Biggin WI “brick”

The embroidered “brick” is now winging its way to Derbyshire House.  It will be interesting to see it alongside all the other bricks when the hanging is completed.


Our brick is mixed media – with fabric paints, embroidery and bead work.  Part of the design will be used for the cover of this year’s programme.

Next weekend (27-29 January) is the RSPB big birdwatch.  Apparently 500,000 people took part in last year’s birdwatch.

Click on the link to open a new window to find out more.  You can  download a pack as the response this year has been so overwhelming that the paper packs have gone.  The pdf packs are free to download but you do have to register on the website.  You can elect not to have any kind of mailing sent to you and it doesn’t cost anything. The website also has many ideas for enticing birds into your garden from bird cafes to setting up nest boxes.  Happy bird watching – think of me  next weekend in the kitchen with my mug of coffee counting the birds and keeping my fingers crossed that the wren and the gold crest who’ve been frequenting the feeder turn up rather than the peregrine falcon!




Making Biggin a digital WI

theWI_Logo_IW_RGB_2col-cropped-for-website-header    The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) has been online since 2000.  It’s website provides all sorts of useful information from the campaigns it’s currently running to training for its members and useful “how to guides” as well as the latest news about what’s on. There’s an official page about Biggin too but rather like this blog it’s only just starting to take shape.

Hopefully our presence on the official WI website – – will be finalised during the next couple of weeks. The WI website is designed to serve all WIs, and provides each one with its own pages, which act as a microsite within the website. The homepage features a WI postcode search tool that allows visitors to enter their postcode and find local WIs. This also means that existing and potential members are able to find WI pages quickly and easily…in theory.

It turns out that the  NFWI is everywhere: