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Broadmayne and West Knighton W.I.

Report of the recent Meeting of the Broadmayne and West Knighton WI

Broadmayne and West Knighton W.I. – report of the November 2017 Meeting

Well over 30 people attended our ‘Open’ November meeting to be quite enthralled by Trish Lewis and her ‘perfomance’ bringing to life the beloved Joyce Grenfell.

Whether you knew quite a bit about her - Nursery School “George, don’t do that” - ‘Face the Music’ - ‘The Happiest Days of our Lives’ - ‘A Terrible Worrier’ - or not, we were held captive as Trish told us Joyce’s story using her own brilliant acting skills and humour.

Born in London in 1910, to American Socialite Mother Nora Langhorne and religious Architect Father Paul Phipps, Joyce was educated in Chelsea and then at a Parisian Finishing School. With Actress or Ballerina aspirations, her career took off by accident whilst she worked as a Radio Critic for the ‘Observer’. Her ability to tell stories from her observations of people caused her to be signed up by a Review Producer she met at a dinner party. At 16 she met Reggie Grenfell and married him a year later. They made a perfect team she being ‘muddled and marvellous’ and he being a very down to earth Accountant!

Her connections read like a who’s who. With Nancy Astor as an Aunt - Cliveden in Buckinghamshire being the family estate - during the war Joyce helped out at the Red Cross Hospital in its grounds. Noel Coward a family friend knew the troops needed entertaining, and Joyce and her pianist Viola went overseas be part of ENSA. Friends with Walter de la Mere, and godmother to Celia Johnson’s daughter Lucy, the connections go on. She appeared on the American Ed Sullivan Show with Elvis!

Joyce died of cancer at 69 years of age in 1979, and being so much loved, a memorial service was held in Westminster Abbey.
We would have gladly listened to more!

Elsewhere in the month we visited the illuminated Abbotsbury Gardens, and enjoyed dinner at a local hostelry!

We will hold our own Christmas party in December, but in January the serious business of Resolutions kicks-in. The WI, as you know, campaigns on many worthwhile causes - this year it has been dealing with Loneliness and ‘Plastic Soup’, and we are about to find out and vote for what the National WI is proposing to put its energy into for the next year. We shall debate further in January - possibly with a glass of wine - well it will be a New Year.

Come join us! Contact Leri on 07879 405 698.

Meetings on the second Thursday of the month in the Village Hall at 7pm. (Look out for the posters around the village.) Hope to see you there!



14th December Members’ Christmas Party


11th January "The WI Resolutions"
Have Your Say

8th February "Chinese New Year Celebrations"

9th March "Nepal"
with Ian Williamson

12th April "Petra"
with Chris Shaw

10th May "Wildlife Gardening"
with Briony Baxter of Dorset Wildlife Trust

Our monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in Broadmayne Village Hall at 7pm.

We have a trading stall each month for members to sell their produce.
(90% to the seller and 10% to the Institute)

We have a number of other monthly activities which we enjoy:

Walks 1st Tuesday 10am
Contact Wendy Stent 852795

Lunches 1st Tuesday 12:00 (after the walk)
Contact Jan O'Mara 848551

Craft Group 4th Wednesday 2pm (Winter)
Contact Julia Sheffield 852058

Garden Group 4th Wednesday 2pm (Summer)
Contact Julia Sheffield 852058

Girls Night Out 3rd Tuesday 7pm
Contact Leri Ayre 457176

We welcome visitors and new members, and if you would like more information please contact Leri on 457176.

WI emblem

(Wareham & Watercombe Group)

President: Leri Ayre 01305 457176

Secretary: Jan O’Mara 01305 848551

Maureen Gollop
Norma Higham
Cynthia Lowry
Sue Moon
Barbara Seeby
Julia Sheffield
Wendy Stent

Our W.I. was reformed in 1953. It is a friendly W.I. and currently has 56 members.
Our monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month are held in the Village Hall Broadmayne at 7.00pm.
There's fun, companionship, entertainment, a look at current issues and a friendly welcome for new members and visitors.

We welcome a speaker at the start of our monthly meeting for a 45-minute talk. Coffee, our business meeting and social time follow this. Meetings usually end about 9.00pm.
We have a Trading Stall every month for the sale of produce and other items.

Here are some of the activities our members enjoy: - Skittles, Scrabble, Whist, Quizzes, Craft Group, Cinema and Theatre Outings, Christmas Party and Entertainment and our enjoyable carefully researched yearly Outing in June.

Created on 05/20/2004 05:54 PM by kelvinjury
Updated on 11/14/2017 07:42 PM by sdiamond
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