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February 2021

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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March 2021

Treasures from the Royal School of Needlework Collection – Dr Susan Kay-Williams

March 4 @ 7:30 pm
Zoom
£5

Back by popular demand!This is a return of Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Royal School of Needlework Collection Curator and Archivist.. It will include a look at some of the interesting, unusual, beautiful and fascinating items in the RSN Collection of textiles and archive of designs and images from the 17th to the 21st Century.An event not to be missed so please book early to avoid disappointment.Email tickets@essexwi.org.uk or phone 01245 382233 and quote event reference RSN2

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The Delights and Possibilities of RHS Hyde Hall With Robert Brett, Curator

March 10 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

RHS Garden, Hyde Hall is presently one of four RHS gardens. Hyde Hall is undergoing major garden development including a new Winter Garden, large scale Perennial Meadow and a new Global Growth Vegetable Garden.With The Delights and Possibilities of RHS Hyde Hall, Robert Brett, the new Curator takes us on a journey detailing the changes that have, and are being made to this beautiful garden. The talk centres itself 2 years into this Strategic Investment, and explores these new developments…

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Pat Lumsdale’s Patchwork Strip Bag

March 20 @ 2:00 pm
Zoom
£5

Pat will be  demonstrating how to make a useful sturdy tote bag. The bag can have sides made up using a patchwork technique or a single piece of fabric.  The demonstration will show you how to construct the bag itself and also how to use one of the techniques to make up the sides.If you would also like a full colour instruction leaflet, with photographs of each stage of the process, Pat is offering this as a PDF download for the special…

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April 2021

Shakespeare – The Real Deal With Simon Bridge. Theatre in the Age of the Bard.

April 23 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

By popular demand, and on Shakespeare’s birthday, the wonderful Simon Bridge is coming back to Essex WI with his fabulous take on Shakespeare. This time you can see him from the comfort of your own home. Simon will explore just what life was like for William Shakespeare, his actors and his audience and will try to answer the question “Why did Shakespeare write like that?” Simon will also relate some of his own experience of performing the Bard’s works –…

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Modern Calligraphy by Jane Lappage

April 24 @ 2:00 pm
Zoom
£5

If, like me you still have awful memories of being taught to write at school and never quite being happy with your handwriting, FEWI Presents once again comes to your rescue with their latest in their Series of Zoom Talks and Workshops.   We bring you an opportunity to hear the renowned Jane Lappage talk about Modern Calligraphy and have a chance to try it our before her workshop that Essex Federation will be running later in the year.  …

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My Life as an Illustrator & Designer by Alison Gardiner

April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

If you are sitting enjoying a mug of tea or coffee as you read this, chances are it could be in an Essex WI Centenary Mug! The Arts & Leisure Committee are delighted that the designer of the mugs, Alison Gardiner, will be joining us by Zoom to talk about her life as an Illustrator and designer and how her career has developed after studying printed textiles to the giftware business she has today. Over the years Alison has designed…

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May 2021

Rescheduled Resolutions Pros & Cons Virtual Event

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our rescheduled Resolutions Pros and Cons Virtual Event - FREE with speakers on this years selected resolution plus resolution process, resolution reps and WI/Federation resolutions.  To book your place go to: ticketsource.co.uk/fewi or call: 0333 666 3366 (booking line open Mon-Fri 9-5, £1.80 fee per booking via the telephone, free to book via the website)  

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Fancy A Boogie?

May 14 @ 11:00 am
Zoom
£5

If you like to ‘Shake It All About’ in the kitchen and dance like no one’s watching, then Arts & Leisure have the perfect event for you!   Liz Scholey is a highly qualified dance teacher and teaches line dance, salsa, Zumba, Bollywood and DDMIX (Darcey Bussell’s dance fitness programme). She brings her witty, glamorous style to all her classes and events.   Dancing is a great way to keep fit and have fun, and in this event, Liz will…

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Knititation – The award-winning authors of Knit and Nibble James McIntosh and his partner Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP share how the blend of knitting and meditation helped lift James out of serious depression.

