Welcome to Westwood WI

Welcome to the Westwood  branch of the  National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI), the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands.

We play a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. NFWI

The WI meet the third Monday each month when visitors, guests and new members are very welcome.
The meeting starts at 7.30 pm. and more information can be obtained from the President: Jenny Pittman on (01225) 864 399



Westwood WI Update April/May 2020

The February meeting was the A.G.M. Jennifer Pittman was voted back as President for another year.

The business was followed by a cider tasting session on local craft ciders. Many of the group were very pleasantly surprised by how cider has moved on from forty years ago.

The March meeting featured Nick McCamley talking about the mines of Monkton Farleigh. This was very successful as an open meeting, with visitors attending. As always, the subject proved fascinating to people from the local area. We are so very lucky to live in an area so rich in history.

In April we have a talk on gardening, with a plant swap. In May, John Boyne Aitken, The Bowler Hatted Word Turner, is coming along to give a talk and demonstration at the May meeting.

We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members. We meet at The Parish Room on the third Monday of each month


Article published: 23 Mar 2020

Westwood W.I. Feb/Mar 2020

Last year was a very full and enjoyable year for the members of Westwood WI. Now another new year is upon us, which means that the programme for this year is being finalised. We have a wide range of speakers and demonstrations booked and visits being considered. Clubs are continuing and new ones will be starting.
   The November meeting was a real eye opener. Some members brought along samples of their craft work to show, whilst those present circulated and chatted about the work. The standard was very high and the range wide and varied.
   The December meeting was very sociable, with games, quizzes and plenty of delicious food to share.
   The January meeting enjoyed a fascinating visit from Micky Cox, who talked about South Korea and conducted a tea tasting ceremony. We also spent time considering the up and coming resolutions for the AGM in June. Lunch at the Golf Club was delicious.

The February 17th meeting will include cider tasting and the AGM business.

On Monday March 16th Nick McCamley with be giving a presentation on the mines of Monkton Farleigh. This is an open meeting, when any one may attend, up to the capacity of the Parish Room.


Article published: 25 Jan 2020

Westwood W.I.

The September meeting was great fun, with members playing a skittles match between themselves and joining in with a variety of board games and quizzes. 

The October meeting was visited by Diane Sleigh of The Bee Depot near Frome. We learned about the workings of the hives and how to plant to encourage more bees in to our gardens. The honey tasting was a treat. It is surprising how different honeys taste according to the pollen. This was followed by the Harvest Auction, which, as always, was good fun and a way to raise funds some members have been making Morsbags and the first batch were taken to the fruit and vegetable stall  in Trowbridge to be handed out as Free Bags for Life.

A group of members attended the Annual Council Meeting in Salisbury City Hall. The day was packed with excellent speakers and activities, the high light of which was a talk by Dame Stella Rimington, former head of MI5. Her talk was fascinating, even though she could not give away any state secrets.

The November meeting will be run by members who would like to share their hobbies.

As always, visitors and new members would be welcome.

K2 Phone Box Upper Westwood

Thank you to all of you who have been using the Book exchange. We are very glad that so many people are donating and enjoying reading the books.   It would be very good if people could put in some books for children in order that children can also use the book exchange.

Black recycling boxes.

Whilst talking to the men that run ahead of the lorry to sort our rubbish into bags of glass, paper and tins, it became very evident that they would be extremely grateful if people put their rubbish out, already sorted into bags. It would save them a great deal of time and energy, and allow them to move around and out of the village very much more quickly.


Article published: 23 Nov 2019

Westwood WI

The July meeting was very interesting and amusing when Joyce Meader talked about knitting from 1800-1945. She brought along garments from by gone eras and explained the thinking behind the trends. Everybody learned a lot and laughed a great deal, especially at the range of knitted swimming garments.

In August, we took a coach full to Friar’s Court, in Clanfield, Oxfordshire.  Renowned as a hidden beauty of Oxford, we found the tour of the beautiful, peaceful gardens fascinating, as Charles our host explained the history of the court and how the 600 acre farm is managed to encourage wild life and animal welfare as a core value. We then ate a delicious, homemade cream tea.

In October we will enjoy honey tasting and in November we will be learning about the many skills that the various members have in their chosen crafts.

Visitors and new members are always welcome.


Article published: 29 Sep 2019

Westwood WI

On June 3rd many members enjoyed an excellent evening at Holt Village Hall with members from other local WI groups, where we were entertained by The Frome Ukulele Band, followed by a delicious ploughman’s supper. On June 17th members gathered for a Garden Meeting , where we enjoyed one another’s company and tasty dishes provided by members.  The July meeting was very vibrant as members and visitors gathered to listen to Joyce Weaver give a fascinating, entertaining and amusing talk and demonstration about knitting between the years of 1800 and 1945.In August, 45 of us will be off to Friar’s Court in Oxfordshire, for a garden tour. On September 18th we will be meeting in the Parish Room as usual for an evening of skittles and games. Visitors and new members would be most welcome. On June 3rd many members enjoyed an excellent evening at Holt Village Hall with members from other local WI groups, where we were entertained by The Frome Ukulele Band, followed by a delicious ploughman’s supper. On June 17th members gathered for a Garden Meeting , where we enjoyed one another’s company and tasty dishes provided by members. 

The July meeting was very vibrant as members and visitors gathered to listen to Joyce Weaver give a fascinating, entertaining and amusing talk and demonstration about knitting between the years of 1800 and 1945.In August, 45 of us will be off to Friar’s Court in Oxfordshire, for a garden tour. On September 18th we will be meeting in the Parish Room as usual for an evening of skittles and games. Visitors and new members would be most welcome.


Article published: 29 Jul 2019

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