The Spring Bake-Off is fast approaching

Our first Bake-Off of the year will take place on Saturday 1st April at Markthalle in Basel. Non-members are welcome to participate. Our chosen charity for this Bake-Off is the Frauenhaus and 50% of the proceeds of the competition cake sales go to support this incredible charity.

Spring 2017 Bake-Off
Spring 2017 Bake-Off

Please complete the entry form below in order to participate. Places are limited so please hurry!

IWI Basel Spring Bake-Off Entry Form

January 2017 – off to a flying start

It is sometimes hard to believe that this is our third year and January saw the IWI Basel very busy with a new Chair and Committee taking over and welcoming back old friends and registering new members. We had 2 Welcome Events in January and membership stands at 37 at the moment and we are only in the first week of February (Membership runs from the beginning of February for 12 months).

Helen Gilroy (Chair 2016) and Dawn Jarvis (Chair 2017)
Chair 2016 handing over to Chair 2017
Welcome & Registration of old and new members
Welcome & Registration of old and new members

The new Committee has been busy planning events for the coming year and January has already seen our first lunch and cinema visit

Lunch at Tibits followed by a visit to the cinema to see La La Land
Lunch at Tibits followed by a visit to the cinema to see La La Land

We will be organising further cinema visits in the evenings as well so that those working or with children to care for can also participate.



Of course we wouldn’t be the IWI if we did not have preserves on our mind and when the Seville oranges appeared in the shops we couldn’t let them pass with making some Marmelade. Look out for our Marmelade at the next Basel Bake-Off!

Very Women's Institute - IWI Basel's Marmelade
Very Women’s Institute – IWI Basel’s Marmelade

IWI Basle members both participated in this Basel production of the Vagina Monologues and helped out on the door.

January also saw our first Theatre event and this was quite a special event as not only did the IWI attend a private session with the producer of Vagina Monologues but members participated in the production and supported the production on the door.

February brings more activities – swimming, spa day, walking, visits to Brockis, first craft sessions and a cheese making demonstration as well as Member’s Meetings and Bake-Off planning!




Renewal of Membership and Registration of New Members


Please come along and meet us at our two welcome events. We are looking forward to meeting new members and saying hello to old friends. Details of Membership including costs can be found under “Membership”

When and where:

Wednesday 11th January 2017 14.00-17.00

Markthalle, Viaduktstrasse 10, 4051 Basel

Thursday 19th January 2017 18.00-21.00

Anglican Church House

St. Johannes-Ring 92, 4056 Basel




Winter Bake-Off Results 2016



We would just like to thank everyone who supported our Winter charity Bake Off on behalf of our chosen charity Surprise Strassenchor..👏👏👏
A sum of 1,000 CHF was raised for them.🎄🎄

It was an outstanding event with great support from the public and members too. Once again fabulous variety of cakes and foods were for salebakeoff-team

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The 2016 Winter Bake Off


Our next round of the Basel Bake Off is on the 27th November, supporting the Surprise Strassenchor!!

This charity acts as a social life-line for vulnerable people in need of social assistance. Through the power of song, Surprise Strassenchor helps its members develop self-confidence, teamwork and a positive outlook. Surprise Strassenchor

If you would like to enter our competition, follow this link for the entry form and more information!

Form Link

See you There!

Autumn Bake Off Results 2016


The September 25th 2016 Bake Off was another Huge Success by the IWI! Our 5th Bake Off was held at Markthalle in Basel from 11:00 until 14:00. We are donating 1,044 Chf to our selected charity Soup and Chill which is 500 chf more than last year’s contribution!

Our next, Winter Bake Off is scheduled for 27th November 2016 and we hope you can come to support us once again.

Here are the results of this 2016 Autumn Bake Off and contestants.

In the Adult Category

First Place Strawberry Cheesecake by Emmeline


Second Place Fruit Tea Bread by Lisa


Third Place Flowerpot Cake by Jasmin


Our Adult Category Winners!!


