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: Pat
Hobbs on 01225 863676
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
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.
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.
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?’
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
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
March we enjoyed an absolutely fascinating talk by Margaret Christisson of Lower Westwood about the pioneering and lifesaving work
of the charity ‘Medical Detection Dogs’. Our April meeting was very much hands
on as approximately 40 of us, led by Abby Compton, made small pieces of fused
glass. It was great fun, with much chatter and laughter as we enjoyed an
entirely new experience.
now have a thriving craft group, 2 book groups, a lunch club, walking group,
skittles team and a monthly trips group. Many of us pal up to go to the theatre
and ballet. Many members enjoy participating in workshops put on by County WI,
such as cookery, crafting and gardening. Some members have a good time on the
June meeting is a Garden Party and in July we will be learning about Victorian
School Days in a talk given by Denise Lee from the Sevington Victorian
School in the newly
refurbished Parish Room.
you would like to join us as a visitor or as a member we would be most pleased
to welcome you. Please phone Sue Lindsay on 863503.
Article published: 24 May 2017
February meeting was the Annual General Meeting. The treasurer’s accounts were accepted and
the Secretary then gave her account of the past year. She highlighted our varied and various
activities which have included evenings learning about topics ranging from the
Frome Hoard to Fashion Italian style, travelling in the Andes
and Amazon to how to create a Meadow in the Garden. In September we celebrated the 50th
Anniversary of Westwood W.I with a garden party. Skittles matches with other
W.I’s are popular as are the monthly Lunch club, Craft group, Book groups and
Walking group. With the exception of May
Smith, a committee member for nearly 50 years, the committee all agreed to
stand for another year and welcomed Annette Dineley to join them. Sincere thanks were extended to May who is
willing to carry on with providing us with tantalising quizzes to end our evenings.
the business part of the evening was we relaxed and played bingo. We look forward to our March meeting, held on
the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30, when our speaker will tell us
about Medical Detection Dogs. You will
be very welcome to join us there or contact Sue Lindsay (01225 8635030) if you
would like more information.
Article published: 26 Mar 2017
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