Coming next month….
A big thank you to Hackney Herbal who came to our March meeting to talk all things herbal. Back in 2015, Hackney Herbal set out on a mission to show people how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles, for health and improved wellbeing. The idea came from a desire to create more value out of the herbs that were being grown in private, public and community gardens.
They now grow herbs in a patchwork of sites around Hackney and from these they create unique herbal tea blends. The funds from the sale of these go towards community activities in Hackney, which bring people together to learn, share knowledge and be inspired. We got to learn all about the various properties of different herbs and made a selection of unique herbal tea blends and took a whole batch of herbal tea bags home at the end of the night.
March 10th – we took part in Solace Women’s Aid International Women’s Day celebrations with a free afternoon of Games and Cake at The Crypt at St Peter’s De Beauvoir. It was a successful afternoon and although this wasn’t the aim, there were generous donations made for the tea and cake provided and we will be sending Solace a cheque later this month. We had some serious crafting going on in one corner and scrabble and cluedo particularly went down well…it was Miss Scarlet in the Hall with the Candlestick if you were wondering. Thanks to all who came and all who baked and helped on the day.
Knitting group will be meeting on March 18th and our knitters are getting involved with our local yarn bombing group, De Beauvoir K2P2 who are planning an exciting project for the summer and were in need of additional knitting support, email us at the usual address if you would like to join our knitting group, beginners welcome.
March meeting with Hackney Herbal
February and getting squeaky clean with Funky Soap
For February’s meeting we welcomed Anni from Funky Soap. Funky Soap is a small business located in the heart of East London dedicated to crafting high quality, healthy and effective skin and hair care products that will nourish your skin and are kind to our planet. They use the power and simplicity of nature to cleanse, soothe, heal and protect your skin.
The soaps are made from only 100% natural ingredients, using pure oils and butters and the cold process method to create the soaps and shampoos.
Anni talked about how she discovered the art of soap making and how she grew her business from creating soaps in her kitchen to employing a staff of 11 and moving to a workshop and shop in Leyton. She also kindly created a crib sheet for us detailing the art of soap making with details of all ingredients we would need to start making our own soap. Plus we all got to go home with a shampoo bar
Plus Jessie from Solace Women’s Aid came along to update us on all the news from Solace.
There will be tea, cake and the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones
Dates For Your Diary
Feb 18th Knitting group will be meeting venue tbc 7.30pm/8pm start join us if you would like to learn to knit; hone your skills or get on with your own project in some lovely company
Feb 19th book group meeting at Bavo on Southgate Road, 8pm. This month’s book is Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, all details on the relevant pages on the website
Save the date….
Sunday March 10th we are planning to host an afternoon event between 2 and 5pm at the Crypt Café to celebrate International Women’s Day as part of Solace Women’s Aid International Women’s Day week long festival, there will be events taking place around London throughout the week, more to follow.
What better way to kick off the New Year than with last nights practical workshop that helped us rebalance our bodies and our energy after the business of the festive season. A big thanks to John Haywood who joined us to introduce us to the ancient art of Qigong (Chi Gung), literally translated as ‘Life Energy Cultivation’. Qigong is a holistic system of co-ordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for the purpose of health. It is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance Qi, translated as life energy. There is also research published showing benefits for mental health, with a reduction in cortisol, the hormone produced in the body in response to stress, so a great way to kick off our own self care in the light of the 2019 national resolution on mental health.
John runs a weekly class at Castlehaven Community Centre in Camden on a Tuesday at 11am.
Dates for your diary
Book group is up and running after a December break and will be meeting on 8th January at Bavo at 8pm to discuss The Hitman’s Guide To Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason, email in if you would like to join us but it helps if you have read the book
Knitting group is also back, for beginners and experts, we will be meeting on Monday 21st January, venue to be decided, again email in if you would like to learn to knit, hone your existing skills or want to come along for a knit and natter
We will be resuming our collections of toiletries for the women in the Solace refuges – bodywash, shampoo, conditioner, etc all welcome
The Night Shelter at St Peter’s will be up and running from the 7th January, we are providing a home made cake every Monday throughout the course of the shelter running – we have had volunteers for January but if you fancy baking a cake in February or March to deliver on a Monday then let us know.
What better way to kick off 2019 than with a workshop designed to help us balance our energy going into the New Year
It’s was that time of year again and our starter for 10 with our Brainy Birds Quiz night. Huge thanks to Nichola and Victoria for putting together a brain rattling quiz. Anyone who got either Kilburn or Holborn on our London stations in picture form round deserves a medal. Brains were certainly rattled remembering the ups and downs of the past year as we came together for a fun, social evening of quizzing and chatting.
Solace Women’s Aid donations
This year they have asked for donations of Christmas gifts for the children, gifts for teenagers are particularly needed. If you are able to donate a gift (no more than £15 in cost) then we will be collecting these to take to the refuges before Christmas. We will be taking donations at this meeting, the community café lunch the following day (Friday 7th) which the WI is hosting and at the De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair in the Crypt on December 1st where we have a stall. If you are unable to make any of these dates but would still like to donate something then please email us and I am sure we will be able to arrange something.
