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Gloucester Road WI

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

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

  • 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 🙂

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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Get in Touch

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What we get up to

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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.

Review November: Professor Ronald Hutton on Village Magic and Witchcraft

15 November: Professor Ronald Hutton on Village Magic and Witchcraft

We welcome Professor Ronald Hutton from Bristol University to talk about Village Magic and Witchcraft. Find out more about his work on his Wikipedia page.

Review October: AGM and butchery with Dave Giles Butchers

Review September: Bangra Drumming Workshop

15 October: AGM and Butchery Skills

It’s time for the AGM, new committee members are sworn in and we have a review of the past year.

We also have a talk and demo from our local female butcher, Amy from Dave Giles on Gloucester Road.

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