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What's on in Wiltshire

Pleased be advised that all events are open to everyone - Members and Non Members.

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Monthly WI Quiz Night

Third Wednesday of the month with "doors open" at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

Lesley Holdway (Membership Advisor) invites you to a scheduled weekly Zoom Quiz Night. It is for fun, friendship and a bit of knowledge.

Cost

£0

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Learn to Play Mahjong 

Last Friday of the Month 10.30am - 12.30pm

Spaces limited - contact WI House

WI House
17 Couch Lane
Devizes SN10 1EB

Have you ever wanted to learn Mahjong? WFWI are now giving you an opportunity to find out how this 19th Century Chinese tile game is played. Come along to WI House where our tutor will explain the concept of this intriguing game.

Cost

£5 per person
per session

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Dad's Army - the Nation's Favourite Comedy with Charles Garland

Tuesday 7th May 2024

2.00pm - 4.30pm

Southwick Village Hall, Frome Road, Southwick BA14 9QG

Charles Garland was a BBC producer who worked on all 80 episodes of the Dad’s Army TV show.  When the series was first commissioned, some at the BBC were concerned that it was too soon to be mocking events in WWII. However, the first season was extremely successful, and Dad’s Army lasted longer than WWII!

Afternoon tea will be served after the speaker.

Closing Date: 9th April 2024

Cost

£25.00 
per person

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Fast Fashion with Victoria Lochhead

Wednesday 15th May 2024

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Great Bedwyn Village Hall
Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn,
Marlborough SN8 3PD

In the UK we have an estimated £30 billion worth of unworn clothes hanging in our wardrobes, we buy more clothing per person than any country in Europe and around 300,000 tonnes of clothing are binned every year.

Victoria has a passion for finding beautiful clothes from second hand shops and jumble sales and is a firm believer that once you know the rules of what suits you best you really can shop anywhere.

Closing Date: 17th April

Cost

£15.00 
per person

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Walking in Wiltshire

Friday 17th May 2024

7from 10.30am

Meet: Golden Swan Pub

Wilcot SN9 5NN

Parking at roadside

Our second walk of 2024 starts from the pretty village of Wilcot, in the Pewsey Vale. You are welcome to attend as many walks as you wish. We recommend sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing. Well-behaved dogs on leads can be brought. Please advise when booking.

Closing Date: 15th May

Cost

£5.00 
per person

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Office 365 Training

Thursday 23rd May or
Thursday 20th June

10.00am – 12.00pm
WI House, 17 Couch Lane
Devizes SN10 1EB

What is Office 365 and what can it do for your WI?

We are offering WI Officers training on how to use the free online package provided by WFWI.

Whether you are new to this package or have used it before, come along and learn what it can offer your WI.

You will need to bring a laptop or tablet with you.
There is no charge for this training.

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Introduction to Sashiko

Saturday 8th June

10.30am – 12.00pm or
1.00pm - 2.30pm
WI House, 17 Couch Lane
Devizes SN10 1EB

Sashiko a type of traditional Japanese hand stitching originally used to reinforce clothing. Today it is more commonly used to create decorative and repeated embroidered patterns in the creation of quilts and embroidery samplers.

This session will introduce you this craft and give you a new skill for you to use in your own craft projects.

All materials provided but please remember your glasses if you need them.

Closing Date: 30th May

Cost

£17.50 
per person

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New Speakers' Day

Wednesday 12th June
Market Lavington Community Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Market Lavington SN10 4DG

11.00am until 3.00pm (Doors open at 10.15am)

This is an opportunity to attend and vote on behalf of all Wiltshire WIs for applicants to become authorised WI speakers for Wiltshire. It is permissible for WIs to pay for the Programme Secretary to attend. There is no restriction on the amount of additional tickets WI members can purchase.

TICKET PRICE: £8.00

Tea or coffee will be provided on arrival, and available to purchase
at lunch time. Cake will also be available to purchase at lunch time.

Lunch: Savoury Filo Pastry with Roasted Vegetable Salad & Cake

Orders for lunch MUST be paid for in advance at £8.00 per person. You may still bring your own packed lunch.

