Posts by Madeleine

History of the sidesaddle
History of the sidesaddle

On the 15th April Gothic Valley WI hosted a talk by Lydia Rivlin on the history of the sidesaddle. Lydia gave the group a detailed account of how the sidesaddle, and riding aside, occurred over the centuries, including in mythology, such as Aphrodite riding a swan. The sidesaddle was used for a variety of motives. […]

World Goth Day Pub Quiz on May 20th
World Goth Day Pub Quiz on May 20th

Gothic Valley Women’s Institute presents a pub quiz to celebrate World Goth Day. This event is open to everyone, men and women, so feel free to bring along your friends and partners! This pub quiz is not actually in a pub, it’s upstairs at Lauderdale House, so it’s BYOB. Please bring along your own drinks […]

WI launches two new tattoos for organ donation campaign
WI launches two new tattoos for organ donation campaign

Members of the Gothic Valley WI, an official branch of the WI that operates in North London and attracts a wide range of members from the alternative community and beyond, are getting specially designed tattoos to show they are registered organ donors in support of the National Federation of Women’s Institute’s (NFWI) 2015 Organ Donation […]

Female motorcyclists and the Women’s International Motorcycle Association
Female motorcyclists and the Women’s International Motorcycle Association

On the 20th March the Gothic Valley WI hosted a talk on female motorcyclists given by Natalie and Jahanara. Both ladies gave a personal account of their relationships with motorcycles, which encouraged a discussion amongst the group of everyone’s own experiences. Natalie shared her experiences with motorcycles; we discovered that she was introduced to motorcycles […]

Join the Committee!

Have you ever wished you could get more involved in your WI? We have a few open spots on the committee and are looking for enthusiastic members to join us. From fun and social committee meetings once a month, to supporting NFWI campaigns, to party planning and creating our exciting events programme, you can help […]

CraftyGoth returns!
CraftyGoth returns!

Mad for mending? Barmy for buttons? Crazy for cross stitch? Our crafting evening is back, now held quarterly in the Archway Road home of our president, Madeleine Pearce.  A sewing machine and overlocker are provided for your needs, along with professional grade hand sewing tools. There are 3-4 steps up to the flat and two ginger […]

Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London
Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London

The 17th of December saw the ladies of Gothic Valley taking over the lower gallery of Lauderdale house to share Christmas treats and hear Brian Parsons speak on the Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London. Expert and author on the British funeral industry and its history, Brian conveyed his personal experience and as a historian and ex-funeral […]

Hanging with the Suffragettes
Hanging with the Suffragettes

In October, our members had the rare treat of a private viewing of the new Women’s Library at the London School of Economics. The Library recently moved there from London Metropolitan University and the collection has stayed intact thanks to the hard work of the staff. The new reading room at the LSE library is […]

Writers wanted for the GVWI
Writers wanted for the GVWI

Do you love to write? Would you like a chance to see yourself published on our website and in social media? Gothic Valley WI is looking for members to write regular reviews of our monthly meetings and other events. The reviews are short 100-300 word posts we can use on our website and to help […]

Happy Halloween from GVWI!
Happy Halloween from GVWI!

Last weekend the families of North London visited the Old Fire Station behind Holloway Road for GVWI’s Halloween Party. Children participated in a range of festive activities like apple-bobbing, mask making and had their faces painted all to raise money for the WI. A selection of halloween treats, hand-baked by members, were laid out including […]

A trip to The Women’s Library at LSE
A trip to The Women's Library at LSE

On the 9th of October join GVWI for our trip to the Women’s Library at LSE. There will be a private tour of the library plus a talk by the librarian including a ‘Show & Tell’ with objects from the Women’s Collection, which includes the WI archives. Maximum of 20 people, so members should please […]

Halloween Parties October 25th
Halloween Parties October 25th

Join Gothic Valley WI for two great Halloween parties! From 2pm – 5pm we’ll be throwing an afternoon of family-friendly Halloween fun at The Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton Street, London N7 6QT. There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, lots of cake, a raffle, crafting, and more. Fancy dress is optional but positively encouraged and we’ll be […]

Picnic in style
Picnic in style

Gothic Valley members and guests had an excellent summer picnic on Hampstead Heath on 3 August. The weather was perfect, and it was easy to spot the sea of black on the lawn below Kenwood House. We ate, listened to some appropriately gothy tunes, lounged in the shade (eschewing the bright sun) under a blackthorn […]

February meeting – the literary gothic and fairy tales
February meeting - the literary gothic and fairy tales

This February saw Gothic Valley WI visited by academic and PhD candidate Nadia. She shared with us her experience as a Goth studying The Gothic, which apparently does not an air of added authority within the academic community – a strange prejudice to have, we think! In order to guide us through the intersection of […]

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