August Meeting



The Art Of Foraging

We have been trying to find someone to host a foraging workshop for us for a number of months and were delighted to discover Wendy, a WI sister from East Edge Sisters (East Ham) and a founder of London Bushcraft was offering foraging talks on Zoom.  London Bushcraft offers an escape to a countryside experience while still in London with the only bushcraft company based in the capital.  We will be learning about the abundance of trees and plants that abound in our streets along with various recipes and their uses for medicinal purposes.

Wendy’s interest in bushcraft started young. She grew up in Australia and has always been fascinated by the skills and knowledge that allowed indigenous Australians to survive for thousands of years off the land.

As well as being experienced in bushcraft in the UK, Wendy Paton has led 21 expeditions worldwide. During these trips she has foraged for wild rhubarb in Mongolia; eaten live ants in Ecuador; gone mud fishing in Vietnam; tracked with the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana; caught and eaten frogs for breakfast in Laos; and picked enough wild blueberries in Ecuador to turn herself blue. These experiences bring real depth of knowledge to the bushcraft and survival skills taught by London Bushcraft.

​She believes that bushcraft is very much needed in a society that has in some ways drifted away from its ancestral and natural roots. It provides people with an opportunity to connect with the world around them more fully – and sometimes also a part of themselves they have never come into contact with before.


We are meeting on Zoom so if you would like to  join us as a guest do email us at, first meeting on Zoom as a guest  is free





We are in the process of setting up a WhatsApp group for members to keep in touch.  It’s a great way to keep connected and to arrange more spontaneous and intimate gatherings as we are still not yet able to meet at The Crypt, so a number of members have been enjoying impromptu walks, blackberry picking as well as a forum for sharing what we are up to and things that have interested, entertained or inspired us.  If you are a member and would like to  join the DBWI WhatsApp group, you need to have the app on your phone (it’s free to download) and then email us at and we will add you to the group.




Our long running book group will be meeting virtually on 21st July and will be reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Email in if you would like to join us but you do need to have read the book.


From De Beauvoir Town (Hackney) Community on Facebook

The De Beauvoir Community foodbank is still deliverying locally if you would like to drop of any donations.  It is open Tuesday to Friday 12 – 2pm at 23 Englefield Road. Any surplus will be delivered onto the Hackney Food Bank.


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The De Beauvoir Association who run Party In The Park every year also publish a regular weekly newsletter with loads of fantastic information about what’s going on around De Beauvoir, virtual programmes for both kids and adults and information about Hackney council and local businesses that are operating in new and innovative ways throughout this crisis.

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Solace Women’s Aid Update

As we are not meeting face to face and as all the Solace staff are working from home, it is not possible to continue with our regular collections for them at present.

They have launched a major fundraising campaign #staysafeathome

You may have seen in the news recently that there has been an exponential rise in domestic violence incidents during this crisis.  Their campaign aims to raise £150,000 to enable them to do everything they can to ensure their doors stay open throughout this worrying time, to make sure women and children can still receive the support they urgently need.

Their refuges are still open and providing life-changing and life-saving support to women with nowhere else to turn,

Their helpline team and all staff are answering the phones so women have someone to talk to and;

Their community advocacy teams are working tirelessly to make sure, no matter where they are, London is safe for women and their children.

You can donate by clicking the link below, any donation, however small, will help them to continue the amazing work they do to keep women and children safe.!/DonationDetails


If you have donated already or are planning to donate you might also like to contact Seedlings For Solace that will match your donation with seedlings that you can then plant out in your garden. You can contact Seedlings For Solace on Instagram @seedlingsforsolace