3rd March Meeting – Women from Hackney’s History

In March we celebrate International Women’s Day.  So this month we have invited The Hackney Society to give a talk about some influential women that had close connections to Hackney throughout the centuries (see poster below)

IMPORTANT: The annual membership fee of £44.00 is due by the end of March. You can pay at the next meeting or, preferably, via bank transfer. Ask at the meeting, or email the usual address for the details.

The Hackney Society is a membership organisation formed in 1967 to support local residents in the conservation and regeneration of Hackney’s infrastructure and public spaces.  It is managed entirely by unpaid volunteers and a Board of Trustees drawn and elected from the membership.

The Borough of Hackney is one of the most deprived authorities in England, yet has over one thousand historic or listed buildings, several of which need urgent repair, as well as over twenty conservation spaces.  The society’s work is important in helping protect this rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Please visit this link for information on some of their current and past projects and campaigns.

Photo from the public domain
Photo from the Hackney Archive

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.

International Women’s Day

Father Simon of St Peter’s Church in De Beauvoir has invited DBWI members to a special service at the church on Tuesday the 8th of March to celebrate this special day for women.  Starting at 6pm there will be a special service, lasting about 25 minutes, which will include communion.  Depending on availability and Covid-permitting, the service will be given by the Rev’d Kristina Andréasson (Associate Vicar of St John’s Wood, originally from the Church of Sweden), offering a reflection on the importance of International Women’s Day.  After, there is an open invitation to all members of the WI to cocktails and mocktails with some snacks in the Vicarage, to continue the celebration of the day. 

There is also a yarn bomb planned to take place on the day.  All the details are still to be confirmed.  Information should be available at the meeting, or you can email for further information, including the knitting group that will take place to construct the bomb

Book Group

On the 15th of March the book group will be meeting to discuss a new book, Rachel, Again by Marian Keyes.  Keep an eye on the Book Group page for more details and confirmation of the time and place of the next group.

Walking Group

Even though we did miles of walking in aid of Solace in January (final update below), we are always keen for more.  So please join us for a fun, casual walk around the gravel pits in Rickmansworth on 27th March.  There will be visits to a pub before and after.  Sign up at the meeting or email the usual address to get more details.


Solace 40

The DBWI once again thanks everyone for putting on their walking shoes and cold weather clothing to help raise money for the Solace 40 challenge.  The final mile count is 504 miles and money raised was more than double our set target of £500 at £1,049.  See below for pictures from some of the guided walks.

Show the Love climate campaign.

At the February meeting some members made green hearts for our campaign to address the dangers of climate change.  Some of these were installed in local parks (pictures below).

Elizabeth Bell Challenge

The DBWI have submitted an entry to the Elizabeth Bell Challenge.  Our wonderful sisters Mary and Suzanne collaborated to make a short video to show some of the highlights of our year 2021.  More information to come about this later in the coming months.

As always we look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and wish you a healthy and happy week ahead.

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