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: Pat Hobbs on 01225 863676



Westwood WI

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

Westwood WI

In 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.

We 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 WI holidays.

Out 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.

If 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

Westwood WI

Our 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. 

After 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

 Westwood WI

Westwood WI meet once a month, 7.30 pm at Westwood with Iford School.   A programme is planned annually which also includes a summer outing, this year to Wisley RHS gardens, travelling by coach.   Also in June a garden party is held in a member’s garden.   Other activities include a monthly luncheon club, walking, craft club and book club and during the Winter season a skittles team compete in the Wiltshire league.       The WI have their own college, Denman College at Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which runs residential and day courses, and covers a wide range of activities with classes from cookery to computers.   The college is a beautiful Manor set in extensive grounds, a lovely setting to learn new skills.   Joining the WI opens up many new horizons.

 There will be no meeting in January, but on 20th February will be the AGM followed by Bingo, with prizes of course.    If you would like to find out more just come along to one of the meetings where you will be very welcome.  


Article published: 27 Jan 2017

Westwood WI

Westwood WI craft group has been very busy this year learning a wide range of crafts. We have made Dorset buttons, patchwork and knitted Christmas decorations, Christmas rag wreathes, felted brooches and learned ragging. We have also had a great many laughs and rather a lot of cake!! Next year we aim to learn other crafts and visit exhibitions.


Article published: 22 Nov 2016

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