Something for everyone ....


The January meeting speaker was Claire Whiles, creator of the recently released book in aid of Dorset charities – Drawn to Dorset.  Claire shared her passion for Dorset and for historical events that have shaped the lives of people in Dorset.  Signed copies of her book were available for purchase with all proceeds going to local charities.

In February, Jennie Veale from Alter Ego brought a wonderful selection of her costumes from her costume business.  Having worked in the theatre industry and as a stylist for many years, her aim in her business is to bring a breath of fresh air to the costume and fancy dress hire world. The business offers a collection of over 2000 quality costumes and accessories for hire to private customers, groups, stylists, costume designers, photographers, TV and theatre.  They aim to have quality that exceeds the usual fancy dress costume range.  

There is always something new to learn from the monthly speakers and the range of interesting subjects always makes a thought-provoking evening. Something different from the norm, as they say.  Members have often said that they find the evening much more enjoyable than they were expecting.  A year to look forward to, thanks to the work of the committee. 

Photo shows Jennie Veale with one of her costumes.



As well as the monthly meetings, WeyBay members are encouraged to join together with others who have similar interests.  We try to give you updates of these groups on the Things to Do pages and their exploits are advertised at the meetings. 

There was a new group started up in February. A cycling group. They met outside the Palm House for their first cycle of 2019 . 

Leaden skies and a strong wind didn’t deter them and led by Jan Summers they set off towards Chickerell along the cycle path by Radipole Lake .

Jan had planned a ride mainly on cycle paths to Moonfleet and back via Chickerell and Cold Harbour to the Dorchester Road. Everyone coped with the gentle undulations (!) and ended their cycle at the Beefeater with a welcome cup of coffee. The next bike ride will be on Tuesday April 16th starting at 10.45 at the Beefeater and is open to WeyBay members on ordinary or electric bikes . There will be a coffee stop half way round! See you there!  If you would like to set up a group, speak to the President.  You will find an enthusiastic response.

Gillian Stockley has sent this report from the Walking Group. I have taken over the Walking Group that Maureen Cribb originally set up.  We currently have 12 members and walk on alternating Mondays and Tuesdays on a fortnightly basis.  Using this monthly pattern means most of the group can make at least 1 walk a month although most make each walk.

We have a 3-monthly forward programme and members swap if they are unable to make their allocated date.  Each walk normally includes a refreshments stop, this can be either bringing your own drink and a snack if not on a route that includes anywhere to stop or a potential ‘pit stop’ at a pub or café.  Each walk is around 4 – 6 miles and we take a good couple of hours or longer with lots of chatter and laughter while we walk.

Places we have so far been include the coastal path starting at Burton Bradstock National Trust car park heading to West Bay returning to the Hive Café for refreshments.  Good we have sufficient NT members so parking is free!!  The start of this year we did a local walk starting at the Nothe to Oasis Café and back along the Beach Road and Esplanade.  All walks have spectacular views what else do you expect from such a beautiful county! 

Photo shows our walk along the Coastal Path from Burton Bradstock in October.


Six new resolutions for WI members to vote on in January/February this year were introduced in the November/December 2018 issue of WI Life, along with a brief summary and details of how to access more information about them.  In addition, Dorset Federation held meetings around the county in November to explore the issues and help members to decide which resolution they would like to go forward to the vote at the Annual Meeting in June 2019. 

 Here are the results from the resolution selection from WeyBay WI, which have been passed on to County Office.

Improving plant Bio security in the UK - 3, Trees-improving the natural landscape - 12, Pelvic floor education - 1, Suffering in silence :why we need to end the taboo around menstrual health - 12, A call against the decline in local bus services -17, Don't fear the smear - 22.  

The subjects for 2019 are diverse and all carry such an important message that members found it difficult to make a choice. The resolution that wins the national vote overall becomes the WI National campaign and gains considerable influence.  Make sure that you use your vote for your chosen resolution.  Thank you to all members who responded to the resolutions.


Membership 2019  - New members  are welcome to join WeyBay WI – please email your details to for an application form.  Closing date for applications is Friday 15th February 2019 

Christmas is a memory and members will be thinking of the 2019 and what it will hold.  Weymouth has been bathed in sunshine since the Christmas holiday.  Remarkably little wind and high temperatures has made us all appreciate the town that we live in.  The amazing Christmas morning swim, a beach filled with dog walkers and families and the New Year celebrations around the town have set us up for a good year ahead.  Keep up to date with meetings on the What’s On page.  Your committee will remind members by email of the planned events.  Lots to look forward to – even if we can’t guarantee that the weather will remain so balmy.

As in previous years, WeyBay members enjoyed their traditional Christmas Party at the New Vic Bars.  The evening started with cocktails and was followed by a traditional Christmas menu and dancing to Mr Tambourine Man.  His lively style got everyone up onto the dance floor with their musical instruments and singing along to the songs everyone knows.  A great evening and an excellent start to Christmas and thanks should be extended to the committee for organising it.

The three book clubs are a very successful part of WeyBay.   The members organise the group themselves taking it in turn to choose books to read.  The original book club is run by Louise Swinton and she had taken the time to write this report of the recently read books.  You will find it interesting and it should encourage everyone to get reading and maybe try something that they wouldn't normally consider.

So far this year we have read some old and some new books.

In January we read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Everyone really enjoyed this, even though some had read it a long time ago. We scored it 10/10 (unheard of before).

Beautifully  written through the eyes of the two children of Atticus Finch, it gave us an excellent insight into prejudiced life in a 1930’s small town in the Deep South. Atticus was employed to represent a young black man accused of the rape of a white woman.  Full of horror, humour and wisdom, this book is a “must read”.

Little Women by Louisa  May Alcott.  Again some of us had read this when we were young but we decided that to reread a book years later gives a different perspective.

This was based on the Author’s life and was published in 1868! It is a moral tale of family life around the time of the Civil War. The mother guides her four teenage girls to develop their own personalities yet to be aware of good family values. The innocence of those times is brought out well. We all loved the support the sisters gave each other and the simplicity of life was well described. How times have changed! 8/10 

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga. This story is set in Mumbai and centres around a group of people who live in a block of dilapidated flats. The residents get along with life and each other in a an accepting way. Their whole existence changes when they are approached by a developer who offers them large sums of money to leave their homes so that he can demolish the building and rebuild his “dream” apartment block. The rest of the story centres around the greed, corruption and dreams of each flat owner. The descriptions of life in India are excellent. 7/10

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!