16 August 2022

2 requests for Clifton WI members

A night at the Ballet

Are any of you interested in joining a group of us heading to the Hippodrome in November to see the ballet production from English National Ballet called Raymonda?  It has had amazing reviews.

Please just let us know by emailing thecliftonwi@gmail.com asap and we can include you

Tell us about yourself

Also we know we have an interesting group of members at Clifton.  

If any of you might be persuaded to give a talk at a future meeting please do get in touch as we would love to hear from you.  Use the usual thecliftonwi@gmail.com address. We wondered if anyone has lived and worked overseas, had an unusual job or generally a good story to tell? 

Those of us who have the chance to get to know one another better at our subgroup events really enjoy this aspect of Clifton WI membership.

You don't have to prepare the dreaded "next slide please" type of presentation if that is not for you!  Let's chat about what might work best for you

What is it like to be a Lord Mayor?

Councillor Jos Clark is coming to the August Clifton WI meeting to give us an insight into what is involved in this role - apart from wearing splendid headgear!  

Our meeting is on Weds 31st August at 7.45 in the Alma Hall.

Benefits of a stroll on a summer's evening

Our July Clifton WI 'meeting' was a group of us meeting for a stroll across the Durdham Downs to see the Bronze Lions installed to support the Born Free Forever charity.  We chatted and some of us adjourned to a local pub to chat some more.  It was a lovely evening and good to have time to get to know a couple of new members who have joined us (and they us).  

Simple pleasures but so special to be able to do these things after our restricted life styles in the last couple of years.

Born Free Lions on Downs in Bristol before one was sadly 'liberated'

27 June 2022

July our walk and talk with some refreshments at the conclusion

 A bit of a 'heads up' for what we will be doing next month.

Instead of meeting in the Alma Hall we will be getting outside for a walk and chat with a pause for some 'refreshments' at the end.

Wed 27th July Monthly Meeting Summer Walk 

Meet on the Downs at the cafΓ© near the Water Tower at 7.00 p.m. for a walk (at a stroll pace rather than a hike).

We will aim to finish at the Kings Arms Pub, Blackboy Hill by 8.30 p.m. If you prefer you can come and join us there.

If wet on the day, an e-mail will be sent to members with an alternative plan.  Look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible

June Meeting Weds 29th - anyone for some mental well being?

With Andy Workman, Mindset Specialist 

Using a humorous but informative approach showing you how to improve your mental wellbeing.

A 'Jubbly" Time for All

 In a red white and blue kind of way Clifton WI members gathered for an indoor picnic to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in advance of the big day at our May meeting.  Quizzes, games remembering previous anniversaries involving the Royal Family and of course lots to eat and drink.

Curritn the cake and getting ready to raise a toast

Cutting the party cake and getting ready to raise a toast

Pinning the jewel on the crown

It was lovely to see so many members and have a chance to get together and celebrate

15 May 2022

May meeting - Indoor Garden Party and celebration - 25th May

 2022 is the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.  

At Clifton WI we have decided to mark the Platinum Jubilee (or Jubbly!) with a party.  

All members are invited to come along for games, reminiscences, a chance to raise a toast and enjoy party food together. 

8.00pm start (or a little earlier if you would like to help us set up)

We will have a quiz, plant stall, some suitably royal themed games and a memorabilia 'show and tell'

Members are welcome to invite visitors to join us.  

It would be helpful if you could let us know (thecliftonwi@gmail.com) in advance to ensure we have enough food and drink to share.  We will charge the usual £5.00 visitor attendance rate but the evening is free for members.  

What do you have to do?

Wear something in red πŸ”΄, white ⚪and blue πŸ”΅if possible.  If you run to a hat πŸ‘’and handbag πŸ‘œfor a bit of fun all the better!

Bring your memorabilia

If you have anything linked to previous royal anniversaries you would be happy to show us, please bring it to the meeting perhaps with an explanation of how you came to own it

Donate and/or buy some plants or seedlings 🌱🌿🌼🌹

We will be running a plant stall and any donations for the stall will be appreciated on the evening.  Please bring some change for your purchases and a suitable bag to take home your goodies

Bring your Bar Cash Cards and some loose change for our fundraising

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Weds May 25th at Alma Hall

April meeting - Climate Change with Nikki Jones - some further information

 Nikki came to our April meeting and provided some interesting if rather troubling details about the challenge we all face with climate change and its impact on the world's environment.  Ironically in a chilly hall we all had a chance to ask Nikki lots of questions.  She has since forwarded some suggested further resources:

For those with a Netflix subscription the programme Breaking Boundaries hosted by David Attenborough is recommended 

On U Tube a webinar from Australia was recommended: Climate Change - how worried should we be?

