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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

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!

WI News June 2017 Members were both moved and entertained by the poetry of author Anne Holloway. A local girl who attended Bath High School but now, in her 50s, after a colourful few years of deciding where her destiny lay, settled for Nottingham. With the help of members’ suggestions, she composed a poem all about our group, including the immortal lines: "We are the Doynton and Wick WI We are blue, clear sky blue, We are cropped jeans, We are Ford Fiestas We are lashings of delicious curries Etc......" All very amusing but it made us realize how easy making poetry actually is. Her poem that she had written about her late father, inspired by the ticking of an old wrist watch, was utterly enchanting. She told members about the inspiration for her book Korokas which plots her life and loves in Greece, where she spent several years. Anne's latest passion now is helping others publish their works. She was a very charismatic speaker.  Next month’s meeting on Wednesday July 13th is the annual mystery outing. Meet at Doynton village hall at the earlier time of 5 p.m. Bring £10 for supper (full cost subsidized from WI funds) and a few pounds for bus fare or your bus pass if you have one. And that’s all you get to know until the evening!

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