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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 2018 at the AGM this month, President Tina Holbrook and the committee were re-elected for a further year. Tony Coverdale of the Saltford Brass Mill Project gave a fascinating account of Bristol’s little-known brass manufacturing industry, based at the “batteries” situated up and down the River Avon. The brass pots and kettles were exported to West Africa where, sadly, they were sold to buy slaves. Saltford Brass Mill is open to visitors every summer – well worth a visit! The annual WI Christmas meal will take place at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton, on Wednesday December 12th. Meet at the railway at 7.00 p.m. Please bring a wrapped Secret Santa present (value approx. £5) and unwrapped socks/ gloves/ hats/ toiletries for donation to Julian House hostel for the homeless in Bath.

WI News October 2018 Members were indebted to Hughie Evans (a.k.a. the Chocolate Dinosaur) who stepped in at the last moment to give us a really interesting talk about the connections between Bristol and chocolate. It was sad to see images of some of the remnants of the buildings that were once flourishing and formed part of that story and a reminder of the names associated with chocolate production in Bristol – Cadbury, Fry, Carson, Churchman, Elizabeth Shaw and Packer, to name but a few. Members were also shown film of the factory in Keynsham in production, making bars of chocolate that were familiar but are no longer available, and they learned the secrets of how many of the old favourite bars were made, including how they got the “squiggle” in the Curly Wurly! Hughie, who himself worked for Cadbury’s for over 30 years, brought along many chocolate samples, old chocolate tins and packaging, as well as the famous apostrophe from the Cadbury’s factory, which now resides in his back garden. Next month's meeting on November 14th is our annual general meeting, but don’t let that put you off! We also have a speaker, who will talk about Saltford Brass Mill. The competition is “a cleaning tip”. Bring items for the annual Christmas Child shoeboxes if you wish (small toys, school supplies, soap, toothbrush and paste, etc.).

WI News September 2018 This year has seen some memorable speakers, and September's was no exception! In “My Journey to the Weakest Link”, Linda Dowsett told us how she “accidentally” applied to go on the famous TV programme and how she ended up giving Anne Robinson a run for her money! Author Linda entertained us with anecdotes and funny stories about her life and her support for her chosen charity, Guide Dogs for The Blind, to which she donates her speaker's fees. An incredible, warm, funny and endlessly entertaining character, who gave members a real treat. On October 10th, Diana Holdsworth will enlighten members about U3A, the “University of the Third Age”. The competition is “an item depicting your hobby”. All welcome at Doynton village hall at 7.30 p.m.

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