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


21st January - Resolutions - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Tracey Holland will also outline her ideas for our Centenary Project.

18th February - Erlestoke Prison - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Talk by Angela Hughes

18th March - AGM followed by Tai Chi (8pm) - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Comfortable clothing and trainers or bare feet

15th April - Dementia Friends - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Allison Bucknell leads a workshop on how to manage your responses to someone with dementia. Members are invited to bring a friend 

20th May - Staying Safe on the Internet - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Ged Fitzgerald explains how to keep the fraudsters at bay!
Over tea and cake we will share our favourite internet sites. Tell us about a site you find interesting or useful.

17th June - The National Gardens Scheme - venue Broad Town Village Hall
Norman Jeffrey talks on how the scheme started and some of the local gardens taking part this year.

8th July - Celebrating 100 years of the WI Nationally and 90 years of Broad Town WI - venue 3 Church Farm Rise, Broad Town
Celebrate with members past and present. Catch up with old friends over a glass of bubbly and a piece of cake.

July Summer Walk - 22nd July -route to be arranged.

August - Summer Outing - Date to be arranged.  Day trip to Kelmscott Manor near Lechlade with lunch in the cafe followed by a tour of William Morris's house.  

16th September - The Living Rainforest - venue Broad Town Village Hall
A talk by Georgie Jefferies about her work at the Rainforest Centre near Newbury and with the Zoo lab animals (some of which will be accompanying her)

17th October - Barn Dance - venue Broad Town Village Hall

21st October - Wartime Kitchen - venue Broad Town Village Hall
A talk by Lynda Warren. Learn about rationing, recipes from the period, and ‘make do and mend’.
This will be followed by ‘21st Century Kitchen Cheats’ when we will share ideas on how to impress without stress. Maybe you have some ideas to share?

18th November - Members’ evening - venue Broad Town Village Hall

9th December - Xmas Celebrations - venue Broad Town Village Hall

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