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December Meeting

Dictating with tradition this will be our Festive Christmas Party, there will be a Stollen Bake Off, Christmas Head Gear Competition, dancing, and a buffet (please bring a savoury dish to feed 4), we will also announce our Members of 2017 who will win a bursary to Denman College

St Barnabas Christmas Fayre

We will be running a stall at this event on Sunday 3rd December 2017 from 1-5pm (setting up from 12pm) if you are able to volunteer with the running of this please contact Mary to let her know what times you could do. We will also be having a Jambola, please fill jam jars with bits and bobs and bring along or arrange to drop off with us to contribute to the stall, also if you have any crafts or bakes to donate please bring along or arrange to drop off, all monies raised will be going to our annual charity ELMS

Remembrance Parade

Sunday 12 November 2017, we will be meeting outside the William Morris Gallery at 10am, if you have any crafted poppies to be added to our wreath please provide these to Sarah Woollard

November Meeting

We will be voting in a new committee for 2017/2018 at our Annual General Meeting in November. As each WI is run by its members, we'd love to get more members involved in the running of the Stow Roses. Please have a think about what you can contribute and feel free to grab any of the committee for a chat about what's involved. There will also be a Halloween themed Bake Off with cakes sold to raise money for this years charity we are supporting ELMS

October Meeting

The theme of Octobers meeting is crafts, various members have volunteered to pass on their skills to members and visitors, we have Mary running Sock Bunnies, Sue running braiding, Lesley running Indian Block Printing, Esther running Upcycling T Shirts into Necklaces, and Sarah making Pajaki Decorations

September Meeting

Our September meeting will be our long-awaited talk from Walthamstow Wetlands, the new urban wetland nature reserve in the Lea Valley. Wednesday 6th September at 7.30pm in the Warrant Officer.

Stow Roses Annual Picnic

As we have no formal meeting in August, we will be holding our annual picnic in Lloyd Park from 1pm on Saturday 5th August. Please bring food, drink (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic) and a picnic blanket. We will be in the second garden from the back of the Gallery. All Stow Roses welcome.

July Meeting

Our July meeting will be a talk by Sea Shepherd, who are marine conservationists and ocean defenders. A bit like Greenpeace 'but with teeth.' Apparently, they have some great merchandise too, sbring your purses! Find out more about them here.

Wednesday 5th July at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer pub.

Stow Roses stall at Women of Walthamstow Uniting Festival on 9th July

We are thrilled to have been invited to take part in the first Women of Walthamstow Uniting Festival on Sunday 9th July from noon until 6pm in Walthamstow Town Square.

We will be running a stall selling home-baked cakes, homemade condiments and handcrafted items, so we need you to get busy making and baking so that we have things to sell. All proceeds will go to our 2017 nominated charity, Elms.

Rachel Kitten and Sarah Woollard are coordinating our involvement, but will need additional members to help out for an hour or two on the stall and with helping to set up beforehand and clear away afterwards. If you can donate goods and/or time, please email Stow Roses to let us know.

We could also do with borrowing a pop-up gazebo if anyone has one that they wouldn't mind lending us for the day.

Our evening with Madeline Smith

Our June meeting was our 'big' meeting for the year, where we book a high profile speaker, hire a bigger venue and open it up to the public. This year, we booked Bond girl and Biba model, actress Madeline Smith who provided stories a-plenty about her time in the 60s and 70s in the thick of popular culture and British film.The evening is the subject of a great blog post on the Carry On blog. Read it here.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in organising and running this event:

Mary and Sarah for organising and running the bar, Darren Judd for driving, bartending and general moving of heavy furniture, Rachel and Helen for greeting people at the door. Lynn and Marina for helping set out the chairs and clear things away. Tim Mullineaux for being technical director, sound engineer and showreel producer. Ivor Game for opening the evening with live music and for working with Maddy on her talk. Jo Mullineaux for organising the night.

Tickets now available for our June meeting - From Biba to Bond - an evening of conversation with Madeline 'Maddy' Smith

Tickets are now available for our June meeting where we are joined by very special guest, actress and model, Madeline' Maddy' Smith for an evening of conversation about her days as a Biba model and Bond girl, starring alongside Sir Roger Moore in 'Live and Let Die.' Maddy will also be talking about her work with Sir Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd, Ava Gardner, the Carry on Team and many more.

