Gloucester Road WI

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



In light of the latest advice from the government with regard to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are unfortunately cancelling our monthly face-to-face meetings until further notice.

However, we are now running meetings and clubs online via zoom and members will receive details.

Keep in touch via this website, social media and our online newsletter to keep you updated of any further changes to our programme or clubs.

Stay safe everyone.

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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”

Think you know the Women’s Institute? Think again.

Want to try something new? Want to meet new friends? Then why not come along to the Gloucester Rd WI when we welcome new members for 2019?

Forget the Jam and Jerusalem stereotype. Yes, we do traditional crafts and baking. But we also hear from local, national and international speakers and get involved in a wide range of fun activities.

Talks and activities: Past talks include the Prevention of Torture by UN member Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, Tom Hovey on his Great British Bake Off illustrations and Anna Freeman, poetry slam champion and writer on her award winning novel, The Fair Fight. Activities have included wine, gin, beer and chocolate tasting sessions run by local artisans, Bollywood dancing, yoga and a wide range of crafts.

Fundraising: In our first six years we’ve raised over £21,000 for local charities. Our members have completed the Three Peaks Challenge and in 2013 published the hugely popular Gloucester Road Cookbook. And yes, we’ve run cake stalls at local events too.

Campaigning: Every year the WI, at a national level, vote and campaign for a resolution.  Past campaigns have championed the relevant, and sometimes taboo, issues of the day: Equal Pay in 1943, HIV/AIDS awareness in 1986.  And this year we’re tackling micro bead pollution and the stigma of loneliness.

Want to get involved? Come along to 2019’s first meeting on 15th January. We meet the third Tuesday of every month. 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 £5 to try us out.

All women welcome. We look forward to meeting you.

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