11 March 2020

March 2020 Newsletter



Maisie from the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (formerly Bristol Dogs and Cats Home) told us about the vital work the Centre does with Bristol’s vulnerable animals on a daily basis. This is a message of thanks from Maisie.
The donation of £50.00 from the group will make a real difference to the animals we help, heal and home every day here at Bristol A.R.C. The collection tin donations came to £22.99,bringing the total donation from the group to a fantastic £72.99. Here at Bristol A.R.C. we have been caring for the city’s pets and wildlife since 1887, helping, healing and homing over 14,000 vulnerable animals each year. As you can imagine, it can often be challenging to raise to vital funds required to meet our needs. But thanks to your help, raising a fantastic £72.99, this could cover the cost of caring for an animal like Poppit, the dog, for almost three days! This includes giving them a full tummy, a warm, clean bed, toys and training, plus a routine health check and basic treatments like vaccinations, worming and routine dentistry every day!”
Dianne, our co-programme co-ordinator, mentioned that the knitters amongst us might want to get our needles and wool out and start knitting, hats, scarves and other woolly warmers in time for our September meeting. Steve Loader, a chaplain from the Mission to Seafarers, will be telling us about his work supporting seafarers. The ones from much warmer climates benefit from having woolly hats, etc when they reach Avonmouth in the cold winter months.


Please note a change to our programme. At our meeting on Wednesday 25th March at 7.45pm we will all have the opportunity to join Pat Wright in a Belly Dancing experience. It would be a good idea to wear something comfortable. Pat, however, will be bringing along the scarves and chain belts!
Clive Burleton’s talk about Bristol's White City has been re-scheduled for June’s meeting.

Clifton WI Survey 
Thank you to those of you who completed our annual survey at last month’s meeting. Surveys will available to anyone who has not completed one. This information will enable the Committee to find out what you thought of our monthly speakers/events in 2019 as well as knowing about any suggestions for talks and events in the future you may have..


WI Raffle 2020 – Val will have tickets for this year’s raffle; 1st Prize £10,000. Full details of all the prizes are in the March addition of WI Life.

Beautiful Gardens – Avon Federation have written to see if any of us have “truly beautiful, interesting and unusual gardens” which could be featured in future issues of WI Life. If your garden fits the bill and you would like to find out more please speak to Val or send an email to  thecliftonwi@gmail.com

Coronavirus (Covid -19)  At the moment there is no specific advice around meetings, so we hope to see you on the 25th, confident that you will be aware of the advice given by Public Health England to protect yourself and others from catching coronavirus. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

If you think you might like to become more involved in your WI e.g. setting up an outing/event, helping the committee members, please contact us. We would love to hear from you at our meetings or via our email