In May we will be celebrating our 4th Birthday with tea and cake and our AGM. We will be looking back at everything we’ve done over the past year and planning for new and exciting adventures ahead. It is time to vote on the resolution for 2019, which focuses on mental health – read more about this in WI Life or on the campaigns page on the website. And we will also be engaging in some crafting to create new panels for our WI banner, some materials will be provided but feel free to bring any bits and bobs you have and would like to use. All this while eating cake and sipping a beverage of your choice.
This months collection for Solace Women’s Aid will continue to be shampoo and conditioner, take advantage of those buy one get one free offers and donate a spare for families fleeing violent relationships.
Dates for your diary:
April book group on Tuesday 24th at the De Beauvoir Arms from 8pm
Inaugural walking group meeting on Thursday 26th at 7pm – meet at Haggerston Station for a gentle 3km circular walk to kick off the walking group this summer
Knitting group is May 21st venue tbc but check in with the website and it will be updated as soon as we know
Our next WI community café stint will be May 18th do get in touch (usual email address) if you would like to help out on the day or cook something for the increasingly popular Friday café in the Crypt
On May 19th our local history expert, Lesley, will be leading a guided walk around De Beauvoir, it was a hugely popular walk last year and we have decided to reprise this for those who were not able to make it along last time. There will be sign up sheets at the meeting and it is limited numbers. It will start at 10.30am and will take 2 hours
Looking further into the future
June 10th Processions march in central London, where we hope to take our new banner on another outing
July 7th Party In The Park in De Beauvoir Square
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 …
A few photos from our last meeting making pretty posies to give to someone as an act of kindness.
For those who missed it see step-by-step guide here https://www.thewi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/191204/Lonely-Bouquet-Step-by-Step-Guide.pdf
It started on Valentines day when De Beauvoir woke up to find the cycle path outside St. Peters had been yarnbombed. The bollards had a knitted cover and the newly planted trees either side where decorated with knitting and hearts. Anyone who saw it felt very loved.
Next up was International Women’s Day when the other end of Northchurch Road, on the junction of Southgate, was decorated with tiny pink pussy hats and the slogan of this year’s theme: ‘Be bold 4 Change’. No-one has yet owned up to being the mysterious knitter (or more likely knitters) and the secret is causing a stir. Local press coverage rang up our WI looking to solve the mystery of the Banksy style yarnbombers. Whoever they are – they can certainly knit! #debeauvoirk2p2
A few crafty pictures from our February meeting where we welcomed Ugandan and English inspired fusion brand AfroRetro:
For those of you who missed our January meeting, local designer Ella Doran came to discuss incorporating the “circular economy”, recycle and reuse, into her business. Afterwards she taught us all to make pretty gift bags out of recycled newspaper, double-sided tape and ribbon.
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.