When and where we meet:

Formal Meetings are currently suspended due to COVID restrictions.

We are keeping in touch by email, post and with Zoom meetings.

Get in touch to join in now without commitment.


Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall,

Leigh on Mendip

Visitors welcome!

For more details contact Mary Mears
01373 812415


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.

Thursday, 25 March 2021


During March we were still unable to meet up in person as a Group but continue to hold our Committee, Monthly and Social meetings on Zoom.

On 8 March we invited members from other WI Institutes as well as our own partners and friends to listen to the Speaker, Barry Edwards, who gave a talk on "Brilliant Brunel".  Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a great hero for Barry.  He spoke about the great engineer's personal life and the time that he had spent in Bristol as well as London.  With the help of some slides he covered a wide range of projects from railways, including new ideas like the atmospheric rail, actual train stations as well as bridges and with his eye on travelling further afield great ships like the SS Great Britain and the SS Great Eastern.  He was also involved in field hospitals. 

We had a Social Evening with 11 members on Monday 22nd March, which had an optional Indian theme.  One member shared her family recipe for curry (yummy!) and several other members talked about their holidays and family experiences in India showing some of their photos. 


We travelled from Kerala in the South where we saw Sue's meal served on a banana leaf (instead of a plate!) and Karen's ride in a tuk-tuk (more fun than an air conditioned Mercedes!) to Shimla in the North, calling in at the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Golden Palace in Amritsar on the way.  

Others shared items they had either bought or been given from India.  A very friendly evening and a chance to catch up.

Mary has kept us all informed and up-to-date with general WI information and opportunities to listen to various speakers or join in Denman courses on Zoom.  Our phone calls continue as well as the opportunity to meet with one other member outdoors for a social catch up and walk.

In April please note that our Monthly meeting will take place on TUESDAY 13th at 7.30pm.  Again it will be a Zoom meeting with the Speaker, Celia Guppy on "Improve your Health & Wellbeing: Tips to destress and relax".  This was a subject that many members were keen to have.  A reminder that subscriptions for the coming year are due this month.  Please send your money to Caroline.  With the help of members' views and suggestions we have put together an interesting and varied Programme for the rest of the year.  Some of these speakers will either be talking on Zoom or "in person" in the Hall, if that is a safe environment for all involved.

Meanwhile do keep in touch with each other and contact one of the Committee if you have any ideas, concerns, etc.



Tuesday, 9 March 2021



Leigh on Mendip WI has organised a litter pick in the village for many years, usually during March to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean”.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we cannot plan the usual event this year (the post-collection tea and cake will be missed!) but instead suggest that anyone who would like to help collects litter during the week 8-14 March.  Take a carrier bag and gloves and see what you find whilst out walking.  If you find anything that you don’t want to touch or that is too big or fly-tipped then either report it via


or contact me with details of the location, for forwarding to Mendip District Council.

Please do NOT leave any litter collected outside the Village Hall, as it is not possible to arrange a collection from there this year.

Thank you to everyone who regularly collects litter.

Little known fact: Keep Britain Tidy was originally set up by a conference of 26 organisations in 1955. The conference was initiated by the national Women's Institute after a resolution was passed at its 1954 AGM to start a national anti-litter campaign.

Caroline Harris       812889

Monday, 1 March 2021


February is a short month and one that brought changes.  

From having seen daffodils in bloom in January we then had snow and ice followed again by more Spring–like weather.

Strange Hair Ice Fungus found in Cranmore Woods

Still in Lockdown but we were able to exercise with one other person which gave members the opportunity to see a friend outside.  We were able to walk along our quiet country lanes when it proved far too wet and muddy to be going across the fields and alongside the streams on footpaths.


At our first Zoom meeting in February we were able to come together to discuss various topics and speakers with the hope of putting together an interesting Programme for the rest of 2021.  Initially these will have to be Zoom meetings but hopefully later in the year, depending on Government regulations, we may be able to meet in the Hall.  We ended the evening with a Fun Quiz, in our groups of 3 or 4 people in the chat rooms. 


