Membership is 55 including one dual member, at present.
**UPDATE – Liz Brown leads the CRAFT GROUP at Street Football Ground 9.30am-noon on Fridays
**UPDATE – TABLE TENNIS, run by Chris Thomas, is from 3.45pm. and 5.15pm on Tuesdays in Walton Village Hall
**UPDATE – INDOOR GAMES/CROQUET Liz S.
**UPDATE – COFFEE & CONVERSATION has ceased due to lack of support
GARDEN VISITS- Jan
EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA – Jo.
W.I. MEETINGS – Committee
ANNUAL MEAL – Jo.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our members.
MONDAY 23rd January 2023 2pm INDOOR GAMES a Liz S’s.
TUESDAY 24th January 2023 3.45pm-5.15pm TABLE TENNIS in Walton Village Hall
THURSDAY 26th January 2023 9.00am-noon COUNTRY MARKET resumes in the United Reformed Church, Street.
FRIDAY 27th January 2023 9.30am-noon CRAFT at Street Football Ground
TUESDAY 31st January 2023 3.45pm-5.15pm TABLE TENNIS in Walton village Hall
THURSDAY 2nd February 2023 9.00am-noon COUNTRY MARKET in the United Reformed Church in Street
FRIDAY 3rd February 2023 9.30am-noon CRAFT at Street Football Ground
Coming up in February 2023:
THURSDAY 9th February 2023. 7.30pm W.I. EVENING with Lesley Wills as speaker with HMS M3 A Personal Story re 1st World War and the competition will be ‘Hello Sailor’.
TUESDAY 14th February 2023 10.00am -Noon EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA at the Grange. With our comments
required with reference to their future development plans. Refreshments provided.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SHOPPING SCAMS for those shielding:
There have been a couple of instances where unknown callers have arrived on doorways and offered to do shopping but have then taken the money and not returned. Please rely upon those people you know and trust only to help you.
YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR ACTIVITIES IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED.
Please note: The information on this blog may be subject to change when advised.
Zoom committee meetings were taking place during lockdown.
Highlights of 2023:
January 2023 During business at the W.I. MEETING it was announced that we had an additional member and that Brena had joined our committee. The return of speaker Michael Malaghan joining us for his fourth visit had us all amused with his new talk, ‘A Writer’s Life for Me’ and, after much discussion, we voted on the National Resolutions for 2023 and agreed to put forward item 4 as our most popular suggestion. The competition, ‘Something Written’, judged by Michael, was won by Rosi with Janet G. second and Shirley third and first prize of a large fruit basket was won by Liz S. who along with Eileen ran the raffle. Hostesses were Sandra and Hilda. Dir=uring the evening, some finished ceramic items from our Explore Your Local Area visit to Treetop Ceramics in November were on display. Chris J. had agreed to run the CRAFT group in Liz B.’s absence.
THE ANNUAL MEAL in the Mullions had thirty-four ladies attending. Everyone looked elegant and the food was in large proportions so take away boxes were supplied. The staff led by Will and Emma worked well and everyone enjoyed the evening.
Highlights of 2022:
January 2022 Events were closed but CROQUET took place for one session and the AWAY KURLING was run for Curry Rivel W.I. Clare and Jack from Somerset Radio visited the craft group for a lesson in kurling given by Liz B., Lyn P., and Sue S, with hilarious results.
February 2022. Events are back on. The W.I. MEETING had Dr Lesley Sutcliffe with her very enlightening talk, ‘The Life & Times of Jonathan Toogood – 19th Century Surgeon and Founder of the Bridgwater Infirmary’- such an interesting man. The competition, ‘A Surgical Instrument’ was won by Shirley with Chris T. and Jan S. second and third. The very popular and much in demand Bingo session was run by Liz B. and the Puzzles and Book Swap table was reinstated. Great to be back. Forty-one members attended.
The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA at the Rural Life Museum was enjoyed by nine members guided with enthusiasm by Natasha and afterwards in the cafe there.
March 2022. COUNTY CRAFT TASTER DAY at Street Football Ground had an extremely good response & Walton was well represented. With also ran a KURLING session in Street for the Curry Rivel Bowls Club.
W.I. MEETING, attended by 46 members and 4 visitors, had Lottie Dale’s ‘Falling with Style- Experiences of Skydiving from the Age of 31’, a very interesting and humorous talk. The competition, ‘The Sky in any Medium’ was won by Chris E. with Shirley and Wenda second & third. We also had a ‘Spot the Differences’ brain teaser and a books and jigsaws swap.
