sign that every Belle was enjoying the crafts on offer! We had 3 craft stations – can you … Continue reading

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