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! Everyone welcome.

Monday, 25 April 2016


Anyone who enjoys knitting or crochet might like to make a 'Twiddlemuff'.
At the last Group Meeting members were given information about these - they can be of benefit for people suffering with dementia.
If you would like any more information/instructions on how to make one please ask at the May meeting.

Fashion Show

On Friday the 22nd April, 8 members went to The Standerwick Centre near Frome to a
fashion show. Julia Santon our County Chairman welcomed us all and wished us a nice
evening. We enjoyed a delicious meal of either gammon or salmon followed by fruit salad or

While we enjoyed our coffee the models men women and children walked
amongst the tables modelling the clothes they had chosen from an M & Co store. 

We were all given a voucher to spend that evening from the pop up shop. They didn’t have all the sizes so I think most of us saw something they liked and will be making a trip to a shop in Frome Wells or Midsomer Norton to spend the discount voucher.

          Even something for the men!

Croscombe Spring Road Show

Caroline Jane and Barbara travelled to Croscombe village hall in time for coffee. We were
welcomed by Julia Stanton our County chairman and she introduced the board of trustees
who encouraged us to join the activities they were organising in the future. We also heard
from “Heads Up” a charity's in Wells which helps people suffering from dementia. We had
a long lunch break when we could enjoy soup and cake and then walk round all the
displays. After lunch Dr Burrows gave an amusing talk about his time giving talks to various
WI groups over the country. An interesting day out.

Sunday, 24 April 2016


A group of WI members, friends & husbands set off from the Memorial Hall on Sunday 24 April to walk in aid of ACWW.

Spring has arrived!  So lovely to see the cowslips.

Friends from Buckland Dinham came to join us.
Time for a pause on the walk round the quarry and another photo opportunity!

Looking down on the house where Vera Carey, one of our original members, grew up

Then back to Shelagh's for tea and cake. Thank you to everyone who came and those who helped with the refreshments.  We raised £51 for ACWW and had a great time too!

Trip to Wells Cathdral

On Saturday 16 April Caroline, Jan, Marguerite and Shelagh visited Wells Cathedral to see 'Threads Through Revelation'.  

This was a touring exhibition, made up of fourteen large textile panels which explore, through the medium of textile art, the Book of Revelation.

The panels are spectacular.  The techniques and style used are very unusual - a combination of painted dyes and multi-layered silks cut and stitched.

Jacqui Parkinson is a textile artist whose work has been on display in many cathedrals.

After the Exhibition we went for a hot drink (to warm up!) and some lunch.  A lovely day out.

If anyone else sees something that is of interest to them why not arrange an Outing for members?

Friday, 15 April 2016

April Monthly Meeting

We were pleased to see both some new members and visitors at our April meeting. The first Friday lunch had been particularly well attended and Barbara suggested continuing to use the Bell for these as it is easier for people to get to than elsewhere. The WI team had only managed to finish 3rd from the bottom in the recent Hall quiz but agreed it had been a pleasant evening. Several members had been to the Group meeting at Nunney and enjoyed an interesting talk from the BBC’s Sarah Jane Bungay.

A few things to be thinking about for the future. Firstly at the next meeting, the AGM, we will be discussing the Resolutions. Barbara appealed for someone to put the for and against cases for these but if no one was willing to do so for members to at least read about them in the WI Life magazine so we are able to discuss them properly in May. Two fashion shows ahead; the one at Standerwick on 22nd April, with 8 members booked to go and on a smaller scale our own entertainment in June. Jane is co-ordinating arrangements for this. And the bulb order booklets are already here! Contact Mary if you want one, cheques needed by the end of May.

Our entertainment was a session of Bollywood dancing which most members and guests joined in with. We learnt to build the moves up into a routine which was energetic but fun and a great sort of exercise.

The next meeting will be on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm, Resolutions and AGM!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Bollywood Comes to Leigh on Mendip

What an entertaining evening.  In April Emma Hill came to demonstrate and teach us the art of Bollywood Dancing!  It was very energetic and even those sitting down were able to have fun watching the rest and joining in with the hand movements.  Not sure we are ready yet to take to the stage!

Friends from the Village and Buckland Dinham WI came to join in too.  

Thank you to Sue & Christine for providing the much needed refreshments - complete with an Indian theme.


Photos from our April monthly lunch at The Bell at Leigh on Mendip.  We meet on the first Friday of each month at 12.15pm.  Do come and join us for a 'light bite', proper lunch or just a drink.  

New people are very welcome.  Perhaps a nice informal way to find out a bit more about the WI in Leigh on Mendip.  Hope to see you there.