THE ANNUAL MEAL, organised by Jo, took place in the Royal Oak, Walton and was attended by 32 members, with another having a takeaway. The food was excellent as was the service. Everyone was in fine voice and thoroughly enjoyed the convivial evening!
April 2022. GROUP MEETING with AWAY KURLING run by Walton W.I. in Ashcott Village Hall. A very convivial evening.
W.I. EVENING MEETING began with a minute silence for former member Joyce Puddy who passed away in March. The speaker was Andrew McElwee from the National Trust who was indeed entertaining, informative and humorous with his talk ‘Working Behind the Scenes with the National Trust’. He went down extremely well with the 32 members who attended. The competition was ‘A National Trust Souvenir’ won by Chris E. with Sue Withers and Jo. second and third respectively. Puzzles and books were available for swapping and the bunting made by the craft group was displayed. Jan S’s ‘Call My Bluff’ was an excellent way to end an enjoyably, relaxed evening.
THE GARDEN VISIT to the Walled Gardens in Cannington, organised by Jan, had six members and a guest enjoying the lovely flowers, shrubbery and ornamental fountain before visiting the large greenhouse where there was also a tropical fish aquarium. Tea and cake were consumed in the adjoining cafe.
EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA to Burcott Mill, Wookey was a hugh success. Nine members were guided round the mill by the miller and shown hot the flour was produced. Outside the water wheel was powered by water from the lake. Afterwards, we all had coffee and cake outside in the sun and were able to purchase freshly made bread. This was greatly enjoyed.
May 2022: THE WALTON WALK a new weekly feature began with six members enjoying a hour and a half walk to see the deer. The following walk was up Walton Hill.
W.I. EVENING was the AGM had 35 members plus Sandra F. from County attending. We welcomed another committee member Chris J. and after business & the AGM we had ‘Speed Dating’ supervised by Laura to enable everyone to get to know new members. This became a riot! The competition ‘A Swan in any Medium’ was won by Sue H. with a homemade card, second was Chris W. with a swan ornament she had kept for 58 years when her daughter was born and third was Sue W. with her vivid photographs.
Our AWAY KURLING was enjoyed by Ashcott W.I. in their village hall.
June 2022: EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA took 13 attendees – 9 members & 4 husbands to the Westonzoyland Pumping Station where our guide, Geoff, gave us an introductory talk before we were shown around the various engines. We also saw the original boilerman’s cottage & were able to enjoy the views outside in the sunshine. A very worthwhile visit.
The W.I. EVENING had Bob Selway standing in at short notice to enlighten us about the ‘Metropolitan Police- My Service from 1963-1994 Both in Uniform & CID.’ He had some very amusing tales to tell. In social time, Laura ran ‘Can You Spot the Difference’ where she laid our three examples each of different foods and members were invited to taste & indicate which ones were their favourites. The results in nearly all cases were the cheaper brands. The competition ‘Animal Drawing or Photo’ was won by Janet G., second was Chris W. and third Shirley.
GARDEN VISIT: To Apex Gardens was attended by five members on a breezy but dry day. Having had a bracing walk around the lake we enjoyed refreshments outside in the sun.
EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA: To Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey was enjoyed by six members who were taken around the cottage on a very interesting tour learning about the life of Samuel Coleridge from our guide, Will. After refreshments in the conservatory, we were able to explore the long garden.
W.I. EVENING A Film Show of ‘Fisherman’s Friend’ was organised with popcorn included by Front Room Cinema from Clevedon. The committee supplied ice creams and drinks. The Competition ‘A Pink Flower, real or Artificial’ was won by Jan S. with Heather second and Chris R. third.
ALL DAY CRAFT learning crochet was very well attended, and fish and chips were enjoyed halfway through.
The GARDEN VISIT was to APEX GARDENS six members enjoyed a blustery day walking around the lake.
The TREASURE HUNT in Wells had twenty-six participant who had fun solving the critic clues. Welcomed refreshments were provided by Wells Monday W.I. under a very necessary marquee at the Wells Football Club. A good afternoon.
EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA along the Mural Trail was enjoyed by seven ladies. After discovering hidden parts of Glastonbury five of us adjourned to the Lazy Gecko Cafe for refreshments.
AWAY KURLING was for Coxley W.I. in their village hall. A very hot evening but we were made very welcome, and the participants joined in the fun.
ALL DAY CRAFT learning Macrame was well attended, and the results were startling especially by Pat W. The traditional fish and chips lunch was had halfway through.
