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 we sampled the taste of summer, despite the weather, with a rosé wine tasting evening. 

Our speaker was Richard Brazier, the husband of one of the members and very knowledgeable on all types of wine. He gave us a short history of wine drinking in the UK over the decades. Wine didn’t become available to the average person until the 60’s and 70’s when it was only bought for special occasions. Pub drinks around this time were more likely to be Cinzano, Dubonnet and lemonade or rum and blackcurrant.

The first wines widely available were mainly French wines and were expensive and not very good. German wine producers introduced us to more drinkable and affordable wines such as Liebfraumilch.

Richard had four rosé wines to taste and compare. It was amazing how different they were, in colour perfume and flavour and we voted on our favourites.

Thanks to Richard we had a lovely evening, which ended with savoury nibbles and the remains of the wine.

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