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

As many of you may already have seen, we now have a defibrillator installed on the outside of the Village Hall.  Hopefully by the time you read this it will be fully operational.    It is very simple to use, and talks you through all the things you have to do to use it.  HOWEVER IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU ALWAYS PHONE 999 BEFORE FETCHING IT.  This will ensure that an ambulance is on its way as soon as possible,  the ambulance service will also give you the access code for the box it is kept in.  In addition they will tell you other things you should do to help the patient survive.

As part of the package we have purchased from the Community Heartbeat Trust we have the opportunity to hold an awareness session.  We have taken advantage of this and it will be held at 10.00 am on March 10th in the Village Hall (It takes 2 hours). They will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and the benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.   There will also be some basic first aid training eg how to perform CPR and how to put a patient in the rescue position.  Everyone is welcome to come along; there is no need to book.

Broad Town WI decided last year they would like to raise money to install a defibrillator in the village in memory of Rosie McLaren who had recently passed away.  She had always been very involved in village life, helping anyone who was sick, bereaved or lonely.  She was also a very supportive member of the Church and WI among other things.  We thought it would be a fitting tribute.

Finally we would like to thank Broad Town Parish Council, and the Area Board for their help and support when we were raising funds.  A special thank you to the Parish Council for also agreeing to take on the on going costs.

We hope you can join us.
Broad Town WI

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