September Meeting: More Than Chocolate!

This month we welcome local author Fiona Joseph, whose talk will celebrate the unrecognised contribution of Cadbury women workers to the war effort on the Home Front during the first world war. Her stories of female empowerment and female-led initiatives were discovered while researching into the Cadbury Archives at Bournville, and inspired her novel ‘Comforts for the Troops’.

Sunday 9 September 15:00-17:00; St Columba Church Hall, Moseley

August Meeting: WI Does Bollywood!

For our August meeting we will be learning to Bhangra like a star, for those a little less energetic there is a chance to get creative with Mehendi and of course there will be samosas.

As this is our summer session we have decided to open the event up to children under 10, however please be aware that will be your responsibility throughout the meeting. As usual the session is free to members and £5 for visitors.

This session is open for women and children only.

Sunday 12 August 15:00-17:00; St Columba Church Hall, Moseley Village

May Meeting: A Food Tour of Birmingham


Rhiannon Simpson, founder of the Birmingham food tour shall invite the WI on a delicious tale of the city’s rich history with food and drink.

We shall anchor some of our favourite delights to home grown stories from not only Birmingham but the Moseley/ Balsall Heath area. Bring a hunger for heritage, chatter and tasty nibbles.

If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know in advance so that we can try to accommodate for these.

Free for members/ £5 for non-members

Sunday 13 May 15:00-17:00; St Columba Church Hall, Moseley Village

April Meeting: Pretty Political

Join us for some feminist badge-making with Pretty Political. We’ll be shrinking plastic to make our designs, so come along and have a go!

This will be a really great way to meet people whilst learning a new craft activity – as always, tea and cake will be provided, and there will be time to chat to, and get to know people.

Jorine Beck is the Birmingham-based Dutch political artist behind Pretty Political. She loves to give people food for thought without dictating what they should think. Working with contrasts, metaphors and symbols allows her to create critical illustrations around global themes, but also leaves the necessary space for interpretation and nuance. You can learn more about Pretty Political here:

Free for Members/£5 non-members. Sunday 8 April, 15:00 at St Columba’s Church

March Meeting: Women and Politics – A Talk with Kerry Jenkins

We’re delighted to get councillor Kerry Jenkins in to talk to us about being a woman in politics at the end of International Women’s Week this March.

Kerry has been a councillor for Hall Green Ward since May 2014. Although a qualified Social Worker, she chose a different career path and has worked for Unite the union as a trade union campaigner for the last 18 years. She is a champion of young people and is passionate about the need for opportunities to ensure young people’s voices are heard. In recognition of her work, Kerry was appointed as Birmingham’s first official youth champion in June 2015.

Come along to what will be a fascinating talk on women, campaigning and politics.

Free for members/£5 non-members. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Sunday 11 March, 15:00-17:00, St Columba’s Church, Chantry Road

2018 Programme

Here is the upcoming programme for our 2018 WI sessions. Detailed information and any update/changes will be distributed via Facebook, email and website closer to the time!

February 11th 2018 
Why Women Will save the Planet
​​Women’s environmental community action with the Real Junk Food Project and Birmingham Friends of the Earth.

March 11th 2018 
​It’s a Women’s Issue 
Jess Phillips MP talks about women and politics followed by a Q &A session

April ​8th 2018 
Pretty Political
​​A feminist approach to craft with Birmingham’s finest Jorine Beck.

May​​ 13th 2018 
Virtual Food Tour
​​Sample the rich food heritage of Birmingham

June​ 10th 2018 
Women at War
Exploring female stereotypes in times of conflict.

July​​ 8th 2018
Summer Picnic @ Highbury Orchard
Find out about the work of Friends of Highbury and share a picnic​!

August​ 12th 2018 
Bollywood in the park
​​Come and throw some moves! Children welcome. Also mehndi workshops in the hall.

September 9th 2018
​​Up the workers!
Find out about the history of Women factory workers in Birmingham

Oct​​ober 14th 2018
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Practical session including the making of Jams, chutneys, cordials, syrups and liqueurs! This session will also include our AGM

Nov​​ember 11th 2018 
Let’s do the show right here!
​​Come and release your inner diva through musical theatre

Dec​​ember 9th 2018
Christmas Crafts

Why Women Will Save the Planet – 11 February 15:00-17:00

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Climate change disproportionately affects women around the world, and they are essential to the fight against environmental injustice. Birmingham Friends of the Earth will explore the relationship between feminism and the environment and look at the part we can play locally to address global issues. We will hear about their current campaigns on air pollution, waste and climate change as well as taking action as part of the Climate Coalition’s Show the Love campaign.

We will also be finding out more about The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham.

For those who enjoy craft, we will be sharing materials and methods to make green hearts as part of the Show the Love campaign – please bring along any green yarn, fabric, beads, paper etc to share with other members.

The cost is £5 for non-members, free for members.