Sunday, 18 September 2016
After a summer of outings and with the night’s drawing in, we are returning to the hall to be treated to a feast of upcycling!!
We will be joined by Sarah from My English Home exclusive Bristol stockists of Annie Sloan paint and products in the beautiful Clifton Arcade. Sarah was trained by Annie herself and now holds courses using these paints for furniture renovations. Annie first developed the paint some 25 years ago wanting something that allowed her to be creative and spontaneous with no need for prep! Once you’ve tried it – you won’t go back to sanding!
Sarah will be showing us all how to upcycle and revive that old piece of furniture you keep thinking you should throw out! She will be giving us demonstrations of painting, upholstering, and various effects and finishes. You be will inspired to go home and breathe new life into your own chairs and tables!
You will then get a chance to create your own Annie Sloan piece – please bring a small photo frame (or mirror) to try your hand at the 2 colour paint effect! Please do wear something you don’t mind getting paint on!
You will have the opportunity to buy a number of products including books, brushes and mini project packs consisting of two 100ml tester pots of Annie Sloan chalk paint, Annie Sloan clear and dark and an Annie Sloan natural bristle brush. The pack retails for £29.95.
You will also be able to order 1 litre tins of paint and anything else that takes your fancy! Sarah will accept cash or cheque. All attendees will be given 10% off their purchase on their 1st visit to Sarah’s shop.
We look forward to seeing you back at Bedminster Methodist Church on 28th September.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
July saw us leave the Bedminster Methodist Hall and venture to Windmill Hill City Farm for an evening full of food. Thank you to our members and guests who were able to attend and take part in an extremely enjoyable evening. We were able to taste a number of local cheeses provided Rosie Morgan aka The Bristol Cheesemonger and everyone had a go at making their own pizzas which were delicious.
Summer is still with us, so we are out and about once more in August. Many of you attended our June meeting where Tim Mowl gave us an alternative view of the architecture in Bristol. We are delighted that Tim will be leading a walk to bring this to life. From a pugilistic pub to a hospital of alternative medicine, our route will start at The Hatchet Inn and take us via the Red Lodge to various medieval buildings and alms-houses, then on to Lodge Street, round Christmas Steps and by Hotel du Vin. We will then tackle St Michael's Hill to the Homeopathic Hospital where we will be rewarded with its lovely gardens, finishing at the Highbury Vaults for a well-deserved drink.
If you are thinking of attending, drop us an email so we can gage numbers or just come along on the night.
For any of you who are inspired by our walk around Bristol, The Architecture Centre are asking local bakers, designers and architects to recreate their favourite Bristol building in a cake to help celebrate their 20th anniversary. Visit The Architecture Centre - Architectural Cake Competition for more information.
We will be starting the meeting a bit earlier than normal, meeting at the Hatchet at 7:15 for a 7:30 start. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 31st.
Monday, 11 July 2016
After a highly entertaining meeting with Tim Mowl, it is time for us to leave Bedminster Methodist Hall, enjoy the evening sunshine and go for our annual summer outing.
This year’s outing will be to Windmill Hill City Farm on Philip Street, Bedminster. We have been able to arrange a packed evening for you to take part in. We will start the evening with a tutored cheese tasting hosted by Rosie Morgan aka The Bristol Cheesemonger. Already a regular at food markets, Rosie now has a permanent shop in St Nicholas Street which stocks up to 100 different cheeses mainly from the West Country. Continuing on with the food theme, we will be cooking our own pizzas in the Farm’s wood burning oven. Dough, sauce and toppings will be provided. Soft drinks will be available, but please feel free to bring along any other drinks such as wine or beer.
In order to fit everyone into the barn and ensure it is not too much of a squeeze, we have to limit numbers. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend, please email us by Monday 18th July to reserve your space and let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements. We will be allocating spaces to members first and we can then offer places to guests at a cost of £10. This will also be allocated on a first come first served basis.
There were sunshine and showers on 25th June where we had a very successful day at the North Street Summer Fair raising nearly £300. Thank you to everyone who helped out with setup, staffing the stall and baking a range of delicious cakes. Without your continued help and support, we would not be able to take part in such fundraising events which are essential to fund activities such as our summer outing.
