About Broad Town Women's Institute

The Broad Town WI are a friendly group of women. We meet in the village hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, apart from December when we meet on the 2nd Wednesday. We start with our speaker so please arrive promptly at 7.30pm for a talk or activity which may be educational, inspiring, amusing and energetic.  After the talk we have time for socialising and refreshments.  This is followed by a short business meeting.  We also arrange visits to gardens, pubs, local attractions, and go on summer walks.  With a membership of 27 and growing we are keen to welcome new members. We have had a stall at the Broad Town summer Big Gig for the past few years supplying the festival goers with hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes.

We are affiliated to the Wiltshire federation of WI which in turn is part of the national WI allowing us to make a difference to campaigns such as reducing supermarket packaging, influencing the price of milk at the farm gate and accurate labeling food with the country of origin.  Current campaigns are helping to alleviate loneliness, improving hospital arrangements for carers of people with dementia, helping to reduce plastic waste and trying to end food poverty. 
There is also a dedicated college of further education; Denman college in Oxfordshire, offering the widest range of courses allowing WI members to learn new skills or further existing ones.
If you would like to meet some new friends in the village, have an opportunity to learn something new and maybe influence a national campaign why not come along one evening soon?  Visitors are always welcome and you can try us out without any obligation.
Broad Town Women's Institute - Events and Plans

This month Miranda Marsh came to talk to us about a visit to Mongolia where she worked as a volunteer for the Christina Noble Children's Foundation for 2 months.  While she was there she lived in a Mongolian yurt (a ger) in an orphanage on the out skirts of Ulan Bator.  The children in the orphanage often arrive very traumatised by abuse, neglect and abandonment. There is a serious drink problem in Mongolia which is often at the root of their problems.  Her role was to help the adults in the orphanage shake off the austere regime left behind by the Russians and learn to play and interact lovingly with the children to give them a sense of belonging and security.  Even in the few weeks she was there she was rewarded by seeing the children become happier and more relaxed.  She hopes to return next year to see how things have progressed.  It was an inspiring and moving talk.

Unfortunately our speaker for next month has just dropped out so we are having to find a replacement.  So at this stage we cannot tell you who that will be.

We are a friendly group and welcome new members.  Our meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall.  If you are interested in visiting us please contact Kate on 01793 731536.  We are also on the Broad Town Village website and on Facebook.

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