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 Apr 2018

February 19th was the AGM. Many members attended this important and lively meeting, where three members were elected as new members on the committee after our president of 4 years and secretary of 10 years both stood down. A new president was voted in.

Westwood branch of the NFWI is going from strength to strength, with new members, new clubs and new ideas being generated.

We extend a very warm welcome to all visitors and new members, including those who live outside the village.  It is an excellent way to meet new people, gain new friends and develop new interests. The WI offers very many varied opportunities to all women at a local, county and national level, for those who wish to take advantage of them.

The  meeting on Monday April 16th will include a presentation by Samm called ‘An Introduction to Pilates’. The presentation for the meeting on Monday May 21st is ‘The Story of Imber’ by Gordon Lewis. We will be meeting in the Parish Room at 7.30pm.

Article published: 26 Mar 2018

Westwood WI Update Feb 2018

On a glorious Autumn Friday afternoon members of Westwood WI arrived at Westwood Manor for a private tour by Mrs Emily Aziz, who was kind enough to open her beautiful home for us. We enjoyed a fascinating insight into life at the manor, both past and present. It was very entertaining and interesting to hear anecdotes of life in the manor and some WI members were able to share childhood memories of Christmas parties and opportunities for piano practice afforded by Ted Lister. The more recent stories about the antics of the squirrels, the woodpecker that walked upstairs and the robin that is a regular visitor to the kitchen caused much amusement.

Mrs Carline Phillpot opened the Parish Room Tea Room especially for us, where she provided us with a traditional cream tea and delicious coffee cake, made and served by her. A huge thank you for such a super afternoon.

The December meeting was a party with wonderful singing entertainment and the January meeting was held at the New Inn, where we enjoyed a good food and company.

Our February meeting is the AGM and on March 19th we will be hosting Richard Reeves to talk about Blood Bikes.

Article published: 24 Jan 2018

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Once again members of Westwood WI have been very busy. Members have been enjoying many activities such as walking, skittles, book clubs, lunch club, craft clubs and a trip to the live streaming of ballet.
    Some members went to the Annual Council Meeting, where amongst other items, there was presentation by the inspiring Mandy Hiscock, the first female British Jet Fighter Pilot. She spoke for over an hour and was extremely witty, factual and humble as she told us about her life in the RAF. At the end, she received a standing ovation by over 400 women.
    Octobers meeting was a very enjoyable craft evening followed by a raffle and Harvest Auction, when £125 was raised for The Save Denman Appeal. Denman is the national college and holds courses on a wide range of subjects, both daily and residential.
    The November meeting was a very informative talk on Geo Caching followed by a sale of jewellery, handbags, scarves and gloves to raise more funds.
    The December meeting will be in the Parish Room on Monday December 18th at 7.30pm when Christine Jeavons will entertain us with songs at our party.

Visitors welcome, with a plate of food! Cracker optional!

Article published: 20 Nov 2017

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The August meeting found us with the speaker Dawn Lawrence, giving us an informative talk, combined with engaging and entertaining poetry written by her,  entitled ‘2 Steps Behind a camel’. It was about endangered species and called us all to be more aware of the facts and challenged us to become more involved in helping to protect them. The September meeting was very humorous as former midwife Dorothy Cook told her tales of life in the profession, as she practised around the world.

The craft group enjoyed making articles to enter into the Flower and Vegetable Show and many members also helped within various roles, including making cakes and providing assistance with refreshments. The craft group are now combining to make a multi media nativity scene to join the others in the church this December as well as following beading projects and making preserves.

In our October meeting we will be making a birthday card and holding a Harvest Auction and Plant Swap. In November our guest talk is entitled ‘What on Earth is Geo Catching?’

If you would like to attend a meeting or join, you would be most welcome. Please phone Sue Lindsay on 863503 for more information.

Article published: 27 Sep 2017

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On 1st June 35 of us went off to Wisley for the day. The weather was glorious and the gardens stunning. We came back laden with plants in the hope that they will grow on and look every bit as good in our gardens.

The Saxon Group - Westwood and 4 other local W.I.s met at Holt Village Hall where we enjoyed a highly entertaining evening with Jeremy Strong, a well known children's author.
The sun shone brightly for us at our annual garden party where members enjoyed delicious food and each others company.

Our talk in July was by Denise Lea explaining about the role of Sevington Victorian School. Once the village school, it is now a thriving history resource for interested parties, including schools. It was our first meeting back in the Parish Rooms. It was lovely to be back.

Thank you to Westwood School for the use of their school hall whilst the Parish Rooms were unavailable.

On August 21st our talk is entitled 'Two Steps Behind It all Began with a Camel' and our September meeting on the 18th is entitled 'Midwifery-Never a Dull Moment'

Visitors are new members are always welcome. Please ring Sue Lindsay -863503.

Article published: 01 Aug 2017

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