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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, we are now meeting up face to face for October 2021’s monthly meeting.

There will still be an option to join the meeting via Zoom for those who wish.

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 over 50 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 face to face with an online option 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

Eco-friendly gift wrapping with Amanda White from Gift Frippery and mince pie tasting.

14 December

Christmas 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 October: AGM and the Amazing World of Fungi

 

In October we met face to face for the first time in over 18 months, although there was still a virtual meeting for those who wanted to join via Zoom

We held our Annual General Meeting with a summary of our financial position and annual report. Then we welcomed local expert Joe McSorley for a talk on the Amazing World of Fungi.

16 November: Gift Wrapping and Mince Pie Tasting

 

In November we will again meet face to face with an option to meet via Zoom.

We will be joined by Amanda White from Gift Frippery who will be showing us green and creative ways to wrap presents.

Then we will be voting on the best locally sourced Mince Pies.

19 October: AGM and the Amazing World of Fungi

 

In October we are meeting up face to face for the first time in over 18 months, although there will still be a virtual meeting for those who want to join via Zoom

We will hold our Annual General Meeting with a summary of our financial position and annual report. Then we will welcome local expert Joe McSorley for a talk on the Amazing World of Fungi. Fungi are not plants or animals but a third kingdom of living things all around us in the air we breathe and in the soil. There would be no life on earth without them. Fungi can be food, drugs, both legal and illegal, poison, folklore, beauty and death and Autumn is the best season to see their weird forms in our wild spaces.

Review September: Meet The Mafias

 

In September, we were joined by Dr Amber Phillips from UWE for a fascinating talk on The Mafias

Ever since The Godfather, there’s been no avoiding the Italian mafia in popular culture: mafiosi pop up everywhere from computer games to car insurance ads. And yet, many people are surprised to learn that the mafia are still active in Italy – and that there’s more than one. Amber’s talk covered 3 mafia organisations, the Camorra, based in Naples, the Cosa Nostra in Sicily and the ‘Ndrangheta based in Calabria.

https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/AmberPhillips

21 September: Meet The Mafias

 

In September, we will be joined by Dr Amber Phillips from UWE for a talk on The Mafias

Ever since The Godfather, there’s been no avoiding the Italian mafia in popular culture: mafiosi pop up everywhere from computer games to car insurance ads. And yet, many people are surprised to learn that the mafia are still active in Italy – and that there’s more than one.

https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/AmberPhillips

Review August: The Go-Gets

 

In August, we were joined by the fabulous Go-Gets, a 60s inspired dance troupe.

Established in 2017, they have grown into a sisterhood of passionate dancers and vintage enthusiasts that love to build each other up. Dancing our way around the UK alongside both national and international rock n roll and 60’s inspired garage bands, they love to bring a sense of feel good fun to make everyone smile.

https://thegogets.co.uk/

17 August: The Go-Gets

 

This month, we will be joined by the fabulous Go-Gets, a 60s inspired dance troupe.

Established in 2017, they have grown into a sisterhood of passionate dancers and vintage enthusiasts that love to build each other up. Dancing our way around the UK alongside both national and international rock n roll and 60’s inspired garage bands, they love to bring a sense of feel good fun to make everyone smile.

https://thegogets.co.uk/

Review July: North & East Bristol Business Support

 

In July, we were 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.

https://westofengland.ytko.com/business-support-in-bristol/north-east-bristol-business-support/

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

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