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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 2021

Membership for 2021 opens in April and costs £44 per year. You can also attend meetings on a trial basis before joining. 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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Currently, our meetings are online via Zoom due to the COVID 19 Pandemic

Meetings are free to members and we do accept some visitors.

19 January

Aromatherapy for Winter Wellbeing with Anne of AromaWizards

16 February

Living adventurously with Belinda of Explorers Connect

16 March

International Women’s Day and a talk on the work of our nominated charity for 2021, Womankind.

20 April

Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol.

18 May

Deaf Awareness/Sign Language.

15 June

Physical Health and Wellbeing for Women with Physiotherapist Clare Callaghan.

20 July

Supporting women business owners and entrepreneurs
Sarah Ives from North and East Bristol Support will talk about this locally funded project which provides free business support to pre-start, start ups and existing enterprises in North and East Bristol.

17 August

60s dancing class with the Go Gets

21 September

Meet the Mafias – the Italian mafia in popular culture

19 October

Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk and demo on the Amazing World of Fungi.

16 November

Stir Up Sunday Baking

21 December

Date TBC – Christmas Party/Quiz

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 June: Physical Health & Wellbeing for Women

 

In June, we were joined by Physiotherapist, Claire Callaghan for a Health and Wellbeing session

The session covered:  

Joint, muscle and bone health – female specific considerations 
Starting, maintaining or increasing physical activity and exercise 
Strength and flexibility 
The pelvis and the pelvic floor 
Changes in women’s physical health at different stages of life and practical hints and tips.

https://www.clairecallaghan.com

20 July: North & East Bristol Business Support

 

This month, we will be joined by Sarah Ives of North & East Bristol Business Support who provide free business support to pre-start, start ups and existing enterprises in North and East Bristol.

The programme is providing a lifeline to businesses affected by Covid-19, as well as offering free vital business support to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, and help established businesses to grow. This includes introduction to enterprise, business growth, finance, marketing, branding, access to grants and funding and much more.

15 June: Physical Health & Wellbeing for Women

 

The month of June sees Gloucester Rd WI joined by Physiotherapist, Claire Callaghan for a Health and Wellbeing session

The session will cover:  

Joint, muscle and bone health – female specific considerations 
Starting, maintaining or increasing physical activity and exercise 
Strength and flexibility 
The pelvis and the pelvic floor 
Changes in women’s physical health at different stages of life and practical hints and tips.

Review May: Sign Language Lesson with Daisy and Heather

 

In May, we were joined by Daisy and her mum, Heather, for a sign language lesson. Daisy is deaf and she and her mum are fluent in sign language which they shared with us by teaching us some of the basics, including key words as well as some interesting facts about language in the deaf communities around us. 

18 May: Sign Language Lesson with Daisy and Heather

 

The month of May sees Gloucester Rd WI being joined by Daisy and her mum, Heather, for a sign language lesson. Daisy is deaf and she and her mum are fluent in sign language which they will be sharing with us by teaching us some of the basics. Come along and learn how to sign some key words as well as some interesting facts about language in the deaf communities around us. 

Review Apr: Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol

Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol, spoke about the Bristol City Council interactive history map, which has been expanding for the last ten years. 

https://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition=

20 Apr: Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol

Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol, will talk about the Bristol City Council interactive history map, which has been working for the last ten years.  Come along and find out more about the streets around you, which we all know for the last year we have got much more familiar with than normally.

Review Mar: International Women’s Day and Womankind

 

We marked International Women’s Day with a discussion about how we’d marked the day.

Kyra Bond attended the meeting to give an overview of the work of our nominated charity for 2021, Womankind.

Womankind supports women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, befriending and a helpline service. Womankind is an established charity run by women for women.

Womankind help hundreds of women every year to improve their mental health and well-being so they can experience a better quality of life.

They recognise that the roots of our difficulties are often linked to personal life histories. They also recognise that the social and political environment in which we live affects our mental health.

It’s not always easy to ask for help but they would encourage you to not suffer in silence as talking to someone about your problems and how you feel can really help.

Womankind will work with you to understand your situation and can help you think things through so you get the support you need.

16 Mar: International Women’s Day and Womankind

Happy International Women’s Day! Join us for our March meeting and hear from Kyra Bond from Womankind, our nominated charity for 2021

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