Summer break draws to an end

What better way to spend a wet Sunday than updating the Hampton WI website.

Lots of interesting events are sent to us many with cost reductions and special offers and if anyone would like to coordinate a specific trip then please shout up.  We receive far more than I am able to post but I try to add those that I think will interest our members.

We manage some good trips out last year, to the Theatre, the knitting show and our walk around London gardens and it would be great to do some more.  If you see a published event you might like to go to then please add a comment and see of others are interested too

To keep the site tidy and easy to navigate all events of interest can be seen in the Events tabs and all other information including details of Tuesday meetings and fundraising activities are in the News tab.  I encourage you to look at the Events page as a few new ones have been added today.


Nutcracker Dressed by angels Denman College

Due to this change you will see an increase in emails received from the site please let me know if the number you receive is too high and we can look at reducing the number of posts.

At time of posting we are only 17 days from our next meeting and we look forward to seeing you all again and hope you all had a good summer break

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Spend the Day with Vet charity PDSA

Spend the Day with PDSA

Thursday 29th October 2015, Denman, Oxfordshire

Attendance is FREE (Ballot form at the bottom of this post)

 We are without doubt, a nation of animal lovers. Around 13 million UK households have pets, tens of thousands of us support animal welfare causes and millions more admire cute animal photos and videos on social media.

Vet charity PDSA has been looking after sick and injured pets of people in need for nearly 100 years. They have treated over 20 million pets since they were set up in 1917 by animal lover and philanthropist, Maria Dickin.

Maria was also responsible for instituting the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, which aims to raise the status of animals in society by recognising acts of bravery and devotion to duty in the theatre of conflict.

In a very special event, the WI welcomes PDSA and two of its celebrity supporters to Denman to share in a day of knowledge, nostalgia and baking!

TV vet Steve Leonard and PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin will talk more about the work of PDSA and TV chef and PDSA supporter Colin McGurran will share how he became involved with the charity following his success on the BBC’s Great British Menu.

Colin will also be giving a very special baking demonstration during the afternoon and will take questions from the audience. Join us for interesting and enlightening sessions:

  • Pet owners of today and how PDSA helps them
  • PDSA tomorrow – The challenges faced by our pet nation and what their future holds
  • PDSA and me, by TV vet Steve Leonard
  • PDSA Dickin Medal – Its heritage and heroes
  • Colin McGurran – BBC’s Great British Menu chef on hero pigeons and Dickin Medal desserts

The event promises to be wonderfully informative and deliciously entertaining. If you love pets and food, this is definitely the Denman event for you!

Any members who would like to attend are asked to complete and return the enclosed application form or send us an email with the relevant information. We kindly request that full contact information is provided for all of those entered on to the application form, including individual email addresses.

We would like to inform each person who has been allocated a space via email in order to cut down on postage costs. Attendance is free and places will be allocated via a ballot on 8th September 2015, which will allow everyone to have a fair chance to attend.

Ballot form – 29.10.15 Application Form

Attendees are asked to arrive from 10.00am for refreshments in time for a 10.30am start, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea is also provided. The day will finish at approximately4pm.

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See iconic costumes from the worlds of film, TV and theatre.

Dressed by Angels in London from 2nd October 2015 – 2nd January 2016.

Group discounts are available to the WI if we have enough interest please let us know

DRESSED BY ANGELS features iconic costumes from the worlds of film, TV and theatre.

Dressed by angels

This brand new interactive exhibition tells the story behind the world’s greatest costume house, presenting visitors with an irresistible mix of costumes, drama and history.

Angels Costumiers has been dressing the world for 175 years, including Oscar and BAFTA Award winning films. Over seven generations of one family, Angels has become the premiere costumier to the world.

From Lawrence of Arabia to Titanic, from Dickens to Lillie Langtry, and from Military to Royalty: you know it, Angels has dressed it. Visitors will get exclusive access to costumes from films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Star Wars, The Iron Lady and The Grand Budapest Hotel; TV shows Morecombe and Wise, Dr Who, 2015’s Poldark and Downton Abbey; and blockbuster musical Wicked.

Over 100 costumes have been carefully selected from Angel’s illustrious back catalogue for display. Visitors will see bespoke costumes made for Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Tom Baker, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep, to name just a few. Alongside the costumes will be photographs and fascinating letters and artefacts, providing an insight into showbiz history.

