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!



Thursday, 13 December 2018

Meeting 10 December 2018


At our December meeting we heard how much our donations to  the shoe box appeal and the food bank had meant to the organisations that run them, both being delighted at the amount sent. The Christmas meal at the Mendip Inn and the Christmas Tree festival in the church had been very successful with our tree based around loneliness winning the best themed entry prize.

Reminders of forthcoming events included the usual first Friday lunch on January the 4th in the Bell and also in the Bell our 70th birthday celebration skittles evening on Friday 18th. Mary asked us to have a look at the information about the Resolutions both in the County News and the WI Life and if possible bring a voting slip from the latter, with our choice on, to the January meeting, spare slips will also be available on the night. Mary also asked us to look out for her e mail with a short survey about food banks etc.

Our subs for next year will be £42, due in January and can either be paid by cheque or online, details for the latter to follow. Finally it was announced that mainly due to the larger numbers of members now, fund raising with the raffle is not essential but members voted to continue with it just for fun so please bring a small prize to the January meeting for the draws throughout the year.

In an entertaining, partly acting style and using letters sent to Emily Davis, our speaker, Sue Jennings, told us all about England’s first female physician, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. After much difficulty but with the support of her father, Elizabeth was finally admitted to the Society of Apothecaries although she had to go to Paris to study for her MD. She went on to set up the first medical college for women in the UK.

Our meeting on 14th January will include a talk on climate change.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Loneliness Tree


Our entry of "The Loneliness Tree" won the Best Themed Christmas Tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Giles Church last weekend. This ties in with the WI's Resolution on Alleviating Loneliness.




Red hands joined in friendship and baubles denoting a wide range of village and local activities adorned the tree. A leaflet was available to take away giving more details of the activities locally that people could come along to in order to meet others. Everything from joining a Rock Choir, doing some volunteering or just talking to your neighbour was suggested.

Many thanks to all those involved in designing and creating the decorations.  Our prize of a tin of chocolates will be shared at our January meeting.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Coffee Morning

Christmas Treats for all who come to the regular monthly Coffee mornings in the Village Hall.
Next event will be on Monday 7 January, 9.45 to 10.45am.
Do come along if you are free.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Shoe Box Gifts for the YMCA

Today I handed over the Shoe Boxes, full of both basics and treats, to be given to clients of the YMCA over Christmas time.  Due to the fantastic generosity of our members, we amassed goods to fill 8 boxes as well as some extra items to be given out as needed.

Well done every one and a huge THANKYOU from my YMCA contact.  Mary


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Meeting Monday 12 November 2018


It was good to see so many members at our November meeting plus plenty of donations for our shoe box appeal and Christmas themed items for the food bank. We are also expecting a record number at our Christmas meal on Monday 3rd Dec, so Leigh WI is certainly flourishing.

Reminders for forthcoming events included the usual first Friday lunch at the Bell from, 12.15 on the 7th of December which would be followed, for those interested, by the WI carol service at Beckington at 3pm. That weekend, the 8th and 9th, would also see the Christmas tree festival in the church where we would have an entry and refreshments would be available. Looking further ahead our birthday celebrations next year would be a skittles evening in the Bell on Friday 18th of January. Everyone, including partners and friends, is welcome to come along, either to play or just to watch. No food provided but you can order a meal from the Bell if you wish.

Our speaker, Tiggy Trethowan, had worked for many years behind the scenes in both theatre and television. This had been inspired as a child by watching Blue Peter and she did eventually manage to fulfil her ambition to work on that programme for a while. However the work which she enjoyed most was for the Antiques Roadshow. She came in as production unit manager to help completely update the show when it started using stately homes for venues. This included providing good security and first aid facilities and generally creating order from chaos. She had 10 years in the job and only retired from it due to failing eyesight. We also enjoyed seeing her guide dog Jackie who she had brought along and now goes everywhere with her.


The speaker in December on the 10th will tell us about the Life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, England’s first female physician.

Food Bank



We do a monthly collection of donations of food from our members which are given to the Frome Food Bank.
However, at this time of the year instead of doing a 'Secret Santa' gift at our Christmas meal we also make extra Festive donations to help those less fortunate than ourselves have a more special time.
Thank you to our members.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Meeting Monday 8 October


Christmas preparations were beginning in earnest at our October meeting. The Christmas meal had been booked for Monday 3rd December at the Mendip Inn which the committee had chosen following a lot of thought and research. Deposits were taken for this where possible and menu choices made.

Some donations had already been made for the Christmas shoe box appeal but there is still time to make a contribution. Various items are needed for either men or women including socks, instant food and drink sachets, sweets and small toiletries but basically anything small, either useful or a treat. Bring your gifts along to the November meeting or give to a committee member.

Do you enjoy decorating Christmas trees? If the answer is yes you may like to be part of a small group needed to put together our WI’s entry for the competition in the church this year. No decision yet on the theme as the group will decide that, although suggestions of either plastic pollution or loneliness have been made. Contact president Mary Mears or any committee member if you feel this is something you may be able to help with.

Our speaker, Lysbeth Ballantine, told us all about the history of the “Save the Children” charity from its formation nearly 100 years ago to the present day. She had been a volunteer for many years, now mainly fundraising and promoting the charity through talks such as this. Led for many years now by the Princess Royal, they work all over the world, including the UK, saving children’s lives, with far reaching action rather than just a “quick fix”.


At our next meeting on Monday 12th November at 7.30pm the speaker will tell us all about her career “Behind the scenes in TV”.