Di Moreton has joined the committee and taken on the role of managing the sub-groups membership.

LUNCH AND SUPPER CLUB there is no planned February get-together but will resume in April.  The membership for this sub-group will be opened in April.

Marissa Ronzitti organises the events for WeyBay.  The following events are planned and details will be sent out to members by email.

13 May 2020 Wine Tasting at the Langham Wine Estate £15 per member plus £15 for those who wish to book lunch.

24 June 2020 is the annual bike ride.  Jan Summers would like to know if you are interested to join in.

1 July 2020 Keyneston Mill Perfumed Garden tour.


This is a monthly event meeting outside the New Vic on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.00am. All members welcome. 

Although this is a 'just turn up' group, the committee is looking for a member to take on the role of organiser, with the idea to trigger interest again.


We have a new interest group in WeyBay.  A cycling group.  The group will meet on either a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, the ride will vary but will be approximate 12 miles and will stop for a coffee break.  This will be weather dependent.  

The cyclists must wear cycle helmets and bright clothes/coats and if possible, bike lights as the rides will include some roads.  E-bikes are fine.  Weymouth is surrounded by hills, but cyclists can always push their bikes.  No-one is excluded from the group.

Details have been given out by email or make enquiries at the WeyBay meetings.


The first walk has taken place with 6 members enjoying a walk and coffee at the RSPB reserve at Radipole. Walks planned include (April) the Rodwell Trail – Sandsfoot Castle to Portland Castle, (June) Bincleaves, the Nothe and harbour. Dates scheduled so far: 29 April, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August and 9 September; starting at 2pm. Anyone interested in joining should email the Weybay committee.

The annual WeyBay walk organised by Marissa Ronzitti will link with the softies group for September - details to follow.


WeyBay supports three book clubs.  They meet regularly to review the suggested books - and enjoy a good chat with other members.  Ask at the WeyBay meeting about joining one of these groups - or setting up your own.

Book club report: We are the third book club and call ourselves " Book Cover Girls. We meet at The George Pub on the quayside once a month, but during the summer months when the town is busy we try to meet at  other places, one favourite is Delicious in St Albans St.  We enjoyed tasting and hearing about different gins and food and we just about managed to fit in the discussion about our latest book read!!!

The book club is a good excuse to get together to have a chat and discuss books that have been chosen by the members which we probably would not have looked at ourselves.  We've just read 'The Last Hours'  by Minette Walters (local author) set in June 1348.  The black death enters England through the port of Melcombe in the county of Dorsetshire. We found this more interesting as it was so local to us.

A couple of other books we've enjoyed are 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman and 'Winter Soltice' by Rosamunde Pilcher.  We're now reading 'The Elephant Whisperer' by Anthony Lawrence.  All worth searching out if you're looking for a good read!


The WI lunch club meet every month. We are quite a large group, but not every member turns out each month. There is a rota, so each member takes a turn in choosing a venue.  We have had lunch or supper at some very nice pubs and restaurants. Anne O'Neill started the ball rolling with lunch at the Ship Inn on the harbour. Subsequent venues have been Cote in Dorchester, the Kings Arms in Portesham, the Balti House, the Nothe Tavern, The Springhead Sutton Poyntz and the Cove Inn Portland.

So far we have all enjoyed meeting up and having a good chat with members who we wouldn't usually talk to. It's been a good way of making new friends.

There are about 30 ladies on the current list, which is now closed. In June, by which time we will have  been meeting for a year, ladies can decide if they want to stay in the group. If some pull out, we will have room for some new members to join.

The photos shows club members enjoying a Christmas lunch at the Hayloft Restaurant on Portland.  


WeyBay members are invited to bring a book that they have read and swap it for another.  Many members add a short review.  Many thanks to Sarah Holmes for organising the book swaps each meeting.

EVENTS RUN BY COUNTY 'EVENTS COMMITTEE'  Refer to booking forms on Dorset WI Magazine or contact County Office

Have you heard that Dorset Federation WI is planning an initiative One Member One Tree - an opportunity to help part in combating climate change?  The plan is for us all to plant as many trees as we can across Dorset and will be working with The Woodland Trust, Trees for Dorset and The Duchy of Cornwall.  The latter is planning a wood in Poundbury.  

Keep an eye out for information and in the meantime get involved by using less plastic at home to cleaning beaches.  It is everyone's responsibility.

CHAVENAGE HOUSE  Tuesday 16 June 2020.  Chavenage House is the house used at Trenwith in the series Poldark.  It is a wonderful Elizabethan house with gardens and grounds.  A coach trip is being planned with pickups from Dorchester, Wimborne and Blandford.  Cost is £45 per person.  Please note that there is no wheelchair access and there are steps and uneven floors.

GARDEN DESIGNER MICHELLE BROWN with lunch at Athelhampton House.  Monday 2 March £35.00 per person.  Final date for entry is 30 January 

DORSET FEATHER STITCHING.  Wednesday 22 January 2020.  A chance to learn a new skill or to brush up on what you have done already.  County House in Poundbury.  Cost is £15 and the day will run from 10.00 - 3.00 pm.  Please ask to go on the waiting list for this event.  
Now is the time to enter the 2020 Kurling League.  You can hire the kit fro County Office and select the best players to form a team.  Entry is £20 per team. 31 January 2020 last date for entry.  
First round Tuesday 4th February at Portesham, Thursday 6th at est Parley, Tueady 11th at Childe Oakford and Tuesday 25 at Wool.  Finals Tuesday 10th March at Moreton.

POETRY WORKSHOP AND LUNCH.  This event is planned for Wednesday 25 March at County House, Poundbury.  The idea is to bring together members who enjoy reading and writing poetry and would like to share their love of it with others.  A light lunch will be included in the day's enjoyment.  10.30 start - 3.00 pm.  Tickets are £10.00
All the above can be booked by filling in the form on the back of your Dorset WI News.