Welcome to our web page. Redlynch & District WI has the distinction of being the longest standing WI in Wiltshire and, indeed, is the eleventh oldest in the country. We were founded in September 1916 and possess a fascinating archive of written and photographic material from the early years right up to the present day. Times have changed but our principles and aims have not - we believe it is as important as ever for women to have a voice both locally and nationally (see and internationally. We have over 40 members from the villages of Redlynch, Lover, Hale, Woodfalls, Morgan's Vale & Downton. We meet at 2.15pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Morgan's Vale & Woodfalls Village Hall and after announcements etc. we usually have an interesting speaker or entertainment followed by tea and biscuits.


Jun 12   Romanov to Revolution, Jill Daniels
July 17  Annual Outing
Aug14   Under the Veil, Sandra Simmons
Sep 11   History of' Punch and Judy, Alix Booth.  Birthday meeting with raffle
Oct 9     Understanding Ferrets, Gordon Lewis
Nov l3   Murder Mystery, Simon Dabell
Dec ll    Christmas Meeting with raffle
Jan 8    Members’ Meeting
Feb I2  The Story of the Cunard Line and its Glamorous Passengers, Steve Herroe
Mar 11  Mercy Ships, Angela Grist
Apr 8    Annual Meeting: EIection of Committee & President, Reports, Resolutions
Rosemary Pugh, President
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June Dabell, Vice President
Jill Bowen, Secretary
Pat Blount, Treasurer
Ann Kelly, Asst Treasurer
Gloria Henderson
Janet Stock
Jill Bowen
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MEMBERS WHO HELP: Archivist: Carolyn Birch; MCS Rep: Pat Blount; Press Secretary: Anne Cradock. Badges: Marguerite Caustick; Flower of the Month: Marion Lewins; Raffles: Joan Coundley,  Marion Lewins, Carol Newman; Outings: June Dabell, Dorothy Elphick, Celia Garrett;

ACTIVITIES: Book Group: Carolyn Birch. Knit & Natter: Marion Lewins.  Sideshoots: Janet Mogg, Janet Stock. Discussion Group: Marguerite Caustick.

NEWSLETTERS: There are two newsletters for you each month: one from the Wiltshire Federation, and the green sheet from Redlynch and District WI - this can be sent to your e-mail address: WI LIFE: this is the name of the WI national magazine produced eight times a year and sent by post to every member; WILTSHIRE FEDERATION OF WIs (WFWI) looks after and runs events for all the 137 WIs in Wiltshire and is based at : - WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes, SN10 1EB. Tel: 01380 739340 e-mail:

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMENS INSTITUTES: All WIs are affiliated to the NFWI, and there are 6,300 WIs in England and Wales. They arrange the NFWI AGM which is held every year. Resolutions on social and topical concerns submitted by WIs are selected and discussed at all levels and voted on at the AGM.If they are carried they empower the WI to influence local and national policy making.

DENMAN COLLEGE: is the WI’s own residential College near Oxford. Redlynch and District WI has a annual bursary of £250 to enable members to attend a course. This is drawn at the Annual Meeting, when all members’ names are put into the draw. Any member can apply to attend courses and pay her own expenses.

Having celebrated our Centenary in 2016, we continued with interesting activities in 2017 and on into 2018. These are a few highlights. The National Federation of WIs had passed a Resolution urging WIs and members to try to alleviate loneliness. Our response was to compile a booklet entitled “What’s on in Redlynch (and a bit beyond) which was distributed to about 1,200 homes in our villages during May 2018. Later in May we held a very successful Skittles Evening, open to the public. Our summer outing was to the Isle of Wight and a most enjoyable strawberry tea was held in our President’s garden on a bright, sunny day in August. As 2018 was the centenary of the Armistice following World War 1 we joined the local Royal British Legion in their parade and laying of wreaths at the two War Memorials. We had decorated the one at Quavey.