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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News December 2018–January 2019 the annual Christmas meeting was an enjoyable occasion, as always. This year, the venue was Avon Valley Railway in Bitton, where members enjoyed a festive meal in a converted railway carriage. The charity collection, amounting to over £90, was donated to Yate and Sodbury foodbank. The annual donation of socks, gloves and toiletries to Julian House hostel for the homeless in Bath was supplemented this year by a set of shirts, which will be lent to clients who need to dress smartly for accommodation viewings or job interviews. We take so much for granted ... At the January meeting, Genevieve Arney of Designability (formerly the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, based at the Royal United Hospital) demonstrated the Wizzybug – a colourful motorized wheelchair for disabled children up to the age of five. Wizzybugs are available for sale or on loan; the loan scheme has extended as far as Australia. They are attractive, solid little machines that turn on a sixpence, as members found for themselves when they had a go with the remote control. Hint: don’t get into an argument with a Wizzybug driver – your shins will thank you! In February, the speaker will be Ryan Lewis, with a talk on Bristol Zoo. The competition is “an old photo of the zoo”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday, February 13th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News November 2018 at the AGM this month, President Tina Holbrook and the committee were re-elected for a further year. Tony Coverdale of the Saltford Brass Mill Project gave a fascinating account of Bristol’s little-known brass manufacturing industry, based at the “batteries” situated up and down the River Avon. The brass pots and kettles were exported to West Africa where, sadly, they were sold to buy slaves. Saltford Brass Mill is open to visitors every summer – well worth a visit! The annual WI Christmas meal will take place at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton, on Wednesday December 12th. Meet at the railway at 7.00 p.m. Please bring a wrapped Secret Santa present (value approx. £5) and unwrapped socks/ gloves/ hats/ toiletries for donation to Julian House hostel for the homeless in Bath.

WI News October 2018 Members were indebted to Hughie Evans (a.k.a. the Chocolate Dinosaur) who stepped in at the last moment to give us a really interesting talk about the connections between Bristol and chocolate. It was sad to see images of some of the remnants of the buildings that were once flourishing and formed part of that story and a reminder of the names associated with chocolate production in Bristol – Cadbury, Fry, Carson, Churchman, Elizabeth Shaw and Packer, to name but a few. Members were also shown film of the factory in Keynsham in production, making bars of chocolate that were familiar but are no longer available, and they learned the secrets of how many of the old favourite bars were made, including how they got the “squiggle” in the Curly Wurly! Hughie, who himself worked for Cadbury’s for over 30 years, brought along many chocolate samples, old chocolate tins and packaging, as well as the famous apostrophe from the Cadbury’s factory, which now resides in his back garden. Next month's meeting on November 14th is our annual general meeting, but don’t let that put you off! We also have a speaker, who will talk about Saltford Brass Mill. The competition is “a cleaning tip”. Bring items for the annual Christmas Child shoeboxes if you wish (small toys, school supplies, soap, toothbrush and paste, etc.).


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