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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 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.

WI News July/August 2019 The meeting in July was the annual mystery trip, which this year took members to Chew Valley Lake, where everyone enjoyed the good weather over a delicious meal at the Salt and Malt and exercised their little grey cells over a quiz about the lake. At the August meeting, members heard about the successful Doynton Group meeting at Shortwood, featuring Punch and Judy on the pier and a home-made film of a WI murder mystery. We then welcomed back John Caldicott with a further instalment of his life after leaving the Coram Foundling Hospital. John gave a moving account of the search for his mother Daisy, who gave him up as a baby in 1936. After years of detective work, John, Daisy and his five half-brothers were eventually reunited. Daisy kept the secret of John’s father’s identity a close secret until she died, but DNA tests have recently identified him with a high degree of certainty. Next month’s meeting will feature a talk by Lucienne Boyce on the Bristol Suffragette movement. The competition is: “a woman who has inspired you and why”, and there will be a harvest sales stall. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday September 11th, 7.30 p.m.

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”.

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