Tea & Birthday Cake at our 4th Birthday and AGM

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

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 …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gin and Vice in Georgian London

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

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