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 our speaker was Siobhan Neill a cognitive therapy counsellor.  She showed us breathing techniques to help calm and de-stress us.  She also described ways to make ourselves feel more confident by using different postures and mindfulness.  In her practice she also uses hypnotherapy to cure phobias but unfortunately she wasn’t able to show us this.  It was a very interesting talk and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Also this month we held a Quiz evening in the Village Hall.  It was a challenging quiz brilliantly set by Jeff Hartley.  He was ably helped by his wife Beth and son Jonathan.  Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the ploughman's supper seemed to go down well. Thanks must go to all WI members who helped set up the Hall and prepare the food.  Also a big thank you to the bar staff Trevor, Matt and Brian who helped with the setting up and clearing away too.  A profit of £112 was made which will enable us to pay for a couple of speakers next year.

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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