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2018

APRIL

Saturday 28th - Basket Weaving (but not as you know it!), St Clements Court, Brook Street, Chippenham, SN14 0J, 10.00am - 4.00pm.  
These baskets made from recycled materials have been deigned to be fully functional.  The construction makes them strong enough to use as a shopping basket for All materials included.

Tuesday 24th - Science of Cream Teas Workshop, Nursteed Community Centre, Devizes SN10 3AF 1.30 - 4.30pm
Explore the chemistry behind a successful cream tea.  An opportunity to do some hands-on science guided by Dr Natalie Fey (or one of her colleagues) lecturer at the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol.
Have you ever wondered what makes jam set or a scone rise?  Just how long it takes to over-whip cream to butter?  What chemical processes are respnsible for turning milk sour? Get hands-on to grow sugar or caffeine crystals, extract pectin and make one if the word's earlisr plastics from milk.  

Saturday 28th - "The Pirates of Penzance", Social Centre, New Road, Bromham SN15 2JB 7-10.30pm
Presented to you by The Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society - Bar available

Monday 30th - New Speakers Day, Village Hall, Broughton Gifford, SN12 8PN, 10.15am - 3.30pm.
An opportunity to hear and give your opinion on applicants for the Speakers LIst

MAY

Tuesday 8th - Skittles 1/4 Finals, Bromham Social Centre, 7.00pm

Wednesday 9th - A trip to Exbury Gardens
The beautiful Hampshire Gardens owned by the Rothschild Family and close to the River Beaulieu.
Join us in the 200 acre spectacular site word famous for its rhododendrons, azealeas, camelias and rare trees and shrubs.

Pick-ups, Wroughton, Marlborough, Pewsey, Amesbury, and Salisbury. Coaches will leave Exbury for the journey home at 4.00pm.

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th - Buttle Farm Visit, Buttle Farm, Compton Bassett,  Calne SN11 8RE 6.30pm  for 7.00 start.
A chance to see and feed a variety of rare British breeds . Stout footwear is essential as you will be walking around a working farm. There is an on-site charcuterie with products available to buy.

Thursday 17th - A trip to Exbury Gardens
The beautiful Hampshire Gardens owned by the Rothschild Family and close to the River Beaulieu.
Join us in the 200 acre spectacular site word famous for its rhododendrons, azealeas, camelias and rare trees and shrubs.

Pick-ups, Devizes,  Westbury, Warminster, and Salisbury. Coaches will leave Exbury for the journey home at 4.00pm.

Wednesday  23rd - Visit to The Ginger Piggery, Boynton Nr Warmnster BA12 0SS,10.00am - 12 noon
A trailer ride around the farm above the Wylye Valley. On the trips you might expect to see pigs, cows, sheep, arable pastures, downland conservation, rivers, woods, flora and fauna ...... and of course, visit the ginger pigs! 

JUNE

Friday 1st - Sugarcraft, WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB 9.30 am - 12.30pm or 1.30 - 4.30pm
Whether you are a beginner or have experience this is an opportunity to develop your sugacraft skills by making flowers, buds and leaves.  Materials are included but you will need a box to take your creations safely home.

Friday 8th - ACWW Coffee Morning Village Hall,Sandfield, West Lavington SN10 4HL 10.00am - 12.30pm.
An opportunity to learn about the projects adopted by Wiltshire Federaion in Georgia and the new project in Tamil Nadu, India.
ACWW helps empower women with inovative projects.

Wednesday 20th - Quizzical Pursuits from 7.30 - 9.30pm
Frome Market, Warminster Road, Standerwick, Nr Warminster BA11 2QB
Supermarine Sports Club, Supermarine Road, South Marston SN3 4BZ
Sheldon School, Chippenham, SN14 6HJ
Salisbury RFC, Ca\stle Road, Salisbury SP1 3SA
The return of this popular event with questions on a variety of subjects to be answered in writing by a team of three.  Any number of teams may enter from a WI. Alternatively two WIs may enter a team together.

Thursday 21 - Trowbridge Sewage Treatment Works, Bradford Road, Trowbridge BA14 9AX 2pm
The visits will last about 2.5 hours and include a presentation about all aspects of the working of a sewage treatment plant and a guided tour of the site.  Don't waste the chance to see what happens after flushing!  They promise you won't need a nose peg!
We regret that owing to the layout of the plant it is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th - Card Making Workshop, WI House, Devizes SN10 1EB - 9.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 4.pm
Enjoy a cardmaking session for all abilities.  Three cards will be made using different techniques.  Please bring scissors and a ruler.  All other materials are included in the cost

