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!

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”.

Monday, 8 October 2018

WI Dates



Forthcoming Events
·         Christmas Meal, Monday 3rd December at The Mendip Inn on the A37 near Oakhill. £23.50 2 courses, £26.50 for 3 courses. Please let Kaz or Mary know ASAP if you want to come (or even if not) £10 deposit to Mary by 22nd October latest. Menu choices and cheque for the balance at November meeting latest. 
·         Programme Planning Meeting Monday 15th October at Caroline’s 7.30pm ALL welcome to help chose our 2019 speakers/events or send ideas in advance.

·         Village Quiz 17th November – partners welcome – names ASAP please
·         Frome Group Carol Service – Friday 7th Dec 3pm at Beckington. Names and arrangements to be sorted in November
·         Village Christmas Tree Festival – 8/9 Dec in the church. Small group needed to create our entry.
·         Food Bank Christmas gifts – we would like to do a collection for this again – small treat food items. Bring to November meeting
·         70th Birthday celebration – Friday 18th January 2019 – Skittles in the Bell Inn – partners/friends/kids welcome.  Meal booking optional.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Meeting Monday 10 September 2018

At the September meeting members reported having enjoyed our recent social events such as the First Friday lunch in the Bell and the President’s Evening Social. Those who came to the latter had a very good evening of food and chat, the “speed chatting” being particularly successful. We were now looking forward to the Group Social in Leigh on the 26th of September and names and payment were taken of those volunteering to help or just joining in.

Mary had details of the Somerset County weekend at Denman which offers the choice of several activities with the possibility of a bursary from our WI to help with the cost. If you think you may be interested let Mary or any other committee member know.

Looking ahead to Christmas we had some news about the annual shoe box collection. This is now being accepted at our local YMCA rather than collated by the County WI so we will have a little longer before Christmas to get our donations together. The members were happy to continue with this.

Our speaker Derek March gave us a potted history of England with relation to how cheese making started and continued about many of the types made. He had an enthusiastic style with lots of extra little bits of non-cheese information added in including the basics of his recipe for a game pie! We then had the chance to taste some of the cheese he had brought along.

Our next meeting on Monday 8th October at 7.30pm will include a talk about the Save The Children charity.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Visit to Wells Cathedral

What a fabulous opportunity to do a High Tour Visit at Wells Cathedral.   

A really interesting and informative trip around the Cathedral.  We learnt so much from our two Guides.

It is not usual to be able to see Jack Blandifers, who hits a bell with a hammer held in his right hand, so close up.

And a close-up view of the Clock.  We went behind the scenes and saw where the choristers used to sing out and the trumpeters blew their horns to the people congregating on what is now the Green.

Would certainly recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind heights and climbing up some narrow spiral staircases.

President's Evening

What a good evening we had in the Village Hall on Monday 13 August.  This year there were just too many members to host this event in the President's house.  As you can see there was an amazing selection of food.  Thank you to everyone who came and brought a dish for us all to share.

However, before the eating we all had a drink and then sat down to play a game where everyone got the chance to chat and find out something new about our fellow members.  It was like "speed dating" and thank you to Caroline for the idea and to you all for joining in the fun!

A great team effort - many hands make light work (putting out and taking down tables & chairs and work "behind the scenes" in the kitchen with washing & drying up).

It was so lovely to hear our new members comment on the great evening and "do you do this every year?".  Roll on 2019!!

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.