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, 19 June 2019

Carol, standing in for Val R., welcomed ten members.   Apologies received from Val, Jan and Linda.

Following an interesting talk by Yvonne Brunton of Dorothy House, refreshments were served by Beryl.

The Minutes of the meeting on 15 May were read, agreed and signed as a correct record.

Matters Arising.  

Val S-J had been to Currys to find out if they had a suitable microphone system for the Village Hall, but they did not.   She would check whether there were already some belonging to the V.H.   Carol thought there ought to be a hearing loop system.   It was also suggested baffles could be put in the ceiling to reduce the echo.

Carol thanked all those who had helped at the cake and plant stalls on the Green, and Ronnie for bringing her van.   £151.60 had been raised.

Members were asked to bring to the September meeting items required to go in the bag for homeless women.   Still not decided how best to produce a suitable bag.

2020 Calendars and Diaries had been received, and Carol would check orders at the next meeting.   Costs: calendars £5 and diaries £4.20.


March for Climate Change in London on 26 June.

Centenary Archive Display in Salisbury Cathedral 29 June – 16 July, and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery 17 September – 11 October.

Craft Competition – Needle case in any medium for any type of needle, one entry per member, fee £2.

“Journey through Canada” Day on 17 October, including lunch, at Market Lavington , cost £18 – several members expressed an interest.

Centenary Council Meeting, 29 October in Salisbury.

Pictures for the 2021 calendar should be of birds, bugs and bees.

Fete.   Scones to go to Val S-J.   Cakes also needed, both for cake stall and for teas.   Thanks to those who had offered to help with the washing-up.

Garden Party, 17 July, at the Manor, 2-5 p.m..   Members to bring plate to feed two people; Rosie would provide tea.   Make a corsage to wear.   Meet at the Village Hall at 1.45, to sort out cars.

Outing, 21 August.   Agreed we should have lunch at the White Horse at 1 p.m.

Resolutions – Report from Annual Meeting in Cardiff.  

  1. Call for action on reduction in local bus services.   For: 5,729;  Against: 252.   Passed by 96%
  2. Do not miss your cervical screening.   For: 5,788;  Against: 194.   Passed by 97%.


Carol reported that our finances were still healthy, which meant August lunch could be subsidised.

Monthly Challenge.   Number of words from a wordwheel, won by Ronnie.