Yarn Club – Meets 1st Tuesday of each month – Venue variable in members’ homes
Yarn Club Co-ordinator S.B. & L.C. Yarn Club meets 1st Tuesday of each month, with members hosting the meetings, we have a chat and a cup of tea. This group focuses on learning to crochet and knitting more complex stitch patterns during the winter.
Recently this group has adapted to the problems of the Covid-19 Pandemic by creating a section on Facebook where members access tutorials to learn to crochet.
We have a dedicated Facebook page for the group members. We have vacancies for new members, so please apply on the Facebook page.
Book Club – meets 3rd Tuesday of each month – venue variable in members’ homes - and during this Covid-19 epidemic we have met using virtual media.
Book Club. Co-ordinator L.R. This group enables members to read books of a genre that they have previously overlooked. The monthly host chooses the book to be discussed at the following months meeting, There is always an interesting discussion on the content. We have dedicated Facebook page for the Book Club members. If you are interested in joining, please apply on the facebook page.
Book list this year:
Love, Iris written by Elizabeth Noble
Once Upon A River written by Diane Setterfield
A Woman Is No Man written by Etaf Rum
Him & Me written by Michael & Jack Whitehall
The Thornbirds written by Colleen McCullough
Educated written by Tara Westover.
You Left Early written by Louisa Yung
The Secrets Between Us written by Louise Douglas
Meeting via Facebook
Cinema & Film Club – No fixed day or date or time
Cinema Club. Co-ordinator L.C. & S.B. This is a very flexible group. The idea is that if a member wishes to go to see a film at the cinema, then she posts the information: Name of film, Cinema, Day and Time. Then if any other members of the group wish to also go and see the film, they can go together. Much nicer than going on one’s own. If you are interested in joining, please apply on the facebook page.
More recently this group has adapted to the problems of the Covid-19 Pandemic by watching a specific film from home during self isolation, then coming together on Facebook to write their comments/reviews.
During this Covid-19 epidemic, this group has widened it's activities to watching films on the TV, using Netflix and BBC iPlayer, also accessing streaming live from YouTube to watch the British National Theatre .
Theatre Club – No fixed day or date or time
Theatre Club. Co-ordinator P. O. This is a very flexible group. Totally dependent upon what is being staged at theatres in Bristol such as; The Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres or other venues. Our last trip was to see The Lion King on stage at the Hippodrome, we had a fantastic time!
Upcoming theatre visits are CANCELLED due to Covid-19
Crafty Club. New! This is so NEW! This is indeed HOT Press!
Crafty Club Co-ordinator T.L. After the Pandemic our Crafty Club will be meeting once every quarter [3 months] to spend a little more quality time at the weekend working on a specific craft. This is HOT news, so keep watching for further information.
Crafty Club. Co-ordinator T.L. Discussions are still developing for this new club, so it will be something quite new! Who knows what we'll be doing, but we won't be knitting! Please keep an eye on the main Downend WI Facebook page for information. Then, if you are interested in joining this new sub-group, please apply on the facebook page
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