Tickets are free to all WI members but you do need to book a place to attend as we're also opening up the event to the general public. Non-WI members welcome at 5 a ticket (plus 90p Eventbrite booking fee). Please invite your family and friends and other WIs. Licensed bar. Over 18s only. Wednesday June 7th from 7.30pm-9.30pm at Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS (nearest tube Blackhorse Road - 2 mins walk).

Tickets available here.

May Meeting

We are very excited to welcome Jeanette Moser, an established WI speaker who will be talking to us about self-defence. Guests very welcome at 5. Please email Guest List to be added to book a ticket. Wednesday 3rd May at 7.30pm, at the Warrant Officer pub on Higham Hill Road.

We will also be balloting on the local charity that we will support for 2017 and will be cavassing you all for ideas for our programme for 2018.

Want to join us in 2017?

Our books are now open for new members for 2017. Emails were sent out to those on our waiting list at the weekend. If you are on the list and didn't receive an email, or if you want to join the Stow Roses, please email Stow Roses Membership to be added to the list. Thank you!

March Meeting

Anne Fox from Clinks will join us to talk about working with offenders and working as a woman in the criminal justice system.

International Women's Day March Sunday 5th March

We will be joining the march for International Women's Day on Sunday 5th March in central London. To take part, please register here then head over to the Stow Roses chat page to let us know that you will be joining us. We'll meet up in Walthamstow at 10.45 in the morning by the ticket barriers at Walthamstow Central tube station and travel into central London together.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Roses! Our first meeting of the year is Wednesday 4th January and will be a timely talk from medical herbalist, Sarah Gray. It will take place at the Warrant Officer at 7.30pm.

Please remember to bring your completed resolution form from last month's WI Life magazine. It's your chance to have your say on the national WI campaign for 2017.

As ever, we will be having a collection of sanitary products for Eat or Heat.

And finally, January's meeting is the last chance for existing members to renew their membership before we open the books to our waiting list. The subscription for 2017 is 39 (19 for dual members). Cheque or cash only please.

Committee Members Needed!

Are there things you'd like to change about the Stow Roses? Are you brimming with ideas that you'd like to bring to life? Fancy shaking things up a bit?

Next month sees our AGM where we will be seeking nominations for the Committee. This is your chance to shape the Stow Roses and contribute to the running of the branch, so please consider putting yourselves forward. We can't function without volunteers.

As mentioned at last night.s meeting, we will also be having a Bake Off competition at the AGM, with proceeds from the cake sale going to our nominated charity, Branches. This year, we are having two categories - a general cake category and a Bonfire Night themed category. We will be asking out AGM supervisors from the Federation to judge.

We will also be collecting new items for our bumper Christmas raffle, the proceeds of which will also go to Branches, so please bring along anything that you can.

Abstract Roses Outing

The Stow Roses art appreciation group meets on Sunday 11th September to see 'The Calais Jungle', the Homeless Library and Namo Ato: Japanese Outsider Art. Please meet just inside the foyer at the Royal Festival Hall at 10am. All of the exhibitions are free.

Annual Subscription for 2017

The annual subscription for 2017 has been set by the National Federation of WIs at 39. Dual members subscription is 19. Existing members can renew their subscriptions at the November, December or January meetings, after which time we will open our books to those on the waiting list.

Collections for Eat or Heat and Branches

We had a boot full of food donated for Eat or Heat and lots of warm winter accessories donated for Branches at Wednesday's meeting. Thank you so much for your generosity.

We'd also like to give a big thank you to Rob at the Warrant Officer, not only for his enduring support over the last three years, but also for the massive surprise spread that he laid on for us on Wednesday night.

September Meeting

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th September at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer where we will be having a talk from our chosen charity Branches. They are currently preparing for the cold winter months so we are organising a collection of new socks, hats, scarves and gloves (mainly men's). It is preferable that these items are new, although they may take good quality second hand items.
We will also be holding a collection for Eat or Heat who are running very low on food at the moment, so please bring along any non-perishable items. Below is a list of items they require:

Large boxes of cereal
Small boxes cereal
Cous cous
Canned soup
Canned beans (inc Baked beans)
Canned spaghetti
Canned fish
Canned meat
Canned tomatoes
Canned potatoes
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned dessert
Sugar (large bags especially)
Long Life milk
Instant Coffee Marmalade/Jam
Pasta Sauce Squash

They also need carrier bags, so if you have any spare, please can you bring those along too.


As some of you may already know, Fiona is leaving the Stow Roses to start a new life up in Manchester, as a result we need someone who will take on the role of Secretary on an interim basis until the AGM in November, and next year should you wish to. Being Secretary is a great role within the committee, as well as being a vital one - if we don't have a Secretary, then unfortunately, we will have to cease to exist as a WI as it is such a crucial role. You will need to be available not only on the first Wednesday of every month, but also on the second Wednesday of every month for committee meetings. Please email with any questions you may have or to put yourself forward.

Committee Members

As well as looking for a secretary on an interim basis, we also need people to join the committee for November for the next 12 months. If you are interested in joining and would like to know more, then please speak to a member of the current committee at the next meeting or email the Stow Roses email address with any questions you may have. You will need to be available not only on the first Wednesday of every month, but also on the second Wednesday of every month for committee meetings. We don't need to know right away, however, you will need to put your name down for the committee before the November meeting.

Quilt Raffle

Several of our lovely members have sewn together the most amazing quilt (yes, we are biased) that is in the process of being raffled off for Whipps Cross Neo-Natal Unit. If you would like to buy raffle tickets and contribute towards this amazing project and cause, please email for further details. RAFFLE NOW CLOSED.

2016 Membership Fee

The membership fee for 2016 has been confirmed as 37.50 for full members and 18 for dual members. Existing members can re-confirm their membership for 2016 at the November, December or January meetings. We can accept cash (please try to bring the exact change if you can) or cheques made payable to 'Stow Roses WI.' We hope that you stay with us for 2016 and beyond.

November Meeting

November's meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th November at the Warrant Officer pub at 7.30pm. It is also our AGM where we will be voting in the Officers and Committee Members for 2016 so it's vital that as many members as possible attend.

We will also be having a bake off competition, with a prize for the winner, and slices of the competition entries then being sold to raise money for charity, so please get your pinnies on and your recipe books out!

We'll also be collecting donations of prizes for our Christmas raffle, so if you have any new items that are suitably lovely, please bring them along.

Covent Garden and St Giles Glamble

Our next glamble will take place on Sunday 25th October and will be a two-mile walk around Covent Garden and St Giles. Please meet at Covent Garden tube station at 10.30am and please don't forget that the clocks will have gone back by an hour!

Remembrance Sunday

As per the last two years, the Stow Roses will be taking part in Waltham Forest's Remembrance Sunday parade and service. We will be meeting on Forest Road, alongside the William Morris Gallery from 10am on Sunday 8th November. Look for the Stow Roses banner and please wrap up warm. We will then walk in procession to the town hall grounds before taking part in the service and laying our wreath in remembrance of all of those touched by war.

Stow Roses Film Club - Reel Women

The first meeting of the Stow Roses Film Club - Reel Women - takes places on Sunday 18th October. We are meeting at the Empire Cinema in Walthamstow in time for the 17.50 showing of 'Suffragette.' All WI members are welcome to join us.

Donations for our Christmas raffle

If you have anything suitable as a donation for our Christmas raffle (think all sorts of indulgent goodies, vouchers for local services, etc.), then please bring them along to Wednesday's meeting (7th October). Thank you!

October Meeting

October's meeting will be a singing workshop. Don't panic!

You don't have to be 'experienced' or 'musical' - you just join in and enjoy yourself. Laura Forbes, a qualified music teacher and fun person, will lead a session guaranteed to lift your spirits and bust your stress. So come along and sing your socks off. You have nothing to lose but your inhibitions. You will leave a happier and healthier person with a huge smile on your face. Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer. Guests welcome at 5 per person.

September Glamble

The theme of our September glamble (glamorous ramble) is the Great Fire of 1666. Meet at 10.30am on Sunday 20th September at Monument tube station for a 2.25 mile walk, with tea and cake afterwards for those who have built up an appetite. Open to all WI members. No need to book. Just turn up.

Film Club

Rachel is looking to start a Stow Roses Film Club, If you'd be interested to trips to the cinema and discussions about the films you've seen, please email Stow Roses and ask to be added to the Film Club mailing list.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas party is on Wednesday 2nd December at 7.30pm at our usual meeting place of the Warrant Officer.

There is a theme this year of Yuletide Ball with a competition for the best frock - think Oscars, BAFTAS, etc. We might even have a red carpet from somewhere (anyone have one we can borrow?)

