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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 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.

WI News March 2019 At the March meeting, Charles Denny and Andy Berry talked about the Cotswold Canals Trust, which is painstakingly restoring a six-mile stretch of canal centred on Stroud, Gloucestershire. The restored canal will be available as a leisure and environmental resource for boaters, walkers, cyclists and wildlife – the Wallbridge Lower Lock development includes a special bypass around the lock for the local eels and fish. The Trust runs three visitor centres, in Saul, Stonehouse and Stroud, and offers boat trips in its two canal boats, Endeavour and Perseverance. The speaker next month (Wednesday April 10th, 7.30 p.m. in Doynton village hall) is John Hoyland on Friendly Societies. The competition is: a friendship gift idea. Members are invited to pot up any spare plant cuttings and bring them to the meetings in April, May and June for sale at 50p each for charity.

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