BATH SHOPPING TRIP  Friday 23 November 2018 (SOLD OUT)

We will once again be running our popular shopping trip to Bath. The Christmas market will be open and it is also Black Friday, so there should be plenty of bargains to be had.

The coach will leave The Spa on Dorchester Road at 8.30. We can also pick up in Dorchester at Tesco. The coach will leave Bath at 5 pm and we should be home by around 7 pm. The trip is open to  members and also friends, so feel free to invite friends along. We have managed to keep the price the same as the last 3 years so it is still £15. I think you’ll agree that is good value.
We will be taking payment at the September and October meeting. Or you can pay directly into the WeyBay account.
We have always enjoyed the day out to Bath, so I hope we can have another successful trip.


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.

DORCHESTER LITERARY FESTIVAL 2018  This is the third year of the Dorchester Literary Festival and the second year that Spa book club has visited.  This is their review.  Jeremy Vine’s talk ‘What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – and why we should take notice’, was funny and entertaining.  He cleverly anticipated a question about the Welsh guy who put him on the spot about his high salary by playing the recording before he could be challenged. 

Other speakers that went down well this year were Judy Murray ‘Knowing the Score’, in conversation with Alexandra Heminsley.  She gave an amusing address on how she brought up two tennis stars and about her time on Strictly Come Dancing and Mark Austin TV journalist who spoke with Kate Adie ‘And Thank You For Watching’.

At the moment Spa book club are reading Adam Kay’s “This is going to Hurt” and can thoroughly recommend it.  It is the true story of the author’s time as a junior doctor and is a humorous easy read. 


Thirteen WeyBay members including four new members met for the first monthly coffee morning outside the New Vic for the May coffee morning. They just walked over the road to enjoy coffee on the beach at the Boat Café.

This is a monthly event meeting outside the New Vic on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. All members welcome. See you there.


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

WI CALENDARS – now on sale in the office at £3.50 each and will also be available to purchase at the DFWI Annual Meeting in Poole on 18 October.


Tess Burt is arranging a Christmas craft workshop near Wareham on Saturday 24 November from 10am - 4pm.  Tea and coffee available all day but bring your own lunch.  Details at the Annual Meeting or phone the Office (01305 266366)


Coach trip to Longleat for see the famous Festival of Light with the whole estate transformed into a glowing winter winterland.  The visit will include a tour around the animal enclosures and the Christmas Fair.  THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER.  Cost £35.00 and £37.00 non-members.  Coaches pick up at Crossways, Dorchester, Blandford, Wimborne, and Shaftesbury. Booking form on back page of magazine.  

DORSET DENMAN WEEKEND – 15 – 17 March 2019.  Places are still available on some of the courses.  Please apply to County Office for an information pack – they are going fast!

CAN YOU HEAR ME AT THE BACK workshop – Monday 5 November 2018 2.00 – 4.15pm  can be downloaded from the website.

Autumn lunch at the Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth.  Thursday 1 November 2018.  3-course lunch at £33.00 per person.  Talk by Phil Holt on the life of the famous star and the auction in December 2011 that raised $135 million.  Bookings from 1 June.

Sarah Acton, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Poet-in-residence, and a member and committee member of Beer WI (East Devon) has contacted us and would like to share the following information:-

“I'm working with Dorset ANOB this summer to deliver a series of well-being walks and workshops to connect nature on our Dorset to creative writing and thinking. They will be gentle sessions for all ages and abilities, I think some may be of interest to your members, and I'd be very grateful if you 'd include them in your newsletters and information packs.

The events take place from Lyme Regis to Portland, and in between

Here is a link: