About Bleadon WI

Welcome to the Bleadon WI blog where we will be able to keep you up to date with all the news and events going on at Bleadon WI

You will just need to log in regularly to catch up with us, and if you would like any stories, photos or events added just email the Bleadon WI committee at bleadonwi@hotmail.co.uk

Bleadon WI meets at the Coronation Hall, Coronation Road, Bleadon at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month, all are welcome.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

2017 Resolution


Please dont forget that the WI Life Magazine contains details about the 6 resolutions. After you have read the information go to page 44 to complete the form (photocopies are accepted)

There will be a large envelope at the December and January meetings for you to put your votes into.

Christmas Lunch Club


The Christmas Lunch Club will be meeting at the Bath Arms, Cheddar on Friday 16th December. Please dont forget to let Claire have your menu choices.

We're Having a Barn Dance!


Our Meeting on Thursday will be our final one before Christmas so we are having a Barn Dance! There will be photo's taken throughout the evening so be warned!

Don't forget there is a Secret Santa (value up to £2) so please remember to put your gifts in the sacks.

We will also be having a mince pie competition which, in true WI tradition will be judged and a prize will be awarded. Remember to put your 2 best pies on a plate (paper please) with your name clearly written on the underside.

As this is the last meeting before Christmas please remember your donations to the Food Bank. Whilst they have enough food for the Christmas hampers they have suggested that we donate non food items such as toiletries, feminine products and household items. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WOW WI - Trip to Cardiff Christmas Market


WOW WI will be taking a mini bus to Cardiff Christmas Market and Shops on Saturday 26th November leaving at 9am and returning at 4pm.

There are 2 spare seats on the minibus so if any of the Bleadon WI would like to join in please let us know ASAP. 

Details have also been emailed to all members.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Musicians wanted!


Following the Carol service on 9th December we will be going to the Queens Arms in Bleadon for our annual Carols at the Queens. If there are any musicians who feel they could accompany the carol singers please let us know as your help would be greatly appreciated.

Carol Service - Friday 9th December


We are looking for readers for our Carol Service on Friday 9th December 2016, 6.30pm at Bleadon Church.
If you would like to help please contact the Committee who will be able to give you a copy of the readings so you can be well rehearsed! 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Remembrance Day Service - Bleadon Church


Bleadon Church will be holding a Remembrance Day Service this Sunday at 10.15am. Hazel will be laying a wreath on behalf of Bleadon WI

Speed Crafting Thursday 10th November

At this Thursday's meeting we will be speed crafting!
Please make sure that you sign in and check your email address on the register

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Bleadon Harvest Festival

Age UK Volunteering Opportunity

Age UK Somerset are looking to train Tai Chi for Health leaders

Age UK are looking to train volunteers across the County in Somerset and North Somerset and support successful candidates to run classes in their Community on behalf of Age UK Somerset.

No previous experience is required although it would be an advantage, however, it would suit someone who has experienced Tai Chi or some form of exercise, Yoga or even amateur dramatics experience.  In return for the training a willingness to teach a regular class once a week, with their full support and supervision.

The form is called Shibashi and means 18 in Chinese.  It is easy to learn and the effects are amazing, helping to reduce Blood Pressure, improve balance, relaxes and improves feelings of wellbeing and the movements are slow and inclusive.


Being a volunteer with Age UK Somerset is very rewarding, as well as benefitting others it will benefit you too.  The classes are very sociable.  So if you fancy it, do get in touch with dianne.ramsay@ageuksomerst.org.uk or ring 01823 345626.

13th October - Pumpking Carving





Just a reminder that our next meeting will involve pumpkin carving! If you wish to take part you need to bring along a pumpkin that is hollowed out already and a sharp knife.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Christmas Markets Trip to Bruges, Brussels and Lille

There are some spaces available on this Christmas Market trip departing 5th December from Worcester. All the accommodation is 4* and the duration of the trip is 4 days for the price of £299.

The trip is being organised through the federation and if you want to go you should contact them before 25th July.

