Thursday, October 29, 2015

CI South West Autumn Social - EXETER

CI South West will be hosting their next CI (cochlear implant) social on Saturday 21 November from 1:30pm - 4:30pm at the City Gate pub in central Exeter (Devon). 

Join other CI users and candidates for a drink and a chat at this friendly CI social! Friends and family are welcome to come along too. Do let us know if you'll be coming so we can look out for you. 

The Exeter Christmas Market will be running on the Cathedral Green on Saturday, so a good excuse to do some shopping before or after the CI social. 

Our new venue this year is the City Gate pub in central Exeter. When you arrive at the pub, look for the CI South West signs to find our group. 
City Gate pub, Iron Bridge, Lower North Street,
Exeter EX4 3RB

This venue is by the Iron Bridge, a short walk from Exeter Central train station and close to the Guildhall Shopping Centre parking garage. If you are driving, as you approach central Exeter follow the signs for the Guildhall car park (closest) or the Mary Arches Street car park. If you are coming from Exeter St Davids station it is about a 20 minute walk to the pub, or you can take the "H" bus from the station to central Exeter and walk a couple of blocks to the pub. 

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about this event, email us at

Sunday, October 18, 2015

AB Accessory Information Day - Bristol - Saturday 16 January 2016

Do you have an AB CI or are you thinking about getting one?
If so, you may want to attend the AB Accessory Information Day in Bristol on Saturday 16 January 2016 -- a great opportunity to see and handle accessories like the AquaCase and the Roger Pen, learn more about how they work, and ask the AB team questions about both your CI and the accessories. Please see the flyer below for how to register for this free event.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Upcoming CI Social - Bristol - Sun 11 October

You are all welcome to come to our upcoming Autumn Social in BRISTOL on Sunday 11 October. 

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, email us at or join our Facebook group to ask questions there.


Sunday 11 October 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm 

Upstairs at the SMALL BAR - centrally located near Queen Square
31 King Street, Bristol BS1 4DZ
Look for the comfy sofas upstairs! 
(see below for links to Google Maps and venue website)

All CI users and candidates are welcome, plus interested friends and family. If you can't make our Bristol event, check out our next event in EXETER on Sat 22 Nov (venue information to come later).

Hope to see you soon!
Katherine and Dave (organisers)

Google Location Map:,-2.5949983,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48718e788440afcb:0x4d6c80ad935768c8?hl=en-US

Venue Website:

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Save the Date - CI South West Autumn Socials

CI South West is pleased to announce our Autumn social events!

First up is BRISTOL - Sun 11 October, 1:30-4:30pm.

and then EXETER - Sat 21 November, 1:30-4:30pm.

Save the date(s)... more information on venue will be provided closer to the time. Our events are always a great opportunity to meet other CI users and candidates, hope you can make it! :)

Those interested in chatting to others in the South West of England or who want to be kept informed of future events are welcome to join our FB group:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Picnic in the Park - Newbury, Berkshire

Our friend Michele Chemaly is hosting an outdoor CI social in Newbury, Berkshire, and you're all invited! Katherine Cooley will be going along too, we hope to see you there! 

If you are thinking of coming along, please RSVP so that we can let you know the alternative venue in case of rain! Fingers crossed it will be a lovely day. 

Picnic in the Park - Saturday 8 August 2015 
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Victoria Park, Newbury, Berkshire
We are meeting at the bandstand! Bring your own snacks and drinks. 

A short stroll from Newbury train station, great for those traveling by public transport.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CI South West Summer Social 2015 - Bath

Join us at the next CI South West social event on Saturday, 13 June!

This is our most popular event of the year, held at the Hop Pole pub in Bath. When you arrive, come and look for us in the pub, or in the extensive beer garden if it's a lovely day! 

This event is more family friendly than most, located directly across the street from the large children's playground at the Royal Victoria Park in Bath. 

Saturday, 13 June 2015
1:30pm to 4:30pm

The Hop Pole (Bath Ales)
7, Albion Buildings
Upper Bristol Rd
Bath BA1 3AR

Travelling Notes: 

The Hop Pole is part of the Bath Ales chain of pubs and has very good food, tea and coffee all day in addition to ales. This particular pub is located a bit further west out of town on the Upper Bristol Road. 

If you arrive by train, it is a 15-20 minute walk (mostly flat) to the pub and park, or if you prefer the scenic route you can go by way of the shopping high street, the Circus, and the Royal Crescent before dipping back down to Royal Victoria Park and Upper Bristol Road. 

It is also possible to catch a bus to the pub and park from the Bath central bus station, which is located next to the Bath Spa train station.

If you are travelling to this event from Bristol, you might consider taking the Bristol to Bath X39 bus route which passes directly in front of the pub (look for the park and children's playground on your left, get off there and walk to the Hop Pole). 

There is limited parking in central Bath and near the pub, but it may be easier to use the Park and Ride and come into Bath by bus.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions, want more directions or pointers, or suggestions for what to do in Bath.

Details of playground equipment at Royal Victoria Park:

Friday, May 1, 2015

CI Coffee Morning and Afternoon Social - Sat 9 May - Reading, Berkshire

Coffee morning for prospective candidates at the Shed, 
plus an afternoon event at the Pitcher & Piano open to all. 

These two events in Reading, Berkshire are being hosted by our good friend Michele Chemaly - a great opportunity to meet people from a variety of CI centres, as well as other CI candidates!

Unfortunately both of the CI South West organisers (Dave and Katherine) have other obligations on the 9th May so we will be unable to attend. However you will be in excellent hands with Michele and her crew!

Please see the flyers below for more detail on when and where. Both events are within convenient walking distance of Reading central train station.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CISW April Social - Taunton, Somerset

Sunday 12 April 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Coal Orchard pub, 30 Bridge St, Taunton TA1 1UD

Join us for our first CI social in Taunton! Conveniently located ten minutes walk from Taunton Railway Station in the centre of town. Taunton is only a 35-minute train ride from Bristol Temple Meads. There are also several town centre car parks nearby.

Directions from Taunton Railway Station (10 minute walk):
1. Head south from the station, by turning left onto Kingston Road and walk under the railway bridge.

2. Then turn left onto Bridge Road - The Coal Orchard (Wetherspoons) is located on the left side of the street. To find us in the pub, look out for the CI South West signs on the tables!

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about this event. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Resource

Since we couldn't find a comprehensive list of CI blogs written by UK CI users, we decided to create one ourselves. We hope that new CI candidates will find this list useful. 

This new list is a work in progress -- please let us know if you spot any problems such as broken links, or if you know of other UK CI blogs that we should include!

UK CI Blogs

Many thanks,

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bristol CI Social - Sat 24 January

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Dave and Katherine are pleased to announce our first event of 2015:

Saturday 24 January - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Colston Yard, Bristol

Chat about all things CI with fellow CI users and CI candidates at Colston Yard pub in central Bristol. We are a friendly bunch, happy to answer questions and share experiences. 

Let us know if you're planning to join us on the 24th (especially if you haven't been to a CI South West event before), and we'll be looking out for you! Family and friends are welcome to come along too.

Colston Yard pub is a little hard to find, near Bristol Royal Infirmary and close to the centre of Bristol and bus stops. We've found it to be a good location for socials in the past (large, relatively quiet area with comfortable seating). Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions about this event.