Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Wednesday 8 November 2023

 At today’s meeting of Harlow WI, we were treated to a fascinating talk and demonstration of how to make delightful little boxes and ornate envelopes for small Christmas gifts.  The person showing us how to do this was Karen Odinga, a freelance textile artist.  She came at fairly short notice to replace the original speaker who was not able to fulfil the booking.  Guiding us inch by inch and providing us with card on which she had drawn various outlines for us, we all managed to create a selection of small items suitable for gifts of money or vouchers, sweets or chocolates.  Karen was very ‘hands-on’ and willingly toured the tables helping and advising.  By the end of the afternoon we had a substantial stockpile of Christmas gift containers.  Some of these will be going to the Autumn Bazaar on 18 November.  

There are several events still to come this month - 

    Saturday 18 November is the Autumn Bazaar from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Admission is £1 and includes a drink and biscuit,  There will be stalls with cakes, raffle, bric-a-brac, gifts, crafts, books, jigsaws, tombola, Christmas items, etc.  Proceeds will go towards roof repairs for the WI Hall.

    Tuesday 21 November is the Activities Afternoon which runs from 1pm until 4 o’clock.  Games, darts, crafts (including advice if wanted), conversation and discussion about books, the media, and the arts - in fact whatever anyone wants to discuss whilst knitting, crocheting, embroidering or just listening and joining in.  Entrance is £3 which includes refreshments, and the afternoon is open to all.  

    Wednesday 29 November is Harlow WI’s Christmas Buffet Lunch, provided as usual by the team from Walker Catering Ltd.  The Hall will be open from 12.30 and lunch will be served at 1pm.