A very Happy New Year to all! May 2020 bring you health, love and happiness!
Bradley Stoke WI would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas!
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.
Following discussions at our last meeting, some members may be thinking of making hats, gloves etc. for The Mission to Seafarers. Here is the link to their website if anyone would like to see their simple, free knitting patterns. https://www.missiontoseafarers.org/at-church/knitting
We started the party season early this year, by spending a very enjoyable few hours at the Aztec Hotel. Last week’s leisurely lunchtime social, kicked off with a seasonal flower arranging demo and practical crafting session, which was then followed by a very nice Christmassy lunch. Many thanks to Angela for arranging this lovely outing 🙂
Quite a number of Bradley Stoke WI ladies and their family members attended the nice rememberance service at The Willowbrook Centre, Bradley Stoke, yesterday. Our President, Sue, laid a lovely poppy wreath, hand-made by one of our members. Here is a picture of Sue with the Mayor and below are a few other pictures of tributes laid in rememberance of the heros who fought for us all during the wars.
The Lady Denman Cup competition has now been judged at national level. Bradley Stoke WI were not lucky enough to win a national prize. However, we are very proud to have been able to represent the Avon Federation in the competition, as both entries put forward by Avon were written by Bradley Stoke WI members.
If you would like to read our two competition entries, then please click on the links below. Both pieces of writing describe an imaginative, potential future scientific invention.
Marion Rowlands has written about a wonderous help mechanism for those suffering from memory loss and Helen Doulton has written, as if from 2050, about the potential of an ’emotion detector’.
Today was our Annual General Meeting, which was very successful and resulted in us now having a committee of nine ladies. Eight are continuing to serve from 2018/19 and one is brand new. We’d like to welcome Tina on board and look forward to working with her over the coming year.
A huge ‘Thank you’ is offered to Pauline, who has single-handedly made a beautiful poppy wreath on behalf of the group, which will be laid at the Bradley Stoke War Memorial next month. For further information about the war memorial, please see the link: https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/168173
Unfortuately the featured picture, taken on a phone, is a little blurred, but I hope it’s clear enough for you all to see that every poppy has been expertly knitted in a fabulously bright red yarn.
After the serious business of the meeting was concluded, we enjoyed a very tricky, cryptic quiz; all about sweets!
A lovely outing was organised for our members last week, full of adventures around Bristol Harbourside and the M-Shed. A big ‘thank you’ to Angela, for suggesting and organising a very enjoyable day. Here are a few phone snap reminders…
Thank you, Ian. A great presentation and my goodness… you are so knowledgeable on your topic! I’m sure you will have inspired some of us to visit the SS Great Britain again after a long absense, or perhaps for the first time.