Closer to home the West Bristol Climate Action Group is a helpful resource with lots of information leaflets and links to local organisations and businesses providing services aimed at reducing our individual climate 'footprint'

19 April 2022

March meeting review and what's in store for April?


One of our own members Gill Bridge treated us to an evening of wellness and relaxation including breathing techniques, face, neck and hand massages which went down very well along with the chance to try some products from Temple Spa.


We turn our attention towards two things in particular at our meeting on Weds April 27th - one is huge and somewhat daunting and one is more light hearted and fun.

Our speaker will be Nikki Jones from Wicked Weather Watch a charity set up by the explorer David Hempleman-Adams which works with school aged children on the topic of climate change.  

As Nikki says “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Being able to really engage and inspire younger children to take action, however small, is not only vital, it is also so much fun!”

We want to confirm our plans to mark the Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II.  We will be holding an Indoor Garden Party at our May 25th meeting.  The Committee have taken some steps to arrange a party but would always welcome some more great ideas from our members.

Any budding gardeners out there....?  

If you are currently sewing seeds, taking cuttings, dividing plants or generally getting busy with matters green: please could you keep some extras on one side for the May 25th meeting.  There will be a plant stall as our fundraising event and all donations will be welcome.  Anyone wanting to purchase plants seedlings etc please being your loose change and a plastic bag or two to grab a bargain!

11 March 2022

Queens Jubilee Celebration - any ideas for how we could celebrate? πŸ‘‘

 This summer sees the platinum anniversary of the Queen's reign.  A lot has happened since 1952 and the committee would really welcome your ideas for how we could mark the occasion.  Drop us an email thecliftonwi@gmail.com or chat to one of us at the March meeting.  We have partied well on previous occasions so we are sure we can come up with something good this time! 

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Feb Meeting review and what's coming up in March?

 Again a small and select group gathered to meet Alyson Hurst of Hives and Herbals on a chilly evening in February.  Alyson's enthusiasm was infectious and she had lot of questions from us as well as beeswax, honey and propolis to purchase.  We tried out our new COVID sensitive seating plan which seemed to work well.  Unfortunately we had to remain in our coats due to a heating problem but we have the solution for that should it recur. Thanks to all for coping with the discomfort.

On March 30th our meeting involves one of our own members as our speaker.  Gill Bridge will be talking about skin care and we will have a bit of a pampering session.  Temple Spa

Do you know anyone who is curious about Clifton WI?

Visitors are welcome at any of our meetings but we have a big invitation out there to all members to see if a friend or family member would like to come along to our March meeting and see what we get up to.  All visitors will be offered a free drink as part of their attendance which costs £5.00 on the evening.  It would be lovely to see as many as possible

March is also the final opportunity to rejoin Clifton WI as the new year starts in April.  Please can anyone still to pay their subscription look out for the email in their inbox sent on 11th March or come along ready to pay at the March meeting.  BACS payments are preferred but of course we can accept cheque payment.

17 February 2022

February Meeting Bees and Re-gifting

 We look forward to seeing you at our February meeting where we will have a presentation on Bees from Alyson Hurst + a fundraising stall where any duplicate, surplus or otherwise unsuitable gifts you may have received can be donated.  

We have a charity in mind to donate to in 2022 that supports local women living precarious lives in their personal needs

We can also process subs for 2022 at the February meeting so please let us know if you have made a BACS transfer and give us your completed Membership Form or give us your cheque payments with Membership Form.

**Please Note** 

In March we are encouraging all members to invite a friend or family member who might like to see what we get up to at our WI meetings

We will have a promotion to make them feel extra welcome and a Wellness Pamper with Temple Spa and our own Gil Bridge who is one of our own members

January meeting and first look at resolutions for 2022

 At our January meeting a small group of Clifton WI members had a good opportunity to meet and chat after the festive break. They also looked at the resolutions together.  