We will be starting the meeting a bit earlier than normal at 7:15 for a welcome glass of fizz and be finishing by 9:30. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 27th at Windmill Hill City Farm.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Our May meeting was jam packed with talks and demonstrations from Mary Hall on lip reading and Zoe Hunt from Mini First Aid on paediatric first aid. Both speakers contributed to a highly entertaining meeting.
This month we are delighted to welcome well known writer Tim Mowl. Aside from his many architectural and landscape books he recently published a series of 12 urban walks called Bristol Explored. Unlike conventional guide books he encourages the walker to view the city through fresh eyes giving a light hearted but fascinating insight into its architectural past as well as social history, new buildings, sculptures and even street art. Tim will also touch on his current project a book on Regency gardens to coincide with the bicentenaries of Jane Austen and Humphry Repton, entitled ‘All around is Fairy ground – Pleasure and the Regency Garden’. Then for our August meeting, Tim has offered to lead a walk around the Harbourside finishing at a suitable waterfront pub.
In addition to our monthly meetings, we have set up other groups to allow our members to explore some of their interests. The Sock club has already met on two occasions and three knitters are learning the tricks of the trade with Judi Edwards. The Craft club and Cocktail club have held their first meetings and a great time was had by all. The Craft club will be meeting next on 23rd June and the Cocktail Club at the beginning of July with an outing to The Pump House. If you are a member and would like take part in these clubs, but haven’t had a chance to sign up, please email us.
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM was held at the beginning of June. Over 5300 women attended and that both motions, avoid food waste, address food poverty and appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia, were carried by a significant majority.
We are hoping that the sun will be shining on Saturday 25th June when Malago WI will have a stall at the very popular North Street Summer Fair. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help out on the stall and bake cakes. We would like to exceed the funds we raised last year of over £600, so if you can bake a cake or spare some time on the day, please email us. We will have cake drop off points the day before as well for those who aren’t able to come to the stall on the day.
We look forward to seeing you at 8pm on Wednesday 29th.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our April meeting. The creative juices were following and we were able to make some fantastic bunting to help brighten up the hall and decorate the Malago WI stall at upcoming fairs. If you took some home to finish, it would be great if you could bring it with you.
This month, we are lucky to have two speakers, Mary Hall and Zoe Hunt.
Mary has been teaching lip-reading classes to hard of hearing, and deaf people, for over 15 years. Having grown up with two profoundly deaf parents, she feels strongly that deafness is an isolating condition but that it needn’t be like that. Lip-reading lessons helps empower people to learn skills to help overcome communication barriers. Mary will talk about her experience, explain the mechanics of lip reading and take us through a hands on exercise.
Zoe is a mumpreneur. She set up the first franchise of Mini First Aid nearly 3 years ago. The organisation provides training in infant and paediatric first aid to parents, grandparents and carers. There are now 14 franchises across the country and it continues to expand week by week. Mini First Aid was the winner of the Mumpreneur Awards 2015. As well as sharing her experience of setting up a new business, Zoe will also demonstrate techniques for dealing with choking incidents.
We have now set up a number of additional groups outside of our monthly meeting for Malago WI members and dates for the initial meetings have been arranged. If you would like to take part in these and haven’t signed up yet, please email email@example.com.
The first course of sock knitting with Judi Edwards is taking place over 4 sessions in June and is now full. There will be an update about the possibility of a further course if you missed out.
Following a great response from members to the Cocktail Club will launch on Thursday 9 June from 8pm. At this meeting we will have some celebratory drinks and plan how we want to go forward to suit people’s interest in different activities, possible themed visits and rough costs depending on numbers.
The initial meeting will be taking place on Thursday 19th May. It's a chance to hang out, chat and make stuff (with tea and cake of course!). You can bring whatever you're working on or just come and browse crafty books for inspiration! Further dates will be arranged shortly.
As part of the May meeting, we will be asking members to vote For or Against this year’s WI resolutions:
- Avoid food waste, address food poverty
- Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia
Further information is available in on the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) website. The outcome of our vote will be taken to the NFWI AGM in June.
To help with our fundraising, Malago WI will have a stall at this year’s North Street Summer Fair on Saturday 25th June. We had a very successful day last year and raised over £600. We still need volunteers to provide cakes and help out on the stall. Sign-up sheets will be circulated during the meeting. Any help you can provide, either baking a cake or staffing the stall for an hour or so, means we can make this year’s fair even more successful.
We look forward to seeing you at 8pm on Wednesday 25th