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 46 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.


Apr 11   Jewellery and Valuations,
              Mrs Gloria Henderson
May 09:  Poole Pottery, Mr Alan White
Jun 13    Faberge, Lt Col Mark Wilson
July 11    Outing to the Isle of Wight
Aug 08   Garden Party with Strawberry Tea
Sep 12   The Wisdom of Pearls & Demonstration
               Mrs Frances Benton
Oct 10    English Wine, Mr Marchment
Nov 14   Life and loves of a Taxi Driver Poet,
              Mr Haddow
Dec 12   History of Chocolate,
              Mrs Deanna De Burgh
Jan 09    Members’ Meeting
Feb 13   Songs from the Shows, Mr Dance & Judith Sharp
Mar 13   The Making of Documentaries, Stuart Judd
Apr 10    ANNUAL MEETING: Election of Committee/President, Reports, Resolutions
Rosemary Pugh, President
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June Dabell, Vice President
Valerie Reynolds, Secretary
Sandra Pearce, Treasurer
Patricia Cousins,
Gloria Henderson
Janet Stock
Val Reynolds

MEMBERS WHO HELP: Archivist: Carolyn Birch; MCS Rep: Pat Blount; Catering: Marilyn Bechter, Robbi Moss, Rosemary Pugh, Janet Stock; Press Secretary: Anne Cradock.

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:

Right: President Val Reynolds cuts the Centenary Birthday Cake - September 2016.

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 biennial 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.

2016 was our wonderful Centenary Year. We started with our New Year lunch, continued with a fantastic Arts, Crafts and Produce Show and then a stall and history exhibition at the Lover Fayre. The exhibition was then on display at both St Mary’s and St Birinus’ Gift Days. We visited the Royal Pavilion at Brighton for our annual outing. Then the big day, our 100th birthday party, with guests including Diane McLaren, Chair of Wiltshire Federation, our special speaker Clive Farahar from The Antiques Roadshow and a superb tea. In November, in recognition of the work done by our WI during both world wars,  we joined the local Royal British Legion on Remembrance Sunday, and paraded from Morgan’s Vale to St Mary’s laying a wreath at both the War Memorials. And in December we held our Christmas party. So what were we celebrating? While all this was going on Carolyn Birch and Jenny Bowman had been quietly visiting the Wiltshire Records office to research our archives and had written a fascinating booklet of our history which is now available.