After 17 months of Zooming we are so excited to be heading back to the Crypt for our summer social. There will be cake, there will be snacks; there will be wine and tea and coffee and most importantly there will be fun and friendship and a chance to meet together after so long.
We have access to the terrace so can take advantage of the (hopefully) balmy August weather and chat outdoors, and the windows will be open for further ventilation.
We are asking sisters to wear masks on the way in (unless exempt) and at the sign in desk, and our committee members at the sign in desk and on refreshments will be wearing masks while on duty there. We will have hand sanitiser available and please also bring your own. All surfaces on tables and at the hatch will be wiped down with disinfectant before your arrival. National Federation advice asks for members to do a lateral flow test before attending meetings (these are available free at pharmacies) and only attend if negative. Please do not attend if you are experiencing symptoms or have been asked to self isolate.
If there is anything else we might be able to do to help you feel safer then do let us know by emailing us at the usual address.
BST Walking Group
After a lovely jaunt around Greenwich last month, the walking group are setting off on 6th August at Hackney Wick and then on through Victoria Park into the Olympic Park. Email in if you want to join us and are not a regular walking group member.
Book group have just met so watch this space for details of the next one.
We are making some bunting for Rainbow Park (or Ufton Gardens as it is more officially known). We will be getting together in a small group on the afternoon of 31st July if you would like to join us. Email us if you are interested – numbers are limited as we will be indoors so it’s first come first served.
Great Big Green Week and Canary Craftivism
In the lead up to Cop26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November, the NFWI is supporting a national week of climate change events at the end of September (18 – 26).
The Great Big Green Week will take place 18 – 26 September 2021, and will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. Together we will call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.
Together with our local yarn bombing group, De Beauvoir K2P2, we are planning an art installation at Rainbow Garden (on the corner of Ufton Road and Downham Road) that will go live on Saturday 18th September.
The Craftivism Collective are running a new #CanaryCraftivists project that takes a gentle, positive approach to climate activism. We are planning on joining in and to create a flock of canaries to join other knitted and crafted flowers, plants, sea creatures and insects to create a wonderful display of our natural world to highlight the impact of climate change on our planet.
If you would like to get involved, we have patterns and felt to create a crafted canary. There are also knitting patterns and other ideas here https://craftivist-collective.com/blog/2021/06/canarycraftivists/
Or craft a flower or knit a slug. Or if you would like to knit something more basic we are looking for lots of green squares we can wrap around various poles, bench arms etc and embellish with toadstools, butterflies, flowers and of course, canaries….
Do email in if you need provisions or would like to help out
Save The Date for the Autumn Trail
We are organising another De Beauvoir Trail for the 19th September. Do put the date in your diary and if you fancy making some jam for the stall, one of our expert jam makers is offering a afternoon workshop. Do let us know if you would like to join us, it will be a very small group in a local kitchen but is great fun and you will pick up loads of tips for jam making. If you would like to make jam/chutney/pickles/preserves for the stall let us know, we have jars and do reimburse for ingredients.