Women’s Institute

Here you can find all the up to date minutes for the Biddestone and Hartham Women’s Institute. If you are not a member and would like to be please come down to the Biddestone Village Hall at 2pm-4pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, all are welcome! The next meeting will be in September (date tbc)

Every year in May W.I.s across the country hold their Resolutions meetings when resolutions, chosen by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes out of a large number put forward  by members, are debated. A vote is then taken as to whether they should be selected to go forward to the A.G.M. at Bournemouth in June for further debate.

Record of meeting of Biddestone & Hartham Women’s Institute, 18 September 2019

Val R. (President) welcomed 12 members and one visitor. Apologies received from Georgina.

Following an interesting talk entitled “Lunch with the Queen” by Edward Barrett, refreshments were served by Linda. The raffle prize was won by Beryl.

Val R. was congratulated on being selected to play bowls for Wiltshire.

The Minutes of the meeting on 19 June were taken as read and signed by Val R.
Matters Arising. The July Garden Party at the Manor had been very enjoyable, as had the August Lunch at the White Horse. Six tickets for the Canada Day at Market Lavington on 17 October had been applied for. Calendars and diaries for 2020 had been ordered.
The programme and reports for the County Meeting in October. Further information about the two Resolutions passed at the AGM. Further information about recycling, including a day in London on 19 October. Christmas Concert in Cricklade on 3 December. Notice of a machine appliqué course in Devizes on 18 January 2020, and an afternoon of entertainment at Westbury on 30 January 2020. Next year’s subscriptions would be £43, of which our branch would receive £21 back.
Val R said that the W.I. Adviser would be coming to our November meeting.
Julia reported on the New Speakers’ Day which she and Alison had attended on 23 July. It had been very interesting, but they both felt there was only one speaker who would be suitable for us (a talk about bees), and he had been booked for the November meeting.
Carol reported that Biddestone Fete Committee had donated £150 to our W.I., and our finances were still healthy.
Val S-J had raised with the Village Hall Committee the need for a hearing loop; one was available but needed to be properly installed.
The potato challenge had been won by Jan, with a yield of 11½ lbs.
Val R thanked everyone who had brought items to go in bags for the homeless; Val S-J would take these to W.I. HQ in Devizes.
There were some interesting entries for the monthly challenge “Who we would invite to dinner and why”, which were read out by Val R.

At the next meeting on 16 October Karen Meek will demonstrate quilling. The challenge is to create an edible or decorative item for Halloween.