Social evening at Megan's, Balham

Recently we were invited to come along to a special opening evening at Megan's restaurant in Balham. There are 2 things the ladies of Balham WI love: a chance to chat with each other and a chance to eat & drink while doing so! So we were quite excited to have a chance to check out this new neighbour to our community.

Everyone who came along to our little BWI social night had a really lovely night. The food was tasty and the company was superb! Thanks to Megan's for the invite!

July meeting | London Beekeepers Association

 Our July meeting was abuzz as we welcomed Richard and Natalie from the London Beekeepers Association to talk to us about bees in London.
 We learned all sorts about bees and, notably, that the #1 thing we can all do to help save bees of all sorts (there are over 200 varieties in Britain) is to plant bee-friendly plants in our gardens, windowboxes, and flowerpots.
We enjoyed observing the small active hive that Richard brought along and some of us even located the queen! A treat at the end of the night was sampling local honeys from hives in SW12 and SW17!

Falcon Road Festival 2018

A glorious sunny day was the perfect setting for our annual cakes and bakes sale at the Falcon Road Festival in Battersea. Beautiful cakes, traybakes, cookies, and more were on offer and were very well-received by festival-goers young and old.
As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we were thrilled that ASDA Clapham Junction offered to match up to £300, which will really help us to use the monies raised to offer educational opportunities (such as bursaries to Denman College) to our members!

June meeting | DIY cosmetics

 For our June meeting, we didn't have a special speaker, but had our own crafty ladies leading us in making some fun DIY cosmetics. All shades of pretty lipglosses, flavoured with natural oils and coloured with natural pigments were melted and poured.

On another station, we were blending exfoliating ingredients like brown sugar & coffee grounds with lovely natural oils and essential oil fragrances for our own bath scrubs. The room smelled amazing!
On the night, we also did a bit of art creation. Members drew and sketched out ideas for our very own BWI enamel pin design! The committee came up with a shortlist and members then voted on a fun and empowering design we hope to have ready for autumn.

Sometimes the best nights are the ones we do all on our own!