Brislington WI was re-formed in May 2013, and officially launched in September 2013.We are nearly 6 years old now!

Brislington WI meet every third Tuesday of the month @ Arnos Manor Hotel at 7:30.

As a WI member, you will enjoy a varied programme that is chosen by Brislington WI. Every member can contribute ideas to the annual programme of speakers, activities and events – the options are only limited by your imagination!  Brislington WI holds eleven meetings every year and you can also get involved in the various regional and national level events and activities.
Brislington WI also holds extra fun events such as garden parties & trips to the theatre! 

Of the £41.00  annual membership fee, £20.00 is retained by Brislington WI and the remainder goes towards running the NFWI (National Federation of Women's Institutes) and the AFWI (the Avon Federation, our umbrella local organisation). This amount unfortunately does not cover our operating expenses here in Brislington (virtually all of which go on hotel room rental and speakers' fees or expenses) and we have to make extra through raffles and sales tables at the monthly meetings, refreshment sales and occasional external fundraising events.

 THE DDG  (Durdham Down sub group)
Brislington WI is partnered with Westbury Park, Gloucester Road, WIRed (based at Redfield), Blaise and Clifton WI to form the Durdham Down Group. Member WIs take it in turns to host Group meetings twice a year.


Denman offers a wide variety of day and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle. Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, in Oxfordshire, the Georgian mansion and seventeen acres of grounds provide the pitch perfect atmosphere for learning. 


With over 500 day and residential courses to choose from, across our cookery, craft and lifestyle options, Denman offers one of the widest ranges of short courses in the UK. There may be similar courses on offer that cost less, but they also offer less, and come without the sheer comfort and hidden delights of the Denman experience. 

Choose from day schools or two to four night residential courses, presided over by tutors with vast experience in their field and a passion for imparting their knowledge to others. Courses range from novice to experienced. Everyone is welcome — men and women, members and non-members. We also cater for groups or friends or hen parties looking for something a bit different. There’s even a range of cookery courses for families, so the smaller members of the family can get hands on. There are regular class reunion events that enable you to stay in touch with the friends you’re sure to make on a Denman course.

The top-of-the-range suite of rooms that make up The Studios has every possible facility and resource for our students, from user-friendly computer workstations to purposed art and craft workshops, and our bright and comfortable lecture theatres have full audio-visual facilities. Facilities for disabled students are also readily available. Throughout the year we feature special events, such as our famed Jam Festival, and guest speakers, including renowned authors and chefs. 

The WI Cookery School can accommodate thirteen students at a time, each with their own comprehensively appointed cooking bay, fitted with the latest in technology from British appliance manufacturer Stoves and a full range of equipment. There is also a choice of gas or electric hobs, so students can use the heat source they’re most familiar with at home. The WI Cookery School staff pre-prepares all ingredients, so students can spend more time cooking and less time chopping or weighing out.

At Denman, we think of everything. All you have to think about… is learning. 

This is a link to a Dropbox folder containing all of Brislington WI's monthly meeting minutes. Enjoy!

In it's time, Brislington itself has seen neolithic humans, Roman villas, medieval pilgrimages, delftware pottery and enough Robertson's marmalade and Tarr's ice cream to sink a battleship! In Victorian times it was known as "the prettiest village in Somerset", something you may find difficult to believe if all you know of Brislington are the rush hour traffic jams on Bath Road! Brislington WI is one of the groups working to bolster community spirit in this unassuming corner of Bristol; for more information on other community work in the area visit Brislington Community Partnership.



 122 years ago, the Women's Institute movement was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada by Adelaide Hoodless.

The movement brought women from isolated communities together and offered training in home economics, child care and those aspects of farming that were traditionally done by women, such as poultry keeping and small farm animal husbandry.

Eighteen years later, in 1915, the WI movement started in Britain. During the First World War it was formed to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.

The photograph below shows the original members of Stoney Creek WI.