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Blitz walk with local historian Paul Browning

On 10th May a group of 20 of us joined Paul Browning for a local walking tour to hear about how the area was affected by the Blitz. We found the remains of two painted signs directing local residents to the bomb shelters. We heard that the ice house in Manor House Gardens was used as a bomb shelter and was next to another which was in the hill on the grass field in the park. Paul pointed out the houses that had been built as in fills following bombs and those that were built in the fifties but to look like the existing housing. We learnt that few children were casualties of the Blitz as they had been evacuated but as children returned to London they too became casualties as in the lists of casualties in Taunton Road. Paul has been running through the area for many years and uses his runs to identify local spots to research. You can follow his findings on his blog Running Past.

Bucks Federation WI Insight Zoom Talks 2022

 Wednesday 29th June at 7.30 pm, Becky Hayward, Governor of Grendon and Spring Hill Prisons.  Wednesday 31st August at 7.30 pm, Nicki Wheeler, Latin American Sea Turtles.  Wednesday 26th October at 2.00 pm, Tom Nancollas, Lighthouses, Ships and Seafaring. Open to members and non-members  £5 each Apply to the Science and Society committee by email: or… Continue reading

April Meeting – Places to visit in our local area – Neil Rhind MBE

For our April meeting we were joined by author and President of the Blackheath Society, Neil Rhind MBE.  Neil talked us through some of his favourite local buildings, as well as a few of his least preferred locations in the area.  He also gave us a fascinating talk about the history of the the green… Continue reading

Subscriptions and joining 2022-23

The WI year starts in April and we will be signing up new members from our April meeting on 21st April (see events page for details) onwards. We hope very much to see you there! As 2022 is our 10th anniversary, we will be giving new members who sign up in 2022 one of our… Continue reading

Federation Events for April

FREE ZOOM EVENT ON HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE West Kent Federation of WIs  Public Affairs and International Sub-committee will host a Zoom Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th April 2022 Aimee Payne Kent Police Cyber Protect & Prevent Officer will be discussing how you can stay safe online and will be providing practical hints and tips. To book your… Continue reading

March meeting – Lynne Dixon – The women of the Well Hall Estate

In March we were lucky to have Lynne Dixon come to speak to us at our first face to face meeting this year about the Progress Estate in Eltham.  The Estate is still popular today and has been maintained very much as it was when it was built in 1915.  We were amazed to discover… Continue reading

February meeting – Author Claire Wade

As part of our 10th birthday celebrations, prize winning author Claire Wade gave a fascinating online talk about her book The Choice, which she described as Great British Bake Off meets The Handmaiden’s Tale!   Claire also spoke movingly of the struggles she has had, and continues to have, with her health, and how her… Continue reading

The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle – May to August programme

“Nobody Does It Better” Carly Simon Hever Festival Theatre returns this year with over 40 shows to entertain you from Saturday 28 May to Tuesday 30 August. The vibrant and varied programme includes opera, plays, films, jazz, music, speakers, comedy, family favourites and the best tribute artists.  Our events will take place in three spectacular… Continue reading

Lee Green WI 2012 – 2022: favourite memories from our members

To celebrate our 10th birthday in 2022, we invited ten members – one member a month – to share their favourite or standout Lee Green WI memory with us. The first member to do this was Liz Murphy at our February meeting. Check out Liz’s memory below, and watch this space for more memories throughout… Continue reading

January Meeting – Tea blending with George Dunkerton

For our January meeting (which was moved online) we had a talk and an interactive sampling of George’s delicious blended teas of which some are just as lovely when mixed into a cocktail. As promised, George is offering us discount for his online Etsy shop see details of that and online workshops from George below.… Continue reading