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Gloucester Road WI

The WI for Bristol's most interesting and independent high street. Meeting the 3rd Tues monthly.

In light of the latest advice from the government with regard to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are unfortunately cancelling our monthly meetings until further notice. We will keep in touch via our website, social media and online newsletter to keep you updated of any further changes to our programme or clubs.

Stay safe everyone.

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The Gloucester Road WI is a diverse group of women with some amazing skills and experience.

We formed in 2011, and currently have 80 members who meet monthly and engage in an activity or listen to a speaker. We also fundraise for local charities and participate in the national WI campaigns and initiatives.

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Membership for 2020

Membership for 2020 will open at our January meeting. Membership will be on a first come first serve basis. Membership for next year costs £43.00 (cash or cheque only).

We will open the doors at 7.30pm, and we’ll have several tables set up taking renewals and any brand new members. All members (new and renewals) will need to fill out a membership form to ensure everyone’s details are up to date. If you can please print and fill this out in advance it will be a big help but we will have printed copies available.

If you can’t make the meeting but would like to join please send your cheque (payable to Gloucester Rd WI) and completed membership form to:

8 Dulverton Road,
Bishopston
BS7 8HT

If you have any further questions about joining our vibrant and active WI please get in touch.

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Our Next Meeting

Find out more about this year’s programme

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Our Last Meeting

Our previous meetings

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Programme 2020

21 January

New memberships & renewals plus Money for Good workshop with Friends of the Earth

18 February

Let’s Get Lyrical, poetry evening

17 March

House plant surgery and swap

21 April

Sustainability – an evening of short talks

19 May

Morris dancing

16 June

Street art and WI mural

21 July

WI escape

18 August

Needle felting

15 September

Cider talk and tasting

20 October

Periods, pelvic floor, peri-menopause

17 November

Living adventurously with Explorers Connect

8 December

Xmas party

Additional charges may apply for extra events or activities.
Programme may be subject to change at short notice for absolutely any reason.

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Where We Meet

We meet at 8pm on the third Tuesday of every month in the:

Bristol St Andrew’s Bowling Club,
Derby Road,
St Andrews,
Bristol
BS7 9AQ

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What we get up to

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Review February: Poetry Workshop

CANCELLED 17 March: Houseplant Surgery and Swap

With Fancy Plants

We welcome Fancy Plants, our local Bristol indoor plant specialists who are coming along to answer all your houseplant needs.

Please bring along any cuttings you can donate for swapping, and if you have a plant that’s in need of some TLC, either bring it along for to our plant surgery or please take a photo you can show to get some advice.

Find out more about Fancy Plants here: https://www.fancy-plants.co.uk/
Instagram: @hellofancy_plants

Photo credit: Photo by Jackie Tsang on Unsplash

Review January: Money for Good Workshop with Friends of the Earth

We welcomed new members and renewals and also had an informative and fun session from Friends of the Earth participating in their Money for Good Workshop.

For anyone who attended the session and is looking for further information then Friends of the Earth helpfully provided the following info.

Info from Friends of the Earth

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who took part! For more on getting started aligning your finances with your values:

  • Check out this blog from Mary, which summarises a range of resources for finding out more and taking action.
  • Mary mentioned Good With Money specifically a couple of times – you can find them here: https://good-with-money.com/
  • There’s also this Radio 4 link, where Mary talks about climate-friendly finance on BBC’s Money Box.
  • For more on our Own It pilot, you can read about the findings from our first trial on our website – if you missed the chance to sign up but would like to get involved, you can also get in touch with us that way!

On the Bristol specifics:

Finally, if you’re passionate about making your community more climate-friendly, you can join our network of climate action groups – the nearest is in BS7.

18 February: Poetry Workshop

With Beth Calverley from The Poetry Machine

Beth is coming along to facilitate a poetry workshop for us to create a poem together as a whole group and there will also be a chance for some individual poetry writing.

Then Beth will do a talk and performance about how she got into poetry and her journey to set up her poetry enterprise and her community engagement work. During Beth’s session, she will share her journey into being a full-time poet and what she has learned through her community engagement work with people of many different ages and walks of life. She will get your creative muscles working gently with some relaxing, inspiring creative activities. (Please bring a pen and paper).

Beth Calverley is a slam-winning poet, creative coach and founder of The Poetry Machine. She co-creates poems in conversation with community members on a manual typewriter, helping them to express their thoughts and feelings through creativity. The Poetry Machine works with charities, companies, hospitals, universities, schools, heritage sites and festivals nationally. Beth is Poet in Residence at UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, based at South Bristol Community Hospital. Her debut collection will be launched in November 2020.

Find out more about Beth here: www.thepoetrymachine.live
Facebook: ThePoetryMachineUK
Twitter: @BethCalverley
Instagram: @poetrymachine/

Photo credit: Credit Oh Magazine & Amanda Thomas

Review December: Christmas Party!

Another fantastic end to the year with our bring a dish party. We were all too busy eating (a lot of cheese) to take any photos but a fun time had by everyone 🙂

21 January: Membership Signups plus Money for Good workshop with Friends of the Earth

Membership Signups

Come along to the first meeting of the year to sign-up for 2020 membership. New members and renewals are very welcome. Plus we have a taster session with Friends of the Earth on using your money to take climate action.

Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start at St. Andrew’s Bowling Club, Derby Road, Bristol, BS7 9AQ. Membership is £43.00.

Membership will be on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your cheque or cash and your completed membership form.

Further information about membership this year available on our being a member page.

Money for Good workshop with Friends of the Earth

Whether it’s pensions, purchases or investments, studies have shown that women are more likely to want to put their money to work for a fair and healthy planet, but are least served by a jargon-filled financial system that often feels alienating and out of touch.

For our January meeting, we welcome Friends of the Earth for a fun, interactive taster session for ‘Own It’ – a peer support network making it simpler for women to use their money to take climate action. We’ll learn how your financial choices can fight climate change, plus try out some of the tools and techniques they’ve developed for women to build an understanding of their relationship with money and generate ideas for action. We hope you’ll leave feeling empowered to put your money to work towards a climate positive solution and to carry on the conversation with the women in your life.

Photo: Previous workshop.

Age is just a number at the Gloucester Road WI

Where can women from their 20s to their 80s come together to have a go at Bollywood dancing and Bhangra drumming, listen to talks on music therapy and modern day slavery, learn about car maintenance, make jewellery and festive wreaths? And yes, sometimes grow the biggest courgette and bake the best layer cake?

The answer is the Women’s Institute (WI). Because this is the age range of the women at The Gloucester Road WI and just some of the activities we get up to. Continue reading “Age is just a number at the Gloucester Road WI”

10 December: Christmas Party

Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you all for the bring a dish Christmas party!

If you weren’t at last month’s meeting and are not sure what to bring please just bring something to share or just come along. Please can all food be labelled if they contain allergens (gluten, nuts etc) and if it’s a shop bought item please cut out the ingredients list and place it next to it.

In a bid to be environmentally friendly (and save on the washing up!) we will not be using disposable plates so can everyone please bring their own plate and cutlery.

We’ll be running our Christmas raffle, which this year goes to our charity,  1625 Independent People. Plus they’ll be some games, a glass of bubbly (or non-alcoholic), and the traditional announcement of next year’s programme.

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