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's speaker was Lynda Warren from Purton.  She gave us an interesting talk about life in Purton and Royal Wootton Bassett during the Second World War.  She particularly talked about evacuation and rationing.   Her father and grandmother shared their house with an evacuee from London and she drew her anecdotes from their experiences.  She also gave examples of some very strange recipes suggested for making meals with the limited food available at the time.

Our next meeting is on November 18th in the Village Hall. It is just a general meeting that will give members the opportunity to share interesting books, films or outings they have recently experienced.  They will also be working on the scrapbook that members are compiling for the 100 years anniversary of the WI.  It is going to be a snap shot of the life of the WI in Broad Town in 2015.  One was produced 50 years ago by the Wootton Bassett WI and can be seen in the Museum in Royal Wootton Bassett.  We decided to copy their idea!

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 Michelle on 01793 731357.  We are also on the Broad Town village website and on Facebook.

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