March Plans

Thank goodness! Spring is arriving and our gardens are full of shoots, daffies and other little splashes of colour. February has been hard to cope with – all that incessant rain and wind! Our hearts go out to all those in parts of the country that have suffered such dreadful flooding. It may rain a lot in Bristol, but at least we have been largely safe from big floods. Having looked at the weather forecast for the next week or two, it seems to be more reminiscent of a typical early spring 🙂

Our main meeting this month will be on March 11th and our speaker will be a plastics engineer, which should be very interesting in these days of environmental concern.

It is still not too late to produce some creative writing for the group, on the theme of ‘An open window‘, (see earlier posts for details). We will also be collecting poems for our Easter meeting in April. Why not start scribbling now and let the early spring sunshine inspire you?

Creative Writing Project for Jan/Feb 2020

Bradley Stoke WI runs creative writing sessions, as a side shoot of our monthly Book Club. However, we encourage all members to join in, whether they are part of Book Club or not and it would be nice to have as many people as possible take part in this, our first 2020 writing project.

The theme this time is …

An open window

Participants are invited to write a piece of fiction or poetry, of any length they like, on this theme, to be handed in at any time during January or February.

The ‘open window’ could be an actual, physical window somewhere, or it could instead be a figurative window – an ‘opportunity’ ….. you choose.

For anyone who might enjoy seeing where a prompt could take them, here is a suggested first paragraph for you …

As Mary walked up over the grassy bank to meet the vista of mellow Cotswold stone and rambling roses that fronted Southwold Manor, she felt a lurch of surprise. A window was open – wide open, on the ground floor. The windows of Southwold were never open. The place had been empty for eight months. Something was very different this Wednesday morning.

Have fun and we will look forward to sharing our writing in a few weeks’ time.

Plans for our first monthly meeting of the new decade!

Our guest speaker for next week’s meeting is to be Babs Greaves, who runs a plant based eatery called ‘Eat Your Greens’, in Totterdown, Bristol. We are looking forward to hearing all about her healthy eating ideas and her experiences running her foody business. We’re also looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at the meeting and having a good old post Christmas catch-up.

Eat Your Greens will soon be running their own blog:

Knitting for End Hunger UK

Calling all knitters and craftivists!

End Hunger UK will be sending MPs knitted/crocheted food at the end of January, asking them to pledge to end hunger and poverty in their constituency. If they pledge, they will be tweeting the craftwork on their social media.

In support of the campaign, the national WI are looking for WI members to join others across the UK in making knitted foods. If you know anyone who might be able to help, please share this post with them.

If you want to use your knitting or crocheting skills to join #EndHungerUK in the fight against food poverty, find free patterns and more info at