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 we enjoyed a talk by speaker Margaret Hiscock from Wiltshire Scrap Store who explained that the charity has volunteers who collect scrap eg fabric, plastic and leather  from companies which would otherwise go to landfill sites. Groups from schools, play groups to museums come to the Store in Lacock and purchase bags of scrap for use in various craft and art projects. The public can also donate fabric, buttons, knitting yarn and buy bags of scraps or kits from the store. Volunteers are always welcome and some doing work experience go on to full time work. Advisors are available to help such as with a Chippenham project to make a Chinese dragon. After this interesting talk Margaret produced kits of scraps produced by volunteers at the Store and encouraged everyone to try one. Eventually all were completed.

This month (October 18th) we will be in the Village Hall for a Hand Bell Ringing demonstration with Libbie Sheppard of the Purton Peartree Pealers.  We should all get the chance to have a go and try out our skills.

We are a friendly group and are always happy to welcome new members. If you are unsure if the WI is right for you why not give it a go. Our meetings are generally held in the Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30. If you would like to come along please call Annette on 01793 739021.

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