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January 2018

Craft Open door Day

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bring along your crafts, work on them with like minded folk and have a natter at the same time! £3.00, no need to book, just turn up!

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March 2018

Beads and Pots Craft Day

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Essex Wi Centre, Whitelands
Chelmsford, CM3 2AG
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Spring brings new beginnings and this craft day for those who are keen to learn new skills and go home with two finished items. The morning session, under guidance from Shirley Perkins, will be decorating a pot with decoupage, ideal for those Spring Bulbs!After lunch, prepared by a member of Cookery and Creative Crafts Committee, you will be taught how to make a beaded bracelet by Lesley Thomas. No previous experience is necessary for either of these crafts. All materials will…

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County Annual Meeting

March 16 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

The meeting will be full of interest, with an inspiring talk from Mandy Hickson,Former fighter pilot with the RAF. Mandy draws on her experiences with working in a team of elite fighter jet pilots. The importance of maintaining a calm demeanour under pressure, as well as leading from the front to achieve the best results from one’s team. Mandy has overcome great hurdles in her career. These experiences led her to co-found Inspiring Women for Work, an organization that helps…

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Tunisian Crochet

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop will be lead by tutor Michelle Turner and is designed for those who are new to Tunisian Crochet. During the day, you will learn the starting rows, the basic stitch, how to keep straight edges and how to finish. ONce this has been mastered you will go onto the second most common stitch plus increases and decreases.Yarn and hooks will be provided, but if you have your own crochet hooks you need to bring sizes 4.5-7mm. Tea and coffee wil…

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Walking in the shadows of The Suffragettes

March 25

The walk will lead us through what was the more upmarket part of London, where the Suffragettes made their impact, as well as Downing Street and Westminster Abbey.Starting at 10.30 outside the public toilets at Liverpool Street Station, END TIME IS WHENEVER YOU DECIDE TO GO HOME.Tickets £2.50 eachAs we will also be travelling on the underground we would suggest a super off-peak travel card from your local station or Oyster Card.Essex Federation Members Only, closing date Wednesday 21st Feb…

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Resolution Pros and Cons

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WI Centre,

Please contact the WI Centre to place your order.

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April 2018

Resolution Pros and Cons

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Havering Bowls Club Hornchurch

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Ladies who Lunch!

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Come and enjoy a delicious two course lunch, followed by speaker Guy Smith - Vice Chairman of the National Farmers Union (NFU). Menu as follows: Breast of Chicken served in a mushroom, basil and sweet cider cream on new potatoes with roast Mediterranean vegetables. Vegetarian option - Roast Mediterranean vegetable tart. Dessert: Bakes New York lemon and sultana cheesecake. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS. Closing date: Thursday 22 February 2018. Tickets price for this event is £22.00   

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Take One Stitch

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Using one stitch this workshop will give participants the opportunity to creatively design and stitch a series of sample vignettes under the experienced tutorship of Karen Odinga. This is your chance to explore the basic embroidery stitches in a brand new way that is unique to you. At the end of the day you will have a number of samples and ideas for mounting and displaying these. The session is suitable for both beginners and experienced needlewomen. A list of requirements…

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St Osyth Walk

April 18 @ 10:15 am

10.15am for a 10.30am start.  Walk along the tidal river and farmland overlooking Brightlingsea and back to the picturesque village of St Osyth. Tea and cake served after the walk. The walk will be approximately 3 miles. With regret, no dogs allowed. 

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Shakespeare Workshop

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

"Shakespeare - The Real Thing" - and enlightening, thought-provoking and frequently hilarious look at the world of William Shakespeare and his audience. Come and join our Shakespeare Workshop! Led by Simon Bridge, an actor with over 30 years experience working in theatres throughout the UK including The Globe Theatre.  Starting at 10.30 am following by a light lunch - end time is unknown!!! But usually 3pm Ticket Price £15.00 Closing Date 23rd March 2018 Finish time is unknown, but usually 3pm

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May 2018

West Bergholt

May 2 @ 10:15 am

10.15am for a 10.30am start.  Along the footpath to the woods to see the beautiful bluebells. Coffee and tea will be served afterwards. Walk is approx 3 miles. With regrets no dogs please. 

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Make your own Felt Hat!

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
WI Centre,

A workshop suitable for those who are knew to felting. Kris Marriott will be returning to run this workshop. No special skills are needed and this workshop is suitable for beginners or those completely new to felting! All materials will be provided all you need to bring is a towel, as your finished hat will still be damp and the felt takes some time to dry. This fun day will cost £34.50, tea and coffee will be available but please remember your packed lunch! Closing…

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“Exploring Textures with Free Machine Embroidery”

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Essex Wi Centre, Whitelands
Chelmsford, CM3 2AG
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Back by popular demand Melinda Berkowitz returns to tutor a further workshop. Melinda sais......... 'This workshop will explore the numerous possibilities available when combining machine effect and textile media to create robust and exciting surfaces. We will cover a number of free machine effects using a variety of fabric bases and incorporate some of the available surface texturing materials. Techinques covered are suitable for including within a variety of textile related projects'  Specialty requirements will be provided for a small charge…

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Welcome to the County Darts Tournament Final

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A buffet supper will be served during the evening and the bar will also be open. Even if your team did not reach the semi-finals we would be delighted to have your support for this occasion. (Finish time is approx) Tickets are £7.00 each are available from the WI Office Closing date 30th April 2018

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A Day of Dancing

May 30 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Church Langley Community Centre, Harlow CM17 9TG United Kingdom + Google Map

Why not come along and join us, learning a variety of dance genres. The workshop will be run by 2 experienced dance teachers, who will make it a fun day for all. There will be a lunch break, there is a pub close by, Tesco cafe or bring your own sandwiches, whichever you prefer.There is also plenty of free parking.Apply for tickets early, they are £10.00 each.Closing date will be the 24th of April 2018.

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June 2018

Learn to Embroider

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to embroider?The Cookery and Creative Crafts committee have organised a series of four three hour workshops for members wishing to do so (June 5th and 19th, July 3rd and 17th)The tutor will be Pam Jermy who will lead the sessions, numbers are restricted so that each attendee will be assured of individual attention. Pam writes:" The Four Season Sampler is an introduction to beginners embroidery. The stitches used are not difficult but are…

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Wickham St Paul Walk

June 20 @ 10:15 am

10.15am for a 10.30am start.  Walk through gentle rolling countryside from Wickham St Paul, with its beautiful duck pond. Past one of the leaders in restoration brickwork "Bulmer Brick Yard". We will have a brief talk with the owner and look at the working kilns. With regret, no dogs please. 

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July 2018

Cranham Walk (By Oglethorpe)

July 11 @ 10:15 am
Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve,

10.15am for a 10.30am start.  An exhilarating walk around Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve, with its ancient wet woodland, wet meadow and Marsh. Walk in the Thames Chase Community Forest, with its visitor centre, grade 2 listed barn and refreshment facilities.  With regret no dogs please.  The walk is approx 3 miles. 

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September 2018

Iris Folding

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

IRIS FOLDINGTUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018WI CENTRE10.30am to 1pmIris Folding is a lovely way to recycle paper, whether it is old envelopes or wrapping paper they can all be transformed into beautiful cards you will be proud to give to family and friends.This workshop is suitable for those new to this craft and under Sheila Gunson's expert tuition the fun technique of Iris Folding will be explored. At the end of the morning you will have produced 2 iris folded cards…

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