A bit short notice but if you’re at a loose end tomorrow (Sunday) then why not come along to our first choir meeting? We’ve invited members from across the Durdham Downs group and have decided to throw open the doors to all our members by paying for the initial meeting.
Thanks to Gloucester Road WI this Durdham Down Group event is now free. Yep, that’s gratis, libre, no charge etc.
Where: Redland United Reform Church, Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS6 6SA
This is a lovely, bright space with great acoustics; lots of Bristol’s choirs rehearse here. So even if we don’t hit all the right notes in the right order we’ll sound as good as we can! There isn’t a car park but parking on the street is free on a Sunday.
It’s now just 2 hours: 2- 4pm
We’ve shortened the event to make it more accessible.
Invite family and friends to hear what we’ve learnt for 3:50pm
Bring forward the invite from 5:50pm to 3:50pm
But, still bring cakes etc
They’ll still be time for a tea/coffee break and whatever lovely goodies you bring to share with the group.
Spread the word
Please let people know about these changes. We’re hoping that a shorter, free session may make it possible for more women. But, don’t worry there’s enough of us already to make a good noise.
I’ve been talking song choices with Nick, the choir leader, and he tells me he’s got a cracking arrangement of Abba’s Dancing Queen. Cake and Abba to round off the weekend, sounds good to me.
Looking forward to seeing you all there. Any questions, just shout.
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It’s Knit&Stitch tomorrow evening!
8pm in the Bristol Flyer. It’s always the first Tuesday of the month.
Come along for a knit and a natter. All projects welcome and skills shared. Start something or finish it. No need to be on time if you’re worried about that. We sit at the back (on the mezzanine bit near the loos).
Following meetings will be 4 November and 2 December.
It’s with regret that we’ve left BTP so abruptly but we’re looking forward to moving into our new home this month!
As most of you know, we found out about new restrictions on Boston Tea Party’s license last month and were starting to look for ideas for a new venue. We were quite surprised to get a call last week saying the council had told them there was to be no one on the premises after 8pm. It meant that we couldn’t even have our next meeting there as they’d be in breach of their license.
So we looked at a couple of alternatives and decided we had to spread our wings a little beyond Gloucester Road. It was after talking to The Friends of Horfield Common we thought about trying the Ardagh on Horfield Common. So that’s where we’re going to be for September’s meeting and it may even become our new base if we get good feedback.
So we now meet at The Ardagh Bowling & Sports Club, on Horfield Common, still on the third Tuesday (so 16th September). We start at 8pm but you can arrive from 7.30pm. You can also get a drink and have a mingle beforehand and after the meeting. There is ample parking if you’re driving too.
If you have any alternative ideas for venues you wish us to explore, just let us know at the meeting. We’ll aim to vote on our new ‘permanent’ home at October’s AGM.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that we had to find a new place, our September speaker dropped out too (and October’s come to mention it)! But we’ve replaced him (and October’s) and are still in the self-defence/martial arts field.
Spencer Rabey has been training in Cheng Man Ching tai chi and various martial arts for 17 years. He has trained in Malaysia under the Zhong Ding School and is also a qualified teacher and instructor. He has recently started running classes again and one-to-ones from home in Horfield and on the Common.
He’ll be showing us some basic self-defence techniques which might not be what you expect! He’ll also be introducing us to tai chi (itself a martial art). Please bring a pen and paper along and wear something comfortable.
We’re organising an axe and knife throwing outing on 8 November at 2pm. Venue TBC. All members welcome, we’ve had ten sign up so far and the capacity is 10 or 20 (one tutor can do groups of ten). The cost is £20 per person and all equipment, insurances, risk assessments are included. No open toed foot wear please!
If you’re interested or have already signed up, please bring your £20 to the meeting to confirm your spot (we need to book for ten or twenty to go ahead, so you may be on a waiting list until we get the numbers). We’ll also be taking payments at October’s meeting.
It’s up to you! There will be big changes at this year’s AGM in October with all the key committee positions up for grabs and if they are not filled, there will be no GRWI next year.
We’ve had a look at the roles and how they’ve developed this year. From October, we’ll be looking for members to fill the following positions with your own personal flair!
• President chairs the meetings
• Secretary writes up minutes, postal correspondence and Avon/National relations
• Treasurer the woman with the cheque book, does the monthly banking and books
• Assistant treasurer helps treasurer at meetings and when treasurer away
• Online manager in charge of website, Facebook, Twitter
• Online correspondence email and monthly mailing
• Programme co-ordinator books some speakers, meets and greets, reminds and thanks
• Meeting logistics planning set up of meetings and sorting materials
• Members at large mucking in for any of the above and anything extra
The committee meet once a month for a couple of hours in the evening, a week or so before the main meeting. It can be in a pub or someone’s house, it can be anywhere you fancy.
The first thing the new committee looks at is next year’s programme (from the various suggestions over the year and any extra ideas we have). It’s a fun thing to get started on and get to know each other.
So please have a serious think as to whether you can spare a couple of hours a month to help on the committee. We have a maximum of 12 spaces so there’s plenty to go round and share work. The three mandatory roles are president, secretary and treasurer, without which, we can’t continue as a WI so please come forward and help out as these are all up for grabs. It is a commitment though so you are agreeing to be on the committee for 12 months and come to the committee and monthly meetings.
If you’ve got any questions, please just ask at Tuesday’s meeting.
Here are the categories for the Bake Off next month.
Wine and cheese in July.
What a fab evening we had last week at our monthly meeting! Darren and Polly from Grape & Grind on Gloucester Road came along to test our tastebuds in blind wine tasting. And it was all lovely! A great time was had by all and the three kilograms of cheese we bought to go with the wine went down a treat too as you can see from the photos.
Next month we’ve got a special guest coming along, the illustrator who works on the Great British Bake Off, to tell us about his work and he’ll also be judging the Best In Show for our annual Gloucester Road WI Bake Off.
See you next month.
We had a fab time learning to draw self portraits with Roma Widger last week. Here are some of our achievements!
Next month we have Dave Scaysbrook speaking about his forensic pathology work.
Membership for 2014 now full!
If you were hoping to join us then sorry. However, all is not lost. You can visit up to three times a year for £4 per meeting and if you like it, membership for 2015 opens in October.
See you soon at BTP!
As the poster suggests, we’ve got a new home this month!
January’s meeting was hosted by life coach, Anne Miller, who taught us how to make positive changes in our lives and help us to stick to our new year resolutions. It’ll be interesting to get feedback at February’s meeting and see if it’s inspired change in any of our members.
We still have a few membership spaces left so if you’re interested in joining us, come along to the meeting with your sign up form and payment.
In February we are having a pamper evening. More details to follow shortly or sign up to our mailing list here.
Please don’t turn up as no one will be there. We take a break in December when we’re busy with our normal lives but we do have a bit of a Christmas do so it’s not all silence on the WI front (which is now fully booked).
We hope to be announcing 2014’s programme in the next week or so, so keep a look out on here for updates.
Our next meeting is 21 January. If you want to be kept up to date with the programme announcement and details about our upcoming meetings, then please sign up for our mailing list here.
Merry Christmas everyone, see you in the new year!