November meeting



Our November meeting seems particularly appropriate this year as we will be learning how to boost our immune system through the foods that we eat. Registered Nutritional Therapist, Florence Wylde, will be joining us to talk about the relationship between nutrition and our immune system.  Florence specializes in gut health and inflammation. She is particularly keen on inspiring people to find joy in connecting with new ways of eating by using seasonal foods that are accessible and easy so that achieving better health is something that everyone has access to. Florence works at The Crypt as well as a specialist autoimmune clinic in Warwickshire.

Her talk will include how we can boost our immune response through foods and lifestyle; how to stay healthy and happy through foods, and how a happy gut leads to a happy mind and stronger immune system.

We will be meeting via Zoom on 5th November, if you would like to join us email us at and we can send you the link

Our screen shot theme for November is Halloween….

Book Group

Book group will also continue to meet on Zoom, on October 20th at 8pm. 

The book for the next meeting is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyememi. 

Reviews have said that the book sparkles with wit and vibrancy.  Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women and the strange connection between them. It confirms Helen Oyeyemi’s place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation.

Boy, Snow, Bird has been well received by the mainstream media but has subsequently been vilified by members of the trans community for having a transphobic ending (“I threw the book across the room”), but we didn’t realise this when the book was chosen by our group.

The De Beauvoir Christmas Shopping Trail





In spite of everything that’s going on we want to bring some Christmas cheer to our local community in a socially distanced, responsible way.  Together with other local small businesses and crafts people, we are getting together to organise a community shopping day with a trail of festive street stalls around De Beauvoir, selling crafts, foods, gifts and more from our gardens and drives. 

We are planning our usual Christmas produce, jams, chutneys, pickles plus craft items.  If you would like to make something for the De Beauvoir WI table do let us know. We have jars for jams and chutneys and will reimburse for expenses, such as pickle ingredients or craft supplies

If you are a local business or crafts person and would like to get involved and join the trail email us at



Solace Women’s Aid

We have been in touch with Solace and they hope to be in a position to accept physical donations towards the end of the year.

However, in the meantime, we could support the women and children living in their refuges by buying gift cards (maximum spend £20) which would enable them to buy what they needed.  With a gift card they can choose items for themselves, in itself an empowering act if you have been in a controlling relationship.  If you would like to donate a gift card to Solace then we are setting up a collection point (email in for details) and then we can send a package of gift cards off to Solace.