Chipping Sodbury WI

May 29 2018

Chipping Sodbury WI

The members of Chipping Sodbury WI  were entertained by a talk on Body Language.  Our members can now look at our husbands and partners when we ask the question “does my bum look big in this”, and see if their behaviour matches the words coming out of their mouths. I do hope this new found knowledge does not lead to any arguments in the ladies clothing stores. 

Next month’s talk is scheduled to be “Butterfly Space”.  Also next month will see the WI’s AGM being held nearer home in Cardiff.  The WI link delegates will be voting on behalf of local WI’s, for or against this year’s resolution which is to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health and to take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical issues. 

The WI has a history in campaigning.  One of the first campaigns was The Bastardy Bill (later called the Children of Unmarried Parents Bill).  The Bill was radical in its scope, as it sought to remove the stigma of unmarried motherhood and place the burden of parental responsibility equally on both parents by compelling fathers to take some financial responsibility for their children born out of wedlock.  The initial Bill was defeated in 1921 and the WI pledged to campaign to “arouse interest” in this campaign.   Many provisions of the act were passed in 1923 and 1926. 

Why not join us on the 7th June at 7.30 at our next meeting which is held at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall and bust the myth that the WI is all about Jam and Jerusalem.


Old Sodbury WI

The Women’s Institute in Old Sodbury has always been an important aspect of our village life and this year we celebrated our 99th birthday in great style.   

Members were the treated to a demonstration by one of our own members, making buttonholes with a rose, carnations or lily of the valley. She did an admirable job helping us with wire, tape and ivy leaves.  We each gave our buttonhole to a fellow member to enjoy.

As the task was completed there was a sparkling drink for everyone and two beautiful cakes were cut. 

Our busy Craft Group are currently making plans on the theme of “Alice in Wonderland” for Hawkesbury Show and in June will be knitting and crocheting poppies to commemorate the end of WW1. 

We have a thriving Book Club who are now reading “The Way You Look Tonight” about looking into the mind of a psychopath, by Richard Madeley. It will cause lively discussion when we meet in July.

We have up to 40 WI members who enjoy a varied programme of speakers at our monthly meetings. We meet in the Village Hall at Old Sodbury on the third Wednesday in each month at 7.30pm. There is always a warm welcome to visitors and prospective new members at this busy, friendly WI. If you would like to know more about us please visit or ring 01454 315161.


Chipping Sodbury Morning WI

In a room flooded with sunshine the President welcomed everyone and introduced a lady from ‘Sodbury In Bloom’ who had come along to persuade us to knit poppies for Sodbury’s Remembrance Service in November which will commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.  These lovely knitted and crocheted poppies will adorn the gates of the churches in the Town and the War Memorial.  

We had all attended our 25th Anniversary tea in Bath in April and everyone agreed it had been a really great afternoon. It was enjoyed so much that everyone agreed we should make ‘going out for tea’ an annual event. 

Prior to our visit to Acton Court on 19 July arrangements were in hand for those who wished to meet up for a pub lunch in Iron Acton prior to the guided visit at 2.30 pm. 

We were reminded to order our spring bulbs, and asked if would like to join the Chipping Sodbury (morning) WI book club or skittles team.    We were updated on our entry for the Hawkesbury Show and reminded that at our forthcoming coffee morning, to be held on 21 August we would be inviting representatives from other WIs in our Group and from Avon Federation, so cakes would be required. 

After coffee we had a very animated discussion on the topic chosen for this year’s Annual Meeting Resolution, which was asking WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health. Members shared their experiences and concerns relating to mental illness and sadly some had faced lack of support and in some cases lack of understanding by members of their local community leading to isolation for some families. It was hoped that by voting unanimously to support the resolution we could perhaps change people’s attitude to mental illness and also support those people who faced such difficulties with this debilitating illness. 

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 June at 10.00 am at the Old Grammar School where you will find an exceptionally warm welcome so please come along and try us out – you may find you love us!   We are a busy and friendly WI.