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.

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.