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. We also lead the Keevil Wildflower Project, and 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 2022-23 PROGRAMME
- 8 JUNE Wine tasting & Talk by Jess Jeffery
- 13 JULY Visit to Yarnbrook Gardens
- 14 SEPT Lebanese Cookery Demonstration by Wafaa Powell
- 12 OCT The Story of Pelham Puppets by John Davis
- 9 NOV Christmas Craft Evening
- 14 DEC Christmas Celebration Meal at The Raven
- 11 JAN Film & Fish’n’Chip supper
- 8 FEB Talk on Antique Silver by Gordon Brockman
- 8 MARCH AGM
- 12 APRIL TBA
- 10 MAY Resolutions
KEEVIL WI NEWS
Presidents Update June-July 2022
What a busy few weeks, starting with our prosecco & cake stand at the Parish Community event at the end of May – it was lovely to meet some new people to Keevil and to say hello to old friends. And just one week later we were back in the same place cooking a BBQ and serving salads at the Jubilee afternoon – many thanks to everyone who brought and served the side salads and to the BBQers who, I have to say, didn’t look like your typical WI members!
We thoroughly enjoyed a wine tasting evening at our June meeting, we were able to taste a variety of super wines under the guidance of expert Jess Jeffrey, and the discussion of perfect food accompaniments was most interesting – fish & chips with champagne anyone?
We also recently enjoyed an afternoon tea at Avonfield Kitchen in Hilperton, and are very much looking forward to a visit to Yarnbrook Gardens in July. Our August meeting will be a BBQ at Pyatts Corner on 10th August – details to follow…
Jan Maskrey, President
The wildflower project is a WI initiative and has it’s own page here…,
Thank you to everyone for supporting the coffee morning on 19th March. We raised in excess of £865 for the DEC Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal which is amazing for a small village like Keevil.
Thank you to all who made cakes, drank coffee, donated, bought raffle tickets and donated prizes.
Special thanks to Norman who organised the raffle and for his humour when drawing the winning tickets which took ages due to the large number of prizes.
CHRISTMAS ADVENT TRAIL AND LIGHTS
The Advent Trail is another WI-led initiative that started in 2019 and has become a magical part of Christmas in Keevil… see the Gallery of Advent Trails and Christmas lights here
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: