Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

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.

WI News November 2023 In November, Doynton and Wick WI welcomed Susan Symonds, whose interest in her subject, Queen Victoria, was sparked when she came across an old portrait of the Queen dressed in her famous dark attire and wearing a very sour expression. Susan, however, painted a rather different picture of the “Young Victoria” and told of her unexpected and surprising destiny in the “Royal Race for the British Crown”. Originally named Alexandrina, and known as Little Drina as a child, she chose her second name Victoria upon taking the throne. Excerpts from her daily journals that covered her entire life from the age of 11 tell of her meeting her COUSIN Albert and the effect it had on her: “My heart is quite glowing”, she wrote. As Monarch, she had to propose to him (!) and the rest is history, as they say! Susan’s talk was followed by our AGM in which we looked back on the previous year and looked forward to the next, our Centenary Year. Twelve of the 14 Committee members remain, (re)joined by Elizabeth Copping. Tina Holbrook remains for her ninth and final year as President. A plea was made for some new faces, especially to take the leading roles the following year in 2025 if Doynton and Wick WI, and indeed Avon Federation, are to stand the test of time. Both are in desperate need of new volunteers. There was a huge response in donations for the homeless, as well as several bags of food items for the foodbank from our generous members. We look forward to our Christmas celebrations at Tracy Park, as well as our special year ahead. Next meetings: Wednesdays December 14th (Christmas meal) and January 10th (7.30 p.m. at Doynton village hall).


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