In The Teen Category (Age 13 – 17) below:

First Place Galaxy Cupcakes by Jessica


Second Place Chocolate Meltdown Fondants by Sarah


Third place Rainbow Magic Cake by Liza


Teen Category Winners !!


And finally, In The 12 and Under category 

First Place Candy Box Cake by Evelyn


Second Place Sponge Cake by Amy


Third Place Cappuccino Cupcakes by Anna


Our 12 and under category winners!!


Because of these beauties, an honorable mention must be made for these creations
titled “Indian Summer” and “Science Cupcakes” hand-drawn toppers. Lovely!


Hampers were filled with goodies and raffled off!



Savories were offered and look at that display! Wow!



Our Committee Co-Chairs and Judges – Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making this Bake Off so successful !!

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See you all at the Winter Bake Off November 27th, 2016 Markthalle


Autumn Bake Off – 25 September 2016


Held at Markthalle Basel

Link to Google Form

Please complete this form to enter into the International Womens Institute’s (IWI) Basel Bake Off, our charity baking competition for amateur bakers.
This round will be held on the 25th of September 2016 in Markthalle.
Entry is open to all amateur bakers.
All competitors are asked to enter a sweet bake (for example a cake, cupcakes, brownies, scones, baked cheesecake, etc.).
Categories are divided by age: under 12 years, 13 to 17 years and 18 and over.
Entry fee for the 18 and over category is
20.- CHF, the 13 to 17 years is 10.- CHF and under 12 years is 5,- CHF.
For IWI members, entry is free. Entrants should pay for each bake they enter.
Prizes and certificates will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
All proceeds from the entry fees go directly to our chosen charity, Soup and Chill
Soup and Chill link

At the Basel Bake Off, entries are sold for 5 CHF per portion, of which at least 50% will also go directly to Soup and Chill.
Payment details and other important information will be emailed to you at least two weeks before the competition. Places are limited; you will be notified if your desired category is full.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at the following link.

Email link

Summer Newsletter

Here you will find all the IWI events for June as well as local happenings in the Basel area over the Summer. The IWI’s organised events will be taking a break throughout July and August, so the next newsletter will be in September.

What’s been happening in May?

Kicking off May with the first Bake Off of the year.

Winners in the competition are as follows,
• Sweet – Kelly who baked cinnamon rolls
• Savoury – Helen who baked gougères
• Cupcakes – Liza who baked rainbow cupcakes.

The Bake off was a huge success and managed to raise a whopping 1236.64 CHF for the Basel Frauenhaus, an essential service offering help and support to women and their children in crisis.


Other events in May included the return of International Kitchen, where we started off with a healthy salad pot luck.


For anyone interested, participants shared their recipes on the event page on FB. We also had a book swap, a gin tasting event at Barfly (hangovers included), coffee morning in Manor, a beautiful Sunny Wednesday walk in Bruderholz and of course the crafty cafe, where Helen demonstrated some sock animals.


June Events
Friday 3rd :Theatre – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
7 pm, Kronenweg 9, 4102 Binningen, Switzerland.

Monday 6th : Member’s Meeting, 7.30 pm

Thursday 9th : Summer party and farewell to Elin
Please join us for our hot Latin summer party with a twist! To mark
our annual summer send off, we have a night of salsa dancing and
live, local music.
19:30 arrival
19:45-20:15 Salsa session
A chance to drink and mingle
21:00 Live music to enjoy and have a boogie.
Let’s celebrate friendship, fun and laughter!
Please contact us on FB in order to join the party.

Wednesday 15th June : Wednesday Walkers
9 – 11 am, Please contact us on FB to join.

Friday 17th June : Semi Circle Presents “Dracula”
7 pm, Rampe Theatre, Byfangweg 6, Basel.
Tickets 30 CHF, please buy your own in advance.

Tuesday 21st June : Sausage Making part 2 & Swiss Art
We have quite an eclectic night planned for you! A guest speaker
from the UK, Doug Jenkinson, will come to give us a follow-up
sausage making demonstration (great for those who missed out on
the fun last time). He will share tips and techniques and tales of his
European adventures in the search for the perfect sausage!
Doug is also a big fan of a little known Swiss artist called Eugene
Burnard and is trying to get him the recognition he deserves. He will
share his love for the artists work and his travels to Switzerland to
learn more about him.
Please bring along your favourite Swiss dish to share and tell us a
little bit about its origins.

