Westbury Park WI says 'Come and join us!'

April 28 2017

Westbury Park Women’s Institute - or the WI as it is usually known - meet once a month at the newly renovated Redland Church Halls on Redland Green. These sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30 pm with tea, coffee or wine and this friendly group of women are keen for more to join them.

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Westbury Park Women’s Institute - or the WI as it is usually known - meet once a month at the newly renovated Redland Church Halls on Redland Green. These sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30 pm with tea, coffee or wine and this friendly group of women are keen for more to join them.

Sue Wyatt-Jones, President of Westbury Park WI, has been inspired by the ability the WI has to make decisions on subjects that impact on people’s lives. 

Sue said: “I was always intrigued as to what the WI was and did before I joined. 

“The WI has national resolutions and each year any WI can put forward resolutions. The ones we are voting on this year are ‘Alleviating Loneliness’ and doing something about the ‘Microplastic Soup’ in the ocean. 

“The WI were the first society that gave women in England the democratic vote and they also voted on having midwives and women-only centres. They have been very instrumental in putting things in place that we take for granted these days and are led by the members interests.”

Westbury Park WI has a membership of around 40 women and usually attract about 20 people on a regular evening. Nordic walking, a fashion evening and a chocolate tasting are all events planned for the next few months.

Fiona Wisloff is a recent convert and has become a keen member: “Some of my friends were coming to the WI and I was tempted to come along when there was a burlesque evening. I had a great evening and thought why not come and do this. I would have come earlier if I’d have known that it was going to be so much fun.

“With the resolutions it’s a bit like joining a union that has the same value as yourself. And being able to make use the new facilities at the Redland Green Halls gives us a great base.”

Each WI supports their own chosen charity and Westbury Park WI is committed to helping Bristol charity One25

 One25 reaches out to women trapped in street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. Each year they help many women to access health services, therapy, and treatment for addiction, to find safe housing, reduce offending, get back into education or training, volunteer themselves and find other work.  

The next WI meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd - come along!