You Can Do This ....
The forecast was optimistic but uncertain when we set out on the 2017 Trust-Me-You-Can-Do-This-Triathlon. The day previous had been wild, wet and blustery but that did not put off the 9 intrepid ladies who took part!

We gathered in bright sunshine at Greenhill near the paddling pool having been generously lent the use of a beach hut by Sue Bray.

The air was warmish - the water was not! However after a few strokes we acclimatised and warmed up bit - lots of chat helped us while away the 20 minutes in the water. Most of us swam gently parallel to the shore but Charlie struck out with a fine display of front crawl  - olympic style.

The sound of the whistle had us (reluctantly?) heading for shore to get changed and have our hot chocolate, coffee etc and homemade flapjack. More chat, photographs and a catch up with our supporters then it was time to head off on our bikes eastward into the gathering cloud.

2 and a half miles into the cycle we were hit by a short sharp shower which had us momentarily sharing a bus shelter with another cyclist before deciding to continue despite the rain which was beginning to slow.

A decision was made for early lunch at the change station at Carolyn’s house before setting out for the final leg - a circular walk through the reed beds and along the Preston Road Esplanade into very black threatening clouds. At this point we lost 2 members to more pressing domestic obligations.They promised to complete the final leg in their own time later of course

Halfway through our walk the clouds produced another short sharp shower which had us sheltering momentarily before heading out on the home stretch. The Triathlon ended with presentation of certificates and much enthusiasm for meeting up at next year’s event. Hopefully we can persuade a few more people to take part next year.

Speak to anyone who has done this Triathlon and they will confirm that Yes absolutely anyone can do it and it is great fun!

Many many thanks to Sheilah Mc Gregor and Yasmin Hellings for helping out with drinks and carrying kit to different stages.


The evenings draw in and the tourists begin to go back home.  The crabbing buckets have been put back into the cupboard and the vibe in the town changes to a less frantic pace. 

As usual during the summer season, WeyBay supported Bestival tent at Lulworth Castle and the Dorchester Show, with members serving teas and making sandwiches and rolls and cutting cakes. This is an important fundraiser for the Dorset Federation and help is very much appreciated.

WeyBay meetings start again in September with a talk by Sue Hennesey on Teaching Madiba's Children.  The smaller groups continue to meet up - the book clubs, the walking group and the lunch and supper group and the monthly coffee morning.  The annual 'Trust Me Anyone Can Do It Triathlon' is set and ready to go - with WeyBay members in training (or not!) and the choir is busy practising for a starring role performance in the DFWI Annual Meeting in Poole in October.  

Photo shows the lunch and supper club enjoying a Tuesday night meal for a tenner at The Stable.  If you want to join any of these groups check out the 'Things to Do' pages or details can be found on the noticeboard at the monthly meetings. There's lots to look forward to as autumn sets in.


WeyBay committee work hard to get interesting speakers at their monthly meetings. The September meeting welcomed an amazing speaker, Sue Hennessy on Teaching Madiba's Children. Sue talked us through the 5 months she lived in a convent in Grahamstown South Africa in 2013.  Grahamstown was the home of Nelson Mandela and the locals called him Madiba hence Madiba's children.  Nelson Mandela was always Sue's hero but sadly died just two weeks into her trip.  Grahamstown was founded by 4000 British immigrants who travelled there on HMS Weymouth in the 1800's.

Sue lived in the convent with the nun's and taught at their school but also taught at the poor school in town which was for the street children. The nuns later started up an orphanage where Sue also mucked in with looking after the children.   Sue became so attached that she has been helping with their education ever since and is Godmother to one of them. 

Sue is an amazing inspirational person and has since been back to Grahamstown many times and she is booked to go again in November for two months.

Check out the meetings pages for details of other meeting speakers.  The committee welcome ideas of speakers from the membership.


WeyBay WI celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Dorset Federation in style at Weymouth Sailing Club.  Previous years the club has enjoyed a summer beach party, but 2017 required something a bit special so it was arranged to have a BBQ on the sailing club's terrace with a toast to the Dorset Federation in Prosecco.

An amazing turnout of 92 WeyBay members spent the evening wining and dining with a stunning backdrop of the bay that the club takes its name from.  Committee member Sue Wormald decorated the clubroom in party style using a pink beach bucket theme and committee members followed the theme with a bright pink dress code.  No wonder that WeyBay is thriving with such enthusiasm.

President Sheila Vogwell led the toast and the members sang Jerusalem led by the WeyBay WI choir.  Cherry Bush gave details of a proposed walk to Lulworth Castle – details on the What’s On page.  August is traditionally a holiday month with no meeting, but members will have a lot to look forward to in September with a full programme of various events planned for the rest of the year.

It was a great evening and generally judged to have been a huge success.  Well done and thanks to the organisers.  And congratulations to Dorset Federation.  Enjoy your Weymouth summer.

Photo above shows committee members Maris Ronzetti, Belinda Sedgbeer, President Sheila Vogwell, Sue Wormald and Tracey Chevis

Although there was no August meeting WeyBay members haven't been idle !  Cherry Bush led 14 members on an eight mile walk and there were no blisters !  They trekked to Lulworth Castle from Wareham and passed the scenic Shag Lake where the photo below was taken.  After a break at the lake they set off for Lulworth Castle with the promise of an ice cream on arrival.  No such luck ! The Castle was closed preparing for the annual Bestival where some WeyBabes manned the tea tent.  This didn't spoil a wonderful walk - well done Cherry. 

Other active members enjoyed a mainly flat cycle ride from Lodmoor via Oasis cafe then along the Rodwell Trail  to the Sailing Academy for lunch - photo left shows them after lunch on the way to the Water Lily Farm for tea.  This was a brilliant cycle ride using Weymouth's cycle paths and was arranged faultlessly by Jan Summers. Thanks Jan. 

