Is anyone interested in a Christmas do over in Bristol?

(259 Posts)
MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 21:29:57

If so, let me know and we can arrange

MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 22:15:25


FreckledLeopard Wed 03-Oct-12 22:16:16

I'm moving to Southville at the end of this month and don't know a soul in Bristol. Moving from London for work. Have DD (11). Would love to come to a meet-up/Christmas event and get to know people smile

MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 22:18:20

Well, there's a start!!

Welcome to Bristol.grin

I'm in Bristol, count me in smile

MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 22:27:16

<rubs hands together>

Well, this is better than I dared hope!

oldsilver Wed 03-Oct-12 22:34:18

Another one - yes please smile

MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 22:44:55


MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 23:37:42

Bumping for the night crowd!grin

MrsWembley Thu 04-Oct-12 08:48:11

And bumping for the morning crowd.grin

FundusCrispyPancake Thu 04-Oct-12 08:51:34

Oi be frum Bristle.

MrsWembley Thu 04-Oct-12 08:58:05

Welcome Fundus, good to hear from you! I hope you like a paaaaarty?

Spero Thu 04-Oct-12 09:37:45

Helloooo Mrs Wembley. Not sure I approve of this as surely this is taking valuable time away from your reading? But I would be up for a meeting - freckledLeopard, I am southville, whereabouts are you? I am near Dame Emily Park and the swimming pool.

M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 12:00:07

Waves and says hello......I would be interested....

MrsWembley Thu 04-Oct-12 12:56:15

grin@ Spero, and thank-you for joining us! I was wondering if any of yous guys would notice my little thread. But you'll be pleased to know I'm doing this in between reading...

<crosses fingers behind back and wanders off whistling>

And thank-you too for joining us, M44. Pleased to meet yousmile

FreckledLeopard Thu 04-Oct-12 13:22:35

I'm moving to Upton Road at the end of the month. Not sure where it's near as I really don't know the area! Please tell me lots of nice things about it!

Spero Thu 04-Oct-12 15:26:05

North street and the Tabacco factory are great - we can walk to SS great Britain and the arnolfini in 15 mins. ashton court is beautiful and a great place to walk the dog. I am going to a v interesting sounding debate between Christopher hitchens and Howard Marks at the Arnolfini at end of October!

I do miss London but I could never afford to live there and have a much better quality of life in Bristol.

Count me in! I live up the Glocker.

An' I

freetoanyhome Thu 04-Oct-12 17:10:30

where n when? Somewhere central cos of buses

MrsWembley Thu 04-Oct-12 22:45:15

Right, this makes 10 of us now! Is that a party yet?

Actually, two people can make a party if they're the right people and god only knows, Mumsnetters are always the right people for a party.grin

freeto Until we know if there's going to be lots or just a few of us, I don't want to look into venues, although I have a couple of places in mind. Walking distance from the centre ok?

And could people put in their thoughts about whether they'd want a few canapes, a buffet or something sit down-ish?

Or just a couple of bottles of gin put behind the bar...

apismalifica Fri 05-Oct-12 14:18:01

Hello MrsWembly and all! What a treat to find this post. I'm moving to Bristol soon, looks like it's a very friendly place with loads going on. Wish I could join you but doubt I'll be there as soon as Christmas, more like next Summer. Have a good party smile

xkcdfangirl Fri 05-Oct-12 18:36:14

Of course! What a good idea.

EwanHoozami Fri 05-Oct-12 18:47:44

Oh YES please!

apis are you moving from somewhere close enough that you can come join us and we can regale you on the joys of Brizole for the evening?

BobblyOrangeGoldGussets Fri 05-Oct-12 18:54:54

I would like it as long as we aren't going clubbing or to one of loud pumping music bars where you can't have a nice sit down and a chat.

<old bag turned 40 in August>

I am in Portishead and I know Dolcegusto is here too.

Can I come please?

freetoanyhome Fri 05-Oct-12 19:35:32

anywhere close to bus stops/taxi ranks and, just to be fussy, wheelchair friendly. Pub with food?

How about the Chinese restaurant near New Bridewell police station then The Lanes? Then people could go to one or both?

Which Chinese is that, Shanghai Nights? Now MsIng just because you're a student now, what's with all the dancing? If I can stay awake long enough <older gimmer than bobbly>, I always like a bit of a dance.

That's the puppy! Depending on the night there might not be dancing maybe a live band?

MrsWembley Sat 06-Oct-12 22:28:45

Hello all you newcomers, too many to mentiongrin

I don't know about anybody else, but I wasn't thinking about a clubshock I'm too old for all that and anyway, I don't want to get arrested for punching a student...

Depending on how many of us there will be, we could either occupy the corner of a large-ish pub (the bar at the Avon Gorge Hotel springs to mind, lovely view but I haven't been there in a while and the service used to be questionable) or we could hire a room above/below (The Quadrant and The Hop House in Clifton are the sort of thing I'm thinking of - both have rooms and could do food).

I also don't fancy being too close to the centre on a weekend night. I remember what it used to be like and I imagine it hasn't changed much since my DCs arrived and put a kibosh on my social life.

If anyone has suggestions then please tell me and I'll put it all together and we can have a civilised discussion argument about the best place to go.grin

Spero Sun 07-Oct-12 11:54:52

I didn't like clubs when I was young and carefree so I imagine I would really hate them now. Like the idea of a room with food and then the young happy ones could go off after to dance and take drugs and the older misanthropes could go home muttering.

freetoanyhome Sun 07-Oct-12 12:03:40

i just need to be close to buses cos i live miles out of the centre

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 14:54:19

If there's one thing Clifton is good for, it's buses.wink

And for those who don't know me, I was joking about punching students...

<shakes head>

<nods head and winks>

<shakes head>

AbigailAdams Sun 07-Oct-12 15:08:03

Ooh I'd be up for this too (depending on when it is - possible childcare issues in evenings).

I'm with Spero. Neve liked clubs when I was younger. Last time I was in one I managed not to punch a student but it was a close run thing wink

Clifton would not be a preferred location for me as it means four buses which makes it all rather hard work. I would prefer somewhere central. Also if you're thinking of booking a room MrsW, you might find quite a lot of places are already booked up with Christmas dos. Oh hang on, that's exactly what we have in mind... What date were you thinking of?

