May Meeting our 5th Birthday Celebrations and AGM

At our May meeting we will be celebrating our 5th Birthday with a review of our year and our Annual General Meeting.  We will be joined by representatives of Middlesex Federation and will be voting in the committee for the forthcoming year.  If you are interested in joining the committee we meet once a month to discuss all things WI related.  Let us know if you would like to be nominated by emailing us at the usual address.  We will also be voting on the resolutions for 2020 – Don’t Fear The Smear and A Call Against The Decline In Local Bus Services.  Plus there will be a short talk on managing our emotional and psychological wellbeing…

And finally….there will of course, be birthday cake

 

Dates For Your Diary

Book group is tonight, 23rd April at Bavo on Southgate Road

And on Friday 26th April we welcome the return of BST Walking Group which kicks off the year with a walk along the Thames path all details are on the relevant page of the website

Knitting group is on Monday 20th May email us if you would like to join us, experienced knitters and novices all welcome

 

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April Meeting Positive Bystander Workshop with Solace Women’s Aid

May sees our AGM arrive plus voting on the WI resolutions and a talk on self care for mental wellbeing

 

 

 

April meeting 

At our April meeting we found out what it means to be a positive bystander. We can be a positive or active bystander in many ways.

Carrie from Solace Women’s Aid joined us and ran a very informative and lively workshop where we ended up role playing a situation and leaping in to intervene in various ways when someone was being subjected to unwanted harassment.  It was a great evening and lovely to meet so many new women who had come along for the event.  We learnt how to Identify an abusive situation, how we might Assume Personal Responsibility and how to Determine How To  Help While Considering Safety and then how we might choose to Intervene

It was all in all a great evening and thanks again to Carrie and Solace Women’s Aid

 

March Meeting

Coming next month….

March Meeting

A big thank you to Hackney Herbal who came to our March meeting to talk all things herbal.  Back in 2015, Hackney Herbal set out on a mission to show people how to incorporate herbs into their lifestyles, for health and improved wellbeing. The idea came from a desire to create more value out of the herbs that were being grown in private, public and community gardens.
They now grow herbs in a patchwork of sites around Hackney and from these they create unique herbal tea blends. The funds from the sale of these go towards  community activities in Hackney, which bring people together to learn, share knowledge and be inspired. We got to learn all about the various properties of different herbs and made a selection of unique herbal tea blends and took a whole batch of  herbal tea bags home at the end of the night.

 

 

 

March 10th – we took part in Solace Women’s Aid International Women’s Day celebrations with a free afternoon of Games and Cake at The Crypt at St Peter’s De Beauvoir. It was a successful afternoon and although this wasn’t the aim, there were generous donations made for the tea and cake provided and we will be sending Solace a cheque later this month. We had some serious crafting going on in one corner and scrabble and cluedo particularly went down well…it was Miss Scarlet in the Hall with the Candlestick if you were wondering.  Thanks to all who came and all who baked and helped on the day.

 

Knitting group will be meeting on March 18th and our knitters are getting involved with our local yarn bombing group, De Beauvoir K2P2 who are planning an exciting project for the summer and were in need of additional knitting support, email us at the usual address if you would like to join our knitting group, beginners welcome.

February Meeting

March meeting with Hackney Herbal

February and getting squeaky clean with Funky Soap

For February’s meeting we welcomed Anni from Funky Soap. Funky Soap is a small business located in the heart of East London dedicated to crafting high quality, healthy and effective skin and hair care products that will nourish your skin and are kind to our planet. They use the power and simplicity of nature to cleanse, soothe, heal and protect your skin.
The soaps are made from only 100% natural ingredients, using pure oils and butters and the cold process method to create the soaps and shampoos.
Anni talked about how she discovered the art of soap making and how she grew her business from creating soaps in her kitchen to employing a staff of 11 and moving to a workshop and shop in Leyton. She also kindly created a crib sheet for us detailing the art of soap making with details of all ingredients we would need to start making our own soap. Plus we all got to go home with a shampoo bar

 

 

 

 

Plus Jessie from Solace Women’s Aid came along to update us on all the news from Solace.

