Committee

We are the Borough Belles WI Committee and we are a team.

We meet once a month to plan exciting new projects, outings and activities. We laugh a lot and have great fun finding new reasons to make Borough Belles the WI you want to be a member of.

We love new people and new ideas and are always looking for people to take on roles within the committee. If you are interested, drop Alison a line at boroughbelleswi@gmail.com for more information.

If you don’t fancy the commitment of being a committee member, we also welcome members to write the blogs for our meetings and events.

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Alison Pearce

President

There’s no two ways about it, I LOVE the Belles! Joining the WI was absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’d urge any woman to take a leap and give us a try. Through the Belles I’ve had many fantastic experiences, learnt a lot and challenged who I think I am. I’ve made some very special friendships too. I came as a guest twice before joining and I’m pleased I persevered and joined as a member in January 2015. My route onto the committee came through helming the running club and a stint as Secretary and has led to me becoming President – I couldn’t be more proud to have been voted in, now for the second time. I lead our monthly meetings and chair the committee that organises our WI as well as penning our two monthly newsletters.

Christel Hernalesteen

Treasurer

I joined the Borough Belles in 2015, after looking at their website and thinking they looked like they were having a lot of fun. It’s been so much fun so that I quickly joined their committee too. The Borough Belles WI have enriched my life in so many ways: from eye-opening or thought-provoking talks to fun activities and outings, to just finding like-minded women, and making friends.

As the treasurer I look after our finances: managing the receipts and expenses, subscriptions, and budget. As a member of the committee, I also love organising talks and activities from time to time and helping on the stalls.

Emily, committee member 2020

Emily Simpson

Committee Member

I have been a member of the Borough Belles for a couple of years and it’s been great! I joined after moving to the area and doing some googling on groups and things going on in the area and I found the Borough Belles site. I remembered going along to WI events with my mum where I grew up in Kent and I have very fond memories of the voluntary warmth the community gave out, there is just something special about that. It also feels like an important social and historical society that we owe to the world to continue with! The monthly speakers have been fantastic and varied, I have learnt practical, emotional and financial skills through them! I would recommend anyone tempted to come along, to just have a try, I really have no complaints! 10/10

Johanna, committee member 2020

Johanna Wilson

Culture Club Officer

I joined the Borough Belles back in 2015. I came as a guest for a session on urban beekeeping and never looked back! It’s a really friendly group that makes you feel welcome from your first visit. As the Culture Club Officer, I organise outings for the Belles to museums, galleries and talks and am always keen to hear what people are interested in seeing.

Kiki, committee member 2020

Kiki Lo

Committee Member

I have been Belle for a couple of years and found that you could not be with a better group of women. They are always up for trying something new and whatever they chose to focus on they support passionately. I currently organise our Supper Clubs which are an excellent platform to get to know each other better outside the monthly meetings. As I also have a keen interest in textiles and mending I have also set up a Stitch Club which is a lovely way to improve our embellishment skills and give a drab piece or clothing a new lease of live.

Lara, committee member 2020

Lara Clements

Lido Club Officer and Raffle Rouser

Joining the Borough Belles in 2010 was the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made. I love hanging out with such a fantastic bunch of creative and inspiring women; I also love that the WI is the largest movement of women in the country and the campaigning voice that the WI has.  I’m really proud that the Borough Belles has supported such a great range of charities over the years – Choir With No Name, Waterloo Food Bank, Women for Refugee Women, Bloody Good Period, Solace, and this years charity, Bede House. Our trusty raffles have a crucial role in helping us raise money for these great organisations.

Lisa, committee member 2020

Lisa Ancliffe

Secretary and Wandering Belles Club Officer

When I moved across London in 2018 I joined the Borough Belles as a way to meet new people in the area and also to encourage me to get off the sofa and start doing more. It has been great getting to know such a wide variety of amazing woman that you wouldn’t normally find all in one room. After usually being the odd one in the office, it has been lovely to meet people with similar interests ranging from baking and crafting through to campaigning and being green. 

I took on the role of Secretary in August 2020. I manage the member data so please come to me with any changes of details or queries. I also lead the Wandering Belles walking club and am looking forward to finding some great walks in London and the surrounds.


Elaine Hunter

Film Club Officer

I got to hear about the Borough Belles through chatting to some members who were running the stall at the Bermondsey Street Festival and I joined soon after. Now a few years on, I’ve had so many lovely shared experiences with the other Belles via the monthly meetings but also through the many and varied other activities that happen in addition. I’ve recently taken over as Film Club Officer so putting my love of films finally to some good use 🙂

Rebekah Hayes

General Helper

I joined Borough Belles in July 2020 after going along to a Culture Club outing earlier that year. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and I quickly got involved in different clubs and sub-groups. It’s easy to find something you’re already interested in or to get stuck into something new! I joined the committee in 2021 as a general helper, which means I regularly attend committee meetings and help out my fellow committee members where needed.

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