Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News March 2024 Members welcomed Jenny Bowman, speaking on “The King of Swaziland and his 15 Wives”. Jenny shared her love for Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), a small independent African kingdom. She showed some lovely photographs of the colourful characters and culture, abundant wildlife and varied landscapes. Did you know that the collective name for a group of zebras is a “dazzle”? Next month, we look forward to a returning speaker, the genealogist Claire Dimond Mills, who will be delving into our very own WI’s 100-year-old past with her presentation “Who do we think WE are?”. Anyone with an interest in our local history is most welcome as a guest (tickets £4). Men are allowed too (if they dare!). The competition is “a memory of a past meeting”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday April 10th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News February 2024 It was a dark and drizzly February evening when members of Doynton and Wick WI met to welcome back Geoff Vian, who transported them to the glamour of the TV studio with an account of his lifetime career as a TV cameraman. Joining the BBC in London at the age of 18, Geoff worked on many popular sets, including The Good Life, Top of the Pops and Blue Peter, as well as big sporting events like Wimbledon, the Ashes and several Olympic Games. His very last camera shot was of the Brownlee brothers being awarded their gold and silver medals in the 2016 Games. Geoff now volunteers for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, visiting schools and colleges. Members’ memories were then put to the test with a TV theme tune quiz. There was a plea for a new Treasurer, together with a warning that, unless someone stepped forward, the end of this year could also see the closure of our 100-year-old WI! On March 13th, the speaker will be Jenny Bowman on “the King of Swaziland and his 15 wives”. The competition is “The Big Five”. Doynton and Wick WI meet at Doynton village hall on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are most welcome.

WI News January 2024 Doynton and Wick WI kicked off its centenary year with a talk by Rob Jones on life with triplets – a topic not unfamiliar to some of the audience. Rob retired from his stressful police career to find himself multitasking as a stay-at-home dad to a two-year-old and three infants. And he can still joke about it! Next month’s speaker is Geoff Vian on “my life as a TV cameraman”. The competition is: “a favourite TV programme”. All welcome at Doynton village hall on Wednesday February 8th, 7.30 p.m. Please bring any tins or packets you can spare for the foodbank.

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