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

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19 Feb: Re-gifting auction and swishing

Have an unwanted present? Been doing a bit of decluttering and now have items that no longer spark joy in your life (fans of Marie Kondo will know what we mean by that!)? Bring them along to add to February’s swishing* and re-gifting auction!

We’ll start with the re-gifting where we’ll auction off your unwanted gifts with all proceeds going to our nominated charity. Then we’ll have the swishing towards the end of the night.

*Wondering what swishing is? Bring along some clothes or accessories you no longer want and swap them for something someone else has bought along!

15 Jan: Membership Sign-ups and a talk on cycling across the USA

Come along to the first meeting of the year to sign-up for 2019 membership. New members and renewals very welcome. Plus we have an inspirational talk from Rachel Lundy on “How an ordinary woman finds herself cycling across America with 8 strangers”!

Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start at St. Andrew’s Bowling Club, Derby Road, Bristol, BS7 9AQ. Membership is £42.00 for the year or you can come as a guest for £4 to try us out.

Membership will be on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your cheque or cash and your completed membership form: https://glosrdwi.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/membership-form-2019.pdf

Once membership and WI business is done, we’ll then hear from Rachel on her epic journey across the USA on her bike.

“On 17th May 2016, after giving up my job, I found myself on a flight to Boston, USA to meet 8 strangers. All we had in common was a dream to cycle across the USA via Canada.
5,000 miles of stunning scenery, 91 days of carrying all my belongings on the bike including my tent.  Without a support vehicle, we had to be ready to resolve issues as they arose…and there were many!”

During her talk,  she’ll focus on how she got involved (it was a bad day at
work which made her make a decision about what she really wanted to do), what happened on the adventure (a few tensions along the way), the incredibly generous Americans she met and the lessons she learned.

It promises to be a funny and ultimately inspiring talk about how to make your dreams a reality. Perfect to kick-start your 2019!

11 Dec: Christmas party

Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you all for the bring a dish Christmas party next week.

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 keep hold of the packaging.

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, LinkAge. Plus they’ll be some games, a glass of bubbly (or non-alcoholic), and the traditional announcement of next year’s programme.

20 Nov: Christmas Baubles

Come along to November’s meeting for a craft activity demonstrated by Alison. We will be making Christmas patchwork baubles, a skill Alison picked up at this year’s Tea n’ Tents.

Photo credit: joannasheenscountrydays.com

16 Oct: AGM & Linkage

October’s meeting will be our Annual General Meeting followed by a speaker from this year’s charity, Linkage Bristol.

18 September: Bake Off, Make Off, Grow Off

It’s time for this year’s eagerly anticipated grow off / bake off / make off!
This year’s categories are:

Grow – Biggest / Three of a Kind / Novelty
Bake – Cupcake / Muffin / Bread
Make – Home Brew / Floral Arrangement in a Teacup / Up-cycled Wearable Accessory

Each person can have three entries in total for the chance to win themselves a Gloucester Road WI rosette.

Photo Credit: Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

21 August: Blood Bikes and Organ Donation Nurses

August will be a meeting of two talks. There will be members of Freewheelers EVS, riders of the blood bikes in our region, as well as a specialist nurse in organ donation for the South West region to tell us about the incredible work they do.

Photo Credit: Freewheelers EVS

17 July: Pimms and Bowling

Join us for our summer celebration where we will be breaking out the Pimms and enjoying a few games of bowls on home ground at St Andrews Bowling Club.
As we will be taking to the bowling green please wear flat shoes so we don’t leave any marks!

Guest are welcome (£5 per guest), however we are expanding this to include male guests! If you have a partner or friend who is curious about where we meet and what we get up to then bring them along to this popular social meeting.

Photo Credit: Whitney Wright on Unsplash

19 June: Beer Tasting with Wiper & True

In June’s meeting we will be joined by Bristol brewers Wiper & True.

We will find out about the ingredients used in the brewing process, learn a bit about the brewing process and also discover the history of Wiper & True themselves.

There will also be two different beers to taste.

In a change to previous tastings, this meeting will be open to visitors (£5 visitor charge applies) if you know other women who would also like to partake.

Photo Credit: Wiper & True

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