About Keevil WI
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
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 have reverted to the village hall (having been online via Zoom during lockdowns) 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
WI WILDFLOWERS PROJECT
Planning is underway for the next stage of the wildflower project. We are going to plant snowdrops in a month or so and wildflower mats are being purchased to be laid in front of the bench. We are also looking at how we can make our own gardens wildflower-friendly and in so doing benefit wildlife.
Perhaps you can join us by planning to nurture a section of your garden this year, for example by leaving it unmown and sowing wildflower seeds, or even reducing the numbers of grass cuts. Eliminating chemicals is also beneficial for wildlife.
The bench has now been moved further forward facing the pond and the area has been strimmed. A path on the bank has also been mown to improve accessibility. A big thank you to the Shed for their hard work!
Sixty native bluebell bulbs, primroses and some foxgloves have been planted in the shady area under the tree. Two of the younger Keevil residents were on hand to provide much appreciated assistance. There are plans for more wildflowers in the spring.
Keevil wildflower group
Link here to Wiltshire Council’s Community Environmental Toolkit
Presidents Update December 2021
KEEVIL WI NEWS
Keevil now has the start of a wildflower garden, down by the village pond there has been a little band of people working so hard to make an accessible garden for wild flowers to grow, next spring there will be primroses, foxgloves and native bluebells popping up around the pond. Many thanks the W.I wildflower group and others from the village who have helped to make this possible and to the Shed for their help also thanks to Sarah Dow for the lovely photos.
We had a very festive meeting on November 10th making Christmas cards and gift tags together with drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies it was all together a very lovely evening.
Our Christmas meal at The Raven will be on December 8th …… details to follow. The January meeting is on 12th in the hall at 7.30pm. It’s a fish and chip supper evening and film night.
Don’t forget to follow the Advent Trail this year starting on the 1st December at Pyatts Corner.
Happy Christmas to everyone from Jan Maskrey and Keevil WI
See the 2021 advent trail as well as previous years over on the Gallery here
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.
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.
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: