League Update 39

18th February 2021

LJW Update – No. 39

1 Victory Road, Hermon Hill, Wanstead, London E11 1UL.
Telephone – 020 7242 8300
Mobile – 0730 5018022

The League’s office is now at the above address.


As we have no staff at the moment, I (Yvonne Brent) volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays to deal with all matters. This is done on a voluntary basis and, therefore, emails and telephone calls will not be responded to on any other days.



Please DO NOT send any knitted products to the office. Here are the relevant address and what they accept. There is no one to deal with sending the items to the hospitals and postage is paid twice – once to the office and once to the hospital.

For the attention of Rowena Shilton, Barnet Hospital Maternity Unit, Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 3DJ would be very pleased to receive the following: –

  • Knitted baby blankets – 50cm x 50cm. They are used for new born babies and often the mothers take them home so that they always need more.
  • Knitted Canula coves for premature babies
  • Knitted ORANGE ONLY hats for premature babies

For the attention of Bobby Phippin, Princess Alexander Maternity Unit, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX Princess Alexander Maternity Unit would be happy to receive –

  • Knitted Canula covers for premature babies
  • Knitted RED hats for premature babies

Mask Ear Extenders to be sent to – Tammy Goffee, Matron for Discharge, Executive Office, Barnet Hospital, Well House Lane, Barnet EN5 3DJ



Talking to several members of the League, we found that our main topic of conversation, after asking about the family, is what you are eating and what you are watching. We cannot comment on what you are eating unless you send in a delicious, comfort eating recipe, but the following suggestions on what to read and watch are both new and old.

On Netflix you can watch The Dig starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. If you love simple stories being told beautifully and are interested in Archaeology, then this film is for you. In May 1939, as Europe lurched towards war, amateur excavator/archaeologist Basil Brown is hired to dig up the huge mounds on Edith Pretty’s property in Suffolk where they struck gold (literally).

Another Netflix must is Unorthodox which was first shown in March last year. It is a German-American drama television mini-series. It was inspired by Deborah Feldman’s 2012 autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots and is the story of a woman who leaves her Brooklyn Hasidic community in order to build a new life in Berlin. It has now been nominated for two big Golden Globes awards: Shira Haas for Best Actress in a Limited Series and Best Limited Series.

If you are watching Bridgeton, the book Bridgeton: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn is No. 2 this week in the Times Bestsellers and Bridgeton: The Viscount who loved me at No. 9.


If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons as only League members will be able to attend. If you wish to join a Zoom meeting you must give ample notice.

League Book Club – Monday, 1st March 2021
If you would like attend, please contact for the Zoom login.

Coombe & Surrey
For those members who missed Judy’s highly entertaining talk, or for those who wish to listen to it again, we’re delighted to tell you that she has downloaded it onto YouTube.

You can either search for it under her name – Judy Weleminsky – My Austro-Hungarian forebears or click onto the link below:-

Tuesday 16th February at 4pm – ‘The Buzz about Bees’
Alison Benjamin, journalist, broadcaster and author of three books about bees and beekeeping, will give us an insight into this fascinating world.

Wednesday 17th March at 4.00pm. Jenny Jankel, chair of the Jewish Music Institute, on the famous band leader Joe Loss.

If your Group is having a Zoom meeting and you would like to have other League members attend, please let us know.