Closing Date: 29th May

Cost

£8.00 
per person

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Treasurers' Training

Tuesday 18th June
10.00am - 12.30pm

or

Monday 15th July

2.00pm - 4.00pm
WI House, 17 Couch Lane
Devizes SN10 1EB

An introduction to being a WI Treasurer for new treasurers or those returning to the role.
Please bring laptop or tablet with a blank copy of the WI account book with you.

Cost

£5.00
per person

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Officer Training

Tuesday 18th June
Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls
Salisbury SP4 6HA
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Wednesday 26th June
Greatfield & Greenhill Village Hall
Hook, Royal Wootton Bassett
SN4 8EA
7.00pm – 9.00pm

The chance for WI presidents and secretaries to come along for a session during which you will have any updated information and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Closing Date: 10th June

Cost

£5.00 per person

Salisbury

Royal Wootton Bassett

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Neil Griffiths Workshops

to encourage children to read

Tuesday 18th June
StoweAway Community Centre, Staldon Road
East Wichel
Swindon SN1 7AG
1.30pm – 4.30pm

Neil Griffiths was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before becoming director of a National Literacy Project for the Basic Skills Agency. This agency supported Neil’s highly original Storysack® idea which he then promoted in schools and communities throughout the UK. After six years, Neil set up what is now a worldwide, highly acclaimed, and award-winning phenomenon.

This event includes two workshops: the first for parents to learn from Neil how to read to children and grab their attention; the second will be with children, seeing how Neil’s ideas work in practice. Both sessions will show how we can improve literacy in a fun and interesting way. Time with Neil is an experience you will never forget!

Closing Date: 3rd June

Cost

£5.00 per person

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Bags of Glamour with Sarah Delves

Friday 12th July
Kington Langley Village Hall

Church Road
Kington Langley SN15 5NJ

2.00pm – 3.30pm
(doors open 1.00pm)

Sarah was introduced to the world of antiques at an early age but was primarily fascinated by bags and accessories. In 2004 she founded Bags of Glamour and in 2019 was acclaimed as an expert lecturer for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum.

Her talk will explore the history of bags and purses throughout the ages and how they have found their place in fashion through the centuries and by all genders. Sarah will bring a number of her luxury bags to display and may even explain how to spot a fake.

Closing Date: 17th June

Cost

£20.00 per person

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Mummies, Asps & Too Much Eye Make-Up: Ancient Egypt and the Movies

Tuesday 13th August

Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 8EN

12.00pm - 4.00pm
(lunch served 1.00pm)

John J Johnson is a renowned Egyptologist who has delivered popular lecture at numerous major institutions, appeared in documentaries, and was shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Non-Fiction) in 2014. He has co-edited three volumes on ancient Egypt and is Vice-Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.

This lively, irreverent and affectionate talk examines the fascination we have of the history, mythology and iconography of ancient Egypt, whilst also considering the effect it has had and still wields upon filmmakers from the flickering silents through to present day blockbusters.

Closing Date: 18th July

Cost

£25.00 per person

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Introduction to the Role of Independent Financial Examiner

Monday 16th September 2.00pm

WI House
17 Couch Lane
Devizes SN10 1EB

Have you ever wondered what an Independent Financial Examiner (IFE) is? Would you like to know more?  Can you use a simple spreadsheet?  Experienced WI Treasurers make good IFEs!  We need more of you.

 The sessions will allow you to find out what an IFE does and how important their role is to WIs in Wiltshire.

Free of Charge

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WFWI Annual Meeting

Tuesday 8th October

10.30am – 3.30pm

Devizes Corn Exchange
The Market Place
Devizes SN10 1HS

Featuring:

The Marchioness of Lansdowne, Queen’s Companion to Her Majesty Queen Camilla;

Hetti Barkworth-Nanton CBE, Chair of Refuge and Founder of The Joanna Simpson Foundation;

Julie MacKay – Threds of Red.

Afternoon speaker to be announced.

Closing date for delegates: 26/6/24

Closing date for members: 3/9/24

Delegates (free or charge):

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Members £23.00 per person:

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Holidays

HOLIDAYS

Holidays

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Historic Houses of Norfolk & Sandringham Estate

23rd - 27th September 2024

Staying at the 3* George Hotel in Norwich for four nights on a half board basis.

