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.

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lots of lovely preserves and marmalades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

Pick Of The Crop

September meeting

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness descended upon us, we had a fascinating September meeting as Sarah Calcutt, Operations Director of English Apples And Pears joined us to talk about farming and marketing the glorious apple and pear produce produced in the  UK. We learnt about the astonishing advances in fruit farming over the past years, how a new variety of apple comes into being, and even got a sneak preview of three new apple varieties that are in progress, one of which might well be finding its way onto our supermarket shelves in 7 or 8 years time.  She was a hugely informative speaker, passionate about her subject and we had some interesting debates about packaging (without current packaging around 40% of produce would end up being wasted through bruising etc although there are major developments around decreasing use of plastic that are ongoing) and the use of specialised equipment to analyse the soil in order to target fertilizer use more economically and ecologically.

 

 

 

 

Throwing Pots

We had a fantastic hands on craft meeting in July when De Beauvoir artist, Marie Claire Porter  brought her potter’s wheel to our meeting.  Marie Claire began making ceramics in 2014.  Trained as a medical doctor and working in the field of neurology, she is drawn to making pieces that not only have form, but function, fulfilling the need to create something that was both practical and artistic.  She talked about her journey from neurology to potters wheel and demonstrated the art of throwing a pot.  A number of very brave members got to experiment with throwing their own pots and we all took up the opportunity to make a coil pot. Marie Claire kindly offered to fire our pots and we clearly have a number of budding potters amongst our members looking at the array of items to be taken away to the oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osteopathy

Osteopathy for Heath

We enjoyed a highly informative meeting in June when Sundip Balraj Singh-Aujla, a registered osteopath joined us to talk about women’s health, the importance of correct posture and how to maintain a healthy pain free posture. We learnt about the importance of sleep, nutrition and movement in maintaining a healthy body and healthy bones, along with the benefits of making exercise like yoga and Pilates an integral part of our lives to help us maintain pelvic and spinal stability.  And we also leant how osteopathy can help in health maintenance and injury prevention. Thank you Sundip for a enlightening evening.

It was also a big voting month.  At the NFWI AGM in Cardiff in early June the 2019 resolution Mental Health Matters was passed with a 98% YES vote from members.  There will be a fuller report from the day posted on our campaigns page over the next couple of weeks.

We also voted on what we might do with our surplus from our fundraising activities last year, buttons were placed in jars and the tally was equally split between Bloody Good Period, the Freedom Club and financing a craft meeting for members.

Next months dates for your diary
July 7th is our big fund raiser for the year, Party In The Park, taking place in De Beauvoir Square between 2 and 5pm. We are running the Tea & Cake stall for the fourth year running and are looking for people to help with baking and also for help on the day. It’s a fun afternoon for all the family. Get in touch if you are willing to bake and/or help at the usual address.

10th June Processions March in Central London where we will be taking our banner on another trip out to celebrate 100 Years of some women getting the vote.

Plus on 30th June we are having a Girls Day Out with a trip to Bletchley Park.

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Tea & Birthday Cake at our 4th Birthday and AGM

In May we celebrated our 4th Birthday with tea and cake and our AGM.  We looked back at all the fun we had last year and enjoyed a wonderful slide show of images from the last 12 months and planned for new and exciting adventures ahead. Thanks to our Middlesex Federation representatives who helped the proceedings go smoothly.  We had a lively discussion and voted on the resolution Mental Health Matters and committee member Sara will be taking our vote to the National AGM in Cardiff in June and will report back at June’s meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Fab Hatter

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