Gloucester Road WI

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



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.

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.

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.

Review May: Sign Language Lesson with Daisy and Heather


In May, we were joined by Daisy and her mum, Heather, for a sign language lesson. Daisy is deaf and she and her mum are fluent in sign language which they shared with us by teaching us some of the basics, including key words as well as some interesting facts about language in the deaf communities around us. 

Review Apr: Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol

Pete Insole of Know Your Place Bristol, spoke about the Bristol City Council interactive history map, which has been expanding for the last ten years.

Review Mar: International Women’s Day and Womankind


We marked International Women’s Day with a discussion about how we’d marked the day.

Kyra Bond attended the meeting to give an overview of the work of our nominated charity for 2021, Womankind.

Womankind supports women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, befriending and a helpline service. Womankind is an established charity run by women for women.

Womankind help hundreds of women every year to improve their mental health and well-being so they can experience a better quality of life.

They recognise that the roots of our difficulties are often linked to personal life histories. They also recognise that the social and political environment in which we live affects our mental health.

It’s not always easy to ask for help but they would encourage you to not suffer in silence as talking to someone about your problems and how you feel can really help.

Womankind will work with you to understand your situation and can help you think things through so you get the support you need.

Review Feb: Explorers Connect

Belinda Kirk from Explorers Connect joined us at our meeting to talk about skippering the first women to Row Around The UK.

Belinda is the leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing and the founding campaigner of the #AdventureRevolution “I believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. We need a revolution, to learn how to live adventurously” Her new book Adventure Revolution is coming out with Little, Brown later this year

An Explorer in her own right, Belinda has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China’s Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, lead dozens of youth development expeditions around the world and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain.  An expert expedition leade rand Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Belinda has managed remote trips for, amongst others Ray Mears, Chris Ryan & Bear Grylls.

Belinda launched Explorers Connect, a non-profit organisation connecting people to adventures in 2009. Over 10 years she has encouraged over 30,000 ordinary people to discover a world of outdoor challenges and established Britain’s National Night of Adventure #wildnightout2020

Belinda talked about skippering the first women to Row Around The UK. To date no other women have achieved this and only 11 people on the planet. Its now evolved into the toughest rowing race in the world. The theme of her talk was about the importance of risking failure and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Belinda’s new book is now widely available

Review Dec: Christmas Quiz

Review Jan: Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy for Winter Wellbeing with Anne Polet of AromaWizards – @AromaWizardsnorthdevon on Facebook 

Anne trained as an aroma therapist 30y ago. She gave a fascinating talk about a whole array of different essential oils. We learnt about how oils are distilled from plant materials (e.g. it takes 1.5kg lavender makes 15ml oil), how they can have many different effects and how they can help minor ailments e.g. dry skin, Seasonal Affected Disorder, stress to name a few. Whilst they are natural products they should always be handled with care. They are powerful chemicals and shouldn’t be used orally (in large amounts they can damage liver and kidneys note: in the food and drinks industry they are used in very diluted quantities i.e. as 1 drop per 6litres)  or neat on your skin. They also don’t last forever so buying small quantities is important.Inhalation is particularly helpful for mental wellbeing. Lemon can be really uplifting in the winter months and other oils can calm your mind and move you from a stressful state to a physiologically calm state. There are published research articles on the effects of lavender and other oils too. Burners and diffusers can be great but remember to use them to only use them for 30-45mins at a time to have maximum effect. 

Feel free to contact Anne for more information

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