Doynton and Wick Women's Institute

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

WI News September 2023 The speaker for September on “Royal wedding dresses” failed to materialize (pun intentional), so members shared their own wedding memories – some poignant, some funny and some jaw-dropping! The conclusion was that every wedding is individual and very special. The harvest stall did a roaring trade. Next month – fingers crossed – we are expecting to hear about Street Goats, an engaging bunch who munch their way through scrubland in and around Bristol: did you see them at Wick Quarry a couple of years ago? The competition is: “in your opinion, who is the greatest of all time?”. Come to Doynton village hall on Wednesday October 11th, 7.30 p.m.: visitors always welcome.

WI News June 2023 At the June meeting, five members of the Civil War re-enactment group Sergeant Major Generalle James Carr hys Regiment brought along a vast array of clothing, weapons and everyday items, replicas of those used by Parliamentarian soldiers and their camp followers in the 17th century. It must have taken a while to get dressed for battle in the morning, what with the undershirt, hose, doublet, cloak and helmet – and that was just the men. The meeting in July is a dairy tour and meal at Bath Soft Cheese in Kelston – the family business of our late and much-missed member Caroline Rubery. Meet there on July 12th at 7.30 p.m. and contact a committee member if you need a lift. In August, back at the village hall, the speaker will be Lottie Dale with a talk entitled “Treading the Wards (A Nurse’s Tale)”. The competition is: “a rainbow”. All welcome on Wednesday August 9th, 7.30 p.m.

WI News May 2023 members raised a glass of bubbly to King Charles III at the beginning of their May meeting, after what had been a busy Coronation weekend in both villages. All agreed that it was lovely to see our communities coming together to celebrate. Our members then had a demonstration of trug making by Carl Sadler, the “Miserable Old Trugger”, transforming slithers of soaked ash wood and copper nails into a hand-crafted trug with the simplest of equipment, whilst telling anecdotes of how his craft had led him to meet the King himself and many film stars while making props for films and stage sets. He is one of only five trug makers in the country. His craft was passed down from his father and will hopefully be passed on to the next generation. Members also discussed and voted in favour of this year’s resolution, "Clean rivers for people and wildlife”, which will be debated at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on May 25th. Our June meeting is on June 14th, 7.30 p.m., featuring a talk by Sergeant Major Generalle James Carr hys Regiment on “everyday life in the 17th century”. The competition is “an everyday object you would be lost without”. If you are not a member but you would like to come along please do! You would be most welcome as a guest.

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