About Keevil WI

theWI_Logo_profile_image (1)We are a friendly and lively bunch and welcome women of all ages and background. We have a range of activities which we hope will appeal to all including learning new skills, interests and making new friends. We have a range of speakers and there is a chance of a natter over a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. Occasionally we have outings. Except during pandemics, when we do a lot of zooming! 😉

Our 2021 committee:

Jan Maskrey President
Gill Gosling Treasurer
Liz Tyler Correspondence Secretary
Janet White Minutes Secretary
Anne Burton
Jane Knowles

HOW TO JOIN

If you would like to join the WI, please contact Janice Maskrey on 01380 870438 or come along to any of our meetings – we would love to see you and you will be made very welcome…

Keevil is part of the Wiltshire regional Federation.

Meetings are currently being held online via Zoom (would normally be in the village hall) on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.20pm for 7.30pm with the exception of August (unless otherwise advised).

Our 2021-22 PROGRAMME

  • 9 JUNE Outdoor Get Together
  • 14 JULY Bath City Pastor by Jenny Noakes
  • 8 SEPT The Story of Pelham Puppets by John Davis
  • 13 OCT Homeopathy by Anne Tottingham
  • 10 NOV Christmas Demonstration by Laura of Pinkney Farm
  • 8 DEC Christmas Celebration
  • 12 JAN Film & Fish’n’Chip supper
  • 9 FEB My Life as an Auctioneer by Gordon Brockman
  • 9 MARCH AGM
  • 13 APRIL Trowbridge & its History by David Birks
  • 11 MAY Resolutions
PRESIDENTS UPDATE: May-June 2021

WI in the village is hanging on in there and have been relying on Zoom for our monthly meetings and talks. This is better than nothing but we are aware that during lockdown this has excluded some members from joining in so we are feeling particularly pleased that our next meeting on June 9th will be at Liz Tyler’s farm and weather permitting we will start at 6.30pm. Please bring along your own food and drink and a chair if possible and keep your fingers crossed that it is a dry evening. 

Nationally the WI are supporting NHS Social Care and Frontline Workers Day on July 5th 2021 [see below]. The NHS started on July 5th 1948 bringing free health care to everyone, never have we needed it more than during the past 18 months, so this is our chance to show our gratitude to all NHS workers and frontline staff. 

Keevil WI will be having tea and cakes in the village hall from 2pm until 4pm. This is open to all villagers so please come along to this special celebration to say thank you for the continued hard work and dedication of NHS, social care and frontline workers. 

There will be no charge for the tea and cakes but there will be a chance to donate to NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association. There will be a raffle and a chance to sign a special thank you card for your own GP Surgery.  Jan Maskrey – President

NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day JULY 5, 2021

The NFWI is a key supporter of the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day which takes place on Monday July 5th 2021. There will be a nationwide series of events throughout the day, involving every aspect of society and raising money for two excellent causes – NHS Charities Together, which supports 250 hospitals and their charitable trusts, and the National Care Association, representing 1.6 million workers caring for some of society’s frailest citizens.

Keevil WI are serving tea and cakes in the village hall 2-4pm – please come along to this special celebration and help us say thank you for the incredible commitment of NHS, social care and frontline workers. It’s all free, but we’ll have a raffle and be collecting donations for NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.

CHRISTMAS 2020 ADVENT TRAIL AND LIGHTS

A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the Advent trail this year and lit Keevil up for Christmas, the village looked wonderful and Christmassy and the tree by the village hall completed the Christmas feel. I am planning a photo book of all the windows and lights partly to celebrate the 80th Anniversary but also as a record of Christmas 2020 and how Covid didn’t stop the lights. See the full 2020 advent trail over on the Gallery here

The WI Advent trail will be on in 2021 and I’ll start the list in October …. please don’t wait to be asked it’s for all the village to join in. Jan Maskrey – President 

Keevil WI Playing Field Bench

The stone bench donated by Keevil WI, and sited on the Playing Field, was completed in October 2017. The bench was commissioned by Keevil WI to commemorate its 75th anniversary in December 2015.  Funds were raised by the members, who wanted to donate something of lasting value to the village.

Keevil WI is extremely grateful to Gerry Vaughan, who has given so much thought and time to its construction.

NFWI Campaigns

At a National Federation level, campaigns tackle issues that matter to members. From equal pay to climate change, mental health and violence against women, over the past 100 years members have embraced a diverse set of challenges. The WI has brought about real change – and they’re just getting started. Click here for our current campaigns.

Resolutions

The Women’s Institute is democratic and member-led, and the resolutions process is unique in putting members at the heart of decisions about campaign activity. Every campaign stems directly from a resolution put forward by members and adopted at the Annual Meeting. WI members have a unique opportunity to turn a concern into a national campaign every year, backed by the whole of the WI.

A resolution is a call for change on a current issue in society. Once a resolution has been adopted at the Annual Meeting, the Public Affairs Department turns it into a campaign. Through national and local campaigning, members play a key role in achieving change on important issues.

There is only one resolution to be voted on this year:

A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer

Every two hours in the UK someone dies of ovarian cancer. Making sure GPs and the public know what to look for will not only ensure the early detection and treatment of this disease but transform lives today and for generations to come. NFWI calls on WI members everywhere to help increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer.

For more information log on to My WI, go to Public Affairs and Campaigns and then to Resolutions Selection Results 2020/2021: the NFWI has prepared a range of resources on the shortlisted resolution that we can use to aid our local groups decision, including:

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