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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News May 2017 At the May meeting, members approved both of the national resolutions, on alleviating loneliness and eliminating microplastics from our oceans. Everyone had brought flowers and greenery from their gardens, and much fun was had making small posies to give to a neighbour or leave for a stranger to find. Next month’s meeting will feature a talk from author Anne Holloway, and the competition is “A hat to depict a fictional book character”. Come to Doynton village hall on Wednesday June 14th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News April 2017 The speakers in April were Ron and Gina Pritchard of the local charity RP Fighting Blindness, which provides information about and raises funds for research into the hereditary eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, a group of diseases leading to “tunnel vision” and a greater or lesser loss of sight. The couple’s two sons were both affected. Ron and Gina now give talks and fundraise by collecting used postage stamps – all donations welcome: cut around the stamp, leaving the perforation intact, and contact bristolsglosfightingblindness[at]gmail.com to arrange collection. At next month’s meeting, members will discuss and vote on two resolutions which will then go forward to the national level. These are on “alleviating loneliness” and “plastic soup” – no, not a new cookery course at Denman College, but a reference to the large amount of microplastic fibres, shed from synthetic clothing with every wash, which are contaminating our oceans and poisoning aquatic life. Come along to Doynton village hall on Wednesday, May 10th at 7.30 p.m.

WI News March 2017 At the March meeting, held at Wick Chapel owing to the redecoration of Doynton village hall, members heard a fascinating account from Wendy Locke of the work of Avon and Somerset Police’s own “CSIs”. Wendy is one of the forensic scientists who collect and analyse evidence from crime scenes to catch the culprit and secure a conviction. Members had the chance to investigate a gruesome crime of passion, with members of the audience playing the suspects. It turned out to be Angela Kidner who dunnit. A huge pile of chocolate eggs was collected as an Easter treat for the children of Warmley Park School. Next month’s meeting will feature a talk on “Fighting Blindness” by Ron and Gina Pritchard. The competition is “your prettiest spectacle case”. Please bring along your used stamps (cut from the envelope but preserving the perforated edge) for the speakers’ chosen charity. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday April 12th, 7.30 p.m.


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