WI Walkers

The next walk will be a local one starting near the bridge on the A370 across the fields to Shiplate Road then on to Roman Road. If the weather is fine please bring a picnic!
The date of the walk is July 22nd - more information to follow.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Bleadon Belles Sing at the Inaugural Meeting of the new Avon Wood Group







The Bleadon Belles, winners of the NFWI Centenary Singing for Joy Competition, were delighted to be invited to sing at the inaugural meeting of the new Avon Wood Group, hosted by Saltford Afternoon WI on 21st June 2016 at Saltford Hall.  Starting with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem by both choir and audience, the choir interspersed songs with a history of their rapid journey from “Let’s start a choir!” to the Royal Albert Hall.  Choirmaster Andrew King conducted and they were accompanied by pianist Matthew Tilke.  The choir were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed staying on to the meeting which was very well supported.

CSGC Living Memory Project







The NFWI has been contacted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to invite WIs to get involved in its new Living Memory project which is running throughout Summer and Autumn 2016.  The Living Memory project is offering funding and resources to community groups to enable them to visit and remember those buried in local sites in the UK throughout the centenary of the Somme from 1July – 18 November 2016. 

Of the 300,000 war graves or commemorations that are cared for by the CWGC here in the UK 2,000 belong to women who died while serving in the two World Wars. The CWGC has produced resources to help WIs identify a CWGC site near them, do some research about some of those buried in that site and stage a commemorative event – in their own way and reflecting their own interests – to remember those who lost their lives in the 141 days of the Somme. 

If you are interested in this project please let Bleadon WI know.




Pottery Workshop 25th June 2016


Timsbury WI are hosting another pottery workshop on Saturday June 25th from 10-4pm. 

Our tutor is an experienced potter, Andrew, who will be enabling us to make the items shown on the attachment.  The cost for the day is £48 which is totally inclusive of tuition, materials, firing and finishing, cost of hire of the room.  We have a few spaces left which are being offered on a first come first served basis. Cheques (£48)  to be made payable to Timsbury WI will secure a place on the course (up to maximum numbers

WI Life - Colouring Feature

Have you or your WI tried adult colouring? Perhaps you’ve taken it up as a regular hobby?

Please could any members or WIs who have tried, or currently do, adult colouring get in touch with Hattie Parish fromWI Life at h.parish@nfwi.org.uk. She’d like to hear about your experiences – whether or not you enjoy it, what you get out of it, why you do it, etc., for a feature on the new craze.  

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Bleadon Belles

The Bleadon Belles will be entertaining members of Avon Wood WI Group on 21st June 2016, hosted by Saltford WI. The Belles will be singing some familiar songs and sharing the exciting story of their journey to the Albert Hall.

Well done to the Bleadon Belles for their continued success we are all very proud of you.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Weston Lions Race Night

On Thursday 28th July the Weston Lions Club will start the Real Ale Festival with a race night. many of the tables have already sold but Bleadon Wi is being offered on table of 10 at the cost of £275. The evening will include a three course meal and eight races throughout the evening.

If you would like to arrange a table please do so quickly as it looks like the event is going to be a sell out.

Handbags at Tiffany's?

David Plaister are hosting their latest charity event in aid of the Hospice at Tiffany's restaurant on the Grand Pier.

Their will be a large number of handbags to auction including a brand new Mulberry bag, handbags and memorabilia from the Three degrees and handbags which have been donated by Deborah Meaden and Lorraine Kelly, to name just a few.

The event takes place on Thursday 15th September at 7pm and tickets are £20, including an informal dinner. However, tickets are expected to sell quickly so please contact them on david@davidplaister.co.uk

June's Lunch Club

The next lunch club will be held on Friday 24th June at the White Horse Inn, Mark at 12.30pm.

The group will be leaving the Bleadon Hall Car park at 12 noon and copies of the menu are now available. Can you please sign up at the next monthly meeting if you want to join in?

Thank you for helping

Farrington Gurney WI have passed on their thanks to all who helped try to break 2GWr's in memory of Emma Welch. 31,082 daises were counted on the stage and they can confirm that 428 people is the most ever to crochet at the same time in the Forum.

Unfortunately they did not manage to achieve the largest number of people but the event will hopefully raise vital funds for Brain Tumour research over the coming months.

WI Supper Club - June



The next meeting of the Supper Club will be on the evening of 30th June at the Queens Arms, Bleadon.

Places are limited so please let Liz know if you want to come.

Bleadon Royal Birthday Picnic

Bleadon  is to hold it's Royal Birthday Picnic on Saturday 11th June, 11.30am - 3pm, in celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday.

