Book Group

At the November meeting we discussed a book by De Beauvoir WI member Barbara Barnett – The Hide and Seek Children, recollections of young survivors of the Holocaust from Slovakia. Barbara came to talk to the group about how she came to meet the contributors and collected their stories many years later into her book.  For more information about the book group see What’s On.

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November Meeting – Strictly Dancing

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.DBWI_Nov2016

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.

 

 

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Feel Good, Do Good

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:Microsoft Word - WI Poster for October 2016

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

 

Our prize winners

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.

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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!

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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.

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