We will also be having another competition for the best Christmas tree decoration so get crafting! IT can be something that hangs off the tree or something that can be perched on top of the tree. The decoration MUST be handmade so no buying a bauble and covering it in glitter :-)

We will also be having a DJ (TBC who as we haven't asked yet), so that we can all get our groove on.

As in previous years, we will be having a raffle so we are asking for donations which can be dropped off to Rachel or Fiona at the October and November meetings, or please contact them to arrange a collection/drop off outside of the meetings.

We are also asking you to bring a savoury dish that can be shared with four people and to include a list of ingredients for the benefit of those of us with allergies or who are vegetarian or vegan.

Last but not least, this party is for members only, so we ask you please not to bring any guests along with you.

August Meeting

There is no official meeting in August but we are hoping to have a picnic/party in August and will update the website with details nearer the time.

Dates for your diary

(Please also visit the Calendar Page for details of future events).

Friday 17th July - A visit to Sh!

Monday 20th July 7.30pm onwards in the Dog and Duck Chingford Road - First meeting for those wanting to join the Quilting Bee

Monday 27th July at 7.30 at the Dog and Duck the Stow Roses Stitching group

Sunday 26th July - glamble meeting at 10.30am outside Charing Cross Station. The walk is a 2.5 miler around The Strand, Embankment and Fleet Street

Dates for your diary

Next glamble is Sunday 24th May and will be a glamourous amble around the ever-changing Soho. Please meet at Tottenham Court Road tube station at 10.30am.

Next Stitch and Bitch takes place at the Dog and Duck on the Chingford Road on Monday 25th May from 7pm. June's stitch-fest will take place on 22nd June at the same venue at the same time.

May Meeting

May sees us being taught how to belly dance (you can just watch if you prefer!). Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a scarf to tie around your waist so that you can see your hip movements. Wednesday 6th Maty, 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer pub. For guest tickets, please email Stow Roses Membership.

Knitting and Stitching Group

Our knitting and stictching group will meet any time from 7.00pm at the Dog and Duck on Chingford Road on Wednesday 22nd April. Open to all members. No need to book - just turn up with your UFOs and your WIPs.

April Glamble

Our April glamble takes place on Sunday 19th April and will take us around Holborn. It will last approximately one and a half hours, with tea and cake to follow. Please meet at Temple tube station at 10.30am. All members welcome. No need to book - just turn up.

March Glamble

Our next Glamble takes place on Sunday 22nd March and will be a glamorous amble around Mayfair. Please meet outside Bond St tube station at 10.30am. Open to all members. No need to sign up - just turn up and enjoy. The walk will be followed by tea and cake.

New photos added to the Gallery!

We've added some photos of recent events, including International Women's Day, to our Gallery.

April Meeting

Our monthly meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st April at the Warrant Officer. We will have a talk on bee keeping and the chance to look at an observation hive. There will also be the chance to buy local honey.

We'll also be selling NFWI raffle tickets at this meeting (first prize 10,000) so please bring your purses!

March Meeting

Our monthly meeting takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th March at the Warrant Officer. Building on the NFWI resolution on organ donation 'It's Time To Talk' we will be discussing issues arising out of tissue, blood and organ donation. Our guest speaker will be scientist Sally Proctor from NHS Blood and Transplant.

International Women's Day

Stow Roses have a stall at the Waltham Forest International Women's Day event at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Sunday 8th March. Please email Stow Roses if you can help out on the day - setting up, manning or packing away the stall - or if you can donate something handmade to sell.

Stow Roses February Glamble

Our next glamble takes place on Sunday 22nd February and will cover Westminster and the South Bank, followed by tea and cake for those who wish to partake. Meet at Westminster tube station at 10.30am.

Stow Roses January Glamble

Our next glamble (glamorous amble) will be Sunday 25th January and we will be meeting at Liverpool Street Station at 10.30am. This walk will take us around Hoxton and Shoreditch and is about 3.5 miles long. There will be a bit of history thrown in. Obviously, coffee/tea and cake will be sough after the walk, a just reward.

Annual Quiz

Happy New Year to all of our lovely Roses! It's our first meeting of the year on Wednesday 7th January at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer and it's also our annual quiz. Lots of lovely prizes to be won. Existing members who haven't yet paid their subs for 2015 may do so from 7pm. And please don't forget your completed resolution forms.

Christmas Party!

