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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News June 2019 At the June meeting, Chris Westgate of Heavenly Hedgerows talked about the food, preserves and liqueurs she prepares from natural ingredients gathered from the hedgerows. From small beginnings in her home kitchen, Chris has built up a business supplying restaurants, hotels, weddings and the general public with natural products ranging from sloe gin to lavender jelly, scooping up three local Good Food awards along the way. Chris also runs foraging courses to help you find your own goodies on those country walks – and know what to avoid! It all looked delicious (your correspondent still doesn’t quite dare to try nettle soup, though …). Next month’s meeting is the annual mystery trip and supper – looking forward to a great evening out! Meet at Doynton village hall at the slightly earlier time of 7.15 p.m. The meeting in August (Wednesday August 14th, 7.30 p.m., Doynton village hall) features a return visit by John Caldicott, telling “Daisy’s Story”. The competition is “a pretty handkerchief”.

WI News May 2019 At the May meeting, members approved the resolutions that will go forward to the national WI meeting in June, on rural bus services and cervical cancer screening. Our own Maureen Crew talked about Associated Countrywomen of the World, the largest international organization for both rural and urban women with a membership of 9 million in over 70 countries. Your “Coins for Friendship” and contributions to the “Flower of the Month” competition have helped to fund water, sanitation, agriculture and education projects, mostly in Africa and India. On June 12th, (Doynton village hall, 7.30 p.m.), Chris Westgate will talk on “Heavenly hedgerows”. The competition is “a hedgerow posy in a jam jar”. Don’t forget to bring your surplus seedlings and seeds for the plant stall!

WI News April 2019 At the April meeting, John Hoyland told the story of the Friendly Societies – the forerunner of today’s welfare state. The Friendly Societies were set up by working people, who paid a small monthly subscription in return for sick pay, medical care and pensions in times of need. They also fulfilled a valuable social function, with monthly meetings (often in the local pub) and an annual “walking day” – a holiday on which members paraded around the village carrying their distinctive brass emblems. Next month (Wednesday May 8th, 7.30 p.m., in Doynton village hall), members will vote on the resolutions to be debated by the WI at national level, and our own Maureen Crew will talk about the work of Associated Countrywomen of the World, the largest international organization for rural women. The competition is “something from India”. The WI is contributing a hamper for the raffle at the village hall summer party on June 28th. Please bring items (home-made or bought) that remind you of the WI, of Doynton or of the hall to our meeting on May 8th – the village hall committee will make up the hamper prettily. Please also bring plants for the plant stall.

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