The Reynoldston Branch of the Women’s Institute
Most people have heard about FOODBANKS and there is a collection point in the village post office. To find out how the system operates join us on… Tuesday, January 5th at 2-30 PM ( note the change of time)… in the Minor Hall, when Gloria Hughes will talk about her work as a volunteer. Contributions of suitable food items will be appreciated.
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
At our May meeting, the W.I. “Resolutions” were discussed. These are issues which will be debated at the A.G.M. In London.
There were excellent, clear presentations delivered by two members. After a lively debate, both resolutions were carried. So look out for mention of the problem of loneliness in society and micro-plastics in our oceans, in the media.
Our next meeting is at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday, 6th June when Bob Dyer will give an intriguingly titled talk on “Tigers and Temples”. We meet in the Minor Hall at the rear of the Village Hall and all are most welcome.