JULY

Thursday 5th - Trowbridge Sewage Treatment Works, Bradford Road, Trowbridge BA14 9AX 2pm
The visits will last about 2.5 hours and include a presentation about all aspects of the working of a sewage treatment plant and a guided tour of the site.  Don't waste the chance to see what happens after flushing! They promise you won't need a nose peg!
We regret that owing to the layout of the plant it is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Thursday 12 - Trowbridge Sewage Treatment Works, Bradford Road, Trowbridge BA14 9AX 2pm
The visits will last about 2.5 hours and include a presentation about all aspects of the working of a sewage treatment plant and a guided tour of the site.  Don't waste the chance to see what happens after flushing! They promise you won't need a nose peg!
We regret that owing to the layout of the plant it is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Monday 30th - New Speakers Day, Village Hall, West Lavington, SN10 4HL, 10.15am - 3.30pm.
An opportunity to hear and give your opinion on applicants for the Speakers List.

AUGUST

A Literary Lunch and talk on 'Grey Pride' Cumberwell Park Golf Club, Bradford on Avon BA15 2PQ, Lunch 12.30 for 1pm, Talk start time 2.15pm.  An entertaining look at the ageing process, featuring Judith Holder. Ticket price includes lunch followed by tea or coffee.  Dress code : Daytime smart
Judith has had a 30-year media career working her way up from behind the scenes on chat shows for Michael Aspel and Gloria Hunniford, to generating the idea for documentaries including Joanna Lumley On a Desert Island and Billy Connolly's Artic Trip and, most recently, becoming best-known for producing the increasingly popular Grumpy Old Woman series and sell-out stage shows.

NOVEMBER

Thursday 8th - An Afternoon of Entertaiment - featuring the Ogmore Valley Welsh Male Choir at The White Horse Country Park, Westbury - 12 noon to 4.30pm. (doors open at 11.30am - lunch 12.30pm).
Includes a Ploughman's lunch and a cup of tea or coffee with Welsh cake during the interval.

Thursday 27th - New Speakers Day, Village Hall, Ashton Keynes SN6 6NX, 10.15am - 3.30pm.  
An opportunity to hear and give your opinion on applicants for the Speakers List. 

HOLIDAYS (for more information see our holiday page)

11th - 15th May 2018 - Coach holiday, Historic Houses and Heritage of Yorkshire (Tailored Travel)

14th - 18th October - Coach holiday, Heritage of Cheshire, Liverpool and the Welsh Borders (Tailored Travel)

COMPETITIONS

Lady Denman Cup Competition - The day that changed my life.  Using no more that 500 words (excluding main title, but to include diary date if used), the Lady Denman Cup Competition 2018 invites members to write a diary extract based on the day that changed my life,
Entrants must submit four copies of their entry, typed if possible on A4 paper to WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB or by email to info@wiltshirewi.eclipse.co.uk.  Closing date 3rd July 2018

PLEASE NOTE

  • Each entry must include a total word count; entries with over 500 words will not be accepted.
  • Entries will be judged in the first instance at Federation level and up to three entries from each Federation can go forward to the National competition.
  • All entries at National level will receive a critique by the judge.

Wiltshire Federation McWilliam Cup Competition 2018
Design a Badge for the next Century of the WI in Wiltshire
Our current badge depicts Stonehenge, a universally recognised and iconic feature of our County, however it does not reproduce well for use on Federation communications.

Can you produce a design that is not only recognised as representing our beautiful and historic County, but is also something that all our members would be proud to wear as a badge?  Your paper design should be no bigger than A5 size using a maximum of three colours. The winning design will need  to bereduced in size to be accommodated on headed paper and made into badges, so needs to be well defined.

Entries to be sent to WI House. Please include your name,address and WI on back of your paper design. We hope to have the new badges available for purchase at our 2018 Council Meeting so they may be worn with pride at our 2019 Centenary Celebrations.
Closing date 1st September.

Wiltshire Federation Craft Competition 2018
A handmade pin cushion in any medium.  Maximum size 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm).  You may enter more than one pin cushion but each must be accompanied by the entry fee.  Entries to WI House, 17 Couch Lane, devizes SN10 1EB together with the entry fee and a stamped addressed envelope for returning your cushion.  Closing date 24 September.
All entries will be displayed at the Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday 30th October in The City Hall,Salisbury.

Elizabeth Bell photographic competition - A Year in your WI . Inspired by members' talent and love of photography, NFWI are inviting WIs to submit a collection of photographs depicting a year in their WI. Running from January to December 2018, WIs are invited to compose a selection of no more than 12 photographs which represent a year in their WI. . Photographs to be taken monthly throughout the year of events and activities organised, or attended by the WI. WIs must send their entries to the Federation Office for initial judging by 28 February 2019. A full schedule and entry forms are available on the My WI Website or from WI House.