Something of interest to watch on TV! Britain's Secret War Babies - Channel 4 at 9pm Wednesday 17th August. Committee member Gill Stockley husband and friend to WeyBay, John ‘Soot’, is in the Radio Times will be featured on the programme. He will also be on This Morning ITV on Monday 15th August. Gill went on location with the TV company. And talking of TV, Susan Calman’s visit to Weymouth gave a very good review of the town.

It's been a long hot summer and plenty of visitors to the town but as it finally breaks, WeyBay members will look forward to meetings starting up again. Don’t forget to get items ready to show at the Country Fayre. Details will be emailed to members.

Reports of summer 2022 activities, The Big Canoe Trip, the Annual Bike Ride, the summer beach party and book club reports are in the website pages and photos in the Gallery. Any other reports of members activities – please send to the editor so members can see what is happening.


Weybay celebrated the Platinum Jubilee at their June meeting with a red, white and blue themed party. The west facing inner harbour is a perfect spot to catch the sun in the early evening and it was lovely to be able to sit outside in summer outfits. President Sheila Vogwell wished everyone a fun evening and thanked the committee for organising the party. Cocktails and cake were laid on for all members and plenty of prosecco started the celebrations. There was a raffle with a special prize of a voucher from Abbey Flowers in Abbotsbury to pick your own bunch, and music by Paul and Abby kept the revelry going late into the evening. Everyone agreed that it was a fab night and the perfect way to honour her Majesty.

WeyBay WI members have joined an institution that was started 1915 and is now the largest 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. Regional events are organised and advertised in Dorset WI News which are handed out at meetings and advertised on the Dorset WI website. 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!


The celebrations for the ten-year anniversary of WeyBay WI in April 2020 were suddenly and very disappointingly put on hold (it is still 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 and a memory of the first venue at The Clipper in St Thomas St.


Your privacy is important to WeyBay WI. This privacy notice provides information about the personal information that we collect and the ways in which we use it.

When do we collect personal information about you?

We will collect personal information from you when you join or communicate with us by any means.

What happens to your personal information?

a. Contact details will be input into the NFWI Members Communication System (MCS) which is password protected.

b. We will also hold details of current members for administration and communication purposes.

c. For non members we will only capture the minimum amount of information that we need in relation to your visit or enquiry.

Who will hold the information?

Information will be held securely by designated person/s, usually an Officer, who requires it for administration purposes. Electronic files will be password protected and paper copies will be held securely.

How do we use your personal information?

There are legitimate reasons to hold personal information for running the WI, to comply with legal obligations or to carry out a contract to which you are a party. For any other purposes we will request your consent.

Do we share your personal information?

We will not sell, rent or lease your personal details to a third party but reserve the right to disclose personal information for legal or regulatory obligations or proceedings and for auditing purposes.

How long do we keep your personal information?

We will erase your personal information immediately when you cease to be a member, hold office, your enquiry is complete or you wish to withdraw your consent, other than for that held for administrative and financial purposes.

What are your personal rights?

You are entitled to ask us to see your personal information, correct it or have it deleted. You have the right to be forgotten. You can also ask us to restrict how we use it.

What about personal details on websites?

We will not use your personal information on our website or within any form of social media, without your consent, but we will not be responsible for the privacy practices of the the web or content of linked websites.

Who do I contact about personal information that has been collected?

Firstly contact our WI Secretary and/or DFWI Federation Secretary about your concern. If they cannot resolve it you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commission’s Office at

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