A New Year and lots to look forward to.  This is the time of year for WeyBay members to renew their membership - and for anyone who would like to join to get in touch.  WeyBay is a friendly and inclusive group.   The membership has been closed with a waiting list but this is the time of year when it is reviewed - and now is the time to come and find our what WeyBay does and join with other members in a range of diverse activities.  

The list of speakers for 2023 and other events are listed in the Meetings pages and Things to Do.  Thank you to the committee for working hard to put together this interesting, informative and amusing selection of speakers this year.   'Save the Date' for the popular annual WeyBay bike ride on 4th July.  All events are posted to members by email.  

John Stockley has lived in Weymouth all his life and is well-known around the town.  But recently his life took a new turn when he appeared on a Channel 4 programme called Britain’s Secret War Babies.  John was one of many babies born at the end of the Second World War who never knew their fathers who were African American GI’s.   In the programme, Channel 4 traced his father’s family to San Diego and with Gill his wife (and WeyBay WI member) he went over and met his brother and niece and visited his father’s burial grave.   At the February WeyBay meeting, John spoke about how his life has changed since the programme.  He has discovered several other brothers and sisters and plans future visits both here and in the States.  From being an only child for all his life, he now discovers that he is part of a huge family.  What an interesting history and what a lovely man. 

Each month more events coming up are announced.  

there is plenty to look forward to this Spring.  Members were encouraged to join the WeyBay walking group which will be announcing new dates, more craft days will be arranged after the successful art morning, a trip to Ascot including entrance to the Queen’s enclosure organised by Dorset Federation and fun cosmetics pamper evening at Boots.  This is a small selection of activities that WeyBay organise thanks to the efforts of the committee and its members.  

The committee donated prizes for a special raffle and raised £135 for the Turkey and Syria disaster.

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.


Your privacy is important to WeyBay WI.  This privacy notice provides information about the personal information that we collect and the ways in which we use it.

When do we collect personal information about you?

We will collect personal information from you when you join or communicate with us by any means.

What happens to your personal information?

a.    Contact details will be input into the NFWI Members Communication System (MCS) which is password protected.

b.    We will also hold details of current members for administration and communication purposes.

c.    For non members we will only capture the minimum amount of information that we need in relation to your visit or enquiry.

Who will hold the information?

Information will be held securely by designated person/s, usually an Officer, who requires it for administration purposes.  Electronic files will be password protected and paper copies will be held securely.

How do we use your personal information?

There are legitimate reasons to hold personal information for running the WI, to comply with legal obligations or to carry out a contract to which you are a party.  For any other purposes we will request your consent.

Do we share your personal information?

We will not sell, rent or lease your personal details to a third party but reserve the right to disclose personal information for legal or regulatory obligations or proceedings and for auditing purposes.

How long do we keep your personal information?

We will erase your personal information immediately when you cease to be a member, hold office, your enquiry is complete or you wish to withdraw your consent, other than for that held for administrative and financial purposes.

What are your personal rights?

You are entitled to ask us to see your personal information, correct it or have it deleted. You have the right to be forgotten.  You can also ask us to restrict how we use it.

What about personal details on websites?

We will not use your personal information on our website or within any form of social media, without your consent, but we will not be responsible for the privacy practices of the the web or content of linked websites.

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