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 summer our WI has been out and about thanks to the good weather. We have had a taster golf session, a walk to a pub for a meal, a visit to Toomers garden centre and a visit to Highclere Castle. We also supported the village Big Gig, serving tea, coffee and a wide variety of cakes. Money raised will be split between the Air Ambulance and WI funds.

Our September meeting was held back in Broad Town Village Hall. After a discussion about our proposed programme for next year, two of our members presented slide shows of their recent holidays. One member told us about a trip to a remote village in West Bengal, India, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of a hospital by her husband’s uncle and aunt. She was surprised by the wonderful welcome they received, with the whole village involved in the celebrations. She was amazed by the happiness of the villagers despite their material poverty.

The other described her family holiday to the very north of Sweden to see the Northern lights. She showed some amazing photos of the bright green, curtain-like, light show that they witnessed. They also went snow-shoe trekking, dog sledding and experienced an overnight stay at an ice hotel. The hotel is built afresh every winter and is left to melt in the summer. It is built of snow and huge blocks of ice cut from the river. Each room is different and decorated with huge ice sculptures.

October’s meeting will be an evening of line dancing with a cowboy supper and will be held on Wednesday 15th October at 7.30pm at the village hall. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Jane on 731105.

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