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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 face-to-face meetings until further notice.

However, we are now running meetings and clubs online via zoom and members will receive details.

Keep in touch via this website, social media and our 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 – cancelled

House plant surgery and swap

21 April – now online

Sustainability – an evening of short talks (cancelled) now Online houseplant surgery 

19 May

Record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen

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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Get in Touch

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What we get up to

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Review April: Online Houseplant Surgegy

19 May: A talk from record-breaking Sarah Outen

For May’s meeting, we have something pretty special planned. We welcome record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen to our zoom!

In November 2015 Sarah Outen completed an epic 4.5 year World expedition, London2London a mammoth attempt to row, cycle and kayak 25,000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere. She is also a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker and motivational speaker as well as a proud ambassador and patron of a number of charities.

We’d love to see as many of our members as possible online so will send instructions and details of how to get onto the meeting (via Zoom) to members only nearer the time, by email and on our Facebook Group.

Find out more about Sarah Outen here: http://www.sarahouten.com/
Picture credit: Sarah Outen.

Review March: Cancelled

21 April: Online Houseplant Surgery

We hope that you are all safe and well. As we all live through these challenging times we felt it was important for our WI to stay connected and sociable so we are now moving our monthly meetings and clubs online until further notice.

For April’s meeting, we will have a general catch up with everyone and find out how you’ve been coping plus we will re-do the planned March meeting, with our local Bristol indoor plant specialists, Fancy Plants. They will be available on the call to answer all your houseplant needs – and now you’ll be able to show them on screen too!

We’d love to see as many of our members as possible online so will send instructions and details of how to get onto the meeting (via Zoom) to members only nearer the time, by email and on our Facebook Group.

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

Photo credit: Photo by Jackie Tsang on Unsplash

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

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