The History of Hackney & De Beauvoir Town

We have a packed meeting coming up on 1st February. We are very excited to be welcoming Hackney Archives who will be giving an illustrated talk about the history of Hackney and De Beauvoir town, using some of the many books, documents, maps and photographs they hold at the Archives. We will learn about the grand plans for the area by William Rhodes and also how we might access the archives to follow our own interests in the history of our borough.

It’s resolution voting time so we will be voting on which of the resolutions put forward for 2019 we want to see adopted by the National Federation. Information about the resolutions is on pages 24 – 26 of the most recent issue of WI Life along with the voting form to cut out and bring which is on page 27. The resolutions are also on here on the website under the campaigns page.

If you didn’t make the January meeting, it’s time to renew your WI membership, subscription for the year is £41 which gives you access to all our monthly meetings and subgroups such as the book group, knitting group, walking group and all other De Beauvoir WI activities like our jam and preserving workshops and trips.

And we start our collections for Solace Women’s Aid in February with donations of pillow cases. These need to be new and will be given to the women as they leave the refuge to establish themselves in their new homes.

 

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

The Working Artist

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.

November Meeting – Strictly Dancing

The November meeting was our annual group meeting with other local WI groups and we had visitors from N1, Stow Roses, Stone Rangers, East End and Stoke Newington.  We learned how to lindy hop,  calypso and dance to Bombay Dreams with top choreographer and west end performer Jreena Green.DBWI_Nov2016

Jreena also works with the Green Candle Dance company who believe that everyone has the right to practice, learn, watch and appreciate dance, regardless of age or ability.  Their classes at Oxford House, Tower Hamlets include Dance and Dementia, Older Men Moving and Green Candle Senior Dance Classes.  See their website for details.

 

 

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Feel Good, Do Good

On Thursday 6th October Alex  Nunn,  from  Action  for  Happiness,  led  us  on   an  inspiring  and  interactive exploration  of  what   really  matters  for  a  happy  and  meaningful  life. The evening was filled with personal insights and as usual the women of De Beauvoir opened their hearts to trying to make a difference.

Ten Keys to happier living:Microsoft Word - WI Poster for October 2016

GIVING – do things for others
RELATING – connect with people
EXERCISING – Take care of your body
AWARENESS – Live life mindfully
TRYING OUT – Keep learning new things

DIRECTION – Have goals to look forward to
RESILIENCE – Find ways to bounce back
EMOTIONS – Look for waht’s good
ACCEPTANCE – Be comfortable with who you are
MEANING – Be part of something