Get your thinking caps on and brush up on your trivia as we enjoy a Wise Birds Quiz Night at our November meeting – a general knowledge quiz where we promise no questions about football. We will also discuss the upcoming Plastic Soup campaign and enjoy some Halloween themed snacks and bakes
After last month’s major haul of drawing materials for the children in the refuges, this month’s collection for Solace Women’s Aid will be gift sets for the women for Christmas. We heard from Jessie from Solace how they receive lots of donated presents for the children at this time of year, but very few for the women.
….. and it’s National Kindness Day on November 13th so we will be sharing ideas of how we might mark this as individuals
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.
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
We had a great time when we welcomed award winning comedian, journalist and actress Samantha Baines when she came to do her latest stand up show about amazing women who have been ignored by the history books. We wish her the best of luck at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
It started on Valentines day when De Beauvoir woke up to find the cycle path outside St. Peters had been yarnbombed. The bollards had a knitted cover and the newly planted trees either side where decorated with knitting and hearts. Anyone who saw it felt very loved.
Next up was International Women’s Day when the other end of Northchurch Road, on the junction of Southgate, was decorated with tiny pink pussy hats and the slogan of this year’s theme: ‘Be bold 4 Change’. No-one has yet owned up to being the mysterious knitter (or more likely knitters) and the secret is causing a stir. Local press coverage rang up our WI looking to solve the mystery of the Banksy style yarnbombers. Whoever they are – they can certainly knit! #debeauvoirk2p2
A few crafty pictures from our February meeting where we welcomed Ugandan and English inspired fusion brand AfroRetro:
For those of you who missed our January meeting, local designer Ella Doran came to discuss incorporating the “circular economy”, recycle and reuse, into her business. Afterwards she taught us all to make pretty gift bags out of recycled newspaper, double-sided tape and ribbon.