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June 2020

New Speakers Day – CANCELLED

27th June 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Come and spend the day listening to 5/6 possible New Speakers.Two tickets per WI, please bring your lunch, mug and pen and paper!

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July 2020

Walk – Elsenham – CANCELLED

22nd July 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Historical walk through Elsenham and surrounding area, a lovely walk including all you need to know about Jam, Gin and Elsenham

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Craft Open Door Day – CANCELLED

27th July 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come along as and when you like! Bring whatever craft/s you are currently doing, for a day of craft and natter!Please bring packed lunch and your mug. No need to book!£3.00 nominal charge.

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August 2020

Walk – Bocking – CANCELLED

19th August 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Walk from the Community Centre Braintree to Bocking Windmill and via other places of interest

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Craft Open Door Day – CANCELLED

21st August 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come along as and when you like! Bring whatever craft/s you are currently doing, for a day of craft and natter!Please bring packed lunch and your mug. No need to book!£3.00 nominal charge.

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Literary Lunch with Ruth Dugdall – CANCELLED

21st August 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and join us for a 2-course lunch at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club . Our speakers for the day will be Ruth Dugdall a novelist from Suffolk. As a former Probation Officer her fiction falls in the genre of crime writing, with a focus upon forensics. She specialises in domestic noir. A lovely person and a pleasure to listen to. The lunch menu will be Breast of Chicken in a mushroom, basil, sweet cider cream on roasted Mediterranean Vegetable…

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September 2020

Walk – Coggeshall – CANCELLED

9th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A town walk around historic Coggeshall guided by a local historian

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October 2020

Saffron Sumerfield – Medieval to Mississippi

28th October 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 A lively and entertaining show in which Saffron plays classical, Spanish and Mississippi Blues guitar music along with her own songs and tunes on 2 Guitars and South American Cuatro. There will also be a brief history of the guitar and anecdotes and stories from a career in music which included performing live on John Peel’s BBC Radio shows, writing songs for BBC R4’s Start the Week, 2 Chanel 4 films, touring with Long John Baldry in USA, and playing…

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Dr Susan Kay Williams, Royal School of Needlework

29th October 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Zoom
£5

 We are so excited to be joined by Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Collection Curator, who has been Chief Executive of the RSN since 2007.Her talk will cover the history of the RSN, the work they do, their educational focus and the notable pieces of embroidery that they have been involved in such as the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress.Email tickets@essexwi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 to book your place!Please quote event reference RSN

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November 2020

Claire Salmon’s Scandi Style Christmas Tree Make-Along

21st November 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 Have some fun and learn to make your own Christmas trees using everyday items and small pieces of fabric. Why not make a whole forest of these little Scandinavian style potted trees to decorate a festive windowsill or mantelpiece. Using basic machine or hand sewing and some embellishments these are also great fun to make with kids if you need to entertain them in the holidays. No needle drop guaranteed! Email tickets@essexwi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 to book your place! Please…

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December 2020

Journaling with Jackie Sumerfield

3rd December 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER – 7pm Wish you had started a journal this year? Or want to give the one you have some ‘va va voom’? Then this is the talk for you. Jackie’s maxim is that anyone can keep a journal; you don’t need to draw or be an artist to have a beautiful and memorable journal of your own.Having kept illustrated journals since 2008 using a variety of books and media, Jackie is passionate about encouraging others to do the…

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Kelly Mauger, Pastry Chef and Chef Manager, WI Cookery School at Denman

14th December 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 Join Kelly Mauger as she demonstrates how to make some simple and versatile biscuits to suit any palette which can be enjoyed and gifted over the festive period. Recipes will include Fruit and Nut Biscotti, Cheese and Walnut Shortbread and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.It’s up to you if you would like to cook alongside Kelly (just make sure you have everything weighed up in advance) or simply sit back and enjoy the demo. There will be lots of hints and…

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January 2021

Leila Khasal’s Papercraft Make-Along

January 8 @ 11:00 am
Zoom
£5

 Using materials most of you will find in the home, this is a workshop with some fun ideas using any kind of paper – colourful catalogues/magazines/ Christmas or birthday wrapping paper. The technique is fun and suited to any skill level, you’ll start with a hanging ornament and from there on to a ball/lollipop and a flower. So not only will you be left with an inner glow from successfully recycling but will also have something cheery to brighten the…

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Fine Cell Work – Handmade in Prison

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom
£5

Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons.  In this talk you will learn how they were formed and the work they do to train prisoners in high-quality needlework. Their aim is to boost prisoners' self-worth, instilling self-discipline which in turn fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime free lives.

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Royal Rendezvous with Susan Barnett

January 28 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 A royal-themed talk taking us behind the curtains of Sandringham House, the beloved private Norfolk home of HM Queen Elizabeth IHear the fascinating history of this grand Edwardian house . . . a treasure trove of priceless arts brought alive by Susan’s excellent narrative. Discover secrets and stories you never knew about the kings and queens who have called it home – storytelling at it’s best.Email tickets@essexwi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 to book your place!  Please quote event reference SB.   

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February 2021

Mark Francis, Quarterfinalist, The Great British Sewing Bee

February 10 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom
£5

 Mark describes himself as Sewer, Pianist, Whovian, Dog father and husband, not forgetting he is also a Great British Sewing Bee Quarter Finalist 2020. So, please join Mark as he talks about his time on the show. He will also be able to share with us some of his GBSB creations and transformations and what it was really like behind the scenes. Email tickets@essexwi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 to book your place!Please quote event reference BSB.  

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Show the Love 2021 – The Climate Crisis in Essex – 11& 12 February

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Free

We very much hope you will join us to hear our inspiring speakers at this year’s Show the Love Zoom meeting.This is a great opportunity for us all, not just to learn more about the climate crisis and what we can do to help, but to make it clear to our MPs that we expect them to take immediate and effective action to protect the natural world, and our, and our children’s, futures. We can all make the difference, just…

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Heard About The Virtual WI’s? Do you wonder what its all about? – 7pm 11 February

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom

Whether you belong to an established WI and are interested to know more. Or you are new to the WI and would like to find out what the WI has to offer you. Here is your opportunity to be part of a completely new kind of WI.  The WI has been successful for 105 years and although our values stay the same we are always looking forward to the next new and exciting way to bring our WI to more women. The role of the WI is to inform and educate but importantly to have FUN We would love you…

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Show the love – Building Back Better. 12 February. Join MP Stephen Metcalfe as he talks about the concept of Building Back Better in the fourth of our Show The Love climate change Zooms. Stephen will be joined by Chris Jardine, Technical Director of Joju Solar, and a representative of the Green Alliance. To join please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/online/show-the-love-2021/ or email essexclimate@gmail.com

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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London at Night: A Journey of Photos and Poetry by Simon Gregor

February 22 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

   Join Simon for a virtual tour of London at night told through photographs and poetry.  Simon is a graduate of Cambridge University and is a professional photographer and tour guide. Simon is one of the regular Denman at Home speakers and we are delighted that he is joining us as part of our Arts and Leisure programme.Email tickets@essex.wi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 to book your place!  Please quote event reference LNP.   

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