The History of Hackney & De Beauvoir Town

We have a packed meeting coming up on 1st February. We are very excited to be welcoming Hackney Archives who will be giving an illustrated talk about the history of Hackney and De Beauvoir town, using some of the many books, documents, maps and photographs they hold at the Archives. We will learn about the grand plans for the area by William Rhodes and also how we might access the archives to follow our own interests in the history of our borough.

It’s resolution voting time so we will be voting on which of the resolutions put forward for 2019 we want to see adopted by the National Federation. Information about the resolutions is on pages 24 – 26 of the most recent issue of WI Life along with the voting form to cut out and bring which is on page 27. The resolutions are also on here on the website under the campaigns page.

If you didn’t make the January meeting, it’s time to renew your WI membership, subscription for the year is £41 which gives you access to all our monthly meetings and subgroups such as the book group, knitting group, walking group and all other De Beauvoir WI activities like our jam and preserving workshops and trips.

And we start our collections for Solace Women’s Aid in February with donations of pillow cases. These need to be new and will be given to the women as they leave the refuge to establish themselves in their new homes.

 

 

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Decorate A Christmas Cake

 

 

 

 

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 …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise Birds Quiz Night

What a great night of general knowledge quizzing at our Wise Bird’s Quiz Night. Congratulations to the winning team the Purple Pansies who shot through in the last round and proved themselves to be the wisest birds in the room. We also put our heads together on the upcoming Plastic Soup resolution and came up with some great ideas for taking the campaign forward into next year.

Thanks to all the fabulous bakers who provided a feast of goodies and a huge thanks to Nichola and Victoria for all their hard work putting the quiz together. Who knew tube station emoji’s could be so elusive.

Yarnbombing around De Beauvoir

Yarnbombing in de Beauvoir, Valentines Day 2017

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