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.

 

 

 

 

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Women with The Fawcett Society

2018 marks 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. Although the Beast From The East interrupted our week we were very glad to be able to celebrate International Women’s Day with a talk from The Fawcett Society.  Angie from East London Fawcett came and gave a very interesting and stimulating talk starting with the origins of the Fawcett Society and the suffragists, led by Millicent Fawcett, and gave us an insight into their current campaigns and research around gender inequality.

We had a lively debate following the talk and also had the opportunity to see for the first time our De Beauvoir WI banner which we then proudly accompanied on the March4Women on Sunday.  The banner was then displayed outside the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 8th (International Women’s Day) and appeared on stage at the Royal Festival Hall at Mirth Control alongside Sandy Toksvig and other inspirational women on Sunday 11th March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s it worth?

What a fabulous start to the year as  we welcomed Nicola Whittaker from Fellows Auctioneers.  Fellows is a family run firm and Nicola is a sixth generation member of her family to join the business and she began working in the auction house aged 16 in her school holidays.  Fellows are based in Birmingham but have an office in Mayfair, London where Nicola now works. Specialising in jewellery and watches, she explained that unlike many other auction houses, they do not put a lower price limit on items they auction.  Passionate and informative she took us through a whistlestop tour of the history of jewellery, how changes in society emerged in changing aesthetics, and how things changed further as exploration, excavation  and gem cutting equipment developed. She was so generous with her time and her knowledge and  spent a further hour with us looking at the treasures members had brought in and giving us information on origin , history and potential value.    She also mentioned that that Fellows have open afternoons where anyone can go and peruse the items up for auction so we are thinking we may plan a trip there. If you are interested in coming along email us at debeauvoirwi@gmail.com