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

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

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

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