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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

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.

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.

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