The 5 resolutions shortlisted by the NFWI are:

  1. Fit for Purpose – Fit for Girls
  2. Appropriate Sentencing of Non-Violent Women Offenders
  3. Equality in Law for the Menopause
  4. Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD Under-Identified, Under-Diagnosed and Under-Supported
  5. Tackling Digital Exclusion
Resolution 2 on sentencing for non violent women offenders received the most support from the Clifton WI members at the January meeting.

16 January 2022

Fundraising ideas for our next few meetings

 ** Wherever possible, please bring change and small denomination cash to our meetings to purchase goodies, take part in our fund raising or make a donation for refreshments**


**Each meeting we offer refreshments and home made cake for a very modest donation**

February meeting - we will have our 'regifting' sale so please bring any duplicate or unwanted gifts to be sold and raise funds for a local women's health charity 🎁

March meeting - Bring A Friend πŸ‘­πŸ‘­πŸ‘­πŸ‘­πŸ‘­

Members are welcome to bring friends as visitors to any of our meetings in Alma Hall.  This month we are hoping to introduce a number of visitors to Clifton WI with a promotion and excellent presentation from one of our own members Gill Bridge πŸ’…πŸ’†πŸ‘„

April meeting - raffle for Clifton WI 🎫

May meeting - any gardeners with seedlings, cuttings or spare plants are invited to bring them along


26th January monthly meeting - The realities of fostering and Resolutions

 Leona Blenman from Capstones  Fostercare will join us this month to explain what is happening in the world of fostering at this time. It is likely to be an interesting and thought provoking session to start our new year of meetings.


Each year the WI follows a democratic process to adopt resolutions focussed on women and girls. The first step is for each branch or group to decide which to support

The WI Life Magazine which is sent to current members has details of the proposed resolutions for 2022.  There are more details about each available.  We will vote for our preferred resolution and forward this to join other local groups and then the national view.


We are also going to try a new layout of our seating in the Alma Hall to ensure we reduce risks associated from COVID and leave more doors open or ajar for ventilation.  Please let any of the committee know what you think about these changes or any other suggestions to make us as safe as possible.

Many thanks

4 January 2022

2022 speakers for January, February and March


An excellent way to finish our WI year - belly dancing, quizzes and pizza

 As 2021 drew to a close the final meeting for Clifton WI involved an excellent session of learning to belly dance, or as it was described to us - Eastern dancing - with Pat Wright.  We had lots of fun and there are some pictures in our gallery of our attempts. Colourful and enthusiastic probably sums us up!

December is our annual party.  This year we went to Rustica on Whiteladies Road for an evening of chat, quizzes hosted by Victoria, pizza of many types and plentiful supply plus of course the odd glass of Prosecco. An excellent venue and we were made very welcome.  Perhaps a return visit is on the cards for 2022?

9 December 2021

Reducing COVID risk at our monthly meetings

 Following recent announcements about new strains of the COVID virus...... 

We have been advised to adopt the following behaviours at our monthly face to face meetings in Alma Church Hall:

  • Maintain Social Distancing
  • Use Sanitisers on entry, during and leaving the meeting
  • Wear face coverings
  • It is suggested that you may wish to take a lateral flow test before attendance but that is purely a personal decision.

Please inform us via our email if you test positive after meeting up with other members at our monthly meetings.  We will only advise members there has been a positive contact and will not name you.


24 November 2021

Belly dancing for a November evening

 We look forward to seeing everyone shimmying around the hall when our guest Pat Wright will be bringing hip scarves and coin belts and helping us try some belly dancing moves.  

Pat suggests the more sparkle the better so anything you would like to wear to add to the atmosphere!  Best to wear soft shoes with flexible soles.

16 August 2021

August 2021 news

 Latest news, August 2021

Great news! Our regular in-person monthly meetings have begun again in the Alma Church Hall. Being together after many months of Zoom meetings, in July members enjoyed a celebratory picnic in the Hall gardens . Lovely  to be back!

This month, August 25th, we look forward to hearing from Becky Barnes, Stylist, who will be telling us how we can have more confidence in our clothes and inspiring us to build a wearable sustainable wardrobe that we'll love all the year round.

The following monthly meetings are planned

September 29th    Dogs for Good   Charlotte Stacey

October 27th    Annual Meeting and Ukele band

November 24th    Belly Dancing, Pat Wright

December (Date TBC)    Our Christmas Party

We look forward to welcoming new members by any of our Covid-safe means, you will be warmly greeted!

