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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News February 2020 The speaker in February was Helen Mackie of the Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home. Jessica May Purrington was born with a serious genetic condition and died at the age of just 4½ months. Her parents, Chris and Philippa, founded the charity in 1996 to provide nursing and respite care for children and young people who are not expected to live beyond the age of 19. When the Jessie May nurse arrives, the child’s parents can take that essential break that enables them to carry on – running errands, visiting friends or spending time with their other children – knowing that their sick or disabled child is in the best of hands. The competition, “a childhood toy”, produced several loved-to-death teddies and a peek-a-boo clown. Next month’s meeting will feature a talk by Graham Hunter of Freewheelers EVS, a group of volunteer motorcyclists who deliver urgently needed blood and medical supplies around the South West. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday March 12th, 7.30 p.m. The competition is “a heart-shaped item”. Please bring chocolate eggs for the children of Grimsbury Park School and any surplus packets of garden seeds for our seed stall.

WI News November 2019 at the November meeting, members re-elected President Tina Holbrook for another year and then tried “Swishing” – swapping unwanted items of clothing, including a particularly magnificent hat. The December meeting is the annual Christmas meal – please bring a Secret Santa present (value approx. £5) and socks, gloves and toiletries for Julian House hostel for homeless people in Bath. Meet at Doynton village hall on Wednesday December 11th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News October 2019 At the October meeting, Paul Evans amused the audience with stories and poems about life in general, with many coming from the people and places of his adopted home, Wickwar. The authors he quoted included locals like John Osborne and Laurie Lee, as well as some from further afield, such as John Betjeman and Dylan Thomas, rendered with authentic local accents. The most poignant of all, however, was the tragic tale of Reg the glow-worm, who met the love of his short life in a gutter, only to find that she was nothing but … a discarded Benson & Hedges. Next month’s meeting, on Wednesday November 13th, 7.30 p.m., will be held in Wick Chapel because of the works in Doynton village hall. The annual general meeting (nominations for the WI committee welcome!) will be followed by “Swishing” – bring and swap your unwanted clothes and create a new look for winter at zero cost! All welcome!

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