December 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Keevil WI. There will be no meeting in the hall in December as we will be enjoying a Christmas get together at the Longs Arms on December 12th.


We’ve captured as many images as we could find/whose light were on when we were out (thanks Sarah and Bob). Feel free to supply your own images if you have them.

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Christmas fayreUPDATE: Download the list as a PDF so you can print and take it with you around the village and tick off the lovely Christmas windows! Keevil WI Advent Trail_updated 11th Dec

Thank you to everyone who has offered to decorate a window for our Advent Trail, I’m sure the village will look wonderful with 24 windows lit up to celebrate Christmas in Keevil. I will be sending  a note to all participants with the details of dates etc. before the end of the month. I will also produce a list of where to find the windows for anyone wanting to following the trail.

During the village carol singing on Friday 21st December we will be able to see many of the windows already lit, please come along on the night and enjoy refreshments in the church at 6.45pm and soup provided by Keevil WI  in the hall at 8.30pm. with carol singing in between.

Our January meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th January in the village hall. We are showing the film “Suffragette” and having a fish and chip supper.

Jan Maskrey, President

advent windowWouldn’t it be wonderful for our village to have a new Christmas tradition? Something that villagers could join in to light up the village throughout December.

Think of an Advent calendar how we all love to see a new window every day – what if those windows were real, lit up in real houses making our village special!

We are looking for villagers to join in and choose a date in December then to decorate a window in their house to be lit on their chosen date each night until Christmas …. The theme is Christmas if course and it’s entirely up to you how you do it, you don’t have to live on Main Street, it will be more fun to have to find your window.advent window2

I already have the beginning of a list of people who would like to join in, instructions and ideas so please let’s light up for advent …. ring me on 01380 870438 and choose a date.

Keevil WI will be meeting in the hall on November 14th at 7.30pm. so please pop in and pick up some ideas for a window and enjoy a glass of wine.

Jan Maskrey, President

November 2018

Our meeting in November will be in the hall on the 14th where in true Blue Peter style we will be having a Christmas craft evening. Along with PVA glue and plenty of imagination we will be making Christmas collages; wine and nibbles will be served to aid concentration! The meeting is open to all so please come along and get into the Christmas spirit.

Jan Maskrey, President

October 2018

It’s Autumn again and we start to write Christmassy things in our diaries; I think I blinked and summer was gone but what a glorious summer it was. Several of us visited the Merchant’s House in Marlborough on what was probably the wettest day of the summer but even so after we all had a soaking the sun did make an appearance.

Our next meeting is in the village hall on 10th Ocober and we have Claire Gregory speaking about the top 10 ways to stay healthy. We will start at 7.30pm with tea and coffee or bring your own wine etc, then the speaker at 7.40pm, followed by the business meeting.

We have a varied extra programme from now until Christmas starting with an evening of wine and canapés at the cookery school in Devizes on 24th October: Peter Vaughn will demonstrate how to make Christmas canapés which can all be sampled at the end of the evening.

On the 8th November there is a shopping trip to Cardiff on the train and 22nd November is lunch at Lowden with a chance to buy a few Christmas presents in their wonderful shop.

Our November meeting is a craft evening on 14th making a Christmas collage and the December meeting on 12th is a buffet Christmas meal at the Longs Arms in Steeple Ashton.

Visitors are always welcome and if you are thinking that W.I. in Keevil sounds interesting then please join us and see for yourself.

Jan Maskrey, President

June 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our supper evening in June, we had a lovely evening with great food cooked from our recipe book and enjoyed with a glass or two of wine. The evening was such a success we will certainly repeat it again.

Do you drink tea? Would you like to know more about tea ? Our July meeting is all about tea, the lovely people who run Tea Inc. in Devizes are coming to tell us all about it, visitors very welcome to join us and you don’t have to be a woman you just need to like tea. Please join us in the village hall July 11th at 7.30pm.

We will not be meeting in August but hopefully we will have an outing to The Merchant’s House in Marlborough followed by lunch or afternoon tea. Details at the July meeting.

Jan Maskrey, President

May 2018

This year is starting to whizz by just like last year and the one before that. We started to plan our June supper party way back around Christmas thinking it was way in the future and now here it is.