This was followed at the end of the month with a Zoom Coffee morning – a chance for a group chat and catch up.  Someone mentioned the very bright full moon – apparently traditionally known as the Snow Moon in the northern hemisphere and typically symbolises the beginning of Spring.  

We watched a slide of photos from members showing the "Awakening of Nature" with beautiful Spring flowers they had taken in the hedgerows and own gardens.  Edwina gave a short talk about her pictures telling the story of Spring and new beginnings from around the world. 


There is light at the end of the tunnel with a gradual lifting of restrictions.  Many of our members have now had their first vaccination.  We look forward to having greater opportunities to see friends and family, especially those who do not have the technology to meet up in the "virtual" world.  We are also mindful of all those people who have been out in the workplace all through this pandemic.  We are very grateful for how they have helped us in our everyday lives.


Our next formal Zoom meeting is on Monday 8 March with a speaker on "Brunel".  We hope with the new Programme to run more meetings like this until it is safe and legal for us to meet again in the Hall.  We do hope as many members as possible will make the most of these opportunities.  On Monday 22 March we will have an evening social Zoom meeting on the theme of India.  Please share any photos, memories, recipes, etc.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Keeping Busy!

 Pauline and Caroline (plus 2 friends) have been busy during the various lockdowns with their knitting needles and crochet hooks.  Between them they have made 6 beautiful knee blankets and I full size blanket.  

They have also created 17 Twiddle Muffs in bright colours with an assortment of ribbons, buttons, rings, bells, etc for people to handle and play around with.  They are a good way for people with dementia and children in special schools to relieve anxiety and stress.  When this lockdown is over we will arrange to get them to Hazel for onward distribution.  

If anyone has some spare wool and would like to "have a go" contact Caroline (01373 812889) or Jan (01373 812460).

Tuesday, 26 January 2021



Nearly at the end of January!  So good to see the evenings getting lighter.

With lockdown continuing we are only able to meet up as a WI on Zoom, but we are also continuing with our phone rota – which is much appreciated by some of our members, especially those who have no access to the internet.

For those who were free and able to join in we had a NYE Party on-line.  Several members (and a couple of husbands) dropped in during the evening and it was good to chat and raise a glass or two to the New Year.  Thank you to Caroline for organising it.

On 11 January we held our "Kickstart 2021" meeting.  Members were invited to share stories and any New Year's Resolutions.  We also discussed a list of 21 Items that might "Make Us Happy" – some more light hearted than others but plenty there to 'be kind to ourselves'.

Our Institute is 72 years young this year and on 25 January we held an on-line party – and being Burns Night we had a Scottish theme.  14 ladies took part.  One member had made a Dundee cake and candles were lit (2 – not 72!) whilst the tune to Happy Birthday was played.  We raised our glasses in celebration.  We had poems, accounts of previous Burns Night evenings held in the village, followed by pictures and interesting information on Scottish themes.  Members also recounted their own stories connected to Scotland.  A very enjoyable time.  I wonder if our original members could have imagined Zoom meetings, when possibly very few of them even had a phone at home!

There are a number of WI Zoom talks plus plenty of on-line courses offered by Denman.  Members are encouraged to take a look – plenty of choice to please many people.

Dates to look forward to:

Monday 8 February, 7.30pm – our monthly meeting on Zoom. 

Friday 26 February, 10.30am – Zoom Coffee Morning

Monday 8 March, 7.30pm.  Monthly meeting with a speaker on the topic of "Brilliant Brunel".

More details on these events will be sent out closer to the time.

Meanwhile take care and please contact any of the Committee members with your ideas for the coming months.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021



Leigh on Mendip WI is 72 this month.

We will be holding a Zoom Party 
Monday 25 January at 7.30pm.

There will be a "Burns Night" theme
for those who wish to wear something tartan, 
perhaps recite some poetry 
or just join in for a Social chat.

Bring your own drink & nibbles!

More info from Mary on
01373 812415.

Friday, 1 January 2021



Happy New Year to all our Members.

And a Happy New Year to anyone else who is reading our Blog.

If you would like to know more about us and what we are doing
during these very unusual times
and would like to get to know some new people
please do get in touch.

Contact Mary on 01373 812415.