Ninjacat Sun 07-Oct-12 19:14:15

Now I know I know a few of you but you have all changed your names!
(apart from you Queen)
I'm useless at actually turning up for anything but in theory I'm up for waddling along.

IslaMann Sun 07-Oct-12 19:18:25

Ooh ooh can I come along please... Anywhere is ok for me. I'm in North Bristol (sadly broke) but have a lovely chauffeur DP grin
BUT to be fussy, ill need lots of notice on the date as I work shifts at the 'mead wink

Not Clifton for me either, I live very locally to Queen and it would be either numerous buses or taxis which then rules it out for me cash wise. The Lanes is actually a bowling place with a bar not a club per se. How about Juniper restaurant in Cotham? They have an upstairs room they hire out, food is amazing and wine not too pricey for a restaurant.

Erm I'll carry on thinking.

Oh and MrsWembley, I have my eye on you and your student bashing, I is a mature student doncha know wink

oldsilver Sun 07-Oct-12 19:27:54

I'm not to fussy where as long as it's on bus routes good to get back over the river again I haven't really been clubbing since R&J's changed it's name grin <<shows age>>

I suggest not the 1st December as some may be going to the big London meet-up then, and I shall be going to the thread meet-up on that date instead.

I've always been me smile

xkcdfangirl Sun 07-Oct-12 20:10:23

I think anything that's not really central is going to exclude some people because there are folks in every which direction. Clifton is really not that accessible except for pople that happen to live along one of the bus routes that goes there.
Something near the arches on Gloucester Road might be good as there are a large number of cross-city bus routes that go there so it will be reachable by a wider number. Do we have enough numbers-wise to book a whole room? And are we thinking meal or just drinking & chatting?

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 22:21:27

Ok, we are up to 16 in number and I'm still hoping people will let me know (some havesmile) whether they want a sit-down or a few sandwiches on a plate.

I am in favour of the later as I feel that a restaurant, with people tied to their seats, will hamper the atmosphere of a group of (almost) complete strangers; whereas a buffet/canapes will allow for free movement when we find we disagree with the person we are talking to want to talk to someone else.wink

I only mention Clifton as it's the place I know best but, please, do make other suggestions that we can look at. I'm a little confused about where people will be coming in from, especially as Clifton is only one bus ride from the centre, the same as Cotham/Gloucester Road/Bradley Stokewink, so could people also put their vague if necessary distance from the centre?

grin @ so many agreeing to the idea of a room where we can chat and get drunk, but not clubbing...

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 22:22:13

Oh my god!!


lunchbox Sun 07-Oct-12 22:26:27

Can I come too? I'm in Portishead so anywhere along a bus route is fine by me.

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 22:32:19

Heeyyyyyyy, 17!!grin

lunchbox Sun 07-Oct-12 22:33:25

Should we do a doodle quiz thing to work out best date for everyone?

Um ok I'm out of this hmm

May I suggest the Rummer, used to be a hideous dive but now a lovely pub that does food and I think has a function room too. Very central for everyone.

exexpat Sun 07-Oct-12 22:40:36

You can probably count me in, as long as dates don't clash with any student parties essay crises.

How about somewhere like the Watershed bar/restaurant? Nice food, close to all buses, parking in Millennium Square, wheelchair-friendly etc etc...

MrsHoarder Sun 07-Oct-12 22:45:30

If is near the centre, count me in. Waterfront or park st maybe? Gloucester rd is at least 2 buses for me.

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 22:49:09

The Rummer is added to the list (looks lovely), as is Shanghai Nights, Juniper and (could I add?) the Glass Boat.

i would suggest looking at what is available at the same time as looking at who is available when. Maybe everyone could mention dates they can't meet?

MsInga Why you say what you say when you say 'out of this'? Confused (.com) confused

MrsWembley Sun 07-Oct-12 23:03:05

Hello MrsHoarder and hello exexpatwink! You are definitely off the students I may punch annoying list!

Watershed is another lovely idea, will add it to the list to contact once I know what the general consensus is re. food!!

bookwormthatturned Sun 07-Oct-12 23:41:09

Hi Mrs W - add me to the list too! I'm near the Glos Rd but could make anywhere central (walking / cycling distance would be a bonus as I'd then be able to have a glass or three of something festive smile

AbigailAdams Mon 08-Oct-12 08:22:50

I can make anywhere. I'll be driving so could potentially give people lifts/take them home. Food wise I am easy too! Don't mind really.

AbigailAdams Mon 08-Oct-12 08:23:27

Oh I'll be coming from south Bristol.

MrsWembley Mon 08-Oct-12 09:08:59


Right! Dates and what you'd like in terms of food, please. I'm phoning round this morning and I'm going to assume buffet/canapes unless I get huge shout of Noooooooooooooo!grin

freetoanyhome Mon 08-Oct-12 11:35:13

watershed is easy. Clifton/cotham is a 40 min bus ride into town then another bus up to clifton. So over an hour.
I eat anything veggie except celery <bleurgh>

Dates - a Friday/Saturday night for me. Maybe end of November as I know lots of people get quite booked up in December. I can't do 1st December as I have my work night out. At a golf club.

I'm veggie, like anything especially spicy stuff.

Spero Mon 08-Oct-12 13:17:57

I am away Dec 15 but otherwise no plans for Dec. Canapés sound good. I will be driving from southville if anyone wants a loft but be warned that for several weeks now car has had lingering stench of death, so something awful is decaying under a seat....

MrsWembley Mon 08-Oct-12 14:58:35

Ok, how's this?

The Watershed can do a buffet (details to follow) for around £12 a head and give us a corner of their cafe/bar on the 8th December.

Everywhere else either wants us to sit down for £20-£30+ or are not answering their phones!hmm

Shall I go ahead and book this? Knowing the Watershed, they'll have a decent vegetarian option but please don't mind me as I scoff chicken skewers and sausage rolls.grin

AbigailAdams Mon 08-Oct-12 16:07:24

I can do 8th Dec. Watershed sounds good to me.

