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

The talk 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.

Our May meeting will feature our County Advisor, who will explain the work of those volunteers within the charity that run the Wiltshire Federation.

Our June meeting will be held at a garden venue.

New 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

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This year 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 frequently.

This year 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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Our November 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 together.

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.

February 18th 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

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On Monday 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.

A few 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.

Our November speaker will be John Phillpot and in December ‘The Taxi driver Poet’.

Article published: 28 Nov 2018

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 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 Patchwork Journey

November 19th meeting:- Cookery demonstration by John Philpott (The New Inn)

Visitors and new members are always welcome to join us.

Article published: 01 Oct 2018

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