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

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

17 Sep: Bangra Drumming

A Bangra Drumming workshop this month and back at our usual venue, St Andrew’s Bowling Club on Derby Road.

Please be aware this is going to be a noisy session as we’ll be hearing a demo and having a go with the drums.

20 Aug: Macramé

Back to crafts this month as we take on the classic 1970s trend of macramé. Ali will be taking us through the steps to make a hanging indoor plant holder. 

16 July: PC Motors

This month is a bit different as we go off site and take a visit to PC Motors to learn all things car maintenance.

The meeting takes place at:

PC Motors in Horfield at Unit 1a Elm Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8RJ.

But we will convene beforehand nearby at the Tinto Lounge on Glos Rd from 7.15pm, then head over to PC Motors. Once we are done we’ll head back to Tinto for our WI business.

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