There will be tea, cake and the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones

Dates For Your Diary
Feb 18th Knitting group will be meeting venue tbc 7.30pm/8pm start join us if you would like to learn to knit; hone your skills or get on with your own project in some lovely company
Feb 19th book group meeting at Bavo on Southgate Road, 8pm. This month’s book is Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, all details on the relevant pages on the website
Save the date….
Sunday March 10th we are planning to host an afternoon event between 2 and 5pm at the Crypt Café to celebrate International Women’s Day as part of Solace Women’s Aid International Women’s Day week long festival, there will be events taking place around London throughout the week, more to follow.

 

 


 

 

 

December meeting

What better way to kick off 2019 than with a workshop designed to help us balance our energy going into the New Year

 

 

 

December meeting

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.

tree decorations

 

lots of lovely preserves and marmalades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

looking forward to our fun quiz night next month

 

In the meantime we have some additional jam, chutney and preserve making workshops throughout November, along with a couple of additional craft meetings where we will be creating items to sell  at the De Beauvoir Christmas fair.  If you would like to join us for any of these do email in at the usual addre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strictly Line Dancing

We had a great meeting in November when  local line dance teacher Joan Thomas led us in a series of line dancing sequences and  our very own Joan who celebrates her 90th birthday later this month showed us exactly why line dancing I a great way of keeping in shape when she demonstrated the charleston for us and it was 10’s all round from our members.

If anyone is interested in doing some more line dancing Joan Thomas runs a class at Mildmay Community Centre on a Thursday 2pm – 4pm among others, you can contact her on the following email mrsjoanthomas@gmail.com

 

 

Dates for your diary

October 23rd is our book group meeting at Bavo on Southgate Road. We are currently reading Jagua Nana by Cyprion Edwensi,  full details on the relevant page of the website if you would like to join us

November 19th is our next Knit & Natter venue to be decided – email us at the usual address if you want to come along, or if you want learn to knit, we have some expert knitters on hand to help with any and all knitting related questions

and get researching as our final meeting of the year in December is a fun packed and challenging Quiz Night plus mince pies and mulled wine

 

October Meeting

Next meeting on November 1st is line dancing

 

 

Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 – 2017

We had a wonderfully information meeting with Laurie Elks from the Hackney Society. Some of us were fortunate to meet Laurie when he gave us a guided tour of St Augustine’s Tower last month and in October he joined us to discuss Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 – 2017 the book The Hackney Society published last year to commemorate the 50 extraordinary years of Hackney’s recent history since the society was established back in 1967.  With 50 separate chapters from 50 different authors, the book catalogues the changing face of our borough, from ‘murder mile’ and gang violence to the rebirth of Woodberry Down and Broadway Market, from the closing of Clapton Dog track to the opening of Chats Palace, maternity services, regeneration,  the Arcola, the An Viet Foundation, Rock Against Racism and much, much more .

 

“Of all the outskirts of London, the borough of Hackney is to me, the most interesting, and the least considered”

Sir John Betjeman 1979

 

Plus a chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and drink tea and eat cake.

 

Dates for your diary

Saturday 29th September will be our last walking group this year.  Following on from our trip to Eastbourne and our day walking from Birling Gap to Beachy Head (with a lovely pub lunch together) last year, we will be taking a trip out of London for a day long amble in the Essex countryside.  Full details will be on the website but initial meeting point will be Fenchurch Street Station.

Monday 15th October – knitting group venue tbc

Tuesday 23rd October – book group will be meeting at Bavo to discuss Jagua Nana by Cyprion Ekwensi

Monday 22nd October is the big group meeting which this year is hosted by N1 Women’s Institute. The venue is St James Hall on Packington Street, N1, 7 – 9pm.  It looks to be a very interesting meeting as Dr Hollie Price will be showing some Ministry Of Information films that were originally screened for WI groups during WWII plus a great chance to meet with other WI members from North and East London. We will be sending out more information on this in due course.