23 March 2019

The Women Who Built Bristol and other news

Well! Our last meeting was lots of fun! Emma Britton talked about her life in the BBC and we raffled a nice collection of regifted Christmas presents. 

Before our next meeting will be our tour of BBC Bristol, so those of us going will have the chance to see where Emma works her magic.

Next Meeting, March 27th
This should be interesting! Jane Duffusis coming to tell us about “The Women Who Built Bristol”. As well as being a long term freelance journalist and editor, Jane is well known locally for running ‘What the Frock’ comedy events, showcasing female comedians at a time when space for them in the mainstream of comedy was limited. She is also an active feminist, member of the Fawcett Society and endurance runner. She is telling us about some of the characters she assembled for her celebratory book about Bristol’s amazing women over the ages.

There will be a little bit of business to attend to, including the result of the Resolutions vote, feedback on a drumming workshop, voting for National Trustees and a quick introduction to the Durdham Down Group event this summer, which we are organising (see below).

Durdham Down Group Event, Saturday 6thJuly
We are going on a guided tour of the Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG.  The guides are highly knowledgeable local volunteers and the cafĂ© will be waiting for us at the end of the trip for afternoon tea. This outing gives us a chance to meet with other WI members from nearby, as well as the opportunity to experience a unique display of plants to enchant us all; explore the glasshouses to find succulents, orchids and a Giant Amazon Waterlily; visit the unique Sacred Lotus collection; discover prehistoric plants that dinosaurs ate and learn about the collection of rare and threatened natives.The cost of the tour will be £8.00 per person (includes £6.00 entrance fee), however Friends of the Garden pay a reduced rate of £2 for the tour.

Change of programme:
April and May are swapping places, so April will now be Heather Childs talking about Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, and May will be Heather Lucie presenting Zentangle – a relaxing way to create beautiful images.