Wednesday December 3rd sees our Christmas Party at the Warrant Officer at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle, DJs, dancing, food and a festive earrings competition. Please bring a savoury dish/nibbles sufficient to feed four people.

Sewing class discounts at Queenie and Ted

Queenie and Ted have kindly offered Stow Roses members a 5 discount on all of their sewing classes in Walthamstow. To view and book the range of classes, please click here.

November's Meeting

As well as your bake off entries, please don't forget to bring your donations of unwanted bras, foreign coins and donations for Eat or Heat (dried or tinned good, toiletries). Thank you!

WI Days

New programme for daytime group available now.

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 9th November - Stow Roses joins the Waltham Forest parade for Remembrance Sunday. Meet at 10.15am on Forest Road outside the William Morris Gallery for a slow march up to the Town Hall for the Service of Remembrance, followed by an afternoon of remembrance and commemoration at the Warrant Officer. All Stow Roses members welcome.

Stow Roses Chat

We have set up a closed Facebook group for Stow Roses members. Please click on the link and ask to join if you are a Stow Roses member and would like to join

November's Meeting

November's meeting is on 12th (to avoid a clash with Bonfire Night) and is a bake off! As well as having a talk from local foodbank charity, Eat or Heat, members can bake a cake (or individual cakes) and enter them into our bake off competition. We will then sell pieces of the various cakes during the meeting to raise fund for Eat or Heat. So please get your recipe books out. Ready, steady, bake!

Even if you're not a baker, there will be cake to sample and a chance to hear about the invaluable support provided to our community by Eat or Heat and the challenges that they face in the current economic climante.

We will also be collecting the following items:
Foreign coins
Unwanted bras
Donations for Eat or Heat - dried or tinned food, nappies, toiletries, toilet rolls, sanitary products, etc.

And lastly, please don't forget that existing members can sigh up for 2015 between 7pm and 7.30pm. Membership for 2015 is 36 and we can accept cheques or cash (sorry, no online or postal payments).

Stow Roses Glamble

The glambles usually take place on the third Sunday of the month. However, due to Rachel being away, the next glamble will take place on Sunday 26th October 2014. This time around we will meet outside Finsbury Park tube station (the Stroud Green exit) at 10.30am. The walk will take us from Finsbury Park to Highgate via a beautiful green corridor along a stretch of disused railway. The walk is 3 and a half miles long and will take approximately 2 hours - maybe less, depending on the pace. As on the previous glambles, we will have coffee/tes/cake, etc. at the end of the walk as a thoroughly deserved reward!

Stow Roses AGM

Our October meeting is our first AGM. We will deliver the annual report and elect the committee for 2015. Existing members will also have the opportunity to confirm their membership for 2015 by paying their 2015 membership (36) in advance (sign-up between 7pm and 7.30pm). It's really important that as many members as possible attend.

Leytonstone WI

A new WI is being set up in Leytonstone! The Luna Ladies will hold its first main meeting on Wednesday 8th October at 7.30pm at the Luna Lounge in Leytonstone. Anyone wishing to join can do so at this meeting. Stow Roses wishes them every success for the future.

August Glamble

Our first glamorous urban ramble (glamble) takes place on Sunday 24th August, starting at 10.30am outside Walthamstow tube station, following by a leisurely 1 and 3/4 mile stroll around the village with a little history thrown in. Tea and cake afterwards at a venue chosen by the glamblers for those who are in need of refreshment. Stow Roses members only please.

Please head over to the Rambling Roses page for further details.

August Social Events

There is no formal meeting in August, but we have a couple of social events lined up:

Saturday 9th August - Stow Roses picnic in Lloyd Park from 1pm in the area between the cafe and the gallery (look for Rachel with a Stow Roses bag or tea towel). Please bring food (if possible, something suitable for sharing), drink, and a blanket (and cutlery if your food requires it!)

Tuesday 19th August - Stow Roses fields a team(s) for the regular Tuesday night quiz at the Bell pub. Any members who would like to participate, please arrive at 7.30pm and look for the tables with the Stow Roses signs.

Walthamstow Village Festival

We have been offered a stall at this year's Village Festival which is in Orford Road on Saturday 2nd August from 1pm until 6pm. Before we commit, we need a member to volunteer to organise/coordinate the stall (possibly selling cakes and merchandise), and we need other members to volunteer to do a couple of hours on the stall at some point during the day. If you are able to help with this at all, please email Stow Roses before midnight on Friday. Thank you!

New Community Choir

After a solid effort to create a W.I. members only choir, we have reluctantly had to admit defeat, as we weren't getting the numbers to make this sustainable, either in terms of finance or volume! However, our lovely choir leader, Laura, is going to continue the choir as a community choir, so it will now be open to all men and women over the age of 18. The new choir, renamed as 'The Bell Clangers', will start on Monday 7th July at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer pub on Higham Hill Road (the choir will revert to its usual venue of the Bell from 21st July once the footie is over). Fee 6. Please remember there are no auditions, you won't have to sing on your own (if you have had a bad experience singing, this is the perfect choir for you) and you don't have to be able to read music. The choir is informal but produces a quality sound, and it often sings in three parts, covering a wide variety of musical styles. Although no longer a Stow Roses/WI choir, we would be grateful for the support of members in passing along these details to anyone who they think might be interested. Thank you!

Stow Roses Banner

If you're working on a section for the banner, or would like a section, and have not received an email from Deb's in the past couple of weeks, please could you email her at Deb's Jerred as some of her emails have been bouncing back.

The next sewing bee takes place at 8pm on Wednesday 25th June where we come to share progress, natter and stitch.

Ring-making workshops

The lovely artists at Made By Ore have offered to run a silver ring-making workshop exclusively for Stow Roses members. During the class, you will learn how to size rings, how to imprint, file, solder, shape and polish a ring of your own design, and you will even be able to take your beautiful creation home with you! The workshop will cost 29 and will run in an evening between 6.30pm and 9.00pm at the Made By Ore studios on Forest Road (opposite Walthamstow fire station). Date tbc. If you would like to attend the workshop (we may have more than one depending upon numbers). please email Stow Roses to be added to the list.

Stow Roses Choir - change of venue for June

Due to the World Cup, the Stow Roses choir will be meeting in the function room at the Warrant Officer for its June meetings. Monday evenings 7.30pm-9.00pm. All WI members welcome. 6.

July meeting - Digital Photography

July's meeting is 'How To Get The Most Out Of Your Digital Camera' with brilliant local professional photographer, Paula Smith. You can find out more about Paula here.

Paula has asked that we send her some questions in advance of our meeting, so if there is something that you've always wanted to know about digital photography, please send your question to Stow Roses Programme Planning Group by 20th June.

And please bring your camera with you to the meeting.

June meeting - SWISHING!
Our meeting on 4th June is SWISHING (organised clothes swap!). Members should bring along new or nearly new items to SWISH. For each item brought, members will be given a token and each token can be exchanged for an item brought along by another member. We will have clothes rails to display the items, but please bring a hanger for each item that you want to SWISH. John Lewis Stratford are kindly sending along two of their personal shoppers to talk to us about styling and dressing for our shapes. So dust off those purchases that are lurking in the wardrobe, unworn or hardly worn, and get ready to SWISH on 4th June. Any items left over at the end of this night will be collected by a local charity, or members can take home their item back home with them if they have not managed to SWISH. Clothes only please - no underwear, shoes or accessories.

Volunteers needed!
Stow Roses are running the Pimms Bar at the Eat or Heat Great East End Art Market on Saturday 14th June. If you are a member and are able to take a turn helping to run the bar, please email Stow Roses.

Further details about this great event can be found

Stow Roses Choir

The choir will not be meeting on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, but will resume on Monday 2nd June, 7.30pm at the Bell pub, E17. All WI members welcome. 6.

Bake Off Opportunity

As part of St James Park Big Lunch, there is a bake off competition being held on Sunday 1st June. Judges include Great British Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber, and some of our lovely committee members. As many of you have asked about having a Stow Roses bake off, we're encouraging as many Stow Roses as possible to submit entries. Further details here.

Stow Roses Choir

We sang this beautiful song at choir yesterday evening, together with a Ghanian greeting song, a song by Moby and many more. We next meet on Monday 19th May at 7.30pm in the function room at the Bell pub, E17. All abilities welcome. No need to be able to read music, and you won't be made to sing on your own. Open to all WI members. 6.

May's meeting

Want to learn a new craft? May's meeting sees members able to learn new skills at one of seven craft stations. Choose from knitting, crochet, embellishing Stow Roses tote bags, cross stitch, hand patchwork, pillowcase dresses and 3-D card making. Each station will have a limited number of spaces, so please arrive early to ensure you get your first choice. There will be items for sale too, so please remember your purses.

