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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News October 2022 at the October meeting, Mark Rutterford kindly stepped in at short notice and entertained members with three short stories that he had written. All three were partially true and partially taken from Mark’s wild imagination but all humorous and with pertinent props! Unfortunately, the planned Christmas Shopping trip has had to be cancelled owing to lack of numbers and there were no new volunteers for next year’s Committee. The November meeting is “in house” and is also the annual general meeting. We will be making some Christmas decorations and are asking members to bring along an old unwanted paperback book (of about 120–150 pages) and a couple of bulldog clips or strong pegs. Visitors most welcome at Doynton village hall, November 9th, at 7.30 p.m.

WI News September 2022 members paid tribute to our late Queen, who happened to be the WI’s longest-serving member and, we felt, part of our WI family. Members heard snippets from Sandringham WI members, who described her annual January visits as “one of us”, joining in with songs and games at the village hall in West Newton. There was a lovely framed photograph of Her Majesty, along with a lit candle and a beautiful flower arrangement from a member’s garden to honour a remarkable woman and a remarkable reign. The speaker Nicola Beauman (and her little dog Gilbert!) enthralled our ladies with the story of the creation of her (very small but exquisite) publishing house Persephone Books Ltd, originally based in London but now in Bath. Her absolute passion is to rediscover and reprint 20th-century women writers’ work. This speaker, with her quiet and calm manner, was a real treat, and members were totally captivated! Nicola’s talk was followed by coffee and natter and a harvest stall, which raised £43 for WI funds. There was the usual annual plea for new committee members (especially from Doynton, as we desperately need representatives for our “two village” group). Next month’s speaker, in a change from the published programme, is Mark Rutterford, a writer-performer of short stories with humour and props. The competition is “a pumpkin”. Visitors always welcome. See you on October 12th, 7.30 p.m. at Doynton village hall.

WI News July/August 2022 July has always been our Mystery Evening. This year, members ventured out to Box, near Bath, where local historian Claire Dimond Mills provided maps and questions for a walking quiz around the village. A delicious supper followed, and a good time was had by all. At the August meeting, Dr Amy Frost of Bath Preservation Trust gave a fascinating account of the life and strange works of William Beckford (1760–1844), the traveller, writer and art collector who built the famous golden tower on Lansdown, Bath. William’s father and grandfather made a fortune with their sugar plantations in Jamaica – thanks to the sweat and blood of countless slaves, as Amy reminded us – and William promptly spent it all on paintings, sculptures and a Gothic country house at Fonthill in Wiltshire. When the money finally ran out, he downsized to Lansdown Crescent in Bath, with a back garden running all the way up the hill to the site of his new tower. A true British eccentric.

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