Our meeting on 1st December will be a Dementia Friends session. Learn a little more about what it’s like to live with dementia, how you can make a difference and help to create a dementia friendly community. Everyone who attends will become a ‘Dementia Friend’ and get a badge, and learn now to turn your understanding into action.
The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair will on Saturday 26 November in the Crypt. We will be selling crafts and preserves, all handmade in De Beauvoir with love.
At the next book group we will be discussing The Hide and Seek Children, recollections of young survivors of the Holocaust from Slovakia. The stories were collected into a book by De Beauvoir WI member Barbara Barnett, who will be coming to talk with the group on 8th November (see What’s On).
The November meeting was our annual group meeting with other local WI groups and we had visitors from N1, Stow Roses, Stone Rangers, East End and Stoke Newington. We learned how to lindy hop, calypso and dance to Bombay Dreams with top choreographer and west end performer Jreena Green.
Jreena also works with the Green Candle Dance company who believe that everyone has the right to practice, learn, watch and appreciate dance, regardless of age or ability. Their classes at Oxford House, Tower Hamlets include Dance and Dementia, Older Men Moving and Green Candle Senior Dance Classes. See their website for details.
On Thursday 6th October Alex Nunn, from Action for Happiness, led us on an inspiring and interactive exploration of what really matters for a happy and meaningful life. The evening was filled with personal insights and as usual the women of De Beauvoir opened their hearts to trying to make a difference.
Ten Keys to happier living:
GIVING – do things for others
RELATING – connect with people
EXERCISING – Take care of your body
AWARENESS – Live life mindfully
TRYING OUT – Keep learning new things
DIRECTION – Have goals to look forward to
RESILIENCE – Find ways to bounce back
EMOTIONS – Look for waht’s good
ACCEPTANCE – Be comfortable with who you are
MEANING – Be part of something
The sun could not have shone brighter for our first joint De Beauvoir WI and De Beauvoir Gardeners Flower and Produce. Everyone I meet who attended has had nothing but praise for the event and how much it brings the community together. If you missed the prize giving (or if you sadly missed the show altogether) we can happily now give you a link to all the winners HERE and a gallery of pics HERE.
Special mention has to go to some of our own lovely ladies who took away some of the top prizes. Justina Kochansky won first prize for her piece of homemade jewellery which was then awarded the Silver Cup for the BEST EXHIBIT in the show. Gillian Rowe won the highly prized Rose Bowl for the highest number of points in the flowers and fruit and vegetable categories.
Other members who did very well include our knitting guru Pamela who won both first and second prize in the tea cosy category. The picture below shows why!
Sara Lawrence got first prize for her cupcakes. Jacqui James was a popular winner in the Dog Show after her gorgeous dog Humphrey (below) wowed the audience with his best trick.
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in the Cake and Bake Show 2016, with shows in London from the 7th – 9th October at Excel and Manchester from 10th – 13th November at Event City! The show features live bake-offs, skills classes and demonstrations by renowned star bakers, book-signings, hundreds of exhibitors, display tables and classrooms. Please see the show’s website for further information: http://www.thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/
NFWI has been offered a free display table at both events to showcase WI members cakes, bakes and jams. Typically the tables are unmanned and so do not require a member to be on the table, however if you would like to demonstrate anything such as sugar crafting then this would be a welcome addition.
Members can claim up to £100 in expenses each day for attending the shows. If this event interests you or you know of an expert and passionate baker within the federation who would be perfect for this show please contact Sophie Page,
Membership Officer & PA to General Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance