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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News April 2017 The speakers in April were Ron and Gina Pritchard of the local charity RP Fighting Blindness, which provides information about and raises funds for research into the hereditary eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, a group of diseases leading to “tunnel vision” and a greater or lesser loss of sight. The couple’s two sons were both affected. Ron and Gina now give talks and fundraise by collecting used postage stamps – all donations welcome: cut around the stamp, leaving the perforation intact, and contact bristolsglosfightingblindness[at]gmail.com to arrange collection. At next month’s meeting, members will discuss and vote on two resolutions which will then go forward to the national level. These are on “alleviating loneliness” and “plastic soup” – no, not a new cookery course at Denman College, but a reference to the large amount of microplastic fibres, shed from synthetic clothing with every wash, which are contaminating our oceans and poisoning aquatic life. Come along to Doynton village hall on Wednesday, May 10th at 7.30 p.m.

WI News March 2017 At the March meeting, held at Wick Chapel owing to the redecoration of Doynton village hall, members heard a fascinating account from Wendy Locke of the work of Avon and Somerset Police’s own “CSIs”. Wendy is one of the forensic scientists who collect and analyse evidence from crime scenes to catch the culprit and secure a conviction. Members had the chance to investigate a gruesome crime of passion, with members of the audience playing the suspects. It turned out to be Angela Kidner who dunnit. A huge pile of chocolate eggs was collected as an Easter treat for the children of Warmley Park School. Next month’s meeting will feature a talk on “Fighting Blindness” by Ron and Gina Pritchard. The competition is “your prettiest spectacle case”. Please bring along your used stamps (cut from the envelope but preserving the perforated edge) for the speakers’ chosen charity. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday April 12th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News February 2017 At the February meeting, Dr Francis Burroughes recounted some amusing tales of his adventures talking to WIs across the South West. Often, just getting there on time was enough of a challenge, with tiny, unheated village halls down unlit, single-track country lanes. Not always, however; his story of the WI struggling to spend an enormous legacy, which put on a silver-service luncheon after every meeting sent members scurrying to study the WI’s dual-membership rules. The March meeting will feature Wendy Locke with a talk on “CSI”. The competition is: “a crime you would like to commit”! All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday March 8th, 7.30 p.m. Please bring cream eggs for our annual Easter gift to the children of Warmley Park School.


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