Here's what's happening this month at Gloucester Rd WI.

Bouquets and Blooms

This month is a floristry demonstration from Cherril McCartney from Stoke Lodge, Adult Education Centre

We will be holding a raffle during the night (50p/ticket) where you could win the floral displays made during the demonstrations with all proceeds going to our nominated charity this year, Mothers for Mothers.

Bit of a change around for this meeting, we will start promptly at 8pm with the speaker first and then deal with all our WI business afterwards. 

Venue: Bristol St Andrew's Bowling Club – entrance through the fence on Derby Road, just past Happy Lane. 

You can also get a drink and have a mingle before and after the meeting as the bar will be open all evening.

Last Month's Meeting

Zara's Chocolates

A new feature of the monthly update, a review of the previous meeting with a brief overview and any follow-up information. 

Zara gave us a delicious insight into the world of the chocolatier while skilfully delivering an interesting and highly informative talk on the history of all things chocolate. And we got to try the chocolate!

228 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JD
0117 953 3892

For more information about the history and production of chocolate:

Several members asked about fairtrade chocolate. For further details on fairtrade chocolate:

Green Treasure Hunt

At the May meeting we also heard from Chrissy Decker who's running this project

This is a fun active travel project that will create 5 ‘pocket plazas’ that illustrate the 5 green capital themes. Installations will link up green projects in the area creatively and will challenge participants to find miniature installation ‘green treasures’.

Further information can be found on the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital website:

Inspirational Women

Who are your most inspirational women?

At the July meeting we will be asking you to nominate your inspirational women. They might be family or friends or maybe someone more well known. You'll need to provide a picture of them (max A5) and bring it along to the meeting, with their name and a description of why (optional). Each member will be able to nominate two women – so start thinking now!

WI Centenary Project Update


Don't forget we need your pennants by this meeting!

Here's the instructions and an A4 template.

For further details contact Hannah

Centenary National Raffle

We have have 100 tickets to sell at £1 each at this month's meeting. There's some great prizes!

  • 1st = £10,000
  • 2nd = 5 night Continental Christmas Markets Cruise for two (on Saga Pearl!)
  • 3rd = dinner and tickets for two to a West End show
  • 4th = Singer sewing machine
  • 5th = Martha Hill beauty hamper box
  • 6th = £100 Sutton Seeds voucher
  • 7th = £100 Edinburgh Woollen Mills voucher
  • 8th = set of WI cookery books

100 Random Acts of Kindness

Let us know what you have done this month 

If you didn't pick up one of the cards at the last meeting, you can now print it out here: Random Act of Kindness.pdf

Please fill it out and bring it along to the meeting and we can start putting our wall together.

First Aider Required

Is anyone a first aider or medical professional?

If you are, can you please let us know via email or speak to a committee member. We are looking to put together a group to cover meetings and events.

Grow-Off – with home grown or foraged ingredients

Looking ahead, so you can get your seeds in now, the grow off categories for this year are:

  • jams
  • chutneys
  • home brew 
  • floral arrangement
  • largest fruit or vegetable of its kind
  • small but perfectly formed
  • most humorously shaped fruit or vegetable
  • best example of any 3 veg or fruit
Good luck with your growing!

Dates for
your diary:

Sign up at the meeting. All members welcome.

16 June: Monthly meeting – Floristry demo

7 July:
Knit & Stich – 8.00pm The Flyer

3 July:
Dinner Club  â€“ 7.30pm Golden Hill Allotments

Events & activities with Avon Federation here for any member.

Membership & Visitors

Membership for 2015 is now full, if you would like to go on our waiting list please contact us via email. We do accept a few visitors at our meetings, the cost of which is £4. You can visit up to three times in 1 year.

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