We are meeting in person in February at the usual place* – fantastic – but please make sure that you are aware of our Covid safety guidelines (below). It seems more promising now that an end to Covid safety measures are not far off, but until then it is still important to comply with the precautions to protect ourselves and others.
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES BUNNY LESTRANGE WILL BE UNABLE TO APPEAR THIS MONTH. SHE WILL BE SHARING HER KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS LATER IN THE YEAR. THE MEETING WILL NOW BE A CHANCE TO CHAT, HEAR ABOUT THE NEW RESOLUTIONS SO YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE FOR A NEW CAMPAIGN, GET CRAFTY AND CHOOSE A GIFT IN A LUCKY DIP WE ARE USING TO RAISE MORE FUNDS FOR SOLACE WOMEN’S AID
February brings the day of romance (Valentine’s Day, of course) but also the lesser known, perhaps, Galentine’s Day. So, this month we are getting sensual, sexy, risqué, and possibly giggly like schoolgirls, to make burlesque style tassels. Whether you want to surprise a significant other, or just celebrate the love you have for yourself, come along and let Bunny Lestrange show you how to make your very own glittery tassels. Bunny will also be talking about the history of burlesque.
*At the time of publishing it seems likely that this meeting will be held in person at the usual time and place. Please look out for updates or contact us at the usual address (see poster above).
Covid compliance notice (when meetings are held in person)
The terrace doors and windows will be open for ventilation purposes.
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.
At all meetings
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in the Crypt at St Peter’s Church, De Beauvoir, starting at 7.30pm. Sisters take it in turns to serve delicious refreshments, including tea and cake, wine, and assorted snacks from the kitchen. Meetings are free to members, or only £5 for guests (price includes tea/coffee and cake). Come and join us for a chance to catch up with friends old and new.
The new NFWI resolutions have been finalised so members can now vote for the one they want to see taken forward. Please see the campaigns page here for a summary of the shortlist of five and links to more information about each one. If you have the November/December issue of WI Life there is a selection form on page 27. We will be voting on which resolution we want to see taken forward to the NFWI AGM at our February meeting.
February’s read will be The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. Book group is on the third Tuesday of every month. Keep an eye on the Book Group page for more details and confirmation on the date, time, and place for the next group.
The Great Get Together
On Sunday 23rd January we met up at De Beauvoir Square to walk and share cake after. This was instead of the Games and Cakes event that was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Lesley took the more energetic walkers on a brisk four mile route through De Beauvoir and around Hoxton. Others joined members Nichola and Suzanne for a slower two mile ramble through De Beauvoir only. There was an abundance of delicious cakes after which were enjoyed by all. These miles of walking will be added to the total for the Solace 40 fundraising that has been taking place all this month.
Thanks to all the amazing ramblers who have logged their miles so far. The total is about 421 miles at the last count. Plus, we have already surpassed our original fundraising total which is brilliant. There is still time to get your walking shoes on one more time to join us for the final weekend of Solace 40. On Saturday the 29th come along to St Peter’s Church at 11am to join our member Mary for the two mile De Beauvoir loop. Please visit our Just Giving page here if you would like to contribute a donation.
As always we look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.