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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News November 2017 This month saw the annual general meeting, which elects the WI committee for the next year. Three new members were elected: Ruth Davidson, Chris Searle and Pam Wilmott. Tina Holbrook will continue as President. The job of Treasurer will be shared by Angela Dimmer and Chris Searle. In a festively inspired talk, our speaker, Amanda White, talked about her first venture into gift-wrapping – a collection of jewellery and other small gifts for her daughter, concealed in a representation of the Harrods storefront. Amanda has now made a successful business out of teaching people to wrap presents inventively. She showed a few of her secrets, including wrapping a bottle of wine to resemble a poinsettia and a book which became a rustic delight rustling with raffia. So many presents, so little time… A sales table was set up to raise money for Haven Home, the children’s orphanage in India which we heard about a few months ago. Fundraising efforts will continue over the coming months to raise money to buy school uniforms for the children, and fabric has been donated to make drawstring school bags for them. WI Christmas: The Doynton Group carol service will take place at Marshfield church on December3 rd. The Avon Federation of WIs will provide a decorated Christmas tree for the Treefest, to be held at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, from December 6th to 11th. Doynton and Wick’s own Christmas celebration will take place on Wednesday December 13th at 7.30 p.m. in Doynton village hall. Please bring a savoury dish to share, a wrapped present (value approx. £5) for the perennially popular Secret Santa game and a donation for Julian House hostel for homeless people in Bath – socks, hats and gloves particularly appreciated.

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!

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