The WI have been asked for volunteers to help on the day and we are looking for members who may be able to serve teas and coffees and man the Bouncy Castle. If you are interested can you please contact Michelle through the WI email?

WI Walkers



The WI's Walkers will be off on their next excursion on Friday 17th June. The trip will begin at Bishops Lydeard Station where they will take the steam train down the line to Crowcombe Heathfield.

The walkers will then journey through Crowcombe Village and stop for lunch at the Carew Arms before returning, on a slightly different route, back to Bishops Lydeard. The walk is approximately three and a half miles and is mostly country lanes and fields.

I understand fine weather has been ordered so it should be a lovely day!

June's WI Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday 9th June when we will be joined by Toby Pinn who will be talking to us about his job as an auctioneer and valuer.

If you have any old or unusual items you would like to show Toby can you please contact the committee as the number of items is limited.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Bleadon Belles in Concert with the Worle Wind Band





The Bleadon Belles had a fantastic night on Saturday 21st May.  They were the guests of the amazing Worle Wind Band at their Concert at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare.  The choir sang a selection of old and new songs, directed by Choirmaster Andy King and accompanied by Richard Lennox.  As a finale they joined the band with a beautiful version of Paul Mealor’s 'Wherever You Are', together with soprano Bev King, and a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs which raised the roof and received a standing ovation! 

Special thanks to Bleadon Village Market volunteers Rachel and Sheena, who together with Sandie from the Bleadon Players, did a fantastic job serving tea, coffee and cake in the interval.  

All profits from the concert will be going to the WI’s charity this year: the Diamond Jubilee Scanner Appeal for Weston Hospital.  A big thank you to those members who donated cake. 



Ladies Beginner Golf Academy - Burnham & Berrow



We have recently emailed members with details of ladies beginner golf sessions for 2016 running on either Monday evenings, Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

If you need further details please click on Sarah Burnell's logo at the top of the page for the link to her website.

Samaritans Urgently Need More Volunteers!



We have been contacted by the Samaritans who are looking for volunteers in Weston Super Mare;


'The Samaritan vision is for a society in which fewer people die by suicide, people are able to explore their feelings and are able to acknowledge and respect the feelings of others. Callers do not have to be suicidal to call Samaritans; indeed they aim to talk to people in distress to help them to make positives choices for themselves.' 

There are two information events for anyone interested in becoming a listening or support volunteer on Wednesday 25th May at 7pm and Saturday 4th June at 10am at the Samaritan Centre, 137a High Street, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1HN.

To confirm you are going to attend or for further details please call 01934 621240 and leave a message or email samaritansrecruitmentwsm@yahoo.com

Monday, 16 May 2016

Free Denman Day about Oral Health

Denman are offering a free day out to hear about oral health and denture care with demonstrations by former Great British Bake off contestant Holly Bell on Friday 1st July.

Application forms have already been emailed out to members however, if you need another one just email us and we will organise another.

Do you want to be on television?



New Talent Sought for WI Life Cover Girl




WI life are looking for new faces for their cover girl/member profiles. If you are a member with a great story, perhaps an unusual job, hobby or journey through life send a few words about yourself and a recent picture to wilife@nfwi.org.uk.

You will need to be available for an interview and a photographic shoot!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Would you like to be on the Radio?


BBC Radio 4's Charlotte Smith

BBC 4's Farming today, hosted by Charlotte Smith, is debating 'the Future of Food' on Friday 29th April 11am - 12pm to be broadcast the following day. Anyone in the audience can raise points or questions to the 3 finalists on the panel and the main thrust of the discussion will centre around the panelists who will be explaining what their visions of the future of food production are.

The discussion is taking place at the Orangery, College Green, Bristol. If you would like to book free tickets to this discussion you will need to register online just click on Charlotte's photo above and follow the link.

Collaborative Project with Salisbury Museum

WI Knitting Event

The NFWI is collaborating with Salisbury Museum offering 3 workshops in October 2016, (two on 12/10/2016 and one on 15/10/2016). WI members are invited to knit and stitch spoons, inspired by the museum collection, the spoons will then be dipped in porcelain and exhibited in the museum in early 2017.

The cost of the workshop is £5 and includes all materials and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased direct from the museum on 0172233151 quoting "the Knitted Event"

Monday, 18 April 2016

More Midwives Survey

All Bleadon WI members have been forwarded an email relating to the More Midwives Campaign. Attached is a survey relating to the maternity experiences of women who have given birth in England and Wales in 2014 or later.

