‘Diversity’ is a buzz word these days used in many contexts.  And it certainly can be used to describe the activities available to members of WeyBay at the moment.  Have a look at Sandra Jones’ report in the News pages of her trip to Northumberland with the Dorset Federation. What a wonderful opportunity to do something different and something that you might not be able to do as an individual.  A group from WeyBay has been invited to Boots the Chemist for a skin care evening, a visit to Dorchester Prison, and a trip organised to visit the Coastwatch station at Portland Bill with the chance to look through their powerful telescopes, The Black Dog at Broadmayne announced as the venue for the next lunch club, the annual bike ride to look forward to – details in the Things to Do pages - and, as well, the regular walking group and book clubs (Fishnets Book club have just posted a review of their current reads  and recommendations in the Things to Do pages).  On top of these, there are the monthly meetings.  Last month Caroline Cousins amused members with her stories of her years as a driving instructor, this month is Bonny Sartin from the fabulous Dorset folk band The Yetties and next month is a visit from the Dorset Air Ambulance.  Add to that a trip to Ascot for Ladies Day and a literary talk at Athelhampton House  organised by the Doret Federation.   Something for everyone.  Well done to all those organising the groups and activities. 

Photo: Lindisfarne - the castle on Holy Island 

The WeyBay venue is a perfect place to hold a painting class in chilly January.  Twelve ladies attended and had a very productive and creative morning. There was no need to have any previous experience of painting.  Like all WeyBay events, it was an enjoyable way to meet with friends as well as learning something new.  The morning was run by talented local artist and member Julia Hawker, and we hope to run another art activity later in the year.

Christmas celebrations in 2022.  WeyBay WI had a very successful evening dinner at The Avenue in Weymouth College which is run completely by the catering students, and a party night in their usual venue of the Angling Club and look forward to a busy 2023 of meetings and other events.  Check the gallery pages for more 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 


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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