W.I. EVENING had Leela Bunce giving us the history and handy tips during her extremely entertaining talk ‘Not All Feathers and Fans, the Rise & Fall & Rise of Burlesque in Britain’. We all joined in following her lead and this was a very fun evening which was enjoyed by all the 37 attendees. The NUMBERS QUIZ was compiled and run by Jan S. The competition ‘A Decorated Fan’ was won by Jan with Jenny L. and Jo. second & third.
GROUP SKITTLES arranged by Liz B. and Sue S. on an extremely hot evening in the Sedgemoor Inn was attended by Walton, Compton Dundon, Westonzoyland and Woolavington W.I.s. The over-all individual winner was Jane from Woolavington.
THE ANNUAL OUTING was to Bicton Gardens. Everything ran smoothly. The coach was excellent as was the venue which was thoroughly enjoyed by the thirty-four participants (including six men and three church goers). The weather held until the last hour when everyone was having refreshments prior to departure. A visit is recommended especially the train ride and the Countryside Museum.
The GROUP QUIZ took place in Woolavington Village Hall and 8 teams representing Woolavington, Westonzoyland, Compton Dundon competed. Walton came first and joint second.
Walton ran the light refreshment marquee at the MERRIMAN PARK FETE. Many thanks to all who helped and contributed cakes.
The very sad news of HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S death was received just before our SEPTEMBER EVENING MEETING. We had a two-minute silence in tribute. Our speaker Alistair Oxberry from the FOOT & GAIT CLINIC managed to lighten the mood with a very informative and amusing talk giving us advice on foot aliments using Janet G’s feet to demonstrate a salient point. A BEE QUIZ was arranged by Jan, and on display was a new display board showing photographs with information compiled by Laura. The competition, ‘A Decorated Shoe’ was judged by Alistair who gave Janet 1st place with Rosi J. and Jan S. second and third.
The WALTON FAMILY FUN DAY was supported by Walton W.I. providing help in the kitchen, donations of homemade cakes and raffle prizes, running the Raffle stall or just enjoying the afternoon. A very successful day. Sandra Ford kindly manned the display boards.
The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA at the History Hut had 9 participants who listened intently to a short history talk by Karen Cook before looking at the clippings, artifacts and books covering aspects of local history from Roman Times through to World War II. We found these very interesting and enlightening. Afterwards five of us visited Low Ham Church which survived the Civil War and was open only a few times each year.
EVENING MEETING had Marian Hutchings with the ‘Promotion of British Cheese in the U.S.A.’ and competition a ‘Cheese Scone’ was won by Liz S. with Brena second and Rosi third.
The County LUNCH at the Shrubbery Hotel was with Ann Widdecombe who was an excellent speaker. Five Walton members attended. The food was tasty, and I won the fruit basket in the raffle. Great!
COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING in Taunton was well attended. Liz S. as founder member collected Waltons 50th Anniversary Certificate and Chris E. was our representative in the Banner parade. Liz B. manned her craft stall, Jo was in charge of selling the donated fabric and Ruth & Jenny D. helped out as stewards. The Creative Arts Competition ‘Autumn Leaves and Berries’ showed the artistic flair of some Somerset W.I. members. There were four speakers including Sarah Crew, the first woman Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, and the very funny Reverend Canon Kate Bottley.
AUDREY, a popular and elegant lady who was a long-term member, sadly passed away earlier in the month and members attended her funeral at the Mission Church.
EYLA A return visit to Treetop Ceramics in Coxley on a Saturday saw ten members trying out their artistic flair. The results will be glazed and fired then available to view at the Christmas Party.
EVENING MEETING Had Ian Williamson with ‘Trekking in Tasmania and the competition was Penguin is any medium which was well represented and won by Liz B. with Shirley and Rosi second and third.
GROUP METING hosted by Compton Dundon had, after business, the ever-popular bingo session when four prizes were won by Walton ladies and we were awarded third in the competition, ‘Numbers’. There was also a reading of satirical poems, a raffle and later refreshments.
The MEMBORANCE DAY WREATH LAYING outside Walton Church was attended by seventeen members many of whom attended the subsequent service inside followed by refreshments.
Three officers attended the COUNTY MEETING to exchange ideas with those from other Somerset W.I.s.
The COMMITTEE had their annual meal get together this time in the Mullions in Street.
Our SKITTLES TEAM won their second- round match by 56 pins against Taunton Deane Divas in a County match held in the Sedgemoor Inn.
The CRAFT ENTHUSIASTS had an enjoyable Friday morning making gonks.
COUNTY NEWS and post sorting was carried out very efficiently by four members at County Headquarters.
The CRAFT TASTER DAY at the 37 Club was very well attended. There were 7 categories for participants to choose from including BOXES led by Liz B. and WREATHS with Shirley in charge. There was also a well-stocked raffle.
