A Happy Christmas to all.  WeyBay members celebrated in the last meeting of the year with a tasty Christmas supper at the New Vic Bars on Weymouth’s Esplanade and a return visit by popular request from the one and only Elvis.  The evening started with hot glasses of mulled wine and continued with a brilliant party which got everyone on their feet dancing the night away to Elvis and his legendary music.

Well done to the committee for organising the brilliant end of year party.  

Money raised from the raffle is being donated to the Wyvern Academy, a local specialist school for children with learning difficulties.  Thank you to everyone for their support.

The committee has put together an interesting calendar of meetings for the 2020, now available to view in the Meetings page.  A new decade, new resolutions and as always good friends and lots of support from WeyBay WI.  Don't forget that subscriptions are due in January. Details have been sent out by email.  If you want to join details will be post on the website in February. 

President Sheila Vogwell thanks the committee for their hard work during the year and wishes all WeyBay ladies a very Happy Christmas and looks forward to seeing everyone after the holidays.

The Country Fayre looks like becoming an annual event.  
A very successful Country Fayre was held in the October meeting.  The various categories of photography, patchwork and knitting, floral art, crafts, cakes, jams and drinks were well advertised in advance and attracted a lot more entries than the previous year.  They were congratulated by the judges Sarah Simpson, who judged the crafts and flowers and Neil Coad who judged the food and drink.  Sarah said after the meeting that the work was very creative and imaginative, and it was a pleasure to do the judging.  

President Sheila Vogwell thanked everyone for their contribution and thanks must go to the committee for spending the day collating and exhibiting all the entries.  A lot of work but everyone agreed it was well worth the effort.

But WeyBay continues to enjoy a variety of meeting and outings. Twenty five WeyBay members enjoyed a fabulour trip to Ford Farm on the Ashley Chase Estate, makers of many cheeses but famously Coastal Cheddar. Ford Farm are now one of the biggest cheese producers in the country, all made by human had not a robot to be seen.
Some of it is Cave aged at Wookey Hole Caves, but they have since built their own huge cave in the hillside at Litton Cheney. The 200g and 400g wax-

coated Cheddar truckles are best sellers at Christmas and the Dorset Red, a mild, orange cheddar cold smoked over oak chips is a firm favourite with the local population. It is certainly worth checking out their on-line shop for Christmas present ideas. Thank you to Marisa for organising the outing.

Photo shows the group kitted out in matching head gear and jackets during the visit to the cheese making site.

Did you go to Dorset Federation’s 2019 Annual Meeting at the Lighthouse Poole in October? If not make sure you attend in 2020! 

This is the meeting held once a year and is necessary to read the Treasurers report and pass any notices pending as well as hearing a summary of Dorset Women’s Institutes activities from the Chair currently Marilyn Holehouse. To offset what can sometimes be tedious there are usually a couple of good speakers and this year didn’t disappoint.

The star of the morning session was (in your writer’s view) not the farmer James Cossens - though his talk of farming on his large North Dorset farm was certainly interesting - it was in fact three ladies from the Armed Forces Diversity Engagement Team. They are based at Sandhurst, are made up from the Army, Navy and RAF and certainly challenged our perception of females in the Armed Forces. Their presentation was slick, funny and informative and your writer thinks many ladies at the meeting will be encouraging their daughters and granddaughters to consider it as a career.

The main speaker in the afternoon was Tom Heap from the BBC's Countryfile.   He said he usually follows glamorous Ellie and hunky Adam to present the serious side of farming, so instead of Tom Heap they call him the Grim Heaper!  However, he gave an uplifting talk entitled Reasons to be Cheerful outlining what we are actually getting right in the countryside.

With a lively few numbers from Wyke Regis WI choir and a good few photos of Dorset WIs on the big screen it was certainly a good day and a date for your diary for next year. 

The ethos of WeyBay relies on members joining in and contributing to the programme.  These smaller groups are a good way of meeting other members in a relaxed way.  Find out what is happening by checking the website for updates and getting contact details from the monthly meetings.

The Spa book club usually have their August meeting outside and previous August meetings have been at Greenhill and Ringstead. This year was spent beside the lake at Littlebredy and a suggestion of a game of rounders was well received!  The game of walking rounders was harder than it sounds with teams penalised for running for a ball but the game was still a lot of fun with no balls or fielders ending up in the lake!

The game was followed by a scrummy picnic and they even managed to discuss this month’s book which was Michelle Obama’s Becoming.  This had mixed reviews - some felt Michelle’s account of her life and time in the White House was rather boastful but those who had bought the audio book read by Michelle Obama herself, really enjoyed it.  It is a long book so the audio is an easier option.  One book that all the book club enjoyed was Should You Ask me by Marianne Kavanagh. It was based around Wareham in the Second World War and we all loved the interesting story made even better by references to all the local places.  The current read which is proving a hit is a Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman.  Photo below shows the Book club and friend at the lake at Littlebredy.

On Wednesday June 26th seventeen members of WeyBay had a fabulous evening tasting 5 different wines with assorted cheeses. Carl from Delicious on Custom House Quay, Weymouth, showed them how to taste, smell and enjoy the different wines from varied countries. It is hoped to run another course later in the year.

On Wednesday 23 May, 13 ladies had a wonderful morning making Wheat and Lavender Wreaths with Catherine Nix from My Scented Home at the New Vic Bars.  
Eight  members of  Weybay WI walked from  Sandsfoot Castle along the Rodwell Trail to  Portland, stopping for a welcome drink at The Boat that Rocks at Portland Marina.  Members enjoyed  the walk in the sunshine taking in the beautiful views across to Portland.  The walk was led by Jo White, the organiser for this group.  If you are interested in joining please contact Weybay-WI@hotmail.co.uk or speak to Jo at the monthly meeting. 

The lunch club has become active again with a programme set for the rest of the year.  The WeyBay WI lunch/supper club met at the new Mexican Restaurant, Loco Lobo situated in The Cove in Weymouth harbour.  Ten members enjoyed a delicious lunch, wonderful Mexican dishes with lovely views to the harbour.  May's venue is the newly refurbished John Gregory pub.  
Thank you to Anne Neil for organising this group.  

It might seem that there is an tendency to chatting eating and drinking in these groups and it has to be said, the meetings.  We make no apologies for that. WeyBay WI has always had an important proviso - that members enjoy themselves! 

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!