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

Professor Malcolm Evans

This month we welcome Professor Malcolm Evans who will be giving a talk on 'Tackling Torture' 

In this talk, Malcolm Evans, will draw on his practical work as Chair of the United Nations Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture to explain how the UN seeks to address issues of torture in the modern world, and the problems it faces in doing so.

We will also be covering all our usual WI business including Centenary projects, Redland Fair (we need lots of help with this!), and other events that are coming up.

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

We still start at 8pm but you can arrive from 7.30pm. You can also get a drink and have a mingle before and after the meeting as the bar will be open all evening. 

Arts & Crafts Centenary Exhibition

Congratulations to our very talented members! 

At the judging for the Arts & Crafts Centenary Exhibition GOLD was awarded to Elisabeth Mueller, Ruth Ellams and India Rabey and also a SILVER to Elisabeth and Jane Bowyer (twice!) Tough experienced judges took over an hour and a half and the competition was tough. Many congratulations to you all!
Arts and Crafts Gold winners.
Look out for the gold items at the big exhibition at M Shed on 19th & 20th September 2015.

Redland Fair

Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2015

We will be running a stall at Redland Fair this year in aid of Jessie May. We need volunteers to sign-up at the next meeting so please take a note of the date and let us know if you can help with:

  • lending equipment such as: Gazebo, tables, bunting, 
  • baking lots of cakes beforehand!
  • manning the stall
  • setting up and tidying up
  • coming along and buying cakes!
We also need advice on food hygiene, you won't need to come on the day but if you have any experience in this area we will be grateful for some help with what and how we should be setting up the stall. Please get in touch with Rachel Mylrea if you can help.

Results of the Charity Vote

And the Winner was: Mother for Mothers

Mother for Mothers Logo, mother carrying child.

Mothers for Mothers are a postnatal depression support group who offer support, advice, information and most of all a listening ear for mothers in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset areas:

We aim to donate all of our general charitable fundraising (India's Skydive, raffles etc) to them this year.

Thanks for all your other suggestions for worthwhile causes here's the breakdown of votes:

  • Mothers for Mothers 21
  • Frenchay after burns club 15
  • St Peter’s Hospice 11
  • Growing Support (horticulture for people with dementia) 10
  • BRACE (dementia research) 8
  • Adult literacy in Bristol (via RSVP) 6 
  • Golden Hill Community Garden 6
  • Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled 5
  • The Hive (youth club) 5
  • Incredible Edible 2
  • Above and Beyond (BRI) 2
  • Forest of Avon 1

WI Centenary Project Update


This is being co-ordinated by the Knit & Stitch Group. Thanks to eveyone who signed up, if you weren't at the meeting there's still time, here's the instructions and an A4 template, they will need to be completed by June.

For further details contact

For more information on the national projects taking place check the main WI website:

Other Events

Bristol Beer Factory trip 9th June

Please let us know via the Facebook group or at next meeting if you are interested.

Centennial Fair at Harrogate 4th, 5th & 6th September

The April meeting is your final opportunity to sign up to go along to this event.

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.

14 April (3rd Tuesday this month due to Easter):
Knit & Stich – 8pm The Flyer

21 April: Monthly meeting – Professor Malcolm Evans

29 April:
Book group – 7.30pm The Flyer

This Month's book:
'Elizabeth is Missing' by Emma Healey

Events & activities with Avon Federation here for any member.


If you don't want to become a member we do accept a few visitors at our meetings, the cost of which is £4. You can visit up to three times before committing to membership.

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