December meeting…

… and it’s our annual Brainy Birds Quiz. Our quiz mistresses have been busy compiling fiendish rounds, and we are all looking forward to some quintessential quizzing as we host our regular Christmas Quiz.  Grab a cuppa or glass of wine, a mince pie or two and a pen or pencil, and give your brain a good workout remembering the events of the past year. 

On Zoom at 7.30pm on December 3rd. Email debeauvoirwi@gmail.com for the link if you would like to join us,

Our Zoom themed screen shot this month is white

The De Beauvoir Christmas Trail

Bringing Christmas cheer to our community…

Kicking off at 10am on Sunday 6th December is the De Beauvoir Christmas Trail.  Lots of stalls in front gardens selling everything from bakes, jam and preserves, to ceramics and vintage clothing, olive oil and embroidered goods from Bethlehem, fused glass ware, Christmas decorations and much much more.  There will be stalls selling plants, animal toys, carol singers from the local schools and hot apple juice and hot chocolate to  keep you going as you wander the streets of De Beauvoir supporting your local small businesses and charities and getting your Christmas shopping done.

If the weather is terrible we will postpone to the following week, keep an eye out for any updates on our social media.  We have produced  a map showing you the location of all the stalls which will be available on the day. Scroll through the images below for a taster of the cornucopia of delights that will be for sale on the trail….

SOLACE WOMEN’S AID

We are collecting donations of presents and gift cards for the women and children spending Christmas in Solace’s refuges as usual this year.  If you would like to donate a gift card or a present (maximum spend on both is £20) then we will have a donations box on our stall at the De Beauvoir Christmas Trail along with a collection box for cash donations which we will then buy gift cards with.

We are also donating a percentage of our profits from the WI stall to Solace

AND GET READY FOR JANUARY

We have signed up for the SOLACE 40.

The SOLACE 40 is a challenge to walk, run or cycle 40 miles in January. That’s one mile for each Solace refuge which offers safety and security to survivors of domestic violence.

Every mile goes toward  supporting survivors build safe, strong futures

As we have been missing each other so much we are going to do this as a WI relay, enabling different members to join different sections of the walk and stroll on together.  Lesley, who has been a member since our inception, and who  is a  Clerkenwell and Islington guide has devised a 2 mile walk around De Beauvoir so we can do this in sections with different members joining at different points to walk for as little or far as they want to.  It is obviously a sponsored event to raise money for Solace but if every member was sponsored £10 and joined the walk we would raise nearly £500.  Can you walk (or run or cycle) a mile for Solace enabling them to continue their amazing work – email in if you would like to join us.  We are looking to run this over a couple of weekends in January, dates to  be announced when we have an idea of all who would like to get involved.  You can join us at any point or we can knock on your door to pick you up.

Book Group

After reading Isabel Allende’s Long Petal by the Sea, which is about Spanish refugees from the Spanish Civil War, who are then driven from Chile by the rise of fascism there – and bearing in mind the behaviour of the current president of the United States, we felt it would be appropriate to read Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here.  It was written in 1935, warning about the rise of fascism in Europe.

It is about a vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fear mongering demagogue who runs for the presidency – and wins. This is the story of Buzz Windrip who promises poor, angry voters that he will make America proud and prosperous once more; “vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected …He was an actor of genius”.  It’s a cautionary tale of liberal complacency in the face of popular tyranny.  So we thought we’d scare ourselves a bit more.

Please read the book and let us know if you would like to join us at 8 o’clock on Tuesday, 22nd December.