The Walking Group is taking its annual winter break. We will resume our weekday evening walks when British Summertime begins again.
Our story about the reunion between Emma our retired midwife and our guest Denese was picked up by a journalist from The Hackney Post who is following our Facebook Page. She loved the story and has written an article that was published today. This is a real feel good story and shows the bonds that can be made amongst women and demonstrates that our inclusive policy of allowing guests to join us is a brilliant idea. Here is the article:
A mother has been reunited with her midwife from 1987 after a chance encounter on a walk with the De Beauvoir Women’s Institute.
Denise Mechell thought she recognized one of the WI members at the event but it was only when her friend Debby Lawrence said that the member used to be a midwife that she realized why.
“I went running up to her” Denise said, “it was fantastic.”
Denise describes Emma as an “old-school midwife.” “She came around on her bike and was very down to earth, very straight-talking. I always used to look forward to her visits.” Denise has told all her friends about reuniting with Emma and rang her son, who now lives in Spain, to tell him the news.
Ms Mechell, 59, attended the De Beauvoir Women’s Institute annual Big Walk on Saturday 29 September with her school friend Ms Lawrence.
The De Beauvoir WI was launched in April 2014 and meet the first Thursday of every month at The Crypt in St Peter’s Church. Ms Lawrence and Nichola Schild set up the British Summertime walking group last year to walk in and around Hackney. This year’s Big Walk, which takes members outside of London for the last event of the year, welcomed 14 women and three dogs on a walk from Leigh-on-Sea to Benfleet.
The DeBeauvoir WI BST Walking Group – a day out in Essex
For the final walk of the year 14 of us and three dogs went on the Long Walk on 29th September. (Unfortunately one of our members had to abort the trip due to a family emergency )This was by far our biggest and longest walk yet. We walked from Leigh-on-Sea to Benfleet along the coast, and then back to Leigh on the other side of the railway line so we could admire the views, which are grand out there. We were very lucky with the weather, we enjoyed glorious sunshine.
The original plan had been to walk there and back, and then have lunch in Leigh but, by the time we got to Benfleet, lunch seemed like a good idea so we stopped there instead. They have a rather nice pub in a boat ” The Gladys Barge” moored up there and we ate all of their rolls. One of the locals offered to take our picture, so here we are ….
Rather brilliantly one of our guests realised that she knew our Most Loyal Walking Group Member because she had been her midwife – 31 years ago! Just shows what a brilliant midwife she must be, if her patients can remember her after all that time. The baby is now 31 years old, 6’6” and lives in Spain.
This was the last walk of the year for the De Beauvoir WI BST Walking Group, but we will be back next year . We walk once a month from April to September enjoying a gentle mid-week evening stroll, usually in the borough. We will build on our tradition of a long walk at the end of the season, taking a train and leaving London for the day. All WI members and adult female guests are welcome, as are well mannered dogs on leads.
And please do email us if you would like to know more. Or come along to one of our meetings on the first Thursday in the month at the Crypt in St Peters DeBeauvoir at 7.30pm.