If you fit the criteria please take a minute to complete the survey which will inform how the NHS maternity reforms are implemented in the future.

Craft Club

The next craft club meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th April 2pm - 4.30pm at Jane Derricks House. The meeting will include planning projects including making WI bunting for use at our various events.

There will be tea and cake as well as an enjoyable afternoon.

Supporting ACWW

Hats and scarves created by Bleadon WI Member 
Take a look at these lovely knitted hats and scarves, created by a Bleadon WI Member to support the vital work of ACWW. They will be for sale a the ACWW triennial meeting in Warwickshire in August. If you want to know more about the ACWW click on the photo to follow the link to their web page. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Lunch at Yeo Valley Canteen and Tour of Aldwick Court Vineyard

On Tuesday 12th July the Trips Committee has organised lunch at the Yeo Valley Canteen followed by a tour of Aldwick Court Vineyard starting at 3pm. The cost of the tour, including tasting of 3 wines is £15 per person. The cost of the lunch is dependant upon your choice of menu and is payable to the Yeo Valley Canteen on the day

Please let the Clare Bracewell or Tracy Honour know if you are interested

The Railway Children at the Bishops Palace, Wells

On Sunday 26th June our very busy trips ladies are organising a visit to  the Bishops Palace in Well to see The Railway Children. The trip will include a tour of the gardens at 3pm before the outside theatre performance starts at 6pm.

The cost of the trip is £21, which does not include transport. However, Tracy Honour needs to confirm numbers so can you please let her know if you wish to go

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Axbridge Cinema



Our very busy Trips Committee have some very interesting events planned for the forthcoming months. The first of these trips is to the Roxy Cinema in Axbridge on Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm.

This Trip in now full but please let Claire Bracewell know if you wish to be added to the waiting list

42nd Annual Spring Show

The annual Bleadon Horticultural Society Show will be held on Saturday 12th March with the doors opening at 2.30pm.
Schedules are available from the Post Office and any classes can be entered for the princely sum of 10p but the forms must be completed by 4.30pm on Thursday 10th March.
If you have a talent for Bowl or Pot Culture, Cut Flowers, Floral Exhibits, Handicrafts or Homecrafts or feel like making a victoria sandwich why not enter?

March WI Meeting

Our next WI meeting is this Thursday at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall. We are very luck to have a guest speaker, Kevin Shore, who will be talking to us about healthy eating and why fab diets don't work!
Please remember to bring donations for the food bank collection, book and produce table and any used stamps or ink cartridges.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

This Thursday is Bleadon WI's 7th Birthday Meeting!!!!

Thursday 11th February will be the WI's 7th Birthday meeting at the Coronation Hall starting at 7.30pm. To start the evening is style we will be having a "Bollywood" demonstration and members will be invited to join in, so bring your dancing shoes!

Just a quick reminder that we will be wearing our green hearts to show support for climate change, spares are available at the meeting.

Interested in Croquet or Boules?





The Weston Super Mare Croquet Club, who are based in Bleadon, have informed us that the new season is about to start and there are places for new members. If you are interested or want to find out further details you can click on the image to follow the link. 

Details of Next Lunch Club

The next lunch club will be held at The Dolphin, Uphill on Friday 26th February at 12.30pm. Places can be reserved by speaking to Janice.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Tea & Tents


Tickets for Tea & Tents went on sale today! If you want to attend the WI camping weekend click on the tea and tents image to be directed to the ticket sales page, although you may have to be quick the tickets seem to be selling really quickly.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Bleadon WI Program for 2016

Programe for 2016
  • March 10th - Kevin Shaw ' Healthy Eating and why fad diets don't work'.

  • April 14th - Bread Making Demonstration

  • May 12th - Resolution Speaker (To Be Confirmed)

  • June 9th -  Toby Pinn, Clevedon Auction Rooms, Antiques Roadshow Auctioneer

  • July 8th - Shaun McCormack, Bodyguard to HRH Queen Elizabeth

  • August - Summer Party (Details to Follow)

  • September 8th - Passion for Pearls

  • October 13th - AGM and Pumpkin Carving

  • November 10th - Speedcrafting

  • December 8th - Christmas Party