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

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20 Oct: A virtual guided tour to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California!

Join Erin Gates from California State Parks PORTS for a stroll through Humboldt Redwoods State Park

For October’s meeting, following our very brief AGM where we’ll welcome our new committee, we’re travelling across the globe for a virtual guided tour to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California!We’ll join Erin Gates from California State Parks PORTS for a stroll through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest stand of old growth redwood forest remaining in the world.

These giants, the tallest living things on earth, historically covered much of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, but logging in the early and mid 20th Century cut down 96% of old growth Redwoods, with only 4% remaining today.

We’ll walk virtually among these magnificent trees with Erin as she shares the stories they have to tell – about resilience, adaptations, and the history of their preservation which began with a women’s garden group in the early 20th century.

There will be opportunity for chat and questions after the tour. The walk starts straight after the AGM so be sure to don your virtual walking boots and sun hat and let’s go exploring!

15 Sep: Periods, Pelvic Floor and Peri-menopuase

Let’s talk about women’s health

For September’s meeting, we welcome our popular previous speaker Vicki Hill to talk about periods, pelvic-floor health, and peri-menopause. A chance to hear the truth about women’s health and find out things you thought you knew.

Something that as women we have all had experiences of, or will have, and sometimes suffered in silence with. Vicki aims to inform us on how she uses fitness and nutrition to help at all stages of women’s health, the importance of our pelvic floor and allow us to talk openly about a subject that can still be a bit of a taboo – menopause.

18 Aug: Live Drawing Workshop

Get your pencils and paper ready

For August’s meeting we welcome the very creative and super sketcher Zoe Murphy aka Margate Girl to run a live drawing workshop with us.

We’ll hear a bit about Zoe and then we’ll start the workshop. You’ll need pens, pencils and some decent paper to work on.

21 Jul: Antiques with Lisa Lloyd

Do you have a masterpiece hanging on your walls? A family heirloom you’ve always wondered about?

For July’s meeting we welcome Lisa Lloyd, Antiques Expert

Lisa will talk to us about all things antiques and select five member treasures to assess and discuss — just like on the Antiques Roadshow!

16 Jun: Bingo Night!

It’s Bingo for June’s meeting!

Picture credit: Image from freepik

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.

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

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

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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