Appealing to the entire family, the exhibition finishes with a look into the world of fancy dress and how so many of these costumes have their beginnings in the elaborate original film and theatre pieces.

At the Old Truman Brewery from 2 October 2015 until 3 January 2016

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The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet

On behalf of the Science & Leisure Committee, I am pleased to bring to your attention an exciting opportunity that has been presented by the Royal Opera House for WI members.


Nutcracker Advert

On Saturday 19 December 2015, the Royal Opera House will open its doors for an exclusive performance of The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet.  Starting at 10am, members will have a unique opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ of the Opera House and learn all about the work that goes in to producing a ballet; from costumes preservation, stage make-up to actually meeting the ballet dancers and members of the orchestra.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comes to Kingston

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing in the lovely Rose Theatre in Kingston on Saturday 30th January.

The Orchestra will be performing and exciting repertoire of well-known classical favourites including, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro Overture & Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s imposing Symphony No.5.

More details about the concert can be found on The Rose Theatre’s website:

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Day Visit to Denman College

A visit is the perfect way to introduce members to Denman College and all it has to offer WI members.

Denman College

Please take part in out poll so we can establish the level of interest in this event. (All visits take place on a Monday with various dates available.)


These visits begin with a cookery demonstration by a WI Cookery School chef to give visitors a real taste of what it is like to come on a course at Denman. This is followed by lunch with wine, a tour of the college and a cream tea. The perfect day out! ICosts – £35 per head for bookings confirmed before 30 September 2015 and £40 for bookings confirmed after that date.

Designer Days, no dates or costs have been provided but if there is interest we can obtain more information

Designer Days allow you to create your own bespoke day at Denman. Arrive at 10am for morning coffee and then go to your first two-hour workshop, which has been carefully selected by you and tailored to suit your requirements. Next you’ll enjoy a two-course lunch, including a glass of wine, and then have the chance to look in our two shops. After lunch, enjoy the second of your chosen two-hour workshops and top up with afternoon tea, before heading home.

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Matcha mojo recipe from T2

Gaurav from T2 has kindly shared his recipe for the beautifully refreshing Matcha Mojo 


Here’s the matcha mojo recipe for you all.


1x large lemon
Loads of mint
Turkish Apple (optional)
Sparkling water

Squeeze half a lemon half a lime. Cut the rest up into slices
Clap the mint and rip it with your hands
Put all into to the jug. Add ice and shake.

Make matcha

Turkish Apple: 4-8 scoops depending on size of jugs dissolve in a small amount of hot water and then  add to the jug with matcha.
Add sparkling water and shake again.

Then enjoy.

Kind regards

T2 Website

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Macmillan Cancer Support – Coffee Afternoon

Sunday 16th August 2015 from  2.oopm – 4pm 

Hampton member and Queen of the Raffle tickets  Glenys Telford invites you to a fundraising coffee afternoon at her home.

coffee morning

Tea, Coffee and Homemade Cakes sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

142 Wordsworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 1ET

RSVP with a comment below or contact

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Here is the recipe for the fantastic shortbread Janice made for the garden party.
Don’t forget you can find more recipes by clicking on the Recipe category on the right hand side bar

100g butter
50g castor sugar
175g plain flour

Place all the ingredients in the mixer bowl and using a slow speed combine them until sticky.

Spoon into a 20cm (8inch) round flan ring placed on a baking sheet. Press down using the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Prick lightly with a fork and divide into portions marking halfway through the shortbread with a sharp knife.

Bake in a cook oven (150 degrees C, 300 degrees F, Gas mark 2) for 40-50 mins.

Remove the flan ring carefully and cool the shortbread on a wire tray.
Dredge the shortbread with castor sugar.

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Tea Tasting

Thanks Kit for organising a great evening and what a fantastic turnout from the members. Why not join in the conversation on the Facebook page.  Click the link below.

Join in the chat on Facebook

We have been offered a 10% discount if you show your Hampton WI membership card in the Kingston T2 store.  Your card can be found on the front cover of this years voucher book, if you do not have one, speak to Lesley she may have some spares

T2 tea website

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