Spero, your car sounds like mine grin. Although mine is clean at the moment. Been in for a service and they hoovered and everything!

oldsilver Mon 08-Oct-12 19:36:07

I'm happy with Watershed on 8th December, am South Bristol so can get there either by bus or shank's smile

xkcdfangirl Mon 08-Oct-12 20:10:42

That sounds perfect to me - thank you MrsW for organising it.
I shall be there unless DH's or my office picks that very day for the xmas shindig.

Spero Mon 08-Oct-12 23:06:36

Sounds groovey to me, in the diary. Thanks Mrs W.

MrsWembley Tue 09-Oct-12 08:02:17

Oh this is all excellent!

So looking forward to meeting you all (those I haven't already met anyway, not that I don't look forward to seeing you guys again... Oh I give upgrin)

EwanHoozami Tue 09-Oct-12 09:24:08

MrsW Watershed is a splendid idea. Central but not raucous. I was there last Sat, funnily enough, and it was buzzy but still pretty chilled.

I'm in! Assuming I can get a sitter (DH works most evenings in Dec sad )

MrsWembley Tue 09-Oct-12 09:28:31

Ooh, don't thank me, thank execpat for suggesting it and them for actually answering the bloody phone!grin

Amazing how many restaurants are unavailable to take bookings, or indeed just enquiries, this close to Christmas!hmm And people bang on about the down-turn in the economy... (but that's a whole other threadwink).

exexpat Tue 09-Oct-12 10:07:20

December 8th now in my diary. Are you going to need firm commitments and deposits from us nearer the time?

MrsWembley Tue 09-Oct-12 10:08:42

Just noticed what I actually called you...


How do you like your promotion?

MrsWembley Tue 09-Oct-12 13:15:05

Still waiting on a buffet menu from Watershed but as no-one has disagreed yet, shall I go ahead and make a solid booking?

I can find out then about their deposit requirements. And I was thinking about booking for 22 so that we can have some wriggle room. That doesn't mean I'm going to ask for more money, just that we can amend numbers closer to the

xkcdfangirl Tue 09-Oct-12 16:17:39

I think there's enough enthusiasm that it's fine to make the booking. If we build it, they will come.

Will we need to specify vegetarianism numbers in advance? If so count me as one of the non-fish-eating-but-happy-with-cheese-and-eggs variety.

MrsWembley Tue 09-Oct-12 17:02:27

wink I remember our discussion about vegetarianism and I will adjust my expectations accordingly...

freetoanyhome Tue 09-Oct-12 17:23:54

sounds good

IslaMann Tue 09-Oct-12 22:23:04

The 8th is great for me as I'll be singing in my choir Christmas concert at the M Shed that afternoon! So already down at the harbour side. Sounds great grin

MrsWembley Wed 10-Oct-12 09:34:45

Booked, confirmed and menus are on their

I asked about deposit/payment details and the woman who deals with that area is getting back to me later. I suggested individual payment direct to them from you all - easier I feel - and the woman I just spoke to said it might be possible to pay on the night.

freetoanyhome Wed 10-Oct-12 17:12:25

paying on the night sounds good in case there's a child related emergency. Little buggers always wait till you are going out to have a temp of 40 and a weird rash.

AbigailAdams Wed 10-Oct-12 19:31:57

Thanks for organising this MrsW. Looking forward to it.

oldsilver Wed 10-Oct-12 22:08:22

Thanks for sorting this MrsW - any specific timeslot, or just rock up any time smile

Am I too late to join? Always wanted a mumsnet meet up and now it looks like I'm too late. sad

xkcdfangirl Thu 11-Oct-12 06:42:12

MrsW said she would book for extra people so that there was room for late joiners, I'm sure it'll be "the more the merrier" unless there's a legal maximum for the area they're screening off for us?

Oh didn't see that, hope so. Thanks.

exexpat Thu 11-Oct-12 10:45:34

More the merrier sounds good to me <waves at all the Bristol MNers I haven't met>

Just a thought, though: do we need to check what happens if we plan to pay on the night, but some people have sick kids etc and need to cancel at the last minute? Would we get charged for non-attenders anyway? Presumably if they are putting together a buffet for X number of people, they will want to be paid for it...

MrsWembley Thu 11-Oct-12 12:39:27

Thank-you, exexpat, yes. If we're ordering a buffet then it'll all be done in advance and so, unfortunately, will need paying for whether we're there or not. 'Tis the chance you take.wink

They will need a deposit but I'll let you know when I know. My email is playing up so I haven't got the menus yet either.sad I have, however, been assured by 'my name's Oliver, call me if you need to talk again' that vegetarians need not worry.

MrsHoarder Thu 11-Oct-12 13:41:21

Thanks for organising this.

yy to paying individually (to Watershed) in advance. Means you aren't at risk from people not turning up. Happy to do that, I consider loosing money if DS is ill that night to be one of the risks of motherhood.

freetoanyhome Thu 11-Oct-12 18:46:15

8th is a saturady so there's night buses

MrsWembley Fri 12-Oct-12 06:21:03

Sorry, I should have said, welcome, QuietNinja!

Thanks for organising MrsW, Watershed is great location, nice and central.

Have put 8 Dec on the calendar, looking forward to meeting some Bristol MNers smile

IslaMann Fri 12-Oct-12 14:54:54

Are we going to wear badges with both our MN and RL names? grin

MrsWembley Fri 12-Oct-12 19:48:20

Do you know, I was just talking about this today to my DP. I was dithering between sticky labels with RL names or with user names. I feel pins are for work conferences and proper suits, sticky labels much better for posh frocks and naice tops.wink

How about labels set up with space for both/either, then everyone can choose when they get there?

Thanks mrs. I think both mn and rl names are a good idea because i am rubbish at remembering names?but will go with what everyone wants.

BobblyGussets Sat 13-Oct-12 17:59:57

Thanks MrsWembly, for organising this. I will be there.

IslaMann Sun 14-Oct-12 19:43:01

Yes def to both names. I'll never remember who's who otherwise! Next question. Smart casual, or dressy?

MrsWembley Sun 14-Oct-12 20:36:26

Oh, Isla, jeans and a t-shirt will be fine if that's how you're comfortable (me most of the time). However, I never go out these days, so I'll be donning my party dress and some high heels.grin

I may even put some lipstick on...

Right, now read carefully and choose...

