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 Ged Fitzgerald and he advised us on 'How to Stay Safe on the Internet'.   He explained the necessity of having strong passwords, good antivirus software, only paying for goods on secure websites, never allowing anyone who contacts you by phone to have remote access to your computer and many other ways of keeping safe.  He also told us about some of the scams that are out there.  You have probably all had a call for someone who says they are from Microsoft and that they have detected errors on your computer and offer to correct them at a cost.  This scam has been going for several years and Microsoft have received 64,000 complaints/enquiries about this.  Bearing in mind most people will have just put the phone down and won't have contacted Microsoft it shows how widespread this problem is.  It was a very interesting and informative talk.

Next month our meeting will be on the National Gardens' Scheme.  Norman Jeffrey will talk on how the scheme started and some of the local gardens taking part this year.  This meeting will be held at Broad Town Village Hall on Wednesday June 17th at 7.30pm.

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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