Thursday 23rd June : Crafty Cafe with Patchwork
Member Vreni has kindly offered to share her patch-working
skills with us this evening. Vreni will lead us in learning a basic
patchwork technique: English paper piecing.
Or bring your own project to work on, use IWI craft supplies (for 1
CC stamp), or simply come along for a drink and a chat!

Friday 24th June : Brocki Visit

Sunday 26th June : Theatre Trip – Untrained Heroes
5 pm, Theatre Arleccino, Walkeweg 122, Basel.

Thursday 25th August : Crafty Cafe
A relaxed evening of crafts!
Bring your own project to work on, use IWI craft supplies (for 1 CC
stamp), or simply come along for a drink and a chat!

What Else Is On In Basel Over Summer?

Running all through Summer, Sculpture on the move 1946-2016
Kunstmuseum, Basel.

• Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd June : Das Zelt (comedy club)
Rosentalanlage, Basel.

• Wednesday 1st – Wednesday 29th June : Kinderclub
Museum Tinguely. From 8 years, bring a snack.

• Wednesday 1st June – Monday 25th July : Das Namenlos Gespenst
Augusta Raurica, Augst.
Family treasure hunt full of scents and smells (duration 1 hour).

• Thursday 9th – Wednesday 22nd June: Circus Knie
Rosentalanlage, Basel.

• Monday 13th – Sunday 19th June :Swiss Art Awards
Messe Basel, Halle 4.

• Monday 13th – Sunday 19th June :Art Parcours, Altstadt, Basel.

• Tuesday 14th – Sunday 19th June : Photo Basel, Volkshaus, Basel
Switzerland’s first and only art fair solely dedicated to photography.

• Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th June : Art Basel, Messe, Basel.

• Sundays in June : Kindermarkthalle, 1 pm.

• Friday 1st July : Summerblues in Kleinbasel.

• Saturday 2nd July : Zoo Night, Basel Zolli.

• Saturday 2nd July – Sunday 14th August :
Theater Arlecchino present: KÖÖNIG & SPITZBUEB
Grün 80 Park, daily at 3 pm and 5 pm in the arena.

• Tuesday 12th July : Stimmen Festival, Lörrach, Germany.

• Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th : Summerstag openair music festival.
Park in Grünen, Munchenstein.

• Wednesday 20th – Saturday 30th July : Basel Tattoo, Kasernenplatz.

• Tuesday 26th July – Sunday 14th August : Im Fluss Music am Rhein.

• Thursday 28th July – Sunday 21st August : Allianz Cinema, Münsterp.

• Sun 31st July – 1st August (2 am). Swiss National Day on the Rhein.

• Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August. River Nights Openair. Rheinfelden.

• Friday 12th – Saturday 13th August. Open Air Basel.

• Tuesday 16th August : The Basel Rhein Swim.

As you can see, there are many activities in the Basel area this summer to enjoy. We’d love to have you join us for events that will be posted on our Facebook IWI group and look forward to meeting you soon. Have a great summer!

The Basel Journal

The Basel Journal had a nice write up about our charity fund raisers.

The Basel Journal

Supporting charitable organisations with baked goodies: the International Women’s Institute Basel is collecting for good causes, and has already been quite successful.

By Isabelle Wanner

If anybody mentions the words “cake” or “cookies”, only very few will think of charity organisations. What rather springs to mind are sugar, butter and chocolate that, mixed together, will deliciously melt on your tongue. However, not only can baked goodies create moments of sheer bliss, they can also bring in money. This was what the International Women’s Institute Basel (IWIB) had in mind when organising baking competitions. Last year there were three of them; in the end they brought in around 1,800 Swiss Francs, according the head of the  Institute, Helen Gilroy. With the revenue they support local organisations, such as “Frauenhaus” (women’s shelter), “Soup & Chill”, and the “Surprise Street Choir.”
More at link…