Option 1: £12.95 per person -
Rustic mini rolls with meat, vegetarian & vegan fillings -
Leek & smoked Wedmore tartlets v -
Smoked coley en croute -
Vegetable & herb olive oil pasties ve ve ve -
Chicken & home cured chorizo flatbreads -
Roasted vegetable skewers ve -
Espresso chocolate brownies with a seasonal fresh fruit bowl v

Option 2: £14.50 per person -
Tortilla wraps with meat, vegetarian & vegan fillings -
Vegetable & spinach pakoras with mint yogurt v ve -
Filo parcels with seasonal vegetables v -
Halloumi stacks in a lemon & coriander marinade v -
Beef Penang skewers -
Vegetable fritters v -
Assorted cakes with a seasonal fresh fruit bowl v ve

Option 3: £16.95 per person -
Freshly baked ciabatta with meat, vegetarian & vegan fillings -
Chicken pesto skewers -
Parmesan polenta bites -
Buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomato & basil flatbreads v -
Vegetable & herb olive oil pasties ve -
Prosciutto ham & parmesan tartlets -
Mini fruit tarts with a seasonal fresh fruit bowl v

IslaMann Sun 14-Oct-12 21:53:26

I vote option 2, sounds lush.

Spero Sun 14-Oct-12 21:58:34

Option 2 looks good, but I am happy to go with majority.

I go option 2 too.

xkcdfangirl Sun 14-Oct-12 22:52:40

tbh the veggie options in option 1 sound a lot more appetising than those in option 2, and esspresso choc brownies sound lush too. Option 3 looks much less nice than the others so def not that. I won't mind option 2 if I'm the only vote for 1 but if we get option 2 and the "assorted cakes" only includes 3 chocolate ones then can I bagzie one of them?

EwanHoozami Mon 15-Oct-12 08:27:22

RE food - they all look luvverly. I'm low-carbing but will probably cheat especially if there's wine in the vicinity and all options

I love that I now have an 'office' christmas party despite being a SAHM. I will wear my (not very smart) dress!

EwanHoozami Mon 15-Oct-12 08:27:55

^^and all options have something good for me, that should read blush

AbigailAdams Mon 15-Oct-12 08:44:25

Option 1 would be my preference but happy with 2 as well.

FreckledLeopard Mon 15-Oct-12 11:56:35

Option 2 looks great - count me in for the 8th December! Looking forward to meeting lots of people!

MrsWembley Mon 15-Oct-12 11:59:17

Just goes to show what the fuck I know about anything! I would have sworn that you'd all go for option one.gringrin

Am I too late to join? Not sure about meeting you all in RL as I am v shy and a v new mummy... But definitely in need of broadening my horizons... Will you all be nice to me? quivers in fear

MrsHoarder Mon 15-Oct-12 12:19:39

Another prefering option 1 but happy with 2.

And I'll wear a dress if I can find one I fit into!

MrsWembley Mon 15-Oct-12 13:21:52

Oh blondie, whatever you've heard about this nest of vipers, it's all true nonsense. We're happy to have you join us and we'll get drunk and swear a lot be nice. Honest...

<crosses fingers and wanders off whistling>

ScorpionQueen Mon 15-Oct-12 13:30:57

I'll be in Bristol on the 8th to see the panto. I may have to sneak away from DH and the DDs and say hello. smile

MrsWembley Mon 15-Oct-12 14:51:28

grin @ sneaking out of the Hippodrome.

Will you ask them to stamp your hand so you can get back in?

FreckledLeopard Mon 15-Oct-12 15:26:27

Blondie - am also slightly terrified. I'm moving to Bristol two weeks today, I know no-one! I'm not shy exactly, but somewhat quirky, so already worrying about inadvertantly shocking people or saying the wrong thing...

MrsWembley Mon 15-Oct-12 18:04:11

Quirky's good, we like quirky.

Some people in Bristol have made a living out of being quirky...

oldsilver Mon 15-Oct-12 19:22:42

Yum!!! <<licks lips>>

Personally I'd prefer Option 1 but am happy to go with Option 2 if that's the majority smile

I'm lovely, honest smile

8th Dec sounds good and Option 1 looks delish, but will go Option 2 if that is indeed the majority..

I'm glad I'll be welcomed by you lovely ladies hissing vipers will make a change.. I appear to have lost all my 'real' friends now I'm a mother hmm

MrsWembley Mon 15-Oct-12 23:37:42

Ah, that'll be something to do with the bag of poo in your handbag, the suspicious marks on your clothing and the vague smell of cheese lingering about your person...

<wanders off, smiling fondly at memories of being a new mum>

exexpat Mon 15-Oct-12 23:42:55

I'm happy with options one or two, will go with majority vote. And I will try very hard not to be scary (my DCs are older than everyone else's in the Bristol MN book group, so I can provide reassurance that it is possible to survive sleeplessness/weaning/potty training/school etc and stay relatively sane and cheerful just don't mention the grey hairs and wrinkles ).

Spero Tue 16-Oct-12 14:15:07

Bag of poo? Is this a requirement? <worried>

FreckledLeopard Tue 16-Oct-12 15:33:59

Exexpat - how old are your DCs? My DD is 11 (acts like she's 18), so I'm also well past the baby stage!

BobblyGussets Tue 16-Oct-12 16:26:40

Option one sounds nice. Option 2 less so. I am looking forward to it.
Lunchbox, I am coming from Portishead too. Do you know if Dolcegusto is coming? She is from here too.

I am looking forward to hearing stories of all your DC's and what I have in store for the next oh 30 or so years I guess!! DD (DC1) is 17 weeks old and wow, I have new found respect for all mothers the world over!!

MrsW Bag full of poo, suspicious marks and vague smell all present and correct. Am I still allowed to come??

exexpat Tue 16-Oct-12 18:00:14

FreckledLeopard they are 14, and 10 this week (but both look at least 2 years older and often act that way too).

Prob option 1 but it all sounds pretty tasty.

blondie I joined MN when pg with DS, he's now 6, and has a 3 yr old sister shock

IslaMann Tue 16-Oct-12 22:32:50

Oh god, looks like Ill be the eldest! My DS is 16. (Luckily I still think I'm 22!)

