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

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

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

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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

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A 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 respectively.

 The 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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