Main Features:
• All excursion travel & guided tours included
• Entrance fees to non-National Trust properties included
• Blue Badge guide on Days 2-4 
• Executive coach throughout

What you will see:

  • Anglesey Abbey, Garden and

  • Lode Mill

  • Blickling Hall, Garden & Park

  • Felbrigg Hall

  • Norwich – guided city tour

  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – guided tour 

  • Sandringham Estate

  • Scenic drive along the North Norfolk coast road

  • Ely Cathedral – guided tour

From £799pp sharing, half board

Single room supplement £59pp

For more information and a booking form please email WI House: [email protected]

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Glyndebourne's La
Traviata & the Heritage of Kent & Sussex

25th - 27th October 2024

Staying two nights at the
3* Best York House Hotel on Eastbourne's seafront.

Main Features:

  • Included Glyndebourne opera tickets (Stalls or Circle seats)

  • Two dinners included

  • All excursion travel & guided tours included

  • Blue Badge guide on Day 2

  • Executive coach throughout

What you will see:

  • Glyndebourne’s ‘La Traviata’ (opera ticket included)

  • Standen House & Gardens

  • Bateman’s

  • Hinton Ampner

From £569pp sharing, half board

Single room supplement £39pp

For more information and a booking form please email WI House: [email protected]

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The Chateaux, Art & Gardens of Normandy

1st - 5th April 2025

Staying four nights at the
4* Best Western Plus Hotel de Dieppe in Rouen.

Main Features:
• 4* Rouen hotel
• All dinners included
• All excursions, entrance fees
& guided tours included
• Boat excursion on Day 4 included
• Professional tour manager
• Return P&O Ferries Channel
crossings
• Executive coach throughout
• Local accommodation tax included

What you will see:

  • Rouen – guided walking tour

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame

  • Château de Miromesnil – guided tour

  • Monet’s Garden

  • Musée des Impressionnismes

  • Musée Eugène Boudin

  • Honfleur

  • Seine Estuary Cruise

  • Dieppe

From £969pp sharing, half board

Single room supplement £129pp

For more information and a booking form please email WI House: [email protected]

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The History & Heritage of the Isle of Wight

1st - 5th September 2025

Staying at the 3* Royal Esplanade in Ryde for four nights on a half board basis.

Main Features:

  • All excursion travel & guided tours included

  • Entrance fees to non-National Trust properties included

  • Train excursion on Day 3 included

  • Blue Badge guide on Days 2 to 4 

  • Return ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight

  • Executive coach throughout

What you will see:

  • Mottisfont Abbey Garden,
    House & Estate

  • Isle of Wight – guided tour

  • Osborne House

  • Godshill

  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Ryde

  • Oasis shop

  • Newport

  • Sandown

  • Rosemary Vineyard – tour & tasting

  • Mary Rose Museum at the
    Historic Dockyard

From £849pp sharing, half board

Single room supplement £49pp

For more information and a booking form please email WI House: [email protected]

Competitions

Competitions

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Design a mug depicting the "Not in My Name" campaign to end violence against women.

A design created by hand (any medium) or digitally will be accepted.

Design to be presented on a mug or mug format (in original or digital format).

Closing date: 4th November 2024

Submission of Entries

By post: NFWI-Wales, Suite 66, 33 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HB

Submissions should include the following information:-

Name and contact details of entrant; name of WI; name of Federation

This competition is open to members across Wales, England and the Islands.

Prizes 

A certificate will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up. 

The winner will also receive a gift card to the value of £20.

Entry Fee £5.00 per Entry

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WFWI CRAFT COMPETITION 2024

Create a Wall Hanging / Wall Art in Any Medium

Create a wall hanging in a medium of your choice. It could be a picture, a clock, an inspirational quote, a sculpture, etc. Please ensure your final piece is no bigger than A3 (297mm x 420mm / 29.7cm x 42cm / 11.7” x 16.5”).

Entries to be sent to WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB by post or in person.

Entries will be displayed at the ACM in October and on the website.

Entry Fee £2.00 per Entry

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