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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 2018 This year has seen some memorable speakers, and September's was no exception! In “My Journey to the Weakest Link”, Linda Dowsett told us how she “accidentally” applied to go on the famous TV programme and how she ended up giving Anne Robinson a run for her money! Author Linda entertained us with anecdotes and funny stories about her life and her support for her chosen charity, Guide Dogs for The Blind, to which she donates her speaker's fees. An incredible, warm, funny and endlessly entertaining character, who gave members a real treat. On October 10th, Diana Holdsworth will enlighten members about U3A, the “University of the Third Age”. The competition is “an item depicting your hobby”. All welcome at Doynton village hall at 7.30 p.m.

WI News August 2018 At the August meeting, John Caldicott gave a moving account of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital, where desperate women gave up their babies in the hope of a better life for them than their own grinding poverty. The first “hospital” was founded in the eighteenth century and provided food, shelter and a basic education intended to prepare the boys for apprenticeships or the armed forces and the girls for domestic service – but no love, and the constant shame of a start in life which none of them had chosen. John himself arrived at the hospital in 1936 at the age of five. Boys and girls were strictly segregated and isolated from the local community. John eventually left the institution, made a career for himself and married, “but I had to learn to live in a family”. Next month’s meeting will feature Linda Dowsett on “My journey to The Weakest Link”. Competition: the most famous person you have met. Bring your surplus produce for the harvest stall. All welcome on Wednesday September 12th, 7.30 p.m., at Doynton village hall.

WI News July 2018 Traditionally, July is our mystery trip each year. We have experienced some great evenings. This year, we were let down at the last minute and President Tina Holbrook contacted her friend Teresa Wharton, who normally does cookery demonstrations for 4‑6 people, but agreed in this instance to do a Chinese cookery demonstration for 46! The demonstration took place at Hamswell Farm (where several members, as well as our late and much-missed member Caroline Rubery, have lived in the past). The barn has been turned into a cookery demonstration area, and will shortly host the 40th wedding anniversary celebrations of Teresa and her husband Richard. We watched our host as she prepared ingredients and demonstrated how to prepare a lettuce wrap starter and a wonton soup with dumplings. We then all took picnic chairs into her garden and sampled the food. Prior to our meeting the Committee had got together at Tina's and provided a picnic box for each member to enjoy later. The farm is in an amazing spot in the Cotswold hills. It was such a lovely evening and the gardens were magnificent, absolutely at their best. It was just the perfect place on such a beautiful night. Our hosts were most hospitable, and Richard even kept us up to date with the football scores during the course of the evening. The next meeting is back in Doynton village hall, on Wednesday August 8th, 7.30 p.m. The speaker is John Caldicott, speaking on the Foundling Hospital, the home for abandoned children founded by Thomas Coram in the 18th century. The competition is: a favourite Teddy. All welcome!

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