Moving forward …


WeyBay can sadly no longer have the use of the Vic Bars on the Esplanade as the hotel has been sold.  We would like to thank the management and staff at the New Vic for their very good service that they have provided to WeyBay.  We all have very happy memories of the meetings and the parties that WeyBay has enjoyed there.  

The Committee has been very busy and has looked at various other possible venues in the town centre.  S
everal factors had to be considered when choosing a venue for members; a large enough meeting area, parking, bus route, walking distance, plus a monthly rate the WI could afford. After a lot of leg work and consultation, Sheila Vogwell, President and the committee are pleased to tell members that the new WeyBay venue will be the Weymouth Angling Club on Commercial Road, Weymouth.  The meeting date to the third Tuesday of the month.  Members look forward to meeting up again when the restrictions allow. 

Zoom meetings and the annual bike ride are now taking place.  Details are on the Meetings 2021 page or contact a committee member.  In July it is hoped to organise a WeyBay picnic.  As the restrictions are eased the committee will be organising more events and will keep all members informed.

Photos taken by members on their walks around our lovely town.

WI Walk with Women

On Friday 19 March 2021, the NFWI called on all WI members to show their support and solidarity with all women who have experienced abuse and harassment. Between 6pm-7pm, we would like WI members to safely join our ‘WI Walk with Women’, in accordance with social-distancing rules. Together with members of your household, in your support bubble or with a fellow WI member within your local area, we are asking WI members to join us by walking down your street; using candles, lanterns or your phone’s flashlight, to show your support. 

The celebrations for the ten-year anniversary of WeyBay WI in
April 2020 were suddenly and very disappointingly put on hold (it is hoped to have some celebrations in 2021) but it was decided to put together the memories of the first ten years into a photo book.  What a lot of memories and a lot of work to put them together into a coherent format to reflect the diverse activities, and the fun that everyone had.  The photo book is now published and will be available to see when the WI is able to have its next meeting.  But reminiscing over the past years has reminded us again of  how important WeyBay has become for so many members and the certainly that it will continue to provide this support to members again as we come out of the pandemic.  

Photo shows the original poster in March 2010 inviting everyone to come to the first meeting.


On 4th November Weybay committee member Marisa Ronzitti organised a walk starting from Church Ope Cove car park along the coast path to the Lobster Pot Café at Portland Bill and a stop for a take-away coffee.

The walk continued around the coast path to Easton Square where and lunch at White Stones Art Cafe.  It was a beautiful sunny day and a great way to spend the last day before ‘Lockdown 2’ doing this six-mile walk.   Get in contact if you would like details of more walks, when allowed.


WeyBay book clubs suggest these books that they particularly enjoyed in 2020 and can recommend for lockdown reading or a gift for Christmas.  

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
This book was popular in our group with the majority of members; it is literally a diary of daily events in a small bookshop in Scotland. Several members researched more into the shop and were interested in the updates they found.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
A wonderful true story of a couples lives and journey when they decided to walk the South West Coast Path.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simson
A compelling read that touched on so many different emotions, be prepared to laugh out loud and have a few tears.

On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming
Based on a true story a woman goes in search of her roots, mystery surrounds part of her childhood and she endeavours to uncover her lost time.

Educated by Tara Westover
A memoir of Tara overcoming her survivalist Mormon family in order to go to college.

A Keeper by Graham Norton
A story of a woman retracing her life and that of her mother in Ireland

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Found by Erin Kinsley

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Dressmakers Gift by Fiona Valpy.

During the summer months when lockdown was eased (seems like a long time ago now) WI committee had its first socially-distanced but face to face meeting since early spring, at a harbour cafe on 22nd July.  Unfortunately not all Committee members were able to attend the meeting. 

Currently the New Vic bars are still closed so there is no news on when we will be able to resume meetings, but we will keep members informed when we have any news.  The Committee are hoping to organise a September picnic at the Nothe Gardens, more details will follow nearer the time.  Update - this was cancelled due to the new restrictions.

The book clubs have continue to meet using Zoom and the walking group has started up again.  To comply with lockdown regulations it is restricted to six people per group.  Jo White the organiser will send out weekly messages to members offering dates, on a first come basis.  

Photos show what a wonderful part of the world WeyBay is lucky enough to have on the doorstep. The walking group had a good view of the cruise ships currently anchored in Weymouth Bay.

 We received notification yesterday that Denman College (the WI Centre for learning) will close, it has been struggling to operate for some time.  This will be sad news to members who have enjoyed the courses and events .

Have you checked out our Things to Do pages?  The WeyBay committee have been busy arranging trips and get-togethers for WeyBay's lucky members.  In the next weeks there are a cycling day in the New Forest and a visit to Morton Church planned as well as the monthly 'coffee mornings with a walk' and newly formed Lunch Club.  Keep an eye on the website to see what's going on or find out details from the monthly meetings.  

WeyBay members have joined an institution that was started 1915 and now has 205,000 members in 6,800 WIs.  It is the largerst voluntary women's organisation in the UK.  WeyBay is part of the Dorset Federation based in Dorchester. 

Each WI is self-governing within the framework of the WI constitution and rules.  

The WI is a diverse organisation open to all women with WIs in towns, cities and villages.

Denman College is an adult education centre in Oxfordshire run by the WI and courses run there are available to all members.

Regional events are organised and advertised in Dorset WI News which are handed out at meetings. 

Members have the opportunity to learn new skills, to take part in wide-ranging activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.  The possibilities are endless.
WeyBay WI adds one other important proviso - that members enjoy themselves!