May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom
£5

Aligning with May’s NFWI initiative Me, Myself and WI; FEWI presents the award-winning authors of Knit and Nibble and founders of the art of Knititation -James McIntosh and Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP.   James grew up on a farm in Portadown; by 35 a presenter on China Food TV and the Global Ambassador for AGA cookers (he was the man who put the AGA in Denman College!). Suddenly he was struck with severe depression. Unable to leave his flat,…

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Punch Needle with The Modern Crafter – An introduction to Punch Needle

May 22 @ 10:00 am
Zoom
£5

When Rachel was on maternity leave she picked up her love of crafting again and after asking her sister Siobhan to design her something to create she felt that these designs were too beautiful not to share and The Modern Crafter,their business selling DIY craft kits based on traditional crafts, punch needle and embroidery was born. Both are passionate about the wellness that comes from crafting and in this session Rachel will demonstrate punch needling using one of their kits,…

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June 2021

Before the Zip – The invisible history of textiles and their makers

June 10 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom
£5

Clothes, what would we do without them? On the other hand, we tend to take them for granted, easily available, cheap and disposable. This talk from Towse Harrison of Sun Jester re-introduces the ‘invisible history’ of textiles from thread and weaving, to decorationand the clothes and fastenings of our ancestors in the near and far past.  Along the way we will get insight into the invisible makers and why thread and cloth has been so important to world history. To…

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Virtual Hybrid County Annual Meeting

June 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom

Join us online for our 2021 County Annual Meeting. A virtual hybrid meeting. On Friday 25th June 2021. Time 10.30 - 12.30 With special guests Danny Crates (TV presenter, Paralympic icon and former world record holder) and Nick Newland (Policy and Communications Manager for Associated Country Women of the World). One delegate per WI. Observer places free. To book your place, please go to ticketcourse.co.uk/fewi

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A Ramble Through The Solar System

June 30 @ 7:00 pm
Zoom,

Take a journey to explore our local star, the sun, together with 8 planets, some which were known to astronomers living thousands of years ago and some that have been discovered in more recent times. We will learn about their moons together with the smaller bodies; the dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors, that complete our Solar System. £5 To book your place on this exciting Zoom meeting, go to ticketsource.co.uk/fewi (no booking fee for booking online) or call  0333 666…

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July 2021

Charles Dickens, Conjuror

July 8 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom,

Charles Dickens, Conjuror Thurs 8 July, 8pm, on Zoom £5 Charles Dickens was an amateur conjurer for around seven years of his life.  His best known show was on the Isle of Wight in 1849; when he wrote a highly amusing, and informative playbill to promote this show.  This playbill, where Dickens called himself the 'Unparalleled Necromancer', provides the focus to learn about how Dickens became a conjurer, which magicians inspired him, and how his, magic sheds light both on his…

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Alphabake Cookery

July 22 @ 7:30 pm
Zoom,

AlphaBake Cookery: Raspberry & Cream Tart Thurs 22 July. 7.30pm on Zoom, £5 Carole Rose of AlphaBake Cookery has a passion - bringing families together over a delicious dinner or tasty treat. At her cookery school, based in Dunmow, she has made its mission to help people of all ages and abilities to get hands-on in the kitchen and discover a love of cooking that will last for life. At this event Carole, will tell us about herself, her business…

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August 2021

FEWI Literary Lunches – Roz Hall – Clacton on Sea

August 2 @ 1:00 pm
Clacton on Sea Golf Club
£24

FEWI presents Roz Hall at Clacton on Sea Golf Club.  Join us for a three course lunch and coffee, plus light hearted poems read and written by local poet Roz Hall. To book your place go to: ticketsource.co.UK/fewi (there is NO booking fee when booking online) or call 0333 666 3366 (booking line open M-F 9-5 £1.80 fee per phone booking)

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FEWI Literary Lunches – Sarah Harrison – Southend

August 6 @ 12:00 pm
Saxon Hall, Southemd
£25

Sarah doesn’t like to restrict herself to one genre so there’s something for everyone at her talks, especially as she is also a comedian and performer!  Lunch included. To book your place go to: ticketsource.co.UK/fewi (there is NO booking fee when booking online) or call 0333 666 3366 (booking line open M-F 9-5pm, £1.80 fee per phone booking)

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Quilt Detective

August 12 @ 8:00 pm
Zoom,

Quilt Detective - The History & Mystery of Quilts Thurs 12 August, 8pm, on Zoom £5 Jane Cobbett is a tutor and collector of vintage patchwork, based in the West Midlands, she has a passion for old textiles and the methods used to create unusual and beautiful pieces from the smallest Victorian Love Token to full size quilts. Jane will share on screen a selection of her quilts and talk about the fascinating history of each quilt. She will cover the…

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