MrsWembley Tue 16-Oct-12 22:38:50

Not necessarily the case, Isla. My two may only be 3 & 1 but one of my best friends has a 21yr old... and she's the same age as me.grin

exexpat Tue 16-Oct-12 22:48:41

I wouldn't worry, Isla - if I'd started a bit earlier I could probably have grandkids the age of my DCs.

And I'm in a postgrad class with people who weren't born when I first went to university...

MrsWembley Tue 16-Oct-12 22:55:37

grin@ exexpat

Do you ever find yourself saying, 'I remember when...'?

AbigailAdams Wed 17-Oct-12 01:46:49

I wouldn't be so sure IslaMann. I am one of those <whispers> older mothers. I have grey hair and everything. And I remember Elvis Presley, alive.

MrsHoarder Wed 17-Oct-12 05:36:20

shock Now I feel about 10. I barely remember Take That splitting up...

exexpat Wed 17-Oct-12 08:36:49

MrsWembley - oh yes. In discussions on economics, there are things that happened when they were all toddlers and so are basically ancient history; I was reporting on them at the time...

MrsWembley Wed 17-Oct-12 08:49:39

Oh how I love not being the only older geriatric mother. I don't feel nearly so odd now.grin

On another subject, I was thinking of asking MNHQ to move this to the Christmas board, see if we can pick up anyone from outside Bristol, who still might like to come for a night out. After all, lots travel to London for their do! What does everyone think?

IslaMann Wed 17-Oct-12 10:19:21

Good idea MrsW. The more the merrier! On the age thing- we're prob similar as I remember that tv show where I assume your name comes from?... "Drink Mrs Wembley?" "Just the one..."

MrsWembley Wed 17-Oct-12 19:17:05

Who, me?

<whistles and looks innocent>

oldsilver Wed 17-Oct-12 19:53:26

You could post an invite on the Bath board ... there's a fair old few MNers over there smile Or the Meet-Up Topic.

I, too, was classed as a geriatric mum grin

I imagine at 23 I'll be a whippersnapper, but I'm an old soul... I make patchwork quilts and bedding sets for a living channels inner geriatric and I love a bit of crochet with my gran! Incidentally said gran often sends lewd e-mails that make me blush..

Actually v excited now!

KatMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Oct-12 10:26:49

Hi there, we've moved this thread into Christmas at the OP's request. Thanks.

AbigailAdams Thu 18-Oct-12 10:56:30

Ooh you make patchwork quilts blondie. May have to pick your brains <taps nose>

MrsWembley Thu 18-Oct-12 11:12:11

Thanks Kat! That was quick work, not much on this morning?

blondie I like to sew and knit, but not for a living sadly. My gran was a crochet demon, but died when I was 9, before I had chance to learn.

oldsilver Thu 18-Oct-12 20:03:38

Phew, thank goodness this was moved before the new Local went on-line or I'd never be able to find it smile

So hows it going to work with our RL names, our names here and now our new Local names grin <<covers self in post-it notes>>

Wolfiefan Thu 18-Oct-12 20:11:46

I'm not in Bristol but between there and Cheltenham. Any chance I could join you for the night?

MrsWembley Thu 18-Oct-12 22:41:24

Hello, Wolfie! This is why we decided to move this thread, for folks like you who might not necessarily look under Bristol!

The more the merrier.gringrin

Wolfiefan Thu 18-Oct-12 23:00:06


This is all looking very promising <dusts off spangly shoes>

MrsWembley Sun 21-Oct-12 08:58:50

Just popping in to let you know I'm waiting on the stragglers to tell me if they're still in or not and what they would like buffet-wise.grin

exexpat Sun 21-Oct-12 10:32:33

You may need to PM people to check - if they haven't been on the thread for a while, it will have dropped off their Threads I'm On, and since the thread has been moved, they won't be able to find it...

MrsWembley Sun 21-Oct-12 12:51:34

Good point!

Inneedofbrandy Sun 21-Oct-12 12:59:58

Feeling slightly nervous but can I please come?

MrsWembley Sun 21-Oct-12 19:12:55

Of course, no need to ask!grin

And we will supply brandy, brandy.wink

IslaMann Sun 21-Oct-12 22:12:57

Think we're all a little nervous Brandy, but I reckon it'll be a great night! Welcome on board!

Inneedofbrandy Sun 21-Oct-12 22:21:25

I don't want to go and you all end up being mums from school knowing Iv'e been talking about bum sex and gawwd knows what else!

MrsWembley Mon 22-Oct-12 08:12:01

Just remember, any mums from school on here will have been talking about bum sex too...

MrsWembley Mon 22-Oct-12 22:19:07

Ok, I've just PM'd the stragglers so hopefully we'll have some proper numbers to give to the Watershed soon.

As for the buffet choice, so far 1 is winning, but only by a couple of votes so it could change at any moment...


Straggler here.

Option 1 would be my preference for the buffet

Inneedofbrandy Wed 24-Oct-12 17:48:40

Option 1 looks gert lush <true bristolian accent>

MrsWembley Wed 24-Oct-12 18:58:41

Ooh, option one is looking more and more likely...

Option two lovers, why not let me know what in particular you liked from that one and I'll see if I can negotiate something.

Inneedofbrandy Wed 24-Oct-12 19:04:13

Is this def happening on the 8th yeah grin getting quite excited <<writes in diary>>

MrsWembley Wed 24-Oct-12 19:33:22

Yes, brandy, it's definitely I'm looking forward to it too.

<wanders off, slightly nervous that it'll all go tits up>

Inneedofbrandy Wed 24-Oct-12 20:32:02

It will all be fine, now are we going to bring pom bears and wear the scarf

<<wanders off to give myself the MN haircut>>

exexpat Wed 24-Oct-12 20:49:43

I suppose a MN Christmas party buffet should really consist of bear biscuit and wine plus some Naice Ham, but I have to say I prefer the Watershed menu. Maybe someone should bring along a multipack of Pombears as kind of party bags to take home?

Inneedofbrandy Wed 24-Oct-12 20:51:21

I want greggs sausage rolls and fruit shoots with vodka in please smile

oldsilver Wed 24-Oct-12 22:17:56

As someone who did actually give herself the MN haircut, I wouldn't if I were you Ineed grin

MrsWembley Wed 24-Oct-12 23:16:36

Omg, I was actually talking to someone today about the MN haircut. Is it good? Is it bad? Should I do it to my 3yr DD?