The lunch club met for a very convivial get together at The Market House Bridport away from the crowded Weymouth town centre.  The members take it in turns to book a venue.  The September evening meal with be at The Stable on Weymouth's harbour.  

Thank you to everyone who steps forward with ideas of walks, bike rides, lunches and lots more.  WeyBay is thriving because of you.


Four WeyBabes flew the flag for WeyBay in the Zip Wire challenge at Bournemouth Beach on a beautiful sunny day in May. 

On the 24th May 5 brave souls from WeyBay WI set off for Bournemouth Pier to take part in a WI Zip Wire Special. They were Louise Swinton, Carolyn Lyness, Pauline Edge, Hilary Whan and Wendy Langridge.

Altogether around 100 women from across Dorset took part in this event on the world’s first pier to shore zip wire - a 250-metre-long trip travelling at speeds up to 25 mph.

 The weather was perfect - blue skies and little wind. After signing in the girls moved on to the harnessing up stage and then on to climb up the spiral staircase to the platform about 80 foot above the pier.

There were rigorous Health and Safety checks and clear calm instructions were given by the the young men in charge. It was a little breezy up that high but one by one the intrepid adventurers stepped off the platform and whizzed at speed shorewards.

 All was smooth with only the zinging of the wire above a golden beach dotted with sunbathers until the final jolt and clatter indicated the end of the trip.  More young men were there to assist in a gentle return to earth on the sloping arrival platform.

The safety equipment was returned, certificates were issued and the day ended with a picnic lunch on the sands and a celebratory ice-cream.

Would we do it again? - Yes, in a heartbeat! The sunny warm beach so impressed Louise and Carolyn that they decided to go the next day down to the beach in Weymouth for the first swim of the season - not bad for May!

Photo right, WeyBay members are enjoying Weymouth's stunning weather at their July coffee morning.  On the first Wednesday of every month at 10.30 am outside the New Vic whoever is free meets and walks for a coffee at one of Weymouth's many cafe's.  Here they are just over the road at the Beach Cafe. Just turn up, have a chat and a coffee!

Enjoy your Centenary year.


WeyBay now has 3 book clubs! The Explorers are an offshoot of the Spa book club and have occasional outings in Dorset villages. The Explorers summer outing kicked off closer to home in Dorchester. 

They started where they are pictured in Maumbury Rings and went on to view the dray horse sculpture in Brewery Square where they learnt the name of the equine sculptor (Linda Pace aged 80 since you ask.) They then covered most of Dorchester including Poets Corner, Hangman's Cottage and Bowling Alley Walks including a new housing development where they donned hard hats for a site inspection! They ended their visit with lunch at Taste in Trinity St - well recommended as is Finca - a great cafe in Great Western Rd.

READ ON ....

If you want some advice on new books to read, here is some advice from the three bookclubs 

 WeyBay book group no.1 has recently read some quite diverse books.

Remember Me by Lesley Pearse is based on a true story about a young woman, Mary Broad, who is shipped off to Botany Bay as a convict. The conditions on board the ship were appalling and a real insight as to the hardships each prisoner had to endure. Mary was admired for her courage and strength of character throughout her harrowing and very sad times yet she never gave up on her hope of escaping. The story was well written. We all felt we wanted to know more about Mary once the story finished.

The Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine.  This story of a young war artist, Evie, who lived on a farm with her family during WW1. She becomes involved with a pilot who is stationed at a nearby airfield. The research into the war seemed to be well researched. Evie's life is delved into after the war by relatives who uncover many unexpected events! A good read although maybe unnecessarily long?

Room by Emma Donoghue. The book is written from a 5 year old's perspective and because of this it took a little while to understand the storyline. A disturbing read for some of us yet the incarceration was brilliantly described. Considering his Mum's young age she brings up Jack in a mature and well rounded way. There are some very poignant moments particularly towards the end. A good read.

The Lonely Desert by Sarah Challis  A very mixed response to this book. A journey to Mali by four friends encounter all sorts of problems, some interesting and some very improbable. This was generally an easy read.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls  A really great story to read and discuss. It is an autobiography although that was not obvious to some of us initially. Her life in a very close but completely dysfunctional family unit in America was described in wonderful detail. The hardships the four children endured were unbelievable. There is plenty of humour entwined into the narrative.   

Spa Book Club are still meeting at the Spa but March 's meeting will be at the new Poundbury pub the Duchess of Cornwall.  Spa Book Club don't always agree on a book's merits. 

Their latest read, the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton received mixed reviews as did Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris.  Everyone in the club liked Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon and The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry.   The book club is currently reading The Guernsey Potato Peel Society by Mary Anne Schaffer.

The third book club has been running a year now (Jan 2016).  We have  read many different books that we would not have picked up, and made new friends.
The Book of the Year is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah chosen as the favourite by everyone.
The book we are reading at the moment is The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow.  It's about a quilt that is found in an attic and the link it has with the Prince of Wales.
Ben Elton’s Time and Time Again was not everybody's cup of tea. Time travel set in 1914 was interesting.
Early one Morning by Virginia Baily was disappointing.
A good read was The Tree Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferie set in Ceylon 1930.

 Thank you to the book clubs for these recommendations.  Unfortunately the current book clubs are full.  Why not set up another one?  

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. 


One of the more successful activities in WeyBay WI are the Book Clubs. Two have been running for a couple of years and now a third has been started. Each Book Club member gets the chance to recommend a book to the others and then it is discussed and the group decide on whether to recommend it. The meetings take place in a very social setting and they have spawned into doing other activities together. Go to the Things to Do pages to see what the groups are reading at the moment and what they have enjoyed most. You might get some ideas for Christmas gifts.

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!