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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 2019 at the November meeting, members re-elected President Tina Holbrook for another year and then tried “Swishing” – swapping unwanted items of clothing, including a particularly magnificent hat. The December meeting is the annual Christmas meal – please bring a Secret Santa present (value approx. £5) and socks, gloves and toiletries for Julian House hostel for homeless people in Bath. Meet at Doynton village hall on Wednesday December 11th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News October 2019 At the October meeting, Paul Evans amused the audience with stories and poems about life in general, with many coming from the people and places of his adopted home, Wickwar. The authors he quoted included locals like John Osborne and Laurie Lee, as well as some from further afield, such as John Betjeman and Dylan Thomas, rendered with authentic local accents. The most poignant of all, however, was the tragic tale of Reg the glow-worm, who met the love of his short life in a gutter, only to find that she was nothing but … a discarded Benson & Hedges. Next month’s meeting, on Wednesday November 13th, 7.30 p.m., will be held in Wick Chapel because of the works in Doynton village hall. The annual general meeting (nominations for the WI committee welcome!) will be followed by “Swishing” – bring and swap your unwanted clothes and create a new look for winter at zero cost! All welcome!

WI News September 2019 At the September meeting, Lucienne Boyce brought the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Bristol to life through the experiences of five brave women who were all arrested on the same day and sent to Horfield Prison. In their impassioned campaign for votes for women, they succeeded in harassing and assaulting a surprisingly large number of senior politicians, including Winston Churchill, but they suffered for their beliefs, with regular spells in prison, hunger strikes and the cruel force-feeding that permanently damaged their health. Use your own votes, ladies! The WI craft group has restarted for the new season – it meets at Holy Trinity Church, Doynton, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays. Next month’s meeting features a talk by Paul Evans on “Village life” – we know all about that! The competition is “a photo of a past village event”. Please bring books for the book stall, but do take your books home at the end if they have not sold. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday October 9th, 7.30 p.m.

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