In the month of Oktoberfest celebrations and our pledge to do 26mins of exercise over 26 days for The British Heart Foundation, we still found time to host a plethora of events for our Members.
Our monthly meeting took a slightly different format in October; putting our general knowledge to the test at our annual pub quiz.
Matt Roberts member and honorary quiz host charmed us all with his rogue quiz questions, masterful knowledge and enthusiasm. (After a zoom-quiz-filled-pandemic, hosting a quiz with questions we hadn’t all heard before, was a big task!).
It was a near photo-finish with three teams coming joint second, but the winners were Team ‘Not Known As Airhead’ (which was an anagram from the quiz itself: add a comment if you know which comedian it is).
One of our recent events was a visit to the Bristol Jamia Mosque. In conversation with the Imam we heard about how the Mosque was founded by community funding in 1968 to become the first Mosque in Bristol and largest in the South West.
At the end of our visit, we had the privilege to be invited to watch the evening Isha Prayer, including the call to prayer. It was an informative and welcoming experience in what is one of Bristol’s important cultural hubs.
We thank Bristol Jamia Mosque and hope to visit again sometime in the future.
As part of our work with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), some BJC members attended a virtual “lunch and learn” session to learn how to use the BHF RevivR app.
The App is an an interactive training tool that aims to teach people CPR or allow those who already know the basics to become more confident in their skills in case they ever need to use them!
The training on the app only takes 15 minutes and can be done anywhere, provide you have a pillow on which to practice! It can also be used in an emergency situation to help guide you through administering CPR.
The app is free to access and those members who attended the session said it was very useful and interactive and all said they would feel more confident if an emergency situation arose and they needed to give CPR.
Members can access the app by searching for RevivR in their applicable App Store.
October is the month of our highly-anticipated Members’ Dinner, organised by Chairs of Events, Amy Moody and Oli Stavrikakis. It was a picture-perfect evening at The Clifton Club and a chance for our members celebrate being a part of the BJC and to don our posh frocks.
We were also joined by Jaya Chakrabarti who gave an incredibly inspiring talk about her fascinating career, work to prevent modern slavery in supply chains and a reminder about how business can be a force for good.
We rounded off the month by tapping into the spooky Halloween spirit. A few of our Members attended a City Centre Ghost Tour where they learnt about famous haunted sights; Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Hippodrome, The Christmas Steps, The Llandoger Trow and Bristol Old Vic.