Next Meeting: Monday 13th March

Come and shake your tail feather at our burlesque class!

We’ll be welcoming the talented Amanda Botterill, who’ll take us through a fun filled burlesque routine!  Dancing since childhood, Amanda is an expert in Zumba, Step, Adult Ballet Barre and Latin American Dance, but will be dusting off her feather boa and teach us how to have fun and master the art of burlesque! Experience not required (though feather boas / fans are encouraged!).  No dress code – just wear trainers and, if you fancy, a swishing skirt…

Meeting venue: Old Nun’s Head at 8pm 

How can we help?

Last month we had an incredibly inspiring talk from Angela and Life for African Mothers.  Angela’s story touched many of us and the baby blanket group knits sprung up almost immediately.  We’ll be continuing our collection of baby clothes at this month’s meeting, so please bring along anything you can.

Still not joined the WI?

There’s still time to join – just pop by and chat to our friendly committee who’ll be happy to show you the ropes.  Membership for 2017 is £39, payable by cash or online:

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Next meeting: Monday 20 February

babiesIt’s time to get inspired.

When the news is bleak, it’s difficult not to feel gloomy about the state of the world. However, the story of Angela Gorman is sure to get you feeling uplifted and ready for action!

The truly amazing Angela is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Life for African Mothers. A qualified nurse, Angela set up the charity after seeing a BBC documentary about the fight to stop women dying in childbirth in Chad.

Our committee member Jackie has organised Angela’s talk, and she says:

Retirement is usually a time for long lunches, golf and a general slowing of pace but Angela’s life post her career as a midwife couldn’t be more different.

I met Angela at a talk at the Overseas Development Institute and was inspired by her commitment, energy and dedication to a cause she is passionate about.

What she has achieved with little resource is incredible and I was fascinated by her work and travel and wanted to learn more about how challenging it had been integrating into the African communities and building relationships with the women she helps there.

You can find out more about the charity on their website.

How can we help?

Come along to the talk! We are also collecting baby clothes –  newborn clothes are particularly needed as well as clothes for older babies.

Join the WI!

Still not joined up for this year’s WI? There’s still time – chat to our lovely committee at the meeting, or you can pay online direct to the WI:

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Next meeting: Monday 16 January

cluelessIt’s cold, it’s grey, it’s rubbish – you’re broke and you really, really need to have a clear out. Luckily, Nunhead WI has the answer!

At our next meeting we’ll be discussing all things saving money and repeating last year’s successful swishing.

Our speaker is the lovely Lauren Phillips, who writes the Frugal Mrs P blog. She’ll be telling us about how her penny-saving days as a student nurse inspired her to start a blog, and she’ll also offer us tips on ways to save cash.

We’ll also be swishing – clear out your old clobber and swap for something new!

The rules:

Bring a maximum of three items of clothing to swap – they must be clean and good quality, and on a hanger if possible. No shoes please, but bags are acceptable. You will receive a ticket for each item – and after having a chance to browse – will be able to swap your tickets for someone else’s unwanted clothes.


We also be collecting toiletries for Solace Women’s Aid – do bring along any of those unwanted Christmas gifts!


We will be voting for the WI resolutions for next year. You can read all about them here.

Renewing memberships

We will also be signing up new members and renewing memberships – just £39 for a year or £19 for dual membership if you belong to another WI. Please bring cheques or cash.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone – and welcoming new members – for a fun-filled 2017.

Next meeting: Monday 19 December

Beauty CultureHi ladies – it’s time to get QUIZZY WITH IT!

Our Christmas meeting is going to be super-fun, with our special end-of-year quiz – join your fellow WI ladies and get guessing! Hungry quizzers will be glad to know that there will be a delicious buffet too (festive bakes welcome!).

Not only that, but we will be hosting a raffle to raise money for your WI. This is not just any raffle – the amazing prizes up for grabs include:

  • a Mr Bao meal for two
  • Picturehouse tickets x 2
  • Ayres the Baker voucher
  • Veg box from Fresh South East
  • Bottle of wine in a gift box from Bambuni
  • Beautiful mug and porcelain Christmas decorations, handmade by Sarah Miller
  • Sports massage from Steve Sheppard
  • Two bottles of Rose Otto serum from speaker Barbara Jeffrey
  • Cookbooks (including Gwyneth Paltrow’s, oh yes)
  • A copy of GI Brides by our speaker Duncan Barrett
  • Beers and a tote bag from The Beer Shop
  • Signed Caitlin Moran book
  • And much more!

