April meeting cancelled

As many of you might have presumed, we are sad to inform you that we have had to cancel the next three main De Beauvoir WI meetings in April, May and June. We will be reviewing the situation in June to decide whether our July meeting and our roaring 20s Charleston workshop can go ahead.

With the reality of more people spending time alone or in isolation it is more important than ever to feel a sense of community, if you are working from home, walking through De Beauvoir, crafting at home, baking, creating, reading, gardening….take a picture and send it to us and we will be posting these regularly on our Instagram and Facebook Feed to keep all us connected.

Our community in De Beauvoir has been fully engaged in pulling together at this challenging time. If you are self-isolating and need some help getting essential supplies, or just to have a chat you can call the local hub co-ordination team on
07394 075 597
And if you would like to volunteer to be part of the team then email
info@debeauvoir.org.uk
They are looking particularly for volunteers who may be willing to give some time to manning the phone line and inputting information onto a spread sheet, if you have these skills and are willing to help do get in touch. If anyone has any genius ideas around how shopping etc can be done without the need for cash payment do let them know by emailing the address above

Going Forward….
We are still hoping that the De Beauvoir WI BST walking group can start walking again (albeit at a distance) on the last Friday in April, 24th, full details will be on the walking group page but we hope to saunter around Victoria Park.

Book group is still planning to meet, probably on a digital platform on April 28th and the book is Girl, Women, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, which won the Booker Prize last year (along with Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments). Check out the Book Group page for final confirmation and full details nearer the time.

SOLACE WOMEN’S AID
We are still planning our donations of easter eggs and toiletries for the women and children currently in the refuges run by Solace. As we will sadly not be meeting as a group we have arranged a drop off point for any donations in the centre of De Beauvoir – if you have donations you would like to contribute then send us an email and we can let you know the drop off point, usual email address debeauvoirwi@gmail.com

Forthcoming Trips

Our trip back to the gravel pits at Rickmansworth to see the new life emerging has been put on hold. However, if you’re going for a walk locally and haven’t visited the Kingsland Basin go check it out as Wildlife Gardeners Of Haggerston who took us round there last year have been busy over the winter months creating new habitats for all the visiting wildlife so expect to see some baby ducks, moorhens and cygnets making their entrances over the next few weeks
The plans to visit the Lavender Fields at Hitchin are on hold for now as we wait to see what the next few months bring. The Lavender Fields are open until the end of the summer however, and if at all possible, we will hope to make it there this year, if not, then there’s always next year.

Most of all, lets look out for each other and find new and creative ways of staying in touch

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