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 Norman Jeffrey who is the Gloucestershire County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme.  He told us the history of the scheme.  It started in 1927 as a fund raising idea to support the training of District Nurses (pre NHS).  A fund had been set up in memory of Queen Alexandra who had died the year before by a lady called Elsie Wagg.  She persuaded people to open their gardens to the public for a shilling a visit.  In the first year it raised £8000!  Since then it has raised £45,000,000.  Since the creation of the NHS the money has been donated to charities like Marie Curie, Macmillan, Carer's Trust and Hospice UK.

Afterwards he showed us some wonderful photos of Gloucestershire gardens and also some of his own garden.  Entry is now £4 to £5 and includes a cup of tea and cake.  For any keen gardeners it is a lovely way to spend a summer weekend.  See www.ngs.org.uk for which gardens are open when.

Next month we have two meetings.  As it is the 100th anniversary of the WI and the 90th anniversary of the Broad Town WI we are having a garden party on the 8th July 6.30 - 8.30 to celebrate.  This is for past and present members only.  Any past members who haven't received an invitation please contact Kate below.    Then on July 22nd we are having a short walk round Avebury followed by a meal at the Red Lion at Avebury.  Walk 6.30, meal 7.30.

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 or look at our information on the Broad Town website.

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