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
In April we had a fabulous time with J Smith Esquire, De Beauvoir’s new milliner, whose wonderful creations can be see through the windows of his establishment on Southgate Road. Justin Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in millinery after studying the discipline for 6 years. He started his own label, J Smith Esquire in 2007 following the critical acclaim of his graduation show and since then, alongside designing his own collections, has also collaborated with high end fashion designers and created exquisite pieces for art installations and for television and film.
He brought a wonderful collection of his latest hats and we got the opportunity to try on some beautiful, high end millinery, thank you Justin for being so generous with your time and sharing your knowledge and your amazing hats with us
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.
At our October meeting we enjoyed a fascinating talk by David Buckman on the work of the East London Group – a group of artists who developed from an art club at the Bethnal Green Men’s Institute and who achieved critical acclaim in the early half of the 20th century. Their drawings and paintings show buildings, streets and ways of life that no longer exist.
There are 2 exhibitions currently taking place showing various works from the East London Group
At the Nunnery gallery in Bow until 17th December, and at Southampton City Art Gallery until early January 2018.
Debauchery in De Beauvoir? For our September meeting we enjoyed a hugely entertaining and informative talk from Eleanor Bloom about Georgian London and the culture of gin houses and the darker side of the East End. How the madness associated with gin was due to a blight on the grain and why they really wore those stupendous wigs. We also enjoyed some delicious gin cocktails and a lemon and cucumber cake with gin icing.
Plus Jessie from Solace Women’s Aid told us more about the work they do with women and children fleeing domestic violence and explained how our monthly donations are used in the welcome packs they give every family arriving at the refuges they run across London
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our Summer Social in August where we will meet in the Scolt Head instead of the Crypt. Come and find us in the back room from 7:30pm onwards.
Our May meeting was our AGM where we decided on our new committee and voted on which of the resolutions the national federation will take forward. We also had a talk from Karen Moloney about her experiences of being a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.