MrsWembley Wed 24-Oct-12 23:17:32

Oh, and I'll ask about the fruit shoots and assorted Greggs pastries...

MrsWembley Wed 24-Oct-12 23:18:28

And Pom Bears will be on the menu somewhere...wink

oldsilver Thu 25-Oct-12 10:43:28

Probably not a good idea smile It is very layer-ry and lop-sided asymetric (sp?) grin

Inneedofbrandy Thu 25-Oct-12 11:30:39

Oh I was joking, I'm still growing out the to short layers when I thought it was a good idea months and months ago blush I will never do it again!
Don't do it wembely.

I have the MN scarf blush

oldsilver Thu 25-Oct-12 19:11:23

I have a Babyliss Big Hair grin

So do I. Bloody hell I am a sheep!

Inneedofbrandy Thu 25-Oct-12 21:48:34

Oh is it any good? Have been umming and ahhing some say it's
Really good and others a bit meh.

I have fine shoulder length hair which is straight as a poker and plasters itself to my head. The big hair makes my hair very nearly as good as getting a blow dry at the hairdressers. Can't remember the last time I had one of those.

oldsilvershamrock Mon 29-Oct-12 20:24:54

Ooo oo ooh - they've added a Bristol Wide section on that new MN Local meet-up malarky, perhaps this could go on there??

MrsWembley Tue 30-Oct-12 08:30:08

Right, let me check.

I've been avoiding Local since the change. I had a quick look the other day when someone PM'd me that they'd lost the thread. hmm

EwanHoozami Sat 03-Nov-12 09:16:55

I probably won't be able to come sad

DH is working and all my standby sitters are busy.

Just wanted one night out this December <sob>

MrsWembley Sat 03-Nov-12 10:59:03


Bloody work! Bloody babysitters! Bloody life getting in our way!sad

oldsilver Wed 07-Nov-12 19:27:44

The new Local talk board is up and running smile

MrsWembley Wed 07-Nov-12 19:54:00

Ooh, I'll have a look as soon as supper's

Still on and have we chosen a menu yet?!

Any questions about patchworking more than welcome Rhinestone and Abigail

Super excited now! (Just so you know I'm blowing off my RL work do for this {cause I hate them all} so you best be all vvvvvvvv nice to me) grin

MrsWembley Sun 11-Nov-12 08:23:37

Wow, no pressure!! shock

I'm going to phone Oliver today/tomorrow to confirm numbers and tell them option 1.

I will ask, though, if we can do a couple of swaps with option 2 so if anyone has a preference can you say now?

AbigailAdams Sun 11-Nov-12 08:56:45

Sounds good to me MrsWembley. Option 1 fine for me. Blondie, we are all luverly and I am sure we will all be on our best behaviour

Mrs Wembley, no pressure at all grin Who is Oliver? We decided on Watershed, yes??

Sooooooo excited eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

MrsWembley Wed 14-Nov-12 19:33:03

Sorry, having trouble getting to the phone, then when I finally do, the man's busy! Hmph.

Anyway, I thought I'd ask if they could swap the coley en croute for something from option 2, as that's the one that least floats my boat. What do you all think?

Yeh, sounds good to me as I am a non-fish eater anyway!

oldsilver Wed 14-Nov-12 19:53:46

I'm easy smile I'll eat anything except olives smile

aaaargh what is going on with local boards?

Just checking back in, following the 'lovely Bristol' thread...

IslaMann Tue 20-Nov-12 08:57:10

Bumping this, and also checking its still on as the threads gone a little quiet lately. MrsW, what time are we booked in from?

MrsWembley Thu 22-Nov-12 19:31:20

Hello, sorry, been offline for a couple of days due to rl.grin

Booked in from 7.30, food swap made with pakoras and they need the deposit all up front so, rather than faffing about with PayPal or anything like that on here (I appreciate most of you don't know me from Adam) I'll pay that and you can pay me that bit on the night and the rest to Watershed.

I'm really looking forward to meeting you all and getting quite sozzled.

oldsilver Thu 22-Nov-12 22:50:05

Thank you MrsW - the way things are going we could all sail down there smile

AbigailAdams Fri 23-Nov-12 10:23:04

Thanks MrsW. You are a star!

Woop! Getting excited - less than a fortnight away!! Went to a fab meet with my antenatal group today and hoping this will be just as lovely if not better (as there will be alcohol and no 6 month olds) :D

MrsWembley Wed 28-Nov-12 09:56:14

Deposit paid. grin

Getting excited about a fun night out...

(So you'd all better mind that you're fun!wink)

MrsHoarder Wed 28-Nov-12 10:29:13


I should really try on the dress I haven't written since pregnancy now. And cheers MrsW.

exexpat Thu 29-Nov-12 10:48:09

Just checking back to make sure it's all still on - how many of us are meant to be coming?

MrsWembley Thu 29-Nov-12 14:53:01

Hello, exexpat! Yes, still on.grin

I've paid a deposit and booked for 22. I've counted a definite 20, so there's room for more if anyone joins this thread now. I should think they could add another couple easily, given a week or so's notice to order stuff in.

Yay found the thread again smile

This will be my first proper 'event' since DD so no poking of my back fat and horrendous bulge of stomach skin please grin

Oh yes MrsW Fun hat will be properly squooshed right down over my eyes!!

MrsWembley Thu 29-Nov-12 21:56:52


oldsilver Fri 30-Nov-12 20:29:38

What like this >>>> grin

Yes oldsilver just like that!!!

bookwormthatturned Fri 30-Nov-12 22:07:43

Hi all,

Just catching up - I'm looking forward to our night out and am sure I should be paying something to someone [ditsy, sleep deprived emoticon!]

Can anyone fill me in?

Many thanks,

MrsWembley Sat 01-Dec-12 18:39:10

Hello, bookworm! I've paid the deposit so just bring money on the night - some for them, some for me and some for the nice barman to tuck into his loincloth pay for copious amounts of alcohol...


