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Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News June 2022 in a change to the published programme, the speaker in June was Caroline Sheldrick, who talked members through the many medicinal herbs growing unnoticed in our gardens. From the antiseptic qualities of lavender and the digestive properties of mint, through lemon balm for treating cold sores, to dandelion tea and nettle soup, a host of traditional remedies awaits us in gardens and hedgerows – free and as natural as you can get. Members then drank to Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne with “No-Secco” and delicious cake, as only the WI can make it. July sees the annual WI outing – a mystery trip starting from Doynton village hall at the earlier time of 6.45 p.m. Come prepared to walk a short way, with a cardie for the cool of the evening and enough money for supper. At the meeting in August, Amy Frost will speak on Beckford Tower on Lansdown. The competition is: “a holiday photograph”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday August 10th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News May 2022 in a change to the published programme, John Lever, an art expert and resident of Doynton, took members on a tour of his second-favourite place to live – Florence, which has captivated lovers of art, churches and fine food for centuries. The magic began the moment we stepped off the train and, after a fortifying coffee at the Gran Caffè San Marco – it’s 6 a.m. after all – began our visit with the San Marco museum, formerly a monastery founded by the banker Cosimo de' Medici as he felt death and possible damnation drawing nearer. Moving on via the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, and learning about the genius of Michelangelo and Botticelli on the way, we arrive at the cathedral, begun in 1296 but not completed until 140 years later, when the architect Brunelleschi found a workable design for the gigantic dome of the cathedral. A quick glimpse of Michelangelo’s “David” – apparently the ladies favour the view from the rear – and a refreshing ice-cream, and our tour is over – sore feet, but many unforgettable memories. Coming down to earth a little, members voted unanimously in favour of this year’s national resolution, on diagnosis and management of autism and ADHD in women and girls, which will go forward to the annual general meeting in June. At the June meeting, in another change to the programme, Caroline Sheldrick will speak on “medicinal herbs in your garden”, and members will raise a glass to the health of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 70 years on the throne. The competition is “a royal souvenir”. Please come dressed in red, white or blue (or all three!) to maintain the patriotic theme. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday June 8th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News April 2022 At the April meeting, Gill Sammonds described the work of the Avon Wildlife Trust in the CUBA (Counties that Used to Be Avon) area – that’s the closest we’re ever going to get to salsa, mojito and tropical beaches! In fact, the precious countryside protected by the Trust includes salt marshes in Somerset and Brown’s Folly near Bath (home to 13 species of bats), as well as our own local Willsbridge Mill. Trust volunteers clear brambles and scatter wildflower seeds and run gardening classes and school events at Grow Wilder in Frenchay, Bristol. At the May meeting, members will discuss the national WI resolution, on “women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported”. There will be a plant stall. Karen Beasley will lead a gardening container demonstration and quiz. The competition is “a Chelsea garden in a saucer”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday May 11th, 7.30 p.m.

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