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
Our April meeting was a follow on from last February's meeting where Dr Simon Manchip talked to us about Dementia.  This year Alison Bucknell a 'Dementia Champion' came to talk to us about how to be a 'Dementia Friend'.  The idea behind this scheme is that by learning and understanding some of the issues facing dementia patients we can help and support them as they go about their daily lives - thus enabling them to continue to live in the wider community safely for longer.  Patients benefit from having positive experiences in their lives for as long as possible.  Dementia Friends hit their target of recruiting 1 million friends by March 2015 and have set a new target of 4 million by 2020.  Several members joined up to be Dementia Friends following Alison's talk.  1 in 14 people now have dementia so this is becoming an increasingly important issue for all communities.

Next month our meeting will be on 'Staying Safe on the Internet'.  Ged Fitzgerald will explain how to keep the fraudsters at bay!  This meeting will be held at Broad Town Village Hall at 7.30pm on the 20th May.

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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