How much is it in total MrsW? Babybrain has rendered me sievelike in thr brain department of late smile

Hurrah, it's still on! Better sort out a party frock grin

I would love to come but I'm guessing at just turned 22 (today!) I would be the odd one out and no one would want to talk to me for fear of accidentally punching me!
I'm also pregnant so no drinking for me, oh and we move into our new house on that day. Will probably be too knackered sad

I think there's a whole range of ages Jazz, don't be put off smile The more the merrier I think...

AbigailAdams Tue 04-Dec-12 11:21:23

Happy Birthday Jazz! If it helps reassure you, I'll keep my boxing gloves at home? wink

You may find you need a break after moving house. I will only be having a glass or too (bfing here) so don't worry about that!

exexpat Tue 04-Dec-12 11:41:43

Happy birthday! Yes, I think we'll be all ages (I'm twice your age ancient, but I know not everybody is) so I wouldn't worry about that. Being knackered might be more of an issue. I think MrsW needs final numbers soon - maybe check with her?

Oh, and blondiefacedoll I think we went for the cheapest menu option in the end, so it's £12.95, of which £5 goes to MrsWembley as she's already paid the deposit, and the rest you pay to the Watershed. Plus whatever you want to spend on drinks.

See everyone on Saturday. I have threatened promised to bring Christmas crackers.

MrsHoarder Tue 04-Dec-12 13:57:44

I'm not much older than you jazz. And can't have much to drink as have to bf when I get home. So don't worry about being the odd one out.

MrsWembley Tue 04-Dec-12 21:12:51

Jazz Absolutely, there's room for you. I deliberately booked a couple of extra places for late

I am soooo looking forward to the weekend...

Exexpat cheers good to know numbers so can bring enough --to get merry-

Jazz I am only 23, so you will in no way be the odd one out! This time last year I was 22, pregnant and searching desperately for a house - so you will be in good company smile

InNeedOfBrandyButter Tue 04-Dec-12 22:08:05

I want to come and I'm 24, I will have to check a baby sitter first before I confirm but I really really want to come!

Can I make myself a bit involved in this? I tend to lurk mostly on here but would love to attend a Christmas do and meet some local Mumsnetters - was just wishing I could go to one (SAHM) the other day and feeling jealous of DH's, then I stumble upon this...

Where do I sign up?

MrsWembley Wed 05-Dec-12 11:04:28

Meercat Great that you managed to summon the courage to post! We'd all love you to join

Brandy Loving your Christmas name - reminds me I really need to think of one...

MrsWembley Wed 05-Dec-12 11:14:57

Oh, and for those still concerned about dress code (*bookworm*, I'm looking at you herewink), I will be wearing a dress because I wear jeans and a t-shirt/jumper all week.

But, if you wear a suit/smart stuff all week, you might prefer to put jeans and a top on.

And if anyone wants to come in fancy dress, that's allowed too...

Oh great, I'm excited! Although less so at formally having to introduce myself as "Merkin". grin Will there be official nametags of should I sticker myself up before I get there? so as not to have to introduce self as Merkin

I am truly excited for festivity and squiffyness, although I hope I don't have to namechange afterwards because I'm the one who was sick on herself a student. wink

So it's the Watershed, Saturday night from 7.30, £12.95 including the fiver to be slipped to you MrsW, and money for booze?


LocEdBristol Wed 05-Dec-12 15:57:18

Ah you all are!
I have been so busy over on Local(trying to figure it out and make it good!) that I've somehow managed to completely miss this! blush
So sad, I would have loved to try and tag along but DD is turning 1 on Sat so having a little party to celebrate the fact that I am still standing..just
But just to say hope you all have a fab evening, sounds lovely,
and it would be great if we could organise something in the new year?

P.s I'm wondering how to entice you back to Local wink ?

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Wed 05-Dec-12 18:55:13

am I too late? I'm a new mum & have no mum friends in Bristol really so wouldbe lovely to meet you all!

MrsWembley Thu 06-Dec-12 11:29:53

Oh wow, all coming thick and fast now! I need to update my list quickly.grin

I'll post something like a list later to make sure I've got everybody but, in the meantime, I might send out a couple of PMs to those who haven't confirmed absolutely.

InNeedOfBrandyButter Thu 06-Dec-12 11:34:52

I can't come, its the dc school disco that day sad

I'm still coming!

I'm sorry I now can't come. I have a funeral to go to next week which is going to cost a lot for fuel so I can't justify coming tomorrow as well sad

QuietNinjaChristmasSpecial Fri 07-Dec-12 15:21:53

I have only just found this thread again! I lost it and I have other plans now I'm afraid. Really annoyed as would love a mumsnet meet up. Is there any way we can do a New Years meet up sometime too?

QuietNinjaChristmasSpecial Fri 07-Dec-12 15:23:18

Do you still need the money mrswembley?

QuietNinjaChristmasSpecial Fri 07-Dec-12 15:23:50

Oh it's quietninjatardis by the way!

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Fri 07-Dec-12 18:38:06


From the top, I have:

QuietNinjaTardis (like the name changegrin

I'm going to PM the people I haven't heard from in a while and a couple who initially said they were interested but then disappeared. If you think that might be you, please pop in and tell us you'll being seeing us double tomorrow night.

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Fri 07-Dec-12 18:58:07

Oh no, so sorry, just checking back and I've missed you off my list, shouldIbecrossaboutthis!!

Please don't feel shunned, you aren't, honestly... wink

Looking forward to tomorrow night, particularly as I'm stir crazy after a day spent with a poorly 3yr old draped over me!

Thanks for organising MrsW smile

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Sat 08-Dec-12 09:54:24

Hiya Mrs W. I am normally BobblyGussets, but have done a Christmas name change. I have replied to your PM: I will see thee tonight.

Please excuse my appearance, I will have come straight from work. Well thats my excuse and I am sticking to it.

IslaMann Sat 08-Dec-12 11:19:51

WooHoo, its tonight!!! Unfortunately Im now gonna be driving so wont get to annoy you enthrall you all with any drunken ramblings!

