Gloucester Road WI welcomes new members for 2019

November 27 2018

A LOCAL WI group is welcoming new members in January 2019, with the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying a range of talks and activities.

Gloucester Road WI meet on the third Tuesday of every month at St Andrews Bowling Club on Derby Road.  As well as enjoying traditional crafts and baking, the group offers much more than the usual jam and Jerusalem stereotype, and their meetings are also attended by local, national and international speakers. Past talks include the Prevention of Torture by UN member Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, Tom Hovey on his Great British Bake Off illustrations and Anna Freeman, poetry slam champion and writer on her award winning novel, The Fair Fight.

There is also the opportunity for members to get involved in a wide range of fun activities, such as wine, gin, beer and chocolate tasting sessions run by local artisans, plus Bollywood dancing and yoga. Each month they have an update on the group’s current campaigns, projects, clubs, as well as local and national WI news. And of course, there’s also a chance to catch up with other members over a cuppa or a glass or two!

The WI group are actively involved in fundraising for local charities. Members have completed the Three Peaks Challenge, jumped out of planes and run cake stalls for local events, raising over £21,000 in six years.

They also campaign on relevant issues, and every year the WI vote and take action on a resolution at a national level. This year, they are looking to tackle micro bead pollution and the stigma of loneliness.

Discussing the work of Gloucester Road WI, President Alison Bingham said: "Joining Glos Road WI was initially for me about community. Despite living in the area for many years I didn't really feel I was connected to it in any way. I didn't really know anyone locally and felt I wanted to be involved in something that offered variety of events to a variety of people, and got me out of the house in the evenings. 

“The Glos Rd WI really does offer something for everyone, not just in the monthly meeting but in the spin off groups, and if there isn't one you can suggest one. I initially joined as a member but after a couple of years I took on the role of President – I think I now only realise what a privilege this position is. Our WI is a real reflection of our local area. Just like the Gloucester Road we are a great mix of lots of interesting, vibrant things."

All women are welcome to join Glos Road WI, and they will be open for new members from the first meeting of 2019, which is taking place on Tuesday, January 15. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Membership costs £42 for the year but you can come to a meeting as a guest for £5 before deciding to join.

For more information about Gloucester Road WI, follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gloucesterroadwi  visit their website: gloucesterroadwi.org or email: info@gloucesterroadwi.org