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
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
Westwood WI May 2018
Members met at the Parish Room on Monday 16th April. Samm gave a very informative talk about the history of Pilates followed by advice and examples of exercises in which members could participate. Members can now use these exercises on a regular basis at home to increase their stability and mobility. It was a very enjoyable session.
Next members discussed this years resolution so that our branch vote can be taken, by our representative, to the AGM in Cardiff. This resolution proposes that mental health should be considered on a par with physical health and that it should be a subject that can be discussed openly, without any form of stigma.
The May meeting was a presentation about the Story of Imber. This proved to be most interesting and informative.
A Garden Meeting will be held on June 18th. On July 16th the speaker will be from Julia’s House Children’s Hospice talking about how their work is developinging from a service that was originally Dorset based, but has now expanded to help and support families in Wiltshire.
Visitors and new members would be most welcome. More information is available about what the W.I. has to offer on the W.I. website. Article published: 23 May 2018
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
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