Finland in Bristol (or FiB for friends) is a collective of Finnish and Finnish-minded people who live in or around Bristol (we are not too fussed about this, everyone interested is welcome). We organise the Finnish Saturday School and evening socials for Finns and their friends.
The Finnish social life includes pub nights, national celebrations and other activities like picnics and pesäpallo on a monthly basis. Anyone is welcome to arrange an event for FiB and all ideas are always welcome. Let our social secretary know of your plans or events and we can help you advertise it!
The Finnish school of Bristol was founded in 1978, being the 4th Finnish school in the UK. The school worked as the heart of the Finnish community, organising many national celebrations and giving people the opportunity to socialise with other Finns in the area and to buy Finnish produce from the school's food stand.
At its strongest the school had 3 children's groups and 3 adult's groups. The school also organised teaching conferences and had teams participating in Finnish baseball matches that were held between Finnish schools in the UK.
The school gets an education grant from Finland on a yearly basis to ensure the continuity of the school. Teachers at the school are enthusiastic about spreading the language and culture of Finland, while the children and parents enjoy spending time with other Finnish speakers. At the moment the school lessons are being held at the Coniston Community Centre at Patchway every second Saturday morning.
More on the school's history can be found in "Me ja meidän Suomi-koulu" book written by Helena Korpela (Suomi-koulujen tuki ry, 2017).