2015 meetings

January – Brains and beauty

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 13.26.32‘Brains and beauty’ underlies the work of Kath Roberts, interior designer, and explores the relationship between creativity and technology in the world of design. At our January meet she will be using a room she recently created at the Chapel boutique hotel as her case study, explaining the process behind the design as well as how the ideas can be adapted for everyday living. Kath will also be bringing along the new Spring interior colours for those wanting to be ahead of the trend!

Kath began her career in theatre design before setting up a company called ‘Whirlygig – Learning Through Laughter’, which put on educational productions for children. With this she toured throughout South Africa for 9 years and the company was invited to entertain Nelson Mandela on his 79th birthday! A definite claim to fame!

Back in the UK Kath set up Inside Interior Ltd in 2003. She has worked on many commercial interior design projects including cafes/restaurants in the Tower of London, the Science Museum, Barbican cafe and Thermae Bath Spa. More recently she designed the window for Duo Boots in Bath as well as London and Edinburgh. If you get a chance, go and have a look before she transforms it from its festive guise to its new spring colours.


February – SANDS 

logoSANDS is a national charity working with anyone who has been affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. They provide help via telephone lines, an online forum, website information or through one of their 104 local groups. Here in Bath there is a group based at the RUH. Volunteers, often with personal experience, help families through a devasting time in their lives.

Frances Liardet, a Frome WI member and SANDS volunteer, will talk about the work of the national charity before looking at the setting up of the local branch in 2011 by Ceri and Chris Shaw. She discuss how bereaved parents are supported and talk briefly about fundraising.

If you would like more information on their work, take a look at their website – www.uk-sands.org


March – Chiropractor

oc-chiropractorZach McAllister is a Doctor of Chiropractic working at the Apthorp Centre in Weston, Bath. As well as general spine health he also specialises in chiropractic care for babies and pregnant women. He holds the title of Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner, which means he has a wealth of knowledge in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all extremity joints. He is a passionate sportsman and understands the specific musculoskeletal movement patterns involved in many different sports.

He will be talking about back health and care of joints. Zach is very happy to take questions, but you’ll be relieved to know that there will be no manipulation on the night!


April – Suffragette militancy and local activism

Dr June Hannam is a retired professor of Modern British History. She has written three books with a focus on socialism and feminism in Britain 1880 – 1920. She is co-chair and treasurer of the west of England and South Wales Women’s History Network and helps to organise the Larkhall History Society.
Before we all march to the polling stations in May, hear about the development of suffragette militancy before the First World War. Why were women attracted to the Women’s Social and Political Movement and what did militancy mean to them? After a discussion of the national campaign  the talk will focus on suffragettes in Bath and Batheaston. What can a local study tell us about the movement as a whole and the meaning of suffrage politics for those who took part?
If you can, please wear the suffragette colours of purple, green and white. There is a story that these are an acronym for Give Women Votes – green, white, violet. However the colours signify dignity (purple), purity (white) and hope (green).


May – Writing from Life

smallerushomepagewebsitepossible1333Alex and Jude have been running Writing Events Bath since 2009. They offer sessions in Bath Central Library for both beginner and experienced writers and run events in local bookshops, cafes and community venues with visiting authors, publishers and agents. They have organised charity events and led workshops for the Bath Literary Festival. They love to bring writers together for support and encouragement. To find out more have a look on www.writingeventsbath.co.uk

 ‘Get Writing’ – using prompts and tips, Alex and Jude will help you find your creative voice with fun writing exercises. No previous writing experience is necessary but please bring a pen and paper!


June – croquet

486-166We’ve been invited for a fun croquet session at the Bath Croquet club on the Rec, so mallets at the ready! There will be a short talk about the game and then the opportunity to play. All equipment will be provided but please wear flat-soled shoes.
The first croquet tournament in Bath was held on 19th September 1896. Eight Lawns (courts in those days) were laid out on the Lansdown Cricket Ground in Combe Park Road. The Tournament moved to the New Recreation Ground in 1899, and continued until 1948. The Bath Croquet Club was re-formed in 1976.
It now plays on four full-sized lawns on Bath Recreation Ground and has around 90 members of all ages. It is a friendly club and in addition to running competitions, has a number of social events throughout the year. It is well equipped with huts for every lawn, and a ‘kitchen hut’. Newcomers, whether beginners or not, are always welcome. The Club has qualified coaches and is keen to give tuition to those wishing to try their hand at the game. Mallets can be borrowed from the club.
And if you can’t wait until June then why not go to the Croquet Club open day on Sunday 9th May from 10.30. Everyone welcome, though flat-soled shoes are compulsory, and there’s tea and cake!


July – the Bath WI ‘in the garden party’

P1040829After 2014’s wonderful July evening of floaty frocks, fabulous food and music from the Pramaphone, we’re hoping to do it all over again!

The July meeting will take place around our amazing WI bed in the Botanical Gardens, Victoria Park. The Gardening Group will be there to explain and educate, as well as show off their fantastic work. This year have a look at the WI centenary rose, and to celebrate the WI’s centenary, please come dressed from your favourite period of the last 100 years (if that’s 2015, that’s fine!).

Please come to the top gate of the Botanical Gardens (near the Interpretation Centre) from 7.30pm where we will be waiting with a glass of something fizzy and to point you towards the Bath WI garden. We are asking members to bring sharing plates so there should be plenty of food.


August – no meeting


September – tbc

rHZ8yiSbBen Howlett MP will tell us about his experiences as a new MP (not party political).





October – pumpkin carving

imagesSarah Lowden, ex-President and pumpkin carver extraordinaire, will instruct us on how to create a Hallowe’en masterpiece!




November – belly dancing

belly-dancerJoin Wafaa Powell to learn about belly dancing and give it a go!





December –  quiz evening

IamWI - 29Back by popular demand, the WI quiz night! And this time with mulled wine and festive nibbles – what a way to end the year!

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