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Meetings for 2018

We have an exciting programme planned for 2018. 17 January          The History of Lace Making 21 February        Girls Rock London 21 March            100 Years of Suffrage 18 April               Modern Architecture 16 May            […]

WI featured in Being Human festival

Join fellow GVWI members (1940s attire and cake welcome but not required!) for this great event celebrating wartime film and featuring the WI!  25 November, 3pm at Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU.  GVWI saw one of the films in July and thought it was great.  Questions ask @holl_price on twitter.   

The Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary
The Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary

Do you know we have a Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary? This bursary is a great way to go to Denman, the WI education centre in Oxfordshire. It is open to all Gothic Valley WI members. You can go do a course on almost anything crafty or cookery! The courses at Denman can be pricey and […]

August Meeting – Gothic Valley WI Annual Picnic
August Meeting - Gothic Valley WI Annual Picnic

We had our annual summer picnic the first Sunday of August and a fantastic time was had by all. The weather was once again gorgeous (maintaining out 100% success on this so far). We’re not sure what it is about a bunch of people in black deciding to spend an afternoon outside but it seems […]

From tattoos to dementia

Gothic Valley WI has a proud history of activism from supporting organ donation by getting “I am an organ donor” tattoos to becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation. At our September meeting, we will plan Gothic Valley’s response to this year’s National WI campaigns: “Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans” and “Alleviating Loneliness” […]

GVWI in the news!

Check us out on the Islington Life Website and Catherine and Lisa were recently interviewed by Metro Life for an article on the New Wave WIs. We are always wanting to find new ways to get ourselves out there and let people know all the amazing stuff we get up to so if you have […]

Gothic Valley WI at London Pride
Gothic Valley WI at London Pride

On the 8th of July, Gothic Valley WI, N1WI and a number of other WI groups joined 36,000 other people in the London Pride Parade. There were cakes (apparently DIVA magazine particularly liked these) and special rainbow GVWI bats, and for once, our occasional preference for black actually made us stand out from the crowd. […]

GVWI Annual Picnic – 6 August 2017
GVWI Annual Picnic - 6 August 2017

Join GVWI for our annual Summer picnic on Hampstead Heath. Friends, guests and partners of all genders are welcome so spread the word and come and eat some cake. The location will be the same as last time: http://goo.gl/maps/kTkOp Nearest postcode is NW3 7JR, and the best public transport route is the 210 bus from […]

July 2017 Meeting Report
July 2017 Meeting Report

The History of the WI Our meeting celebrating our fantastic foresisters kicked off with member, Sarah, showing us a FAB informational wartime video,Countrywomen, straight from the archives of the British Film Institute. Within it, we learned about all of the fantastic initiatives the WI supported during WWII including housing evacuees and of course, making our infamous preserves […]

May Meeting – Annual GVWI Pub Quiz
May Meeting - Annual GVWI Pub Quiz

May’s GVWI meeting was our annual Pub Quiz in honour of World Goth Day. Our president Lisa welcomed a selection of goths (and not) or all genders before introducing our Quiz Master for the evening – the inimitable Preacher Muad’dib. Quiz rounds included topics of music, “Goth” in all contexts, women in history, London and sport […]

Vegan, wheat-free, nut-free cheesecakes
Vegan, wheat-free, nut-free cheesecakes

I wanted to make vegan cheesecake for a party, and then realised I also wanted to be able to offer it to my friends with nut and wheat allergies. I cobbled this together from a few existing vegan cheesecake recipes to see if I could do it. They were good, and reasonably easy. Next time […]

June 2017 Meeting – Goth Goes Rainbow for Pride
June 2017 Meeting - Goth Goes Rainbow for Pride

On Wednesday, 21 June, we were delighted to have as our speaker the fantastic Holestar, who is a female drag queen. Winner of Best Drag Act at London Cabaret Awards 2105, Holestar shared with us her life story, including tales from her time in the British Army and from her life as a drag performer […]

Another Year Older and Still Elegant

In March 2017 we celebrated our 5th birthday with a spectacular cake made by our very own adviser, Yvette. Loads of members baked and Sophie sent us all home with party bags full of sweets. The party was topped off by lashings of champagne that we drank out of tea cups and served in a […]

GVWI goes to Whitby
GVWI goes to Whitby

Members of GVWI had a good visit to Whitby during the recent goth weekend.  We are very privileged to be twinned with Whitby WI, and a few members met with them during our recent trip.  We talked about campaigns, meeting speakers, and how much Whitby loves the goths.  Sadly, we forgot to take any photos, […]

GVWI April 2017 Meeting Report
GVWI April 2017 Meeting Report

April’s meeting was devoted to the fascinating flexibility of celebrant wedding ceremonies – a rather pleasing mirror to July’s 2016’s meeting about modern funeral arrangements. After a welcome and introduction by our president Lisa, our outgoing secretary Natasha introduced Jeannene who had in fact been the celebrant for her own wedding. We were given a […]

Gothic Valley WI May meeting – our annual Pub Quiz in honour of World Goth Day!
Gothic Valley WI May meeting - our annual Pub Quiz in honour of World Goth Day!

**Special Pub Location**  The Enterprise 38 Red Lion Street Holborn London WC1R 4PN Gothic Valley Women’s Institute presents our annual pub quiz to celebrate World Goth Day. This event is open to everyone regardless of gender, so feel free to bring along your friends and partners! We have an area set aside in the Enterprise […]

GVWI January 2017 meeting report
GVWI January 2017 meeting report

The January Gothic Valley WI meeting was Lisa’s first as President, and she spoke about her commitment to ensuring that the Gothic Valley WI remained a safe space for anyone who identifies as female to come and share, learn and have fun. Lisa expressed how honoured she was to serve as President. Following announcements, Lisa warmly welcomed Joanne Croxford, […]

GVWI Annual Meeting (November 2016) Report
GVWI Annual Meeting (November 2016) Report

Holly introduced everyone to the Annual Meeting, reminding us that GVWI is a safe space for all of us to come enjoy learning new things, make new friends, and relax and be a forum for discussion and support, with boundaries and respect. Members are welcome to bring a friend! The recent planning meeting for 2017 went […]

GVWI February 2017 Meeting
GVWI February 2017 Meeting

For our February meeting, we focussed on one of the current national WI campaigns: reducing food waste.  We had a lovely representative from the North London Waste Authority who led us through an interactive workshop on how we can reduce food waste. We shared recipes and got tools to help us ensure we cook portions […]

GVWI March 2017 Meeting
GVWI March 2017 Meeting

The March meeting was a very special one this year where we turned five years old! We celebrated with a mad hatter’s tea party. We began the night with a round up from President Lisa and then moved onto a wonderful video presentation put together by hard-working Sarah, a Committee member. It traces the history […]

GVWI December 2016 meeting
GVWI December 2016 meeting

To get us in the Christmas frame of mind we got all Christmas crafting at our December meeting. Elin brought in salt dough Christmas decorations for us to paint, there were cats and bats that were decorated with paint and glitter, very Christmassy! Catherine came armed with her Christmas fabric stash. We tackled limited sewing […]

We’re Islington Faces
We're Islington Faces

In the run up to GVWI’s 5th birthday, we’re delighted to feature in Islington Faces. Thanks so much to author Nicola Baird!

January 2017 Meeting
January 2017 Meeting

Join Gothic Valley Women’s Institute for our January meeting!  For our first meeting of 2017, come and hear the story of an amazing WI member! WI Life cover girl Joanne Croxford will be telling us about her fascinating WI experiences – prepare to be entertained. Joanne is the member of seven WIs and champions the […]

October 2016 meeting report
October 2016 meeting report

Great fun was had by all at the October meeting … We rolled our sleeves and got dirty in October when Elin showed us how to screenprint. We printed on fab black canvas bags, T-shirts, aprons and whatever we brought from home. The GVWI corset and cupcake logos proved popular, with some more adventurous folk […]

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