January Meeting – Plastic Free Hackney

Another new year is approaching fast and, as you amazing women reading this already know, it is going to one of continued hardship and ‘tightening-of-the-purse-strings’ for so many.  In the past DBWI’s January meetings have often been about getting our bodies moving and shedding pounds after the usual festive indulgence.  This year we will be having a speaker from Plastic Free Hackney teaching us how to keep hold of some pounds by making our own cleaning products using ingredients we will likely already have in our cupboards.  For more information prior to the event please see this link to their web page with downloadable PDF’s of instructions.  This meeting also ties well with national WI campaigns around reducing plastic consumption and climate change.

At all meetings

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in the Crypt at St Peter’s Church, De Beauvoir, starting at 7.30pm.  Sisters take it in turns to serve delicious refreshments, including tea and cake, wine, and assorted snacks from the kitchen.  Meetings are free to members, or only £5 for guests (price includes tea/coffee and cake).  Come and join us for a chance to catch up with friends old and new.

Covid compliance notice

Please continue to follow the DBWI precautions regarding Covid.  We would also encourage everyone to book their next jab when called to do so. 

In line with guidance from the NFWI masks are optional but we encourage members and guests to wear one when in more crowded areas, such as queueing for refreshments.  Now the temperatures have dropped it is too cold to keep the windows and doors open in the crypt.  Therefore, if you feel unwell at all, or live with someone who has Covid, please do not come along to the meeting as a number of our members are vulnerable.  Wash hands in the toilets and/or use sanitiser, which we will provide hand sanitiser if you cannot bring your own but please bring your own if you can.  All surfaces on tables and at the hatch will be wiped down with disinfectant before your arrival.  If you can do a lateral flow test before attending meetings and contact us if you develop symptoms after attending.

Book Group

This group is usually held on the third Tuesday of a month at a pub.  The book of the month is announced at the monthly meetings and are usually around 300 pages in length.  You can sign up at the meeting or email if interested.  For further details please visit the page on the website.

BST Walking Group

The walking group is now in hibernation for the winter.  There is a WhatsApp group remaining open for people to arrange impromptu walks whenever the rambling bug speaks to them.  Ask about this via the usual email or at the meetings. Please see the group page on the website for information and pics of previous walks.

Knitting Group

The knitting group is meeting again when a project idea comes to mind.  If anyone has any ideas for projects or can host an evening for crafting, please email the usual address You can also request to be added to the WhatsApp group for regular updates. 

News and Updates

De Beauvoir Christmas Trail

The Christmas Sale Trail was a triumphant success.  We sold out of all products and made a healthy profit to put towards an exciting 2023 programme.  Everyone who made jams, preserves, bakes and crafts did a fantastic job, and we are very grateful for your contributions.

Warm Wednesdays

From the 7th of December until the end of February 2023, St Peter’s Church will be opening up as a warm place for people to spend a day over winter, helping with reducing  Between 10am and 5pm there will be bingo, board games, crafts, and a children’s film screening in the afternoon.  At 12pm the kitchen in the crypt will serve a free soup lunch.  The church are asking for donations of board games and financial donations if people can afford to do so.  You can email simonperfect@stpeterdebeauvoir.org.uk for details on how to donate.The DBWI have thought of some simple crafts and agreed to facilitate the craft table when we have members available.  If you can spare some time on any Wednesday then please let us know by emailing the usual address.  

Solace Women’s Aid

We will be collecting donations for Solace again this year.  They would like donations of the following items. Please bring donations along to the meeting or email us to find out where to bring them.

  • Toiletries
  • Gift sets
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Games
  • Headphones
  • Make up
  • Children’s toys.
  • Store gift vouchers.

Campaigns

New campaign resolutions will be on the website soon.  In the meantime I have looked at all active national campaigns and will be putting out a list at the next three meetings to determine whether members would be interested in focussing on any throughout the year.  Obviously we do already highlight causes with amazing yarn bombs but I hope that we can do more for one or two.

Recruitment

The DBWI committee have been discussing ways in which we can grow membership and welcome new sisters to the fold.  In the next few months we will be compiling a questionnaire to distribute but in the meantime would like to invite you to tell us what you think we do well and what we can improve upon.  Email your comments to the usual address (on the poster at the top).

We wish you all a warm and safe festive season and look forward to welcoming you back next year.