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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News March 2018 Members have already made 100 schoolbags for the Haven Homes orphanage in India. Another 50 to go! The sales tables have made £122 – this amount will be made up to £500 from the proceeds of the cycle ride refreshments at the end of March. A mountain of chocolate Easter eggs was delivered to Warmley Park School, where staff assured members that they have ordered a special delivery of wet wipes for the post-feast clean-up! The speaker, Debbie Keeling, described her business, Bath Harvest Oils, based in Wilmington, a small hamlet near Newton St Loe. Debbie started her business in 2011 after hearing Chris Evans discussing rapeseed oil on his radio show. One hundred acres of the family’s 650-700-acre farm have been planted with rapeseed, rotated annually to keep the soil healthy. Rapeseed is a member of the cabbage family! Debbie demonstrated different infused rapeseed oils and mayonnaise, as well as soap made from rapeseed oil. She passed round chocolate brownies and lemon cake, also made from – you've got it – rapeseed oil. These are suitable for a gluten-free diet. Rapeseed oil is full of omega 3 oil and vitamin E and is excellent for roasting potatoes. Products were available to buy at the end of the talk. The speaker next month is Michele Fricker with a talk on Crust and Crumbs, her local home bakery. The competition is a home-made cake for the sales table. All welcome on Wednesday April 11th, 7.30 p.m., at Doynton village hall.

WI News February 2018 We heard a few months ago how horses were led through the wide entrance corridors of Chipping Sodbury’s many inns to the stables at the rear. At the February meeting, Jim Elsworth of Sodbury and District Historical Society had more stories to tell about the town’s long history as a trading centre. The reason there are so many pubs in Chipping Sodbury, Jim said, was originally the town’s position on the pilgrimage route to Kingswood Abbey in Gloucestershire, and later its role as a watering-hole for drovers taking cattle from Wales to London for sale. It wasn’t all about the demon drink, however: Jim also described the magnificent Little Sodbury Manor, where William Tyndale was moved to begin his translation of the New Testament into English, and the churches of various denominations, including the Quaker meeting house and the Roman Catholic church established (in a former pub, the Swan) by the wife of a local Anglican vicar. Doynton and Wick WI is so successful that the committee have decided to start a waiting list for new membership applications for the time being. Contact a committee member if you would like to join the list. Next month the talk will be on Bath Harvest Oils, and the competition is for “the prettiest jug”. Come to Doynton village hall on Wednesday March 14th, 7.30 p.m. Remember to bring chocolate cream eggs for the children of Warmley Park School.

WI News January 2018 At the January meeting, members exchanged fond memories of Caroline Rubery, who sadly passed away shortly before Christmas. A new Flower of the Month trophy is to be purchased in her name, in memory of the many times Caroline won the award. “Whichever direction your relationship is headed, a tandem will get you there quicker”, said the speaker, Marcus Mumford (no relation to our own Monica). Having spent their honeymoon on “a bicycle built for two” and still on speaking terms, Marcus and his wife Kirsty rented out their house, stored their worldly possessions in a shipping container and set off to pedal around the world. The journey had its ups (Tanglang La in India, at 5328 metres the second-highest mountain pass in the world) and downs (posting a reward for the return of the stolen tandem in Kyrgyzstan), but it all added up to an unforgettable experience and a host of evocative photographs. Members voted for the resolution they wish to see debated at national level later in the year, with the options including action to combat female genital mutilation and modern slavery. The annual post-Christmas bring-and-buy stall enjoyed a lively trade – Caroline would have been there ensuring that every last candle found a new home! The speaker next month is Jim Elsford on “From Stone Age to Waitrose in Chipping Sodbury”. The competition is “a historical/hysterical joke”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday February 14th, 7.30 p.m.

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