Womxn’s Night

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Every Monday evening from 6pm to 9pm.

Sick of paying for repairs, want to know more, or just tired of that squeaking sound that your chain keeps making? This is for you! Bring your bike to fix, clean or just to give it a check over. This is an open workshop session for womxn to share knowledge and skills in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

We have volunteers on hand to help you learn and mend your bike, we also have lots of Bike maintenance books and resources.*

This is an open workshop, so drop in any time between 6pm and 9pm, no need to book a space. If it’s busy – you may have to grab a cup of tea and wait until a stand is free – or come back another week.

We have a large selection of 2nd hand and new parts here at the Project that you can purchase.

Cost:

£4- 1 hour

£6- 2 hour

£8- 3 hour

No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

*please note – volunteers are not necessarily experts, it’s a skill sharing session!

Why the ‘x’?

We use an ‘x’ in “womxn” to underscore inclusivity

Given the current social climate where some are being emboldened to overtly discriminate and publicly verbalise bigoted opinions, Womxn’s Night wants to make it absolutely clear that we explicitly include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other women who may feel discriminated against in some areas of feminism.

Is it our understanding that the x in womxn recognises that sadly not all women’s groups are inclusive. Although it is only a letter we hope it shows that we seek to be as inclusive as possible in keeping with our need to offer a space free from the influences of sexism and other forms of discrimination or exclusion. As a group we proudly stand up against racism, sexism and any discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.

So how do you pronounce it?

Nita Harker a co-organizer of the Seattle Womxn’s march sums it up quite nicely:

I actually think the challenge—particularly that it is hard to pronounce in your mind as you read it, that it forces one to stop and think, that it is not just easy and nice and recognizable—is part of the point. To me, it represents the complexity of gender. And when you confront the word “womxn”, you have to confront that complexity

Pronounce it the way you like there is no one way!

 

“A couple of years ago, I was at The Bristol Bike Project at a beginner’s bike mechanics evening class that my friend was teaching. I pretty much only knew how to change a flat tyre and put my chain back on if it fell off the chain rings. Thanks partly to Bristol Bike Project generally, and especially the women’s night there, I got totally hooked, and had a welcoming and non-intimidating space to volunteer fixing bikes for project users, and sharing knowledge with other mechanics on various stages on the road to ‘knowledge’. Twelve months later, I had thrown myself into it, worked really hard, and found myself at a skill level where I could get paid work as a mechanic and now work full time for a bike shop in London fixing up donated bikes for sale, and I love it! ” – Fenn