Our stall at the DBA Christmas Fair on December 1st, was a huge success with lots of lovely Christmas themed goodies plus jams, marmalades and chutneys.
lots of lovely preserves and marmalades
looking forward to our fun quiz night next month
In the meantime we have some additional jam, chutney and preserve making workshops throughout November, along with a couple of additional craft meetings where we will be creating items to sell at the De Beauvoir Christmas fair. If you would like to join us for any of these do email in at the usual addre
Strictly Line Dancing
We had a great meeting in November when local line dance teacher Joan Thomas led us in a series of line dancing sequences and our very own Joan who celebrates her 90th birthday later this month showed us exactly why line dancing I a great way of keeping in shape when she demonstrated the charleston for us and it was 10’s all round from our members.
If anyone is interested in doing some more line dancing Joan Thomas runs a class at Mildmay Community Centre on a Thursday 2pm – 4pm among others, you can contact her on the following email email@example.com
Dates for your diary
October 23rd is our book group meeting at Bavo on Southgate Road. We are currently reading Jagua Nana by Cyprion Edwensi, full details on the relevant page of the website if you would like to join us
November 19th is our next Knit & Natter venue to be decided – email us at the usual address if you want to come along, or if you want learn to knit, we have some expert knitters on hand to help with any and all knitting related questions
and get researching as our final meeting of the year in December is a fun packed and challenging Quiz Night plus mince pies and mulled wine
Next meeting on November 1st is line dancing
Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 – 2017
We had a wonderfully information meeting with Laurie Elks from the Hackney Society. Some of us were fortunate to meet Laurie when he gave us a guided tour of St Augustine’s Tower last month and in October he joined us to discuss Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 – 2017 the book The Hackney Society published last year to commemorate the 50 extraordinary years of Hackney’s recent history since the society was established back in 1967. With 50 separate chapters from 50 different authors, the book catalogues the changing face of our borough, from ‘murder mile’ and gang violence to the rebirth of Woodberry Down and Broadway Market, from the closing of Clapton Dog track to the opening of Chats Palace, maternity services, regeneration, the Arcola, the An Viet Foundation, Rock Against Racism and much, much more .
“Of all the outskirts of London, the borough of Hackney is to me, the most interesting, and the least considered”
Sir John Betjeman 1979
Plus a chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and drink tea and eat cake.
Dates for your diary
Saturday 29th September will be our last walking group this year. Following on from our trip to Eastbourne and our day walking from Birling Gap to Beachy Head (with a lovely pub lunch together) last year, we will be taking a trip out of London for a day long amble in the Essex countryside. Full details will be on the website but initial meeting point will be Fenchurch Street Station.
Monday 15th October – knitting group venue tbc
Tuesday 23rd October – book group will be meeting at Bavo to discuss Jagua Nana by Cyprion Ekwensi
Monday 22nd October is the big group meeting which this year is hosted by N1 Women’s Institute. The venue is St James Hall on Packington Street, N1, 7 – 9pm. It looks to be a very interesting meeting as Dr Hollie Price will be showing some Ministry Of Information films that were originally screened for WI groups during WWII plus a great chance to meet with other WI members from North and East London. We will be sending out more information on this in due course.
As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness descended upon us, we had a fascinating September meeting as Sarah Calcutt, Operations Director of English Apples And Pears joined us to talk about farming and marketing the glorious apple and pear produce produced in the UK. We learnt about the astonishing advances in fruit farming over the past years, how a new variety of apple comes into being, and even got a sneak preview of three new apple varieties that are in progress, one of which might well be finding its way onto our supermarket shelves in 7 or 8 years time. She was a hugely informative speaker, passionate about her subject and we had some interesting debates about packaging (without current packaging around 40% of produce would end up being wasted through bruising etc although there are major developments around decreasing use of plastic that are ongoing) and the use of specialised equipment to analyse the soil in order to target fertilizer use more economically and ecologically.
It was lovely to see a lot of new faces and old friends at our August get together at the Scolt Head. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to catch up with members.
Forthcoming dates for your diaries…
Knitting group – 20th August – this will also take place at the Scolt Head – do come along if you would like to learn to knit or hone existing skills
We have a trip up St Augustine’s Tower on 5th September
Our next stint at the community café in The Crypt is on Friday 7th September, if you would like to help out or fancy cooking something do email in. The community café offers a low cost hot meal between 12 and 2.30pm. All profits currently go to the Hackney Playbus scheme. It’s a chance for local people to meet up and enjoy some home cooked food with friends in a lovely atmosphere.
all details of the groups and events are on the relevant pages on the website
We also have some jam making workshops scheduled over the next month – email in if you would like to join us
We will be running a Domestic Delights stall at the De Beauvoir Gardeners Flower & Produce show on September 16th outside St Peter’s Church on Northchurch Terrace selling jams and preserves and cakes and bakes. If you would like to bake something or make something or help out do let us know at the usual email address.
If you are interested in entering the various categories of the competition you can find all the details here