FinaIly, if you have any spare pillowcases, beads, buttons, knitting needles or crochet hooks, then please bring them along.

Wednesday May 7th at 7.30pm at the Warrant Officer pub, Higham Hill Road. Non-members please email Stow Roses Guestlist to book a 5 guest ticket.

Vigil for the kidnapped schoolgirls

Join Shoreditch Sisters and other WIs in a vigil for the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls - Saturday 3rd May at 1pm at the Nigerian Embassy, 9 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BX.

Stow Roses Choir

After a lively and energetic first session, the Stow Roses Choir next meets on Monday 12th May from 7.30pm-9.00pm at the Bell pub. We still need more voices so please come along! We can guarantee you a warm and rousing welcome :-) The choir is open to Stow Roses and members of other WIs. 6 per visit.

Stow Roses Choir

The Stow Roses Choir meets weekly at the Bell pub in E17 on Monday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm.

The first meeting will take place on Monday 28th April. No need to book - just turn up. All abilities welcome and no need to be able to read sheet music. Music to be chosen by the choir members.

Stow Roses members only please. 6 per visit.

WI Days - day trip to Richmond

WI Days will be taking the train to Richmond next month on Wednesday 14th May. Any member who wants to go should meet at Blackhorse Road station at 10.30am. Weather permitting, the plan is for a nice stroll along the river, lunch and shopping.

Stow Roses Choir

The Stow Roses Choir aims to reach women of all singing abilities, with the intention of developing their voices and lifting their spirits!

Whether you haven't sung since school or feel confident blasting out a solo, this will be an informal and inclusive environment for you to develop your singing and it will be highly social too!

You don't have to be able to read music, but it will be available for those wanting it. Everything will be taught by ear, and don't worry if you're not sure if you're a soprano or alto - you'll soon find out! We're aiming for the repertoire to be diverse, including international songs, contemporary, sixties soul and classical. There will be a suggestions box at each rehearsal for members to present ideas for songs. Who knows? We may feel we want to perform in our community this summer too.

So come along and sing your heart out!

Please email Stow Roses Choir if you're interested in joining.

May's craft-themed meeting - we need YOU!

A reminder that the theme for our May meeting is crafting. If any members would like to have a (free) stall to sell their wares in return for hosting a demo of their craft for a small group of approximately 10 people, please email Stow Roses Eventsto book a table. We're looking for anything and everything - knitting, sewing, cake decorating, card making, crochet, upcycling, taxidermy - so if you have a skill that you would like to share, then please get in touch.

Wild at Heart

An amazing talk from Wild at Heart for our April meeting who not only entertained and informed us with their unique take on foraging and wild foods, but who also fed us with delicious nettle borek, wild garlic tart, blackberry crumble cake and elderflower fair cakes. Any other WIs reading this, we'd highly recommend them as speakers for your meetings. We've added some photos of the evening to our Photo Gallery.

Want to be featured in WI Life magazine?

WI Life is looking for features! Below are some examples of the sort of things they're looking for:


In the past, we've visited various weird and wonderful festivals from pea and scarecrow to Victorian. We've gone worm charming, clay pigeon shooting and rush bearing. We know that WI members are always up to something a bit different and we want to be there to witness it so we can write about it! (Please give us plenty of notice so we can arrange time, travel and photographer).


If you or one of your members has a particularly unusual job, hobby or way of life, we'd love to hear from you for our 'inspiring women' page.


Great community projects or activities individual WI members, WIs or federations are involved in that can make a real difference, however small. Last year we reported on Saddleworth's 'Shop Local' festival - a topic that became so big, saving our high street was voted on as a campaign.

We write all our features in-house, so we don't need you to write anything for us, just tell us a bit about your story and if the editor would like to include it in the magazine we'll do the rest.

Email is the best way to get in touch unless it's super urgent (or if you don't have an email, a letter) as we usually have our heads down writing when we are in the office. Just include a couple of paragraphs about your story and how we can get in touch with you.

With 212,000 members we aren't always able to respond individually to every email or letter, however we do read them all and we will do our best to let you know we've received it and are considering it. We would love to publish all the stories we receive, but unfortunately we don't have the space to fit them all in. Please don't be offended if your story doesn't make it into the magazine this time around."

If you have anything that fits the bill, please get in touch via Stow Roses WI and we'll pass your details on to the magazine.

