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!



Sunday, 15 April 2018

Meeting 9 April 2018


We were looking ahead to various events at our April meeting. There would be a walk of about an hour around the quarry on Mon 30th April at 2pm in aid of ACWW, followed by refreshments back at the Village Hall. Looking further ahead our May meeting would include our AGM and a discussion on the Resolutions, please see your latest WI Life for details of the subject which is to do with mental health.  We would also be hearing from Leigh resident Wendy Worley about her latest book.

June sees Leigh’s annual fete and we were reminded to carry on collecting contributions for the adult tombola which the WI will be running in addition to selling ice creams, Pimms and Mocktails. Even further on in the year will be our President’s Evening on August 13th. No details yet but this may have a different format to previous years and is planned to be held in the Memorial Hall.

Our speaker was Jim Hardcastle, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit Manager. He explained what area is covered, which some of us were disappointed to realise did not include Leigh, and the sort of work they do trying to protect it with the help of partners such as the Mendip Society and the Somerset Earth Science Centre. The unit has a very limited amount of paid staff and relies to a great extent on volunteers but still manages to do a lot of valuable work.

Our next meeting will be Monday 14th May, see above for details.

Buckland Dinham 100th Birthday Party


On Saturday 7 April Buckland Dinham WI celebrated their 100th Birthday.  A great achievement!  They invited members from other local WIs to attend a Tea Party in their Village Hall.




We had delicious sandwiches and plenty of homemade cakes, scones & cream, strawberries and 'bubbly' to toast their good health.

Thank you Buckland Dinham - our members who went had a wonderful afternoon.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

LITTER PICK

I hear a Great BIG THANK YOU should go to those wonderful people who braved the cold weather (and snow!) on Saturday 17 March to do the Litter Pick.  Well done you.

And thank you to anyone else who has since gone along the lanes to continue the good work.

Let's hope that not too much rubbish gets discarded through our village over the summer.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Meeting 12th March 2018



Our President Sue Rodford pointed out several articles of interest in the County News March edition. These included a picture of our visit to Shepton Prison, some craft events coming up in Burrrowbridge and at the Bath and West showground and for the latter venue a reminder of volunteers needed for the WI tea tent at the annual show.

We were also reminded to start thinking about contributions for our adult tombola stall at the fete in June as we will need a lot of prizes. The recent snow had meant the village clean-up had been postponed and would now take place on Sat 17th March, all arrangements as before.

Looking ahead into April the monthly coffee morning will resume on Friday 2nd, another event which was affected by last month’s snow. We have one team of 4 entered for the Hall quiz on Saturday 7th but often manage to enter two so if you are interested ring Sue Vaughan on 813115, we can put together a team of 4 from individuals if needed. Lastly there are still no volunteers to carry the banner at the Wells event on the 28th but if you do think you may be able to help with this contact Sue Rodford as soon as possible as the cloth needs supports made to enable it to be carried. 

We then had an interesting and informative talk about composting from Steve Mynard who spreads the word about the importance of this on behalf of Somerset County Council. He gave us plenty of tips on what to do and gave us some very useful handouts to take away, so no excuses not to get on and start composting if you don’t already.

At the next meeting on Monday April 9th there will be a talk on the Mendip Hills so very relevant to us all.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Meeting 12 February 2018


Two appeals for help first. We need a new representative to attend the monthly Fete meetings. It’s important we are involved in the Fete as it is by far our main source of income during the year. This time as well as selling ice cream, Pimms and Mocktails we will be running the adult tombola so will need donations for that nearer the time. The second appeal is for two people to take our banner to the Parade in Wells on 28 April, see the latest County News. If you can help with either of these please contact President Sue Rodford on 812766 or any committee member.

Don’t forget the usual monthly lunch in the Bell on Friday 2nd March and the village clean up on Sat 3rd. The latter will start from the Hall at 2pm where you will be allocated an area to litter pick. Refreshments will be available back at the Hall from 3pm.

We are going to take part in the WI photo competition so keep that in mind and take your snaps at any WI involved activity in the coming months. Our 12 photos will be chosen at the end of the year. Finally would you like to attend a course at Denman our WI headquarters college? There is currently a £150 bursary towards the costs on offer with one person interested at the moment. This would be shared if more than one applicant. Contact Mary Mears if you need any information on what courses are available.

After the business matters our entertainment was a Valentine card workshop led by member Jeni Francis. This was very well organised with a good variety of materials provided to use to decorate the cards and produced some lovely results.

At the next meeting on Monday March 12th we will hear an “amusing?” talk on composting from Steve Mynard.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

69 Years Young!

On Saturday we celebrated Leigh on Mendip's 69th Birthday with a Ploughman's Lunch for members at Barbara's house.

Some of the Food - but where are the Puds???

We had lovely cheese, ham, breads & salad to start.

Followed by a scrummy selection of puds.

But first we raised our glasses and sang "Happy Birthday"!!


Many of our members & some new people to the Village were able to come.  Many thanks to Barbara for hosting this event.



Empty plates & happy smiles - must have been good.

Monday, 15 January 2018

JAIL BREAK????

Jane organised this outing for WI members, partners and friends. 


We visited behind those very high walls of Shepton Mallet prison on Saturday 13 January 2018.  Our guided tour was with one of the ex-prison officers.  The 2 hours we were there gave us the opportunity to “walk in the footsteps of prisoners who have been residents of those wings during the last 400 years”.  We learnt a lot about is history dating back to 1610 – the daily life, visits, prison work, the gym and the Chapel.  



In the early years all prisoners, men, women and children, were held together in reportedly dreadful conditions. The gaoler was not paid, instead making an income from fees from his prisoners. The buildings were later extended and the high wall surrounding it built.  


In the early 19th Century, a large treadwheel was built within the prison on which men who had been sentenced to hard labour would serve their punishment. The wheel was used to power a grain mill outside the prison wall.The prison closed for a few years in 1930 due to under use.  Later it was run as an American military prison.   

It returned to British militaryuse and soldiers held there included the Kray twins who were serving out their national service after absconding.

During the War it was also used to house various items, believed to have included the Domesday Book & Magna Carta.


The buildings were again modernised towards the end of the 20th Century and the prisoners were given the opportunity to study and learn a trade or to be employed in the kitchens.  When it finally closed in March 2013 it was the oldest working prison in the United Kingdom.





Various events can now be booked there, such as parties, hen nights, etc but we weren’t sure about staying overnight!  It was also recently used for some of the filming for Paddington 2!  



There is much talk about the area being developed into housing so this was a wonderful opportunity to view it as a Prison.


I'm pleased to say that at the end of the tour we were all allowed to go home!