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
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 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
Celebrating the 50th Birthday of Westwood Wi
On a beautiful sunny day, Friday 16th September, Westwood WI celebrated their 50th year in the lovely garden of Jenny Pittman. We also celebrated the birth of Jenny’s son who was born only 10 days before.
Three founder members were present, Betty Hancock, May Smith and Sheila Pattrick, and they were presented with beautiful pot plants of cyclamen, as a token of respect and love from all the members.
An afternoon tea of cakes, wine, soft drinks, and a cream tea, was highlighted by a celebration cake made by the secretary, Monica Humphries and beautifully decorated by Tony Humphries.
A challenging picture quiz was organised by May Smith, which got everyone on the move, mixing and chatting, before the cakes and wine.
Our thanks go to Jenny and her husband for providing such a lovely setting for our anniversary. Article published: 30 Sep 2016
Despite a wet start to the day the sun came out and our
annual garden party held in June was again a success with 35 members arriving
with their lovely selection of food.
Kate Windo came up trumps with her jug of punch, which certainly helps to
get the party going! May Smith once
again planned and provided a treasure trail round the garden, and that was won
by Margaret and Teresa. With plenty of
chat and a raffle everyone went home happy.
If you are interested in the WI or new to the neighbourhood
come along and enjoy not only the evening but other activities, i.e., craft
groups, where we learn new skills, felting, Dorset buttons and rugging, to name
a few, readers groups, luncheon club where we meet at different cafes and pubs,
and in August we visit Avebury Manor. Some
members enjoy a walking group once a week, and play skittles during the Winter season. The September meeting will be “An apple
celebration” with members bringing recipes and home made apple dishes, followed
by a harvest auction. We meet regularly
once a month on the third Monday, 7.30
pm at Westwood
School. There is some parking at the school and near
the school and disabled access at the school.
Article published: 07 Aug 2016
full house for the October meeting, with everyone looking forward to hearing
the speaker, Francis Benton, tell us about her passion for pearls, and she did
not disappoint. It was the most
interesting and informative talk, and kept everyone enthralled for an
hour. It was fascinating to hear how
all the different shapes and colours of pearls were made, and to see such an
array of shapes and colours. The ladies
were able to see the oyster and mussel shells that make the pearls, which were
also so pretty. For the competition
members brought along some beautiful items made from pearl, and the winner was
Joyce Saunders, with Jo Maggs and Janet Butler 2nd and 3rd
President congratulated the skittles team on winning their first game of the
season, and the skittles captain asked for more members to join the team which
resulted in one new member but there is still room for more. Apart from skittles Westwood WI
have a craft group, a walking group and a book club, and recently started a
luncheon club. If you are interested in
joining please come along on the third Monday of the month, 7.30 pm at the
Parish Rooms, Westwood, when you will be most welcome. The next meeting on 16th
November will be a ‘hands-on’ with the craft group, so bring some small
scissors, glue and a pencil, and enjoy creating something new. Look forward to seeing you.
Article published: 13 Jun 2016
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