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
September meeting was great fun, with members playing a skittles match between
themselves and joining in with a variety of board games and quizzes.
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.
November meeting will be run by members who would like to share their hobbies.
visitors and new members would be welcome.
Phone Box – Upper Westwood
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.
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
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.
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
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.
and new members are always welcome.
Article published: 29 Sep 2019
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.
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
by Barry Edwards in March about ‘The History of Penguin Books’ was both
fascinating and humorous, and much enjoyed by all those present. A member of the
Blood Bikes team talked to us about this charity, run and staffed entirely by
volunteers, who do extremely important work across the whole country,
supporting the NHS in a vital manner. Volunteers are on call throughout nights,
weekends and Bank Holidays, linking up from team to team, to carry much needed
blood, often for hundreds of miles.
meeting will feature our County
Advisor, who will explain
the work of those volunteers within the charity that run the Wiltshire
meeting will be held at a garden venue.
members and visitors are always welcome. We meet in The Parish Room on the 3rd
Monday of each month at 7.30pm.
Article published: 27 May 2019
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
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