When and where we meet:

Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip

Visitors welcome!

For more details contact Mary Mears

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Leigh on Mendip Community Coffee Mornings

1st Monday of the month in the Memorial Hall from 9.45 to 10.45am.

Come along for a coffee and a chat!

Friday, 3 August 2018

County Fun Quiz

This was held at a number of different venues on Wednesday 25 July.

A team of 6 from Leigh on Mendip put their brains to the test - and were very pleased to come third out of eight teams.

Thank you to Frome WI for hosting this event and providing a delicious quiche supper.

Visit to Stoberry Gardens

A Group Event was arranged at Stoberry Gardens in Wells on 19 June.  A number of the WI ladies from Leigh on Mendip really enjoyed their evening here.  The gardens are wonderful with stunning views.

After a talk and walk around the grounds we had refreshments and it was lovely to meet up with members from other locals WIs.

A big Thank You from Leigh on Mendip to the organisers.

Summer Events

Leigh On Mendip Summer Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts at the 2018 Summer Fair.  Pity about the weather.  With the sunshine now I am sure we would have sold more ice-creams and Pimms!!

The Tombola Stall was a great success. We are very grateful to those WI members and other people in the Village who donated bottles, gifts, etc. etc.

Our share of the pay-out will help pay  the Speakers for our 2019 Programme.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Meeting Monday 9 July 2018

In July it was confirmed that several people had agreed to help with some of the tasks Mary Mears had been carrying out and that this meant she was able to take on the President’s job as hoped.

The business matters included the cancellation of the Group business meeting on the 25th of July and some more detail on the Group Social meeting on the 26th of September. There would be a light supper and a speaker for £3.50 a head and members were asked to think about whether they were able to help or just attend.

The recent lunch in the Bell had been well attended and Mary reminded members this was a first Friday regular occasion which people could just drop in to if they were free. It was noted the monthly coffee morning would not take place in August but the lunch would. We were also looking ahead to the President’s evening social in the Hall on August 13th, most had signed up to say what they were bringing, if you still need to, please let Mary or Barbara know before the 13th.

The programme planning meeting had been arranged for Monday 15th of October. If you have any ideas for speakers etc. do either go along to the meeting or let a committee member know beforehand.

We then had a talk from ex-nurse Lottie Dale who has been selling Aloe Vera products for several years. She explained all about the types and formats available and about many of the uses they have. We were able to sample both the cream, which can help aching joints and the liquids which can help with all sorts of situations including improving your immune and digestive systems.

Our next meeting will be Monday 10th September at 7.30pm with a talk about English Country Cheeses, including a tasting!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Meeting Monday 11 June 2018

At our June meeting, following a vote by members, Mary Mears was elected and agreed to stand as our new President. She explained this meant other people needed to take over her current role and two members agreed to help where they could, one attending committee meetings, the other assisting when she had time.

Various arrangements were finalised including pick up for the Stoberry Garden trip, help with the Group business meeting on 25th July and for the Group social on 26th September. Everyone going to the President’s evening in the Hall on August 13th was asked to tick a box to say what sort of food they would be bringing, this to make sure of more variety than last year. Barbara then went through several items in the County News and let us know we could suggest a Resolution for 2019 if we had an idea we would like put forward. She also reminded us that, in addition to our own bursary for Denman, they issue a substantial one themselves for first time attendees, meaning very low outlay for the member applying.  Finally Barbara suggested looking at “My WI” on the internet where they were currently promoting a Healthy Eating Week and evidently run many other campaigns.

Our speaker, Sandy Bateman, came to talk to us about the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. She told us a lot about how Rowena Cade came to build it and also about her own experiences of acting there. She brought some lovely photographs of the theatre with its spectacular position on the coast and many programmes from productions held there over the years.

Our next meeting will be Monday 9th July at 7.30pm when we will find out all about Aloe Vera.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Meeting 14 May 2018

Lots to get through at our May meeting with the usual business matters, the AGM, the Resolution to discuss and a talk to finish.

We were reminded of the Group business meeting in Leigh on Wednesday 25th July, the President’s evening in the Hall on 13th August and the Group meeting, again in Leigh Hall, on Wed September 26th. For the President’s evening Barbara asked if we could specify the type of food we would be bringing as last year there were far too many quiches! Still on a food note she mentioned only 2 came to the last first Friday lunch in the Bell and hoped more would be able to come to the next one on Friday 1st June. We were also asked to hand in at least two tombola prizes each for the fete, ideally by the end of May.

The AGM part of the evening included Caroline answering questions on the accounts and Mary reading out a report on the year’s activities on behalf of Jan Pattison. Our current President Sue Rodford had resigned due to poor health, Barbara was standing in on a temporary basis and we agreed to leave voting for a new President to a later date. However we were pleased that two relatively new members agreed to join the committee.

One of our members then gave us a personal take on the Resolution which was about parity of funding for mental health with that for physical health. Following a discussion with other personal experiences included we then voted in favour of the Resolution.

Finally Wendy Worley, a Leigh resident for many years, gave us a talk about how her interest in writing began from investigating a family tree and explained how this finally resulted in the publication of a book with a World War One theme. She has since gone on to write a second, not yet published. She then read us an extract from the first book.

Our next meeting will be Monday 11th June at 7.30pm when we will have a talk on the Minack theatre in Cornwall.

Monday, 30 April 2018


We were so lucky with the weather on 30 April.

12 people (and a dog!) came to support our walk for ACWW.

We walked around the Quarry and then returned to the Village Hall for a very welcome cup of tea and cake!

Thank you to everyone who came.  We raised £34.