It’s was that time of year again and our starter for 10 with our Brainy Birds Quiz night. Huge thanks to Nichola and Victoria for putting together a brain rattling quiz. Anyone who got either Kilburn or Holborn on our London stations in picture form round deserves a medal. Brains were certainly rattled remembering the ups and downs of the past year as we came together for a fun, social evening of quizzing and chatting.
Solace Women’s Aid donations
This year they have asked for donations of Christmas gifts for the children, gifts for teenagers are particularly needed. If you are able to donate a gift (no more than £15 in cost) then we will be collecting these to take to the refuges before Christmas. We will be taking donations at this meeting, the community café lunch the following day (Friday 7th) which the WI is hosting and at the De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair in the Crypt on December 1st where we have a stall. If you are unable to make any of these dates but would still like to donate something then please email us and I am sure we will be able to arrange something.
Our stall at the DBA Christmas Fair on December 1st, was a huge success with lots of lovely Christmas themed goodies plus jams, marmalades and chutneys.
lots of lovely preserves and marmalades
From pretty in pink through the night before Christmas and all manner of festive fondant foliage inbetween, we rolled, crimped and decorated a whole host of Christmas cakes at our December meeting. Icing sugar flying while we indulged in a seasonal glass of wine and munched on mince pies, a wonderful array of completely individual cakes exited the building at the end of the night.
A huge thanks goes to our talented member, Lynn Brooks for guiding us through the art of working with fondant. Here are some pictures of just a handful of the creative concoctions that emerged throughout the meeting plus a lovely picture of Lynn showing us the ropes.
An additional thanks to all from our membership and our community who donated gift sets for the women at Solace Women’s Aid refuge – see above for just a portion of all the gifts that were delivered to Solace …
The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair will on Saturday 26 November in the Crypt. We will be selling crafts and preserves, all handmade in De Beauvoir with love.
For those of you who couldn’t get to the fair on Saturday here are a few pics of the lovely crafts and items made and donated by our members. We raised a princely sum for our funds which will be announced at Thursday’s meeting – so well done everyone! An extra big thank you to Amanda who contributed so much time to making it happen – including decorating the entrance to lure in passers-by. If you have any more pics send them in so we can add to the gallery (firstname.lastname@example.org). Leftover items will be on sale on Thursday.
Our next meeting is this Thursday 3rd and its our Christmas party (prosecco, hot punch and non-alcoholic punch on offer) with a selection of festive crafts to try: biscuit icing, gift tags, beaded tree decorations and a demonstration of a floral Christmas centrepiece. Most of all time to chat with all the new girl friends we’ve made this year! See you at 7.30. x
Mary’s knitted stocking
Tree decorations and fudge
Last week Meg Hillier the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch dropped by to our meeting. That makes it sound really informal and friendly – but it was. She was just one of us.
Not as well known in the media as her Hackney MP counterpart, Dianne Abbott, Meg gave us some wise words about what’s like to be a female MP and a whistle-stop tour of her career. She stayed right until the end so there’s not enough room to tell all here (plus some things that are said at the WI stay at the WI – that’s a good reason to join, hint, hint).
The things that stood out most I thought were:
- She was the first woman in her family (of ten siblings!) to go to university. The second was her mum!
- She juggles being a mum of three with a HUGE job, but was very clear about saying how she’s just like any other working mum and so she can understand all the issues and fights for them at her workplace.
- What she loves the best? Her surgery and being out and about with her constituents.
- There’s a real sisterhood amongst all the female politicians (there were gasps from most of the group about this).
- But the leitmotif throughout the night was that we need more women to get involved in politics on all levels from being councillors on up. How? Women should encourage women along the way, but she’s highlighted that she’s had some great male mentors too and what’s most important is to inspire more women to get into politics.
Thanks for the visit Meg – we’ll take you up on the offer to come back.
For those of you who missed the meeting we want to remind you that we have a stall at the St. Peters Christmas Fair organised by the De Beauvoir Association. The knitting and Jewellery clubs have been busy making items to sell but we are looking for lots more donations from our members. Crafts, home made cards, preserves and pickles, bagged treats – all donations for our Christmas stall will be greatly received. The DBA are looking for donations of sweet and savoury fayre for their tea stall so if you can’t resist a bake you know where to take it.
We have decided that it would be a great idea to make jams, preserves and marmalade so we can build up a store for our various stall activities. We need you to collect jam jars which can be brought along to meetings, and we are looking for anyone who is expert enough to teach small teams the basics. If you know what you are doing or want to help (or learn) let us know so we can put some teams together. Lastly if you know of anyone with surplus produce give us a shout, we might be too late this year but we need to be on the case in 2016!
On the third we will be celebrating Christmas with a range of crafts to try out plus mince pies and mulled wine.