4 June 2020

Suspended Meetings

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation Clifton WI meetings are not taking place at the moment. However, we welcome enquiries from prospective new members. We look forward to hearing from you and can be contacted by email at:


17 March 2020

Urgent News

Clifton WI – Urgent News  Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Following yesterday’s briefing that, regardless of age, we should avoid non-essential contact with each other, avoiding places such as, pubs, clubs and other similar social gatherings, it may come as no surprise that our meeting on Wednesday 25th March has been postponed. We hope that we will have the opportunity to belly dance with Pat Wright at a later date.

It is highly likely that this will be the situation for the next few meetings.

As regards our social clubs e.g. Bridge, Mah-jong, members should decide themselves whether or not they wish to continue, taking into account recent guidance:

  • Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days
  • Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.

These are truly extraordinary times. Clifton WI is a wonderful social group and will, I’m sure, be looking out for each other. If you do need support while self-isolating please email cliftonwi@gmail.com .

It is important that we stay as connected as possible to alleviate the loneliness and worry that the uncertainty of this situation can bring. We will be looking at ways to help us all get through this.

Keep safe everyone.

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

27 February 2020

Palomar Theatre Focus Group

We finally have a date for our focus group we came to talk to you about last month.  All are very welcome. Here are the details below:

Palomar Theatre’s focus group on exploring the words ‘Empower’, ‘Nurture’ and ‘Recognise’.

Thursday 5th March, 5:45pm-6:45pm
Westbury on Trym Village Hall, Committee Room.
Village Hall
Eastfield Road
Westbury on Trym
If you’re coming from Alma Church, you can catch the number 1 bus from Clifton Down Station bus stop to Southfield Road bus stop. 
It is a 9 minute drive from Alma Church. Head up Whiteladies Road, then stay on Westbury Road until you take a right onto Eastfield Road. 
You can access free parking in the Westbury Hill Car park which is under a 5 minute walk away from the hall.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. All you need to bring is your lovely selves! The focus group will be roughly 45mins-1 hour, consisting of discussions and writing exercises with prompts from us. We welcome all opinions and do not believe there is  a ‘right’ or ‘politically correct’ one. 

Please let me know if that is alright and if anything is unclear!

Best wishes,

17 February 2020

February 2020 Newsletter


Dr Helen McCarthy, “The Appetite Doctor”, gave us food for thought (!) about appetite retraining and a simple and natural way to eat more healthily.
We also considered the 5 resolutions put forward for this year. The results of the votes were:
  • Potential Stem Cell Donor Registration: 9 Votes
  • Protect our Precious Helium: 6 Votes
  • End Modern Slavery: 5 Votes
  • Female Crash Dummies: 3 Votes
  • Talk of Death and Dying: 2 Votes
Later in the year we will get to know which of these resolutions will be taken forward.

Subscription Renewals:
Thank you to everyone who has renewed their WI subscription and completed the membership form. The form is attached again to the newsletter circulated by email in case there are any others who would still like to join us at our meetings and the additional social groups. Apologies if you have already indicated that you are unable to re-join this year and many thanks for letting us know.
Potential new members can contact the membership secretary, Sue Easmon, for a membership form (s.easmon@btinternet.com).

Palomar Theatre Kate told us about how she and her colleagues are in a work and development period for a new show and they wanted the voices and opinions of a range of women. Kate thanked us for the responsive welcome received and will be in touch with a date and venue for their focus group.

Maisie from the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (formerly Bristol Dogs and Cats Home) will be spreading the word about the vital work the Centre does with Bristol’s vulnerable animals on a daily basis.

Re-gifting stall - please bring along any gifts which were perhaps not what you wanted and could find a new home. This year we are including books - fact or fiction - that are a good read and in good condition, please.

Clifton WI Survey
At the meeting you will be able to pick up and complete an annual survey. 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..

International Women's Day - there are various events across Bristol including that of Bristol Women’s Voice at City Hall on Saturday 7th March 2020 to celebrate with thousands of women from across Bristol. You can expect a day packed with performances, activities, discussions and workshops brought to you by many organisations.
For other events please see the link to International Womens Day in Bristol on:


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 particularly welcome helpers for organising our refreshments. We would love to hear from you at our meetings or via our email -  thecliftonwi@gmail.com