Now looks unlikely I'll be coming. Been in children's hospital with DD all morning. sad

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sat 08-Dec-12 13:22:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

oldsilver Sat 08-Dec-12 15:16:43

Are we going to have a corner we can be directed at or just turn up and look for a bunch of women who may or may not be wearing MN scarves hopes I'm not first I don't have one grin

exexpat Sat 08-Dec-12 15:26:01

I believe (and MrsWembley can correct me if I'm wrong) we have been allocated the slightly raised area at the far end of the bar/restaurant - if you know the Watershed, the bar is sort of in two sections, and to reach the far end you step up onto a sort of low platform area, partly enclosed in some kind of railings. But basically watch out for a group of loud women. And there may be Pombears and Christmas crackers.

exexpat Sat 08-Dec-12 15:26:40

(and I don't even know what an MN scarf looks like)

AbigailAdams Sat 08-Dec-12 15:41:00

MN scarf? There is such a thing? Will be there in my newly bought glad rags (really didn't have anything to wear so had an emergency trip to Outfit this pm).

I expect you all to be suitably impressed (haha)

oldsilver Sat 08-Dec-12 15:48:28

grin Thanks.

This is the bunny apparently ... leave and learn, live and learn.

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sat 08-Dec-12 17:14:13

omg omg omg

I honestly did not put hmm on that last message!!! I put sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bloody new iphone app, the smileys look really odd. Only reason I can see the difference now is coz I'm just checking the thread on my laptop.


QuietNinjaChristmasSpecial Sat 08-Dec-12 17:28:34

I did think that was a bit of a harsh smiley to have put! As I said a new year meet up for those who can't do tonight would be fab? I really want to come but I just can't now. Have a fabulous time and enjoy the bear and wine

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sat 08-Dec-12 17:41:54


I have reported my post.

I cannot, in all conscience, let that stand.

Sorry, I'm out. Going to be taking myself off to the walk in doctors instead when I am not in too much pain to stand up, suspected PID (AGAIN. I don't even do bumsex so it's really unfair). Have fun everyone, I hope to meet some of you in the future.

Have a great time all. Getting out of here tonight is looking less likely with every hour that passes. Bloody kids ruining my social life...

Sink a gin for me smile

Ahhhh I am so SAD!! DH went on his Christmas Do last night and got bloody effing food poisoning and is still feeling in his words 'rough' and I'm not sure about leaving my littley with him if he's not well...

:'( so so sad

Can we have a New Year pick-me-up meet please. I so desperately wanted to meet you all!!

Mrs W if you still need the deposit please dm me Xxx Blondie

Wolfiefan Sat 08-Dec-12 19:21:49

Sorry but DD been ill and shared the bug with me. Gutted emoticon.

xkcdfangirl Sat 08-Dec-12 19:56:37

Just setting out now so will be late but save a morsel or two for me!

bookwormthatturned Sat 08-Dec-12 20:37:18

Just got velcro insomniac toddler with temp of 102 to doze off for a bit and have snuck out to message you. Looks like my night out is banjaxed sad

..... and I'd found something dressy to wear and evereeeything [sulk emoticon]

Hope you have an amazing evening and yes, a New Year's night would be brilliant.

ps All you folks who HAVE managed to get out tonight - don't forgot to spill the beans and 'share' the gossip online afterwards with the rest of us!

(MrsW - let me know how you'd like the deposit sent on to you, I'm presuming it's better sooner rather than later. If there's no rush then I can always bring it to book club.)

Spero Sat 08-Dec-12 22:47:52

Thanks for organising Mrs W. A splendid do. If only I were not so old I would have stayed much longer. But I think I ate far too many of the things on sticks and the pointed accusatory stares were becoming too much... I hope everyone had a similarly lovely time and got home ok.

xkcdfangirl Sat 08-Dec-12 23:42:17

wine that was nice wine thank you MrsWembley! (hic)

exexpat Sat 08-Dec-12 23:42:45

Good to see everyone and meet lots of new people this evening, and commiserations to all those of you stuck at home with vomity/feverish small people. Maybe we should do another Bristol evening get-together at a less Gerry time of year?

In the meantime, for those who expressed an interest, this is the book group thread. Suggestions welcome for venues for the Jan 14th meeting (somewhere south of the river? Tobacco Factory has been mentioned as a possibility) and for a book for February.

exexpat Sat 08-Dec-12 23:43:40

Aaargh iPad autocorrect - of course I meant germy not Gerry.

InNeedOfBrandyButter Sat 08-Dec-12 23:55:41

I wana do book club! Can't do 14th as dd's birthday but I'm definatly in next time!

Wolfiefan Sun 09-Dec-12 00:08:31

Sorry I missed this. Pm me next time? I still feel the need for a night out. (Considering book club but already in one and may struggle to read that much!)

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Sun 09-Dec-12 00:10:06

Thanks for the night: it was ace and so nice to meet you all. I dropped MrsWembley off from the taxi and saw her staggering away into the distance. I want to know if she is home ok. Ok Mrs W? still living the dream I hope. Have a couple of ibuprofen and a big glass of water, you'll be fine. A big thank you for organising tonight.

Exexpat: another meeting around New Year would be good. I am definitely up for it.

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sun 09-Dec-12 00:11:24


Lovely time had by all, now I just need to know everyone got back safely.

<not mumsy at all, did this when much younger too>

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Sun 09-Dec-12 00:18:46

Where have you been? I've been back for ages, messing with the cat (not a euphemism). Did you pop to the kebab van on your way? Night night.

oldsilver Sun 09-Dec-12 00:20:23

Just want to say ; things on sticks, naughty corner and someone rummaging in their undergarments grin

That is all...

Thanks for organising a lovely evening smile

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sun 09-Dec-12 00:24:45


AbigailAdams Sun 09-Dec-12 00:26:40

Home fine! Thanks for a lovely night everyone especially MrsW. I've put that book recommendation on the book thread. (just in case anyone thinks who is this random bird making random book recommendations!)

MrsHoarder Sun 09-Dec-12 14:30:07

Thanks again MrsW.

Got home to a sleeping baby smile

I am so glad you all had a good time and look forward to a meet in the New Year smile

TheHillsAreAliveWithMrsWembley Sun 09-Dec-12 23:07:22

I hope everyone's feeling fine and dandy.

I had a fabulous time last night and was sooooo pleased everyone seemed to enjoy

Thanks again MrsW for organising this, I had a really good time. Looking forward to joining you all for book club in February. A new year meet up would be good too.

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