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

or leave a comment here on our blog


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! Everyone welcome.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

We walked the world!

We finished our walk at the Memorial Hall with a welcome cup of tea and some gorgeous home made cakes (some people came just for the cakes!)
The route took us past The Bell Inn, through the Rec Field and across the field to Stocks Lane. We turned left, crossed the road and walked up through the fields to Tadhill. Then we wound our way through the fields, past some inquisitive heifers and some milking cows, back to the Main Street.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Just unwrapped......

Delivered today from Countryside Art! Our rather lovely green shopping bags!
Available for sale at the WI stall at Leigh on Mendip Country Fair, Saturday 15 June, or from a WI member near you!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Women Walk the World - Sunday 28 April

Calling all women in Leigh on Mendip! (And their friends and family!)

It's the moment when you can show some solidarity with other women across the world - they will be walking in South Africa, Romania, Dubai, Australia, Ireland, Canada, India....... All to celebrate the work of the Association of Country Women Worldwide, an international group of women who make changes! The ACWW has consultative status at the United Nations and gives women a voice at international level and represents 9 million women in over 70 countries.

We are hoping for a dry afternoon, meeting at the Memorial Hall at 2.30 ( maps will be available if you would like one), walking around the village and returning by 3.30 for tea and cakes!

You will be able to make a donation to the ACWW if you wish. We are supporting two groups of women this year:  a water based project in Uganda and with a tree nursery in Ghana.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

News from the Warminster & District Foodbank.

We are very pleased that Jean Colgrave, one of the Trustees, has agreed to come along to our May meeting at 8.30pm. She will bring a sample box which they usually give to a family, so that we can see just what goes into it. She will also tell us how it all works, and I know that it will be a very interesting evening.
When I arranged this with her, Jean asked me to mention that they are especially short of long life milk and long life fruit juice as well as sponge puddings.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Needles & Pins....

What a very interesting evening! Who would have thought that the Singer sewing machine had such an eventful and varied history! Fascinating! Our speaker was passionate about sewing and told us a little of her wide range of experience; she had also brought some beautiful items she had made as well as lovely bags to sell.
After our tea/ coffee break some of us set to work on our banner. This involved choosing the right colours and layout - thank you to everyone who so kindly brought material with them - and then cutting out the letters. I think it will be spectacular!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Record of our March meeting

Leigh on Mendip WI meeting: Monday 11 March 2013 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall

Welcome & apologies: Sparks welcomed everyone. Apologies received from Mary, Shelagh, Jean, Annie & Gill.

Minutes & matters arising: The minutes were signed as a true record. Sparks had contacted the national Cooperative Society to ask for a speaker on ‘Fairtrade and the supermarket’, which had been passed to the local Coop. The design for the calico bags had been received and could be viewed on the blog. Members had enjoyed their lunch at The George in Nunney. Banner project: it was decided to create a simplified name banner and members were asked to bring fabric (green/white patterned, cotton-like) and scissors to the next meeting.

County News: Members were asked to read the News, add their names to the event lists on the table and the following were pointed out – the page 3 girl, the WI Moodle and the visit to Wyke Farm, which was highly recommended.

Forthcoming Events:

§ Thursday 14 March. Kilmersdon WI open meeting. Transport arranged.

§ Saturday 16 March 2-4.30pm. Village Clean up. Arrangements finalised.

§ Group Meeting 25 March 7.30pm. Names taken for attendees and final volunteers for various jobs on the night.

§ Friday 5 April at The George in Nunney.

§ Sunday April 28. 2.30pm Women Walk the World on the village access walk, invite others to join us.

§ May outing planned to the Earth Sciences Centre is a clash with the Active Living Centre visit there on 22 July. Agreed to cancel the WI outing and anyone that wanted could go on the ALC visit. Alternative outings suggested: Weymouth by train, Shoe Museum in Street, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary or the train from Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead possibly on May 11. To be investigated.

§ Village Country Fair 15 June. Val wondered whether the WI could run an activity for children alongside the produce stall

Correspondence: NFWI Raffle tickets available £1. Children’s Hospice SW Bluebell Walk on 28 April.

Treasurer’s Report: Bank £792.61 petty cash £24.39 with the subscriptions paid for the year.

Birthdays: Sandra 12, Barbara 19 & Val 21 March

Next meeting: Rachel Harding talking about needlework, followed by starting the banner. VOT: Sue V.

AOB: The food bank in Truro had also been giving casual lessons in using the food. The Frome food bank would provide us with a speaker in May and when offered food workshops they expressed interest and would consider it.

Members were thanked for their contributions to the nearly new sale, which had raised £150 for the church.

Memorial Hall quiz on 23 March – Jan P, Caroline, Sparks +1.

Barbara had been to Greys Court, the home of Lady Brunner who had a building named after her at Denman College and 60 years ago suggested the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ resolution.

Unfortunately our speaker was unwell so after refreshments we practised out entertainment for the Group meeting, with much hilarity.

An exciting invitation for garden lovers...

Beckington, Berkeley and Standerwick WI  are going to the Yeo Valley Organic Gardens on Thursday 13th June 2013. ( near Blagdon/Chew valley area, so not far)

Leaving Frome, Fromefield cricket pavilion, at 10.00am. Plenty of space to leave your car.

Leaving gardens 4.00pm.

Coach £12.50 ( maybe less , depending on numbers)

Entry £5.00.

Cafe to buy own lunch.

No dogs.

Lot of walking ; uneven paths not wheelchair friendly.
Are you interested? Let me know and I will put you in touch with the organiser