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 October 2017 Meeting

Powerful and Passionate. Possibly the best words to describe the talk given by this month’s Speaker, Valerie Stevens, about the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).

The W.I. is affiliated to this group and each year we have a ‘Pennies for Friendship’ collection to help its great works. In essence, the ACWW is a worldwide organisation set up between 1929 and 1932, committed to improving the health and standards of living of rural women. Whether HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education in India, or Sponsoring Organic Farming Methods/healthy eating in Hungary, the aim is to empower women by funding or training and includes UN representation. Every three years there is a World Conference.

Valerie’s own involvement began in 2006 and she told us so many stories about her visits and findings. We learnt how international women’s groups are so important to provide practical help in the way of safe houses, child protection and medical care, along with training and funding. Travelling the World, helping the young and old, she has been met with hospitality wherever she went. Indeed, Valerie has met and worked alongside like-minded ladies in Hungary, Belarus, India, Iceland, Estonia, Yakutsk, Georgia, Romania, and has attended United Nations Conferences.

Hearing her talk, we felt sadness in the realisation that poverty really does still exist in this world, but positive that work is being done to raise awareness of this and that there is something we can do.

One of Valerie’s joys was to bring the first bucket of water up from one of two wells constructed in a Refugee Camp in Georgia, enabling them to irrigate a garden and so grow food, and the creation of a ladies lavatory in India! The things we all perhaps take fore-granted?

In other areas this month, our Garden Group had its final visit this year, meeting at our President Leri Ayre’s garden, to see what work she has put in place there over the summer, and yes, it ended with cake - chocolate this time.

We are visiting the Candlelit Gardens at Abbotsbury later in the month, and following that up with Supper at a local pub.
Our Speaker in November will be Trisha Lewis ‘Remembering (the fantastic) Joyce Grenfell’.

Look out for the posters, or ring Leri on 07879 405 698, and come along!

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!



9th November “Remembering Joyce”
Life and works of Joyce Grenfell
Trisha Lewis

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.

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(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.