Ten-year celebration for Malago women who do so much more than make jam

October 26 2018
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MEMBERS of Malago WI are celebrating their 10th anniversary by throwing open their doors to a taster evening on Wednesday November 28. Anyone curious about what the WI get up is to is welcome at an evening of arts and crafts, tea and cakes and the chance to meet some new friendly people.

Pictured top: members at a crafts evening. Below, cakes made for Bristol Pride this summer

Pride cakes made by Malago WI

MEMBERS of Malago WI are celebrating their 10th anniversary by throwing open their doors to a taster evening on Wednesday November 28. Anyone curious about what the WI get up is to is welcome at an evening of arts and crafts, tea and cakes and the chance to meet some new friendly people.

Malago Women's Institute was started in October 2008 by friends Karen Bowers and Lottie Storey, who met while pregnant. Keen to keep up their friendship, they decided to form Malago WI to provide a focus for women to meet each month, learn new skills, make friends and generally have a jolly time. 

Bolstered by eight other founders, the group has blossomed and welcomed many speakers and activities over the past decade.

Malago is part of the wider Federation of Women’s Institutes which has over 220,000 members in 6,300 groups. In October The WI celebrated 100 years of campaigns to support and empower women. WI resolutions have often been ahead of their time covering a range of social policy, health, food, education environment and international causes. Recent campaigns have included Make Time for Mental Health, End Plastic Soup, Food Matters and Alleviating Loneliness.

Malago WI members range from new mums and busy working women to retirees and grandmothers drawn from Southville, Bedminster, as well as Totterdown and Brislington. 

Members meet on the last Wednesday of the month (apart from December) from 8-10pm in the Bedminster Methodist Church, British Road, Bedminster BS3 3BW.

Over the past year there have been talks and demonstrations on: fermentation, adventures in science, sugar crafting, keeping bees, tea tasting, women’s health and wellbeing, campaigning against plastics in our oceans and hand sewing. In the summer members were out and about with special trips to the Spicery on Feeder Road, a guided walk around the old city as well as taking a stall at the Pride Festival running kite-making workshops and selling homemade cakes.

Next year’s programme will include an insight into reiki, embroidery in couture fashion and behind the scenes at the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  

To find out more, email Avril Baker at avril@abc-pr.co.ukor call 0117 977 2002 or 0780 395 4120. The group is also on Facebook.

www.malagowi.co.uk