Emma Bridgewater event at Denman College

The WI college, Denman College, is holding an exciting event on Friday 16th May with Emma Bridgewater, the designer and business woman whose cheerfully distinctive kitchenware has found its way onto the dresser shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over the country and beyond (Editor: can you tell this press release was written by someone who doesn't live in a London shoebox with a matchbox-sized kitchen?)

The price of
45 for WI members and 50 for non-members is for the day event only. You can
purchase tickets to this event with an overnight stay on the 15th May. The
price for dinner, en-suite accommodation for one night, breakfast and
attendance at the event is 99 for WI members and 109 for non-members. Search
course code 134.9908 to book the overnight option.

For those who live a bit further away, there is the option of staying at Denman the night before. For further information, or to book, please call the Denman Bookings Team on 01865 391991 or visit Denman College.

April meeting

Our April monthly meeting takes place on Wednesday 2nd April at 7.30pm in the Warrant Officer. Speakers from 'Wild At Heart' will be talking to us about foraging and will also have a selection of their products for sale. Please don't forget to bring your fabric donations for the banner group - A4 or A5 pieces of natural fabric and ribbon (cotton, silk, etc.) in rose colours. Non-members welcome at the meeting (subject to the three-visit limit) but must book a guest ticket in advance by emailing Stow Roses Membership to ensure a place.

WI Days trip to National Portrait Gallery

The next WI Days event is a visit on Wednesday 9th April to the National Portrait Gallery to view the exibition of WW1 artists. We will be meeting at 11.30 am by the ATM machines in Liverpool St station, which are opposite the usual platforms the Walthamstow trains use (platforms 4 to 7) and also by the main tube entrance.

Daytime Group - WI Days

The next trip organised by the Stow Roses daytime group, WI Days, takes place on Monday 17th March. The group is going to visit the Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields. The entrance for the house is 7.

They are meeting at Liverpool St station at 11.30am, by the ATM machines which are opposite the number 4 to 7 platforms (the usual ones for the Walthamstow train).

There is no need to book your place for this trip. Just turn up.

International Women's Day

After our awe-inspiring 'Women and the Criminal Justice System' event on Wednesday night, our attention now turns to the Waltham Forest celebrations for International Women's Day on Saturday 8th March. Events start in Cedars Avenue at noon where the 1910 suffragette march through Walthamstow is re-created. All women are welcome to join the procession.

From 2pm until 8.30pm, the scene for the celebrations shifts to the Assembly Hall in the Town Hall complex on Forest Road. Stow Roses are organising the food and drink area with members Dolores Rocket and Rachel Kitten taking on DJ duties to create a uniquely chilled ambience. There will also be a Stow Roses merchandise stall where you can buy exclusive merchandise featuring the Stow Roses logo - tote bags 3, tea-towels 4, and T-shirts 10.

We hope to see as many members as possible there at various points of the day!

Additions to the photo gallery

We've added a few photos from Wednesday night's meeting on 'Women and the Criminal Justice System' to the Gallery. Huge thanks to Martin Greaves for doing the sound for the event and for the photos too.

Women and the Criminal Justice System

Tickets for next Wednesday's meeting on 'Women and the Criminal Justice System' are going fast! Please email Stow Roses tickets to secure your place. Guests are welcome but must also email in order to secure a place. This promises to be a unique event with a Question Time-type panel of women who are key players in the field of criminal justice. The event is part of Waltham Forest's celebration of International Women's Day and is being run in conjunction with Walthamstow School For Girls. Date: Wednesday 5th March Time: doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Venue: Walthamstow School For Girls, Church Hill, E17.

Stow Roses website

We know that a lot of our members don't 'do' Facebook or Twitter so we've decided to set up our own official website where you can find out about the latest Stow Roses news and events, browse through our calendar, stroll through our photo gallery, or communicate with one another via the Forum.

Stow Roses logo competition

Congratulations to Melissa Murphy from ArtySmarty Stuff for winning our logo competition. We loved the clean strong lines of her design and thought that it summed up Stow Roses perfectly.

February Quiz

A great night was had by all at our February meeting which took the form of a quiz night. As we're such a large WI, we decided to get people talking to different people by allocating them to specific teams, all of which were named after roses. There was a huge variety of testing questions, including a WI-specific round. Congratulations to winning team. Fragrant Cloud, who received a bumper hamper of Champneys goodies.