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A look back at 2015

2015 Meetings:
  • Tuesday 27th January - Mechanics' Institution Trust Talk
    - A talk by Daniel Rose, Chair of the Trust. Trust Website

  • Tuesday 24th February - AGM and Facials & Skin Care Demo by Lush 
    - Review of 2014 and election of 2015 Committee. (Visitors are very welcome to attend as usual. However, only paid-up members can vote or stand for Committee - please get your annual subs [£36, or £17 for dual members, by cheque, cash or BACS] in at the start of the meeting at the latest!) In the second half of the meeting, Lush will be demonstrating facials and cleansers.

  • Tuesday 24th March - Flower Arranging Workshop
    - By Lucy Doherty.

  • Tuesday 28th April - Charity Talk and Craft evening
    - A talk from CALM, the charity our Community & Campaigning Group are raising money for this May, followed by a craft session led by WI member Kassy.

  • Tuesday 26th May - Dance Workshop
    - By Marie-Louise.

  • Tuesday 23rd June - Sugar Roses Workshop
    - by our lovely Sam N.

  • Tuesday 28th July
    - Iris folding session and sign up session for our August 'Swindon WI Walks' 1000mile challenge!

  • Tuesday 25th August - TBA!
    - This month was going to be a car maintenance demo, but plans have gone awry and we are working on new arrangements!

  • Tuesday 22nd September
    - Our Centenary birthday party! An evening of friendly craft and baking competitions

  • Tuesday 27th October
    - Halloween-themed evening.

  • Tuesday 24th November
    - Swindon Community Choir: don't you tell us you can't sing...

  • Tuesday 8th December - Christmas Party
    - Festive fun! MEMBERS ONLY


2015 Events:
  • Afternoon Tea - Quarry Mount Care Home, Bath Road. Sunday 22nd February, 2-4pm. Community social afternoon with the residents, spending time chatting, eating cake, and enjoying some music & dancing. Run by our Community & Campaigning Club. Open to our members and their family members are welcome too - please let Kim know (, so we have an idea of numbers & make sure we have enough cake!

  • Charity Fundraising Quiz - Tuesday May 5th. Run by our Community & Campaigning Club to raise money for local charity CALM. Tickets available to buy at the March and April meetings, £2 per person, teams of up to 6 people. The WI Centenary is our quiz theme!

  • Craft Fair at Lydiard Park - Sunday 5th JulyWe'll have a stall here so come and say hello! 

  • 'Swindon WI Walks' 1000 mile challenge in aid of Prospect Hospice - Throughout August
    We decided to combine a few of our goals and came up with this slightly crazy sounding challenge! We wanted to encourage our members to stay fit and healthy. We would also like people to be environmentally aware, to try to use their cars less and to use this as an opportunity to explore Swindon on foot. And above all else we want to raise awareness and funds for Prospect Hospice, because they offer so many supportive services and make positive changes to the lives and deaths of so many people in Swindon.
    Throughout August our participating members walked and ran their way around Swindon (and various other places!). We covered a staggering 1300 miles in total and raised just over £280 for Prospect Hospice. A massive well done to everyone who took part and a massive Thank You to everyone who sponsored us.

  • Gay Pride, Old Town Gardens - Saturday 8th August
    We'll have a WI cake stall here and we'll also be offering face painting!

  • The Swindon WI Barn Dance at Christchurch Community Centre - Saturday 26th September
    There'll be a Band, Bar, Food, a Raffle and lots of fun! Ticket only event, if you've any questions please email us.

  • The Swindon WI Trail - Throughout November
    Throughout Old Town we will be hanging 10 sections of bunting for you to find. They've been hand made by members of The Swindon WI to celebrate the 100th birthday of the WI. Every section of bunting has 3 pennants; one representing a decade of the WI's history, one featuring The Swindon WI's logo and one with a letter of the alphabet. If you find all 10 sections, you could win a hamper filled with handmade goodies from the WI!
    Collect all 10 letters by visiting all stops on the trail. Put them in order using the decades represented - from the 1920s up to the 2010s - to spell out the name of one of the most famous leaders from the WI's history. Send your answer to to be in with a chance of winning. If you get stuck, you can check out social media and this website for clues.

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