Thank you to all our kind sponsors! Don’t forget to bring £5 for a strip of tickets. If you can’t make it on the night, you can still buy tickets – get in touch with Claire on or 07799815712.

January’s meeting

At January’s meeting, we will be repeating last year’s very popular swishing! Bring a maximum of three of your unwanted items of clothing (no shoes, thank you) and swap them for someone else’s – the perfect way for a new year, new look!

We will also be collecting toiletries for Solace Women’s Aid, a local charity which helps women and children affected by abuse – please bring along any unwanted Christmas gifts!

We will be voting on the WI resolutions for next year. This year we will be choosing from:

  • Alleviating loneliness
  • FGM: More awareness for more action
  • Equal access for all those who need specialised maternal mental health services
  • Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps
  • Supporting women’s refuges
  • Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

You can find out more about them on the WI website. If you can’t make the meeting but want to vote, email us:

And lastly, we will also be renewing everyone’s memberships for 2017 and welcoming new members – don’t forget to bring cash or cheque for £39.


See you all on Monday!





Next meeting: Monday 21 November

428079942bfbf5f9965e99ef0d53cf37Thanks to everyone who came to last month’s meeting with the inspiring Kristen Schnepp of Gringa Dairy!

This month we’re getting hands-on making SCRUMPTIOUS SCRUB – either as a treat for yourself or a Christmas gift.

Our tutor will be Barbara Jeffrey. Barbara trained in hairdressing, beauty and massage therapies and has had a long career as a therapist and teacher.

Barbara will be teaching us to make our own lovely scrubs – please bring a clean jam jar to take home your scrub, and also £5 towards the top-quality ingredients we will be using.

She says: “I am passionate about adopting a very natural approach to health and beauty. My approach is to combine science alongside a holistic approach to ensure each individual’s needs are addressed.

“My philosophy in terms of skincare is to use simple, natural ingredients designed to work alongside the skin’s own natural structure and function.”

Looking forward to seeing you!

December’s meeting

At our December meeting on 19 December we’ll be getting quizzical with a fun end-of-year quiz. We’ll also be hosting a raffle with some really good prizes up for grabs. If you would like to donate a prize or know a local business who might want to (we’ll thank them on social media!) please get in touch:

We’ll start selling tickets at the November meeting so don’t forget your purse – £5 a strip.

Also if you would like to test out your Christmas recipes, we’d love some Christmas bakes! Let us know:

Joining the WI

2016 WI membership ends on 31 December 2016 – all new/renewing members need to pay their membership fees for next year by 31 January. That’s just £39 for all the meetings in 2017. Don’t forget to bring cash or a cheque made out to Nunhead WI to the January meeting.

If you haven’t joined this year yet, you can come to our November and December meetings as a guest – we’d love to meet you!







Kristen Schnepp of Gringa Dairy.


Next meeting: Monday 17th October


Love cheese? Come to our HOMAGE to FROMAGE with a talk by Kristen Schnepp of Gringa Dairy.

Gringa Dairy make delicious and authentic Mexican cheeses in the heart of Peckham. The milk comes from farms in Kent and Middlesex before being turned into award-winning cheese.

Come along to hear Kristen’s fascinating journey and of course to sample some very yummy cheese!

There will also be plenty of time to have a drink and chat to other WI ladies.

Heads up

At our November meeting we will be getting hands on and making our own body scrubs – perfect to keep for yourself or to make as an early Christmas gift. As we will be using materials, there will be a £5 charge this month – and also please bring a clean jam jar.

At our December meeting we will be holding our famous (ish) CHRISTMAS QUIZ! If you have any prizes (or know any local businesses who might supply one) do let us know.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday!



Photo: c. Gringa Dairy




Next meeting: Monday 19th September


Join us for a fun literary evening as we welcome author Duncan Barrett.

Duncan and his wife Nuala Calvi are the authors of the bestselling The Sugar Girls, about the women of the East End who worked in Tate & Lyle’s factories. They also wrote GI Brides, based on interviews with British women who married American servicemen during the Second World War, and The Girls Who Went to War, about women who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Find out more about the amazing adventures of these women – and chat to the amazing WI women you meet, too!

Don’t forget to bring your pennies to buy a book – and if you need to pay us membership fees, we will be accepting payment by cash or cheque.

Looking forward to seeing you!