And we’re off!

Our launch meeting on 3 April was a great (if somewhat chaotic!) success. It was fantastic to see so many women streaming into the Crypt at St Peter’s – more than 60 in total, 49 of whom have already signed up for membership.

Liz Morrell and Sarah Wilson, our lovely ladies from the WI’s Middlesex Federation, kindly came along to help us get started, and they will be returning for our next meeting on Thursday 1 May, again in the Crypt on Northchurch Terrace from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (see monthly meetings for more details), when we’ll be voting for our president and committee members. Once voted in, the committee will sign the WI constitution – at which point the De Beauvoir WI will be official, part of an organisation with more than 212,000 members countrywide (and which celebrates its centenary next year).

Remember that if you didn’t pay your £34.70 annual subscription last time, please bring cash or cheque to our next meeting.

Front-page news

There was a great deal of local interest in the launch. Amanda Lovegrove, who was instrumental in getting the DBWI off the ground, was interviewed for the Hackney Post (in a piece titled ‘Women’s Institute to Open De Beauvoir Branch’). Here she is (plus tea cosy), accompanied by Julie Campbell from Vinvixen. There’s also going to be a snippet about us in the June issue of the Women’s Institute magazine WI Life.

There are plenty of ways to get involved

The DBWI is just the start… If you’re interested in setting up a spinoff group – maybe a sewing, cycling or theatergoers’ group, a book club, choir or knitter-natter get-together – then please put forward your ideas at our next meeting. We’d love to hear from you. Our WI is just finding its feet, so input from the members is really important. And there’s no shortage of things that need doing on a regular basis – greeting new members, serving teas and so on.


Those of you who were at the April meeting might have noticed that we had some fine wine available. This was thanks to Julie Campbell of Vinvixen, who will be bringing along different interesting wines for people to try each month. Julie has also promised to give us a talk on food-and-wine compatibility at one of our forthcoming meetings. In the meantime, you can check out the Vinvixen wine shop at 450 Kingsland Road E8 4AE.

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