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
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
we are looking forward to being part of a range of celebratory events in the
county that have been arranged to celebrate 100 years of the Wiltshire WI.
Concerts, choral events and parties are being held as a way of bringing members
from all over the county together to celebrate the friendship, activities and
achievements of the last 100 years.
Within our own locality the five local
branches will be joining to hold a ploughman’s supper and concert featuring the
Frome Ukulele Band in June and a cream tea during September. It is good to meet
up with other members from the surrounding area as it provides an opportunity
for friendships to be made and a platform for joint events to be held more
we have once again created a programme with a range of speakers and events,
including a cider tasting evening, a talk about the local mines, bee keeping
and honey tasting and a trip to Friary Court in Oxfordshire for a private tour
of the garden. The April meeting includes a talk about Blood Bikes. Visitors and new members are welcome:- Parish
Room at 7.30pm on each 3rd Monday of the month.
Article published: 24 Mar 2019
meeting with John Phillpot and Katie was excellent. John kept everybody
entertained with his humorous anecdotes and fascinating cookery advice whilst
creating a delicious supper, ably assisted by Katie.
The taxi driver
poet performed at our Christmas meeting, where everyone enjoyed delicious food
At this time of
year, the committee members spend time considering speakers and events for the
upcoming year at Westwood and also, linked with other local WIs. With the events available at county and
national level as well, 2019 looks to be an eventful year.
meeting is the AGM. The speaker on March 18th is Barry Edwards. He will be
telling us about the history of Penguin books.
Visitors and new
members are always welcome.
Article published: 30 Jan 2019
15th October members enjoyed a talk by Sara Bottomly, who told us about her
life travelling the world as an Army wife and showing us her beautiful patchworks
that she made in different countries. Many members have made poppies for the
World War 1 centenary remembrance service, including purple poppies in memory
of horses and dogs. These have been added to those made by other members of the
community and hung as a display in the church.
members attended the Wiltshire Federation Annual Council Meeting in City Hall
in Salisbury. We were fascinated to hear about the impact of the suffragette
movement in Wiltshire and in particular in Bradford on Avon and even in
Westwood. We also listened to Sally Becker, an artist from Brighton, …….. relate her
experiences as one of the very few civilians who went out to Bosnia to rescue
injured children from both sides, including initiating, organising and leading
convoys with food and medical resources. She then continued this work in Iraq
and has recently set up a charity called ‘Road To Peace’ to fund this work.
November speaker will be John Phillpot and in December ‘The Taxi driver Poet’.
Article published: 28 Nov 2018
On August 20th 35
members enjoyed a talk by Linda
Dowsett, who kept the members enthralled and entertained as she told us her
heart warming and inspirational story about her quest to pay for 5 Guide Dogs.
She has been raising the money in memory of her husband Gordon, who died
unexpectedly 12 years ago. She then showed a film of her sponsored parachute
jump from 15,000’ to raise money for the Bath Cancer Unit in the RUH. We had a very enjoyable evening.
The September speaker treated us
to anecdotes of her life as a manager of an orchestra that travelled the world,
stories and facts related to pearls and then a sale of beautiful jewellery made
from pearls, which she sells in aid of her charity, ‘Tears of a Dragon’.
A big thank you to all the WI
members and non members who helped raise almost £500 doing refreshments at the Annual Flower and
Vegetable Show by donating cakes and serving. We had a lot of fun doing it.
October 15th meeting:- My
meeting:- Cookery demonstration by John Philpott (The New Inn)
Visitors and new members are
always welcome to join us. Article published: 01 Oct 2018
Westwood WI July Update
Once again, Evelyn and Henry Wildy were kind enough to open their beautiful garden to us for our June meeting. The weather was perfect as we enjoyed competitions, socialising and delicious food together.
In July we hosted a representative from Julia’s House Children’s Hospice. She told us about their work in supporting Dorset and Wiltshire families who have children that are terminally ill.
20th August- On A Wing And A Prayer.
Date for your diary- Monday 17th September 7.30pm at the Parish Room- Once again we have invited Francis Benton to deliver a very informative and humorous talk about pearls She is both knowledgeable about pearls and very skilled in creating beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings from a very wide range of pearls. She will be bringing a large number for people to try on as she sells them at very fair prices for her charity ‘Pearls Of Wisdom’. All money raised will go to support education in the projects in Durban, South Africa. We would like lots of visitors. Bring your cheque books in case you are tempted to buy!!! Christmas is coming!! Everybody welcome.
If you would like to join our branch, then please contact Jenny Pittman on 864399.
Article published: 29 Jul 2018
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