2020

Brainy Birds Quiz 2nd December

Yes, the annual DBWI quiz is back! Put in your thinking brains to answer some challenging questions and win fabulous prizes.  On arrival you will be asked to choose a coloured button which will correspond to a table.  Join your team at the table to take part in this epic battle of general knowledge.  Read poster below for more info.

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.

Covid compliance notice

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.

Book Group

This month the book group has chosen My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.  The group met in person for the first time in a while on the the 16th November.  It went well so will continue next month on the 21st December.  Keep an enthusiastic eye on the Book Group page for more details.

WI outing

Our member Lesley will be holding a guided history walk for WI members/friends on Saturday 27th November, 12 noon – 2pm.  This walk explores the historic area of Finsbury and St Luke’s parish, just north of the old City. Numbers are limited to keep us all safe.

As we do not have an outing co ordinator at present, to make this outing happen, Lesley is very kindly taking the bookings directly, so if possible, please book via this Eventbrite link – if you are unsure about online booking, or have any questions, please contact Lesley directly at:  walk@lesleythompson.co.uk . 

Cost is £8 per person for us (usual rate £15).

Solace

We are really pleased to have been able to donate £200 to Solace from our recent Trail stalls. We are now looking for donations of Christmas gifts for the women and children spending Christmas in one of their Domestic Violence refuges  All gifts must be new, in the original packaging and cost no more than £20 for each gift.  Items most welcome will be clothes, for children or adults, children’s toys, and toiletries.  Gift cards of £20 or less are also acceptable.  Bring along donations to the next WI meeting (see above) or either of the events mentioned below.

Save The Date Reminders

Community Café

The Community Café is back and running again in the Crypt on the last Friday of the month.  We will be running the cafe on Friday 26th November in our lovely new De Beauvoir WI aprons  Do pop along if you fancy it, there will be a lovely selection of home cooked food at very affordable prices.

Christmas Fair and Trail on December 4th

The DBA Christmas Fair is back in the Crypt on December 4th and will be running alongside a Christmas Trail with stalls in front gardens across De Beauvoir (see a map below).  The trail will take place between 11am and 3pm. We are running the WI stall at 34 Northchurch Road and are selling jams, chutneys, pickles and cakes.  We will primarily be selling whole loaf cakes and other baked goods.  In order to be able to package and label everything in line with Natasha’s Law, we need any donations to be delivered the day before.  Please email the usual address if you would like to drop off donations for the stall.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

November Meeting Fire Cider Workshop

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With Hackney Herbal

A couple of years ago Nat from Hackney Herbal joined us for a wonderful workshop teaching us how to make our own herbal tea  bags.  We are delighted to welcome her back to instruct us in the art of how to make your own fire cider.  Fire cider is a warming and spicy tonic made from apple cider vinegar and a number of herbs, spices and vegetables. It is a popular remedy to make during the autumn and can be taken daily to keep your immune system strong and healthy throughout winter.  She will also be giving us each a hot fire cider drink to try during the session alongside talking about winter herbs for health.

Plus tea, wine and cake and snacks and a chance to catch up with friends old and new. All in the Crypt at St Peter’s De Beauvoir on Thursday 4th November at 7.30pm. Come and join us, free to members, come as a guest for £5 (this includes tea/coffee and cake)

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.

Although Fire Cider has to mature for a month before use, if you would like to get ahead of the workshop here is the recipe.

Fire Cider Recipe

Infused vinegars can be used for cooking, medicine, cosmetics, hair and skin tonics and even household cleaning. Vinegar is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and has anti- inflammatory properties. Vinegar contains acetic acid that acts as a solvent and preservative. Vinegars are particularly useful for extracting minerals from herbs eg. calcium and other alkaline minerals as well as the flavours of pungent herbs. Fire Cider is a wonderful remedy to make to keep the immune system healthy and ward off pesky colds and flu. It’s very warming so also great for anyone working outdoors or those who feel very cold during winter. ‘Fire Cider’ was coined by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and builds on an old age tradition of infusing pungent herbs in vinegar to make a powerful tonic for health. 

photo credit: Hackney Herbal

If you fancy trying to make your own Fire Cider here is the recipe Nat will be using.

Ingredients

small piece of fresh grated ginger root

small piece of fresh grated horseradish rooot

1/4 small onion chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed or chopped

1/4 jalapeno or other chilli peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from wedge of lemon

1-2 sprigs of herbs (eg rosemary, bay, thyme, sage)

1 small piece of fresh tumeric root, grated

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

200 ml apple cider vinegar

photo credit: Hackney Herbal

Directions

Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs as above and place them in a clean preserving jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar into the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and fill the jar to the top.

If your jar has a metal lid, make sure to place a piece baking parchment paper under the lid to avoid it coming into contact with the vinegar.

Label your jar with the ingredients and date. Shake well.   Store in a dark, cool place for 4 weeks and remember to shake every few days.

After 4 weeks use cheesecloth and a sieve to strain out the ingredients. Pour the strained vinegar into a clean jar or bottle.

Enjoy a spoonful a day through winter to keep your immune system strong. You can dilute it in hot water and add honey to sweeten or add it into soups and stews

Book Group

Book group will be meeting on 16th November and are reading The Colour Purple by Alice Walker.  Book group is hoping to resume in person so if you would like to join us and have read the book do email the usual address for details nearer the time.

Save The Date

Community Café

The Community Café is back and running again in the Crypt on the last Friday of the month.  We will be running the cafe on Friday 26th November in our lovely new De Beauvoir WI aprons  Do pop along if you fancy it, there will be a lovely selection of home cooked food at very affordable prices.

Christmas Fair and Trail on December 4th

The DBA Christmas Fair is back in the Crypt on December 4th and will be running alongside a Christmas Trail with stalls in front gardens across De Beauvoir.  We are running the WI stall at 34 Northchurch Road and are selling jams, chutneys, pickles and cakes.  We will primarily be selling whole loaf cakes and other baked goods.  In order to be able to package and label everything in line with Natasha’s Law, we need any donations to be delivered the day before to a named address.  There will be a sign up sheet at the meeting if you would like to bake or help on the day.De BeauvoirDe Beauvoir TownHackneyWIWomens InstituteLeave a commentEdit

October Meeting

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Community activist Farhanah Mamoojee joined us in October to talk about the hidden history of the Ayahs and Amahs (colonial female care givers) who travelled to the UK from all over the Empire in the 19th century.  She will be revealing some of the untold stories of the hundreds of women who ended up in the UK and were often abandoned by their employers with no support.  The Ayahs’ Home was established in east London in the 19th century by concerned philanthropists to support these women.

 The former site of The Ayahs’ Home still exists today in Hackney. The building is currently awaiting a Blue Plaque thanks to Farhanah’s campaign.

Plus tea and cake, fun and friendship.

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.

Walking Group

We are heading off on the Big Walk of the year on October 2nd.  Our fearless leaders are keeping our destination a secret until nearer the time but if you would like to join us email us for details.

Book Group

Book group will be meeting on Monday, 27th September and are reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell described by The Observer as ‘a profound exploration of the healing power of creativity’.

Updates

Great Big Green Week and Canary Craftivism

Our yarn bomb installation at Ufton Gardens saw canaries in trees, on benches and were joined by our Ocean Themed bike and other knitted and embroidered representations of the natural world to highlight climate change.  Check out some images below and thanks to our tireless knitters and sewers for their skills, time, and craftivism. Our crafted natural world was so realistic a lot of spiders and ladybirds had taken up residence over the week it was up.

De Beauvoir Autumn Trail

The Autumn Trail on 19th was a huge success despite the afternoon rain showers.  Our jam makers had made over 120 jars of jam and preserves and we pretty much sold out of everything.  There are a handful of jars left that we will be bringing along to the October meeting so if you couldn’t make the trail and fancy a jar of homemade deliciousness, come along early and grab the few remaining pots at our meeting.

Huge thanks to our jam makers and all who helped out at the stall.  We are planning to make a donation to Solace Women’s Aid from our profits.

We also had the opportunity to wear our new De Beauvoir WI aprons, which not only benefit from substantial pockets but have a pen holder too!  If you would like your very own apron let us know, they are excellent quality and very reasonable at £15 each and we are doing batch runs. And did we say they have a pen pocket!  And a handy loop as well, our Secretary Angela used hers to carry a hammer while she was doing some DIY earlier this week.

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