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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

We organise garden visits, theatre trips and fundraising events during the year. 

WI News October 2017 It may seem a long way from the Wiltshire town of Melksham to the icy swell of the Atlantic Ocean, but the speaker in October, Lt. Commander Geoffrey Carr, skilfully wove the two together by tracing – as far as possible – the history of the Goodwin family, who lived in Melksham before embarking on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic in April 1912. Geoffrey described the family’s life in Melksham, the allegedly “unsinkable” flagship of the Atlantic run and the combination of random events which led to the tragedy. Lots of fascinating detail and a few myths debunked. Next month’s meeting is the AGM when the new committee will be elected for 2018. The speaker is Amanda White demonstrating “Gift Frippery”. Competition: the most attractively wrapped tissue box (to be donated to Julian House hostel for the homeless at Christmas). All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday November 8th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News September 2017 It all began when speaker Martin Pool, retired from Rolls Royce, received an invitation to attend a meeting about an orphanage in India. His was a long story, full of laughs, but from that chance call Martin visited the orphanage – Haven Home in India – initially to build some play equipment. There were 130 orphans at this home and Martin realized their great need. From that small beginning, he has helped raised money for a school, medical centre, boundary fence, beds and much, much more. The talk culminated in a DVD entitled A Life in the Day of a Child at Haven Home (with the day starting at 6.30 a.m.). This man is totally humbling. He has no grandchildren but considers the children at the home to be his, and invited any member to join him on his next trip to the orphanage. Thank-you letters have been received from the following charities: Survive, RUH Cancer Care, Peggy Dodd Centre and the local Samaritans. The annual harvest stall was manned (womaned?) by our resident stallholders – Caroline and Carol. Nominations are needed for the WI committee before the AGM in November: several members are willing to step down to allow for some new ideas. The next meeting on October 11th (Doynton village hall, 7.30 p.m.) will feature a talk by Lt. Commander Geoffrey Carr entitled “Titanic – a Wiltshire family”. The competition is: “a seafaring picture”. See you there!

WI News July 2017 The annual mystery outing in July saw members piling on to the Park & Ride bus on Lansdown for an exclusive after-hours guided tour of the Museum of Fashion, in the basement of the Georgian Assembly Rooms. After trying on all the gowns and bonnets, it was back on the bus again for a tasty ploughman’s supper at the Blathwayt Arms and a glimpse of the runners and riders careering around Bath racecourse. In August, in a change to the published programme, Naomi Burrough gave a demonstration and talk on the Body Shop At Home range of skin-care and make-up products, with one lucky member acting as guinea-pig. Next month’s meeting on Wednesday September 13th (7.30 p.m.) in Doynton village hall will feature a talk by Martyn Poole about the Haven Home school and orphanage in Andhra Pradesh, India. The competition is: “something to depict India”. Bring a well-stocked purse, a shopping bag and donations for the annual harvest stall. All welcome!

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