The Reynoldston Branch of the Women’s Institute
This month we welcomed Rita Bell, a local author. We were treated to a very interesting and entertaining account of Rita’s journey to become a published author. There were tips on getting started for anyone who wished to fulfil a secret dream of seeing their work in print. Afterwards we had the opportunity of buying Rita’s latest book.
In August we meet to celebrate a valued member’s special birthday.
Our next formal meeting is on September 5th when Elizabeth Joseph will talk on the Titanic disaster and the story of a survivor. We meet in the minor hall at 7.30 p.m. All are most welcome.
Reynoldston WI…is part of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and the Glamorgan Federation of Women’s Institutes (GFWI). At present we have 27 members, mostly from the village of Reynoldston and the surrounding area.
Our main meeting is held at 7.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in Reynoldston Minor Hall and we also have an informal get together, which we call Tea ‘n’ Talk, on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm. This takes place in members’homes. There is a monthly scrabble afternoon, which many members enjoy, and swimming and walking help to keep us fit. We also arrange trips and visits at regular intervals throughout the year
Meetings: The main part of the Tuesday evening meeting is a talk or demonstration (sometimes with ‘hands on’ experience), preceded by some brief WI business. There is usually a competition and we have a comprehensive collection of videos, which members borrow. Members, on a rota basis, serve tea or coffee and biscuits.
At the Wednesday afternoon meetings there is a lot of chatting and a little sewing or knitting. More experienced members will sometimes give help and advice on a craft project. It is all very relaxed. As one member recently said, “It is a wonderful opportunity to sit down for a couple of hours without feeling guilty.”
Our Aims: These can be summed up as friendship and fun but in the pursuit of these we gain a great deal more. We learn from each other, at local and national level, from our speakers and through courses at WI’s own college, Denman (see link below) and as a result can play an effective role in our local community and have a voice in wider issues.
Contact Us: If you are interested in joining us, or just coming along to see for yourself, please give Sue Meredith, our President, a ring on 01792 392909 . You will be made very welcome and will, I think, agree that WI offers something for everyone.
If You Would Like to Know More… about the Women’s Institute as a national organisation, please click on the link www.womens-institute.co.uk
(Clicking on Federations and then on Glamorgan will tell you more about the Federation to which we belong
In June we welcomed Bob Dyer, a friend who has awed us on previous occasions with his encyclopaedic knowledge of plants.
On this occasion he gave a fascinating account of a journey to India to fulfil a long- held ambition to view tigers in their natural habitat.
This was no experience for the faint-hearted. It involved long and difficult journeys to remote areas where the tigers could be viewed. Forget five star accommodation and sophisticated food; this was living much as the locals lived. However, the reward was experiencing “real” India far removed from the sanitised version presented by the usual tour operators. There was opportunity to meet villagers who made a lasting impression.
Their smiling faces and generosity despite grinding poverty was humbling.
Thankfully, ambition was realised and magnificent tigers were seen. Viewing such shy creatures demanded patience which was justly rewarded. A much -appreciated, very interesting evening.