Committee members got their aprons on and supplied a magnificent display of cakes for a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  A big thank you to Sue Murray for her wonderful strawberry cake – very scrummy,  Gwyneth Brewster for her beautiful cake and Lesley Bryne for the donation of champagne.  We had some very happy prize-winners.  The morning raised £360.00 for the charity.

Autumn has arrived with vengeance, schools have gone back and WeyBay member enjoyed getting back together for their first meeting after the summer break.  The committee has constructed a full programme of meetings and trips to look forward to.  The September meeting, at the usual venue of the Angling Club on Commercial Road, was a talk from the Medical Detection Dogs charity.  Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes.  Many people will have heard of their work during the Covid epidemic but they do an awful lot more than that.   The dogs are surprising the scientific world with their abilities.  The charity is supported by our Queen who has a particular love of dogs and has raised a huge amount of sponsorship. 

The October meeting is the traditional Country Fayre with a theme of Beautiful Dorset.  Members have been circulated the categories for this year’s event and are already debating to which they will submit an entry.  It’s always a lively evening with some fierce competition.

Some members have joined with other Dorset WI members for a talk by Ann Widdecombe with a lunch.  She is a very lively and amusing speaker with a host of stories to tell of her time in Westminster and on the television.  A further lunch at the RNLI in Poole is planned.   The annual DFWI meeting in Poole on 12 October has Ann Jones NFWI Chair and Rev Kate Bottley as speakers.  A team on members will be representing WeyBay at both events.

Along with the usual walking groups and lunch clubs and charity coffee mornings there is plenty in the autumn calendar. Details are emailed to members.

With summer receding, we couldn't help reliving the wonderful July meeting, which traditionally takes place at a local outdoor venue. For this year's gathering, over fifty members joined in the festivities at the delightful Greenhill Beach in Weymouth. The event was nothing short of magical on a lovely summer evening in July.

The attendees were treated to a delicious spread of fish and chips, perfectly rounded off with refreshing ice cream. They brought their own drinks and chairs to sit on. The relaxed atmosphere was a far cry from the usual summer commitments of visitors and traffic congestion.  Some of the braver members were even encouraged to take a refreshing swim.


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.


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