SUPPER PARTY: June 13th in the village hall at 7.30pm. ALL ladies welcome.
Please come and join us for a summer supper with recipes cooked from our very own cookbook. We are not having tickets but if you know you will be coming please let a W.I. Member know so we have a rough idea of numbers, or phone me on 870438

Our July meeting is the 11th July in the village hall and the owners of the tea shop in Devizes are coming to talk about tea and let us taste some of the many wonderful teas they sell. This meeting will be open to everyone in the village who is interested in tea, please come along and there will be cake and biscuits too.

Finally thank you to Jane Knowles and Joyce Nutter for entertaining us so well at our May meeting with our own version of Desert Island Discs, it was wonderful hearing about Joyce’s life from growing up in Rochdale to ending up in Keevil .

Jan Maskrey, President

April 2018

Poetry, animals and a very enthusiastic lady was the theme of our April meeting. Dawn Lawrence clearly loves animals especially endangered ones, she has written books about the many wild animals who are in danger of extinction and she is a supporter of the Born Free Foundation. Dawn entertained and enlightened us on many animals with her poetry cleverly written about each one.

Our next meeting on Wednesday May 9th is the Resolution meeting followed by Desert Island Discs, the resolution to be discussed is “Mental Health matters”. We will start at 7.30pm. tea and coffee will be served, we will then have a discussion on the resolution and finish listening to the favourite music of one of our members.

Our programme for the next few meetings is now ready, a big thanks to Pat Bartholomew for printing them.

  • June 13th: Supper party – Open to members and non members. Come along and enjoy food from the Keevil W.I. recipe book produced in 2017.
  • July 11th: All about tea – A demonstration and tasting from the Tea Shop in Devizes.

In addition to the programme we will be organising an afternoon tea locally and a visit to the Merchant’s House in Marlborough, followed by lunch.

Jan Maskrey, President

March 2018

After this very cold spell let’s all hope that Spring is not too far away and we wish you all a Happy Easter.

Our February meeting held on Valentine’s Day was a lively evening of making hearts from willow strips, some did actually look like hearts at the end of the evening and some resembled an old fashioned carpet beater but we all had fun and thank you to Alison Rasey for organising it and supplying the willow.

The A.G.M was held on March 14th and we said a big thank you to Janet White for all her hard work as secretary, she is now taking a rest from sending emails and taking minutes. The evening was rounded off with members reciting or reading their favourite poems.

Our programme for the next year is looking exciting with some interesting speakers and some extra activities such as a cream tea, lunch and a trip to the Merchant’s House in Marlborough.

Our next meeting, to be held in the village hall on April 11th. at 7.30pm., is a talk by Dawn Lawrence, “The Wildlife Trust. Two Steps Behind”.

Jan Maskrey, President

January 2018

Happy New Year! It feels like forever since I wrote the last newsletter, Christmas has been and gone and all the twinkly lights have been taken down ready to sparkle again next Christmas. I always keep pretty cards, wrapping paper and gift tags and make collages of them to give as gifts or to hang on the wall, it’s a lovely way to keep treasured cards so please keep some of yours for a Christmas craft evening in November 2018.

On a cold, damp December day a group of us visited the American Museum in Claverton, warmed by coffee and cake we wandered around the museum. I have visited several times but always manage to learn something new. There was a magnificent tree decorated with Art Deco ornaments and many of the room sets had decorations too, there were some very impressive wreaths adorned with corn dollies, feathers and greenery. After a lovely lunch in the restaurant we visited the two museum shops, one is very quaint and smells of cinnamon and has lots of artefacts to look at, it was all very festive.

Our Christmas party was held in the village hall, we invited Liz and Gerry Vaughan so we could thank Gerry for his wonderful work on building the commemorative bench on the playing field, two ladies from a women’s refuge also were invited and we were able to present them with two slow cookers and thanks to the generosity of the members we gave them seven gift bags for the women at the refuge to open on Christmas Day.

Our January meeting was a very interesting talk on antiques by Anne Burton several members brought along items for Anne to look at. I’m so sorry I missed it due to my baby granddaughter arriving a month early but I’m pleased the evening went well, thank you Anne.

The February meeting falls on Valentine’s Day so we are looking forward to making willow hearts with Alison Rasey. Please bring along anything you would like to adorn your willow heart and if possible bring some secateurs for cutting the willow. This should be a lovely evening with a theme of hearts and any non members wishing to attend will be most welcome.

If you haven’t already signed the list for the meal at. The Well on February 28th there will still be time at the February meeting or you can ring Sue Holton or myself.

The 2918/2019 programme will be printed soon and we have lots of interesting speakers and activities planned.

Jan Maskrey, President