Minutes

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 […]

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 to […]

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 although […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, Social […]

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 well […]

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 which […]

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 of […]

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 including […]

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 having […]

August GVWI picnic
August GVWI picnic

Great fun was had by all at the annual GVWI picnic on Hampstead Heath.  We had a beautiful day for it: In fact, we’ve had beautiful weather for all five (yes, five!) GVWI picnics, so I guess the sun always shines on the first Sunday in August. Lots of people turned out to enjoy the day. You’ll note […]

July 2016 Meeting report
July 2016 Meeting report

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our July meeting, a particularly riotous occasion, made all the more surprising given we were discussing death! Lorraine Barwell, a funeral arranger (and now happily dubbed ‘Our Very Own Goddess of Death’), came to talk to us about the modern funeral business, the increasing visibility of women […]

June 2016 meeting report
June 2016 meeting report

June saw GVWI hosting Sam Smethers of the Fawcett Society for a great talk about feminism, Millicent Fawcett and the links of the society to the WI. Not only did Sam keep us engaged for quite a good long talk, but we had a wide-ranging and enthusiastic discussion afterwards about the nature of feminism and […]

May 2016 meeting

On 18 May 2016, GVWI held its annual pub quiz in honour of World Goth Day. About eight teams competed for the honour of winning the coveted ‘bottle of fizz’ trophy and for the glory of being the most goth. The quiz is open to GVWI members and guests of all genders. The winning team was ‘As […]

GVWI March 2016 meeting – Make Do and Swish

GVWI celebrated its fourth birthday in March with a ‘Make do and swish’ event. Members got a great tutorial from GVWI’s own Vice-President Catherine on how to make the most of their wardrobes by making small alterations, such as adding a dart to a shirt or hemming trousers (great for us very short ladies in particular!). […]

April 2016 meeting report

We had a great meeting in April.  Debbie Bourne, the ‘High-Heeled Gardener’ spoke with us about how to make the most of our urban garden space, whether we have a bit garden or one small pot. One lucky attendee went home with a pair of amazing gothic heels which Debbie brought! Stephen Evans talked with us […]

February Meeting update — Belly Dance
February Meeting update - Belly Dance

Our February Meeting was a talk about Belly Dance by member Rosie Loveridge. Rosie explored the roots and history of belly dance and also spoke about her personal history with the dance form. She also treated us with some amazing videos from early recorded dances to male belly dances, explaining the moves and the strength involved making […]

January Meeting — update

Thanks to everyone who came the meeting last night. We had an excellent time! A quick round up: –Sydney Padua gave an amazing talk, which included showing us her own animation of the analytical engine (it was, frankly, extremely cool). –We chose a new home for GVWI. Going forward, we will meet at St. Luke’s Church Hall. […]

December 2015 Meeting report

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our December meeting featuring a talk on gothic architecture from Joe Austin, Associate and Senior Project Architect with Child Graddon Lewis: http://www.cgluk.com/who-we-are/our-people/joe-austin Joe gave a beautifully-illustrated talk about the history and evolution of gothic architecture, and its influence on more modern architecture. It was great to learn how to spot this unique […]

Annual Meeting update

Hi GVWI Members! Greetings from your new committee.  Wednesday night was our annual meeting, and your WI has elected a new committee and officers.  For those of you who weren’t able to join us on Wednesday, we wanted to say hi and tell you a bit about us. Your new committee is: Holly Peterson (president), Catherine Currie […]

November minutes

Gothic Valley WI minutes Meeting Type:                  Annual Meeting Meeting Date:                  14/11/2013 Meeting location:           The Shaftesbury N19 Opened at:         7:30pm                 By:          Holly Peterson Attendees:         26 attendees Apologies:          Approval of previous minutes:  Taken as read Items discussed:              1 WelcomeHolly welcomed all members and visitors.   2 Committee NominationsLiz invited any further nominations for Committee.   3 Approval of MinutesMinutes were […]

October minutes

Gothic Valley WI minutes Meeting Type:                  Monthly meeting Meeting Date:                  10/10/2013 Meeting location:           The Shaftesbury N19 Opened at:         7:30pm                 By:          Holly Peterson Attendees: Apologies:          Approval of previous minutes:  Taken as read Items discussed:              1 Holly introduced the meeting with an overview of the WI. The structure of the WI as a whole was discussed.   2 Matters […]

September Minutes

Gothic Valley WI minutes Meeting Type:                  Monthly meeting Meeting Date:                  12/09/2013 Meeting location:           The Shaftesbury N19 Opened at:         7:30pm                 By:          Holly Peterson Attendees:         Apologies:          Approval of previous minutes:  Taken as read    Items discussed:              1 Holly introduced the meeting with an overview of the WI. The structure of the WI as a whole was discussed. 2 Matters arisingThere […]

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