The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour around Owen Barry in the Tanyard was a great success. Cindi, our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. The twelve members who attended learnt a great deal about the history of the company and how the various leathers were processed whilst watching the skilled crafts people at work. Afterwards we had tea and cake and Shirley won the donated raffle prize. The charge of £2 each was for the Children’s Hospice. A very worthwhile visit.
The CHRISTMAS PARTY had a good supply of food prepared by Jan and Gill and included cakes by Liz S. and Brena. The Christmas Jumper Competition was won by Mary B. with Shirley second and Kath third. In the Competition ‘Father Christmas’ Mary W. was first with Rosi and Liz S. second and third. Fourteen prizes were awarded in the bumper raffle and the table top quizzes, set by Jan, were won by the Snowman and Elves tables. Then we were able to ‘let our hair down’ to the sounds of ‘Rough Round the Edges’ who gave an entertaining set during which we could dance and/or conga with one song enabling some of us to illustrate various fruits. A fun evening which went exactly according to plan.
Highlights of 2021:
April 2021 CROQUET resumed for a limited number.
May 2021 CROQUET continued.
June 2021 GARDEN VISIT to COXLEY MANOR opened for one day only. Five members attended on a very hot day. Table tennis recommenced in the village hall.
July 2021 GARDEN VISIT to ABBEY FARM in Montacute. Ten members attended on a very rainy day. The COUNTRY MARKET reopened.
Our W.I. AGM, back in Walton Village Hall after 16 months, was attended by 30 members plus two visitors, one of whom was the County Chair. There were displays of photos showing the walks, members’ gardens, daily jokes and reports written etc, kept during the lockdowns. Albums etc made by Liz Brown during her 13 years as a member were also on show and upcoming events were colourfully displayed. Members were seated around large tables and, during business before the AGM, certificates were awarded to prize winners of the lockdown photograph competitions. After the AGM, where our activities for the last two years had been summarised, tea and homemade cakes were served by Liz Selway and Gill Pople. Later there was a very amusing skit performed by Liz, Pat White and Sandra Gristock and the bumper raffle was drawn. At the end of the evening Liz B. handed over the helm to Shirley Routley and was presented, by one of our founder members, Liz S, with a card signed by everyone and a large bouquet. During lockdown 4 new members joined and another joined after the evening.
August 2021 W.I. PICNIC at Walton Village Hall. 24 members and two visitor attended, and raffle prizes and cakes were supplied by the committee. GARDEN VISIT to Wells Almshouses- 8 members attended for a very informative tour.
September 2021 AWAY KURLING for Kingston St. Mary went very well. Their twelve members joined in, were very friendly and supplied very welcome tea, sandwiches and cakes afterwards.
The W.I. MEETING, attended by 32 members and 3 visitors, went well with our new President Shirley Routley in charge. The committee members are now Celia Ellison as Secretary, Janet Goodwin continues as Treasurer, Chris Thomas and Jo Haydon continue with their roles and a new member, Jan Strang, has joined the team. During business, Sue Wootton was the last member to receive a certificate for lockdown competitions. Our speaker, Richard Raynsford, was very entertaining giving us information and pictures showing interesting aspects and landscapes in Somerset and the competition, ‘A Dorset Souvenir’ was won by Marian Purnell with Shirley second and Heather Price third. Carol Burch received first prize in the raffle. The first-time hostesses, Gloria Johnson and Laura Hanney did a sterling job with Laura proving very helpful when clearing up.
The annual TREASURE HUNT, organised by Liz Brown and Pat White, took place in Glastonbury on a drizzly evening. Twenty members participated, following some cryptic clues during an hour and a half walk around the town. Fish and chips meals were had afterwards in a local restaurant.
Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA series has resumed with a visit, talk, tour and Ploughman’s lunch at Bere Cider in Aller. Nine members and one husband attended.
The new addition of CUPPA & CONVERSATION has had a slow start but will, hopefully, prove more popular as winter approaches.
October 2021: W.I. MEETING was attended by four visitors and thirty-six members including 3 joining that evening. Laura Hanney was our newest recruit to the committee which now has 7 members and updated photos were taken. Jan Kusmirek, our speaker, gave us a detailed run down of the differences in dress between the Slavic nations in his talk ‘Elements of Slavic Folk Costumes’, aided by slides, and had brought with him some colourful examples. After social time Laura Hanney led us in an enjoyable Countdown session. The competition, ‘A Doll in Costume’ was won by Sue Withers with Shirley Routley and Heather Price second and third