The committee wish all members a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone again at the meetings in 2023.

Christmas in WeyBay WI is always a time for celebration and this year with restrictions finally lifted was no exception. A demonstration of Christmas decorations made with natural foliage at Moonfleet Manor Hotel by Fiona Penny started the season off. A full house of seventy members had a traditional Christmas dinner in The Avenue, Weymouth College. The amazing college students cooked and served the food to an exceptional standard. And the final meeting of the year was the Christmas party held in the regular venue of the Angling Club with a sparkling theme and a Kir Royal cocktail for all members followed by dancing to singing duo Paul and Abby. Check our the Gallery page for photos from the party.

And in the spirit of ‘putting a penny in the old man’s hat’ the WI raised £400 for motor neurone disease charity at their November meeting. Check out the News pages for the details and photos.


The Queen was a member of Sandringham WI as was her mother before her. NFWI Chair Ann Jones statement on the WI website refers to her as ‘long standing and passionate member of the WI’. WI members can sign a condolence book on the NFWI website.

To celebrate the 100-year centenary of the WI a few members from each WI were invited to Buckingham Palace for the Garden Party. Three founding members of WeyBay were thrilled to be invited to join the throng to represent WeyBay in London. Also, in that year 2015 the AGM of the WI was held in the Albert Hall and The Queen and Sophie Countess of Wessex attended. A special cake was made, and the Queen invited to cut it. The knife stuck; the cake was so dense! The Queen and Sophie were very amused, you could tell as the pair giggled what a good sense of humour the Queen had and that there was a special bond between the Queen and the Countess. Sandra Jones was a steward at the centenary AGM and Anne O’Neill attended as the representative of the group of Wi’s to vote on the resolution. Other WeyBay members watched a screening live at Cineworld in Weymouth.

Our hearts and thoughts go to His Majesty King Charles and the Royal Family on the sad loss our beloved Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Autumn in WeyBay welcomes the popular meeting of the Country Show. Members are invited to enter items in several categories including craft, cooking and art. President Sheila Vogwell welcomed all members and the judges - Ali Calder judging cakes/baking, preserves and homemade alcoholic drink together with Sarah Simpson judging crafts, artwork, photography with a garden theme and floral arrangements using a recycled container. Photos of the entries can be viewed in the Gallery

Sheila thanked all members for making the event such a success and the judges both commented on the high quality of the entries making their decisions very difficult.

Members were invited to sample and look at the entries once all winners had been announced. Full results can be viewed in the meeting minutes.


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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