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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News July 2018 Traditionally, July is our mystery trip each year. We have experienced some great evenings. This year, we were let down at the last minute and President Tina Holbrook contacted her friend Teresa Wharton, who normally does cookery demonstrations for 4‑6 people, but agreed in this instance to do a Chinese cookery demonstration for 46! The demonstration took place at Hamswell Farm (where several members, as well as our late and much-missed member Caroline Rubery, have lived in the past). The barn has been turned into a cookery demonstration area, and will shortly host the 40th wedding anniversary celebrations of Teresa and her husband Richard. We watched our host as she prepared ingredients and demonstrated how to prepare a lettuce wrap starter and a wonton soup with dumplings. We then all took picnic chairs into her garden and sampled the food. Prior to our meeting the Committee had got together at Tina's and provided a picnic box for each member to enjoy later. The farm is in an amazing spot in the Cotswold hills. It was such a lovely evening and the gardens were magnificent, absolutely at their best. It was just the perfect place on such a beautiful night. Our hosts were most hospitable, and Richard even kept us up to date with the football scores during the course of the evening. The next meeting is back in Doynton village hall, on Wednesday August 8th, 7.30 p.m. The speaker is John Caldicott, speaking on the Foundling Hospital, the home for abandoned children founded by Thomas Coram in the 18th century. The competition is: a favourite Teddy. All welcome!

WI News June 2018 at the June meeting, Bob Skelt told many fascinating stories about the people behind the WW2 codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. As the storm clouds gathered over Europe, a small group of codebreakers from the Government Code and Cypher School (or “Golf, Cheese and Chess Society”, as it was irreverently known) quietly moved into a 19th-century mansion 50 miles from London. At its height, the top-secret centre was the base for over 10,000 codebreakers, translators, engineers and support staff. So seriously did they take the Official Secrets Act that some married couples were not aware that they had both worked at Bletchley until the secrecy was relaxed somewhat in the 1970s. It was hard, exhausting work, albeit a vital contribution to the war effort, but there was time for fun too, with amateur theatricals, concerts and croquet on the lawn. A detailed and intriguing account of the team of dedicated people Winston Churchill called “the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled”. Members of the craft group proudly showed off the ceramic mosaics they had made at their most recent special event, and presented President Tina Holbrook with a mosaic teapot stand. Members were reminded to bring their favourite recipe for the WI compilation which is being prepared. Next month’s meeting is the annual mystery outing. Meet at Doynton village hall on Wednesday July 11th at 6.50 p.m. Wear warm clothing and shoes suitable for walking, and bring a folding chair if possible.

WI News May 2018 Doynton and Wick, like many WIs, have many speakers over the year, but some seem to remain with you and touch your hearts and minds. This was the case with our speaker Martin Poole, with his talk about Haven Home, an orphanage in India. Martin seemed to be so ordinary, and yet so extraordinary when telling us of his involvement in the project. Our members felt moved to help. We raised £500 from the Cycle Race towards uniform for the children and members also felt like doing something practical. So we made 150 school bags – all different. We invited Martin back to collect the bags and the cheque this month (see the picture here), and he was so delighted with our efforts and invited anyone of us to join him on his next trip to visit the orphanage. We also had a very amusing talk from a midwife telling us many stories of different confinements which had us laughing out loud – what an amazing career she had. Next on a more serious note we formed groups to discuss the resolution to be put forward at our AGM in Cardiff. This was a resolution entitled “'Mental Health Matters”, which was passed by a good majority. Our President, Tina Holbrook, will represent a group of WIs at Cardiff in June and we look forward to her report. The meeting next month will feature a talk by Bob Skelt on Bletchley Park, the WW2 code-breaking centre that featured in the film “Enigma” and home to some of the world’s earliest computers. There will be an “on-the-spot” competition. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday June 13th, 7.30 p.m.

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