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 Sue Rodford

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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!



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

July Monthly Meeting

At our July meeting we were all captivated by an inspirational talk by Desi Fradgeley about the charity Horseshoes and Handprints. It is based at her home, a former farm, at Stocklinch, near Ilminster. The centre provides horse-centred therapy for children with special needs. This includes a wide range of disorders and health problems. The therapy offers each child sensory activities and close interaction with the ponies and horses. The staff attend accredited courses to work with the horses and families. They see the children become relaxed, calmer and happier around the animals. This has far-reaching benefits for the child’s whole family.

Business items included a thank you to all members who helped at the Village Fair in June; a report from Barbara about the County Open Gardens she had visited, one in Wells and another in Binegar; and two lists were compiled: of those who were going on a visit ‘behind the shelves’ at Waitrose in Wells on 24th July, and those who were able to attend President’s Evening on 10th August at Mary’s home. Events in the Autumn included a Jumble Sale on 7th October in the Memorial Hall.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Leigh on Mendip Summer Fair 2017

What Fantastic Weather!

Ice-creams sold out.  And the cakes that didn't sell in the afternoon went quite quickly with the youngsters at the Evening Entertainment.


Thank You to Everyone who baked cakes, made jams, etc and helped set up and sell on the Day.




Enjoy the Sunshine whilst it lasts!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

12 June - Monthly Meeting

In June our meeting was chaired for the first time by Sue Rodford in her role as our new President. Many of the business matters, such as the outing to Waitrose on the 24th July, the President’s evening at Mary’s house on 10th August and the jumble sale on 7th October had already been touched on at previous meetings but it gave us a chance to firm up on these dates in our diaries.

Caroline gave us a report on the AGM in Liverpool which had included some inspirational speakers. The resolution about loneliness had received mixed responses partly due to the wording with some delegates feeling it was not a matter for the Government to act on. However it was still passed. A more resounding approval was given to the resolution about plastic soup. It was encouraging to hear that there are currently two products being developed which could be put in washing machines to combat the problem of micro plastic fibres getting into our waterways.

Sue made an appeal for more members to join the committee and also told us that the programme planning meeting for next year would take place at Caroline’s house on Tuesday 17th October. Do see what ideas you can come up with and give a committee member the details if you are unable to go along yourself.

Our talk on the Great Barrier Reef included pictures of many of the myriad of organisms which form the coral and live in it. We were encouraged to go and see for ourselves if we ever get the chance.


The talk at our meeting on the 10th of July will be on Horseshoes and Handprints, come along and find out what it’s all about!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

May Meeting & AGM - Monday 8 May 2017

Our May meeting was mainly concerned with two topics. Firstly there were the Resolutions to consider. Barbara talked us through the presentation on action for “Alleviating Loneliness” which we came to realise had a variety of sources, not just being elderly.  It could be caused by lack of employment, being at home with young children or lack of transport just to give a few examples. The members were mainly in favour but decided to leave the decision on which way to vote to Caroline who is attending the AGM in Liverpool.

Jan Pattison then took us through a lot of information on the second Resolution which was about tackling the problem of micro fibres getting in to our waterways and the sea. This is increasingly affecting fish which we of course eat. Many of us had no idea that the problem came from washing items made from synthetic fibres and agreed the issue needed highlighting with the hope that manufacturers and government could come up with solutions to the problem. Members again were mainly in favour of this resolution.

We then turned to our AGM with reports from the officers of the committee. Barbara appealed for more members to join the committee but none at the meeting volunteered. Barbara was standing down as President and so we needed to vote for a replacement. We were very pleased that Sue Rodford agreed to stand as our  new President.

Refreshments were in the form of tasters of recipes various members had brought along with some surprises including - Who would have thought of putting kidney beans in a chocolate cake instead of flour? Delicious!



Our meeting on the 12th of June will include a talk on the Great Barrier Reef.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

ACWW Walk Sunday 30 April 2017

Despite the poor weather forecast the Walk went ahead!






Caroline, Barbara and Jan met at the Village Hall car park.

We drove to the Cranmore Tower car park and started our walk uphill.

It was so lovely to see the trees coming into leaf.








We made it up to the Tower and then back down again.  

No rain!  A very pleasant walk.

Then back to Barbara's for tea and cake.  We were spoilt.  A choice of 4 cakes - shared with other WI members and husbands who came to join us there.


Just over £30 raised for ACWW.
Thank you to everyone who supported us.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

April Monthly Meeting

There were reminders in April about the AGM and recipe swap for our May meeting and notice from Barbara that she will be standing down as president and that we need both more general committee members and someone to replace her. After the AGM, when we will also discuss the Resolutions, there will be a social activity and as usual the committee will provide the refreshments.

Various recent social occasions had been enjoyed including a theatre trip to the Merlin, the monthly coffee morning in the Hall and the first Friday lunch in the Bell. For the latter we were pleased to be joined by Sparks, our ex-president, who was in Leigh visiting. We were reminded to return the bulb orders by the May meeting and given notice of the Women Walk the World event which would take place on 30th April.

For our entertainment Daniel Mears told us a little about the names, ingredients and origins of various Cocktails and then mixed some for us with a few of the members making their own with his help. He also made some Mocktails with various fruit juices and we were able to sample these at the end of his talk. It made for a very interesting and enjoyable evening, something maybe a little different from many people’s perception of the WI!


Our May meeting will be the AGM at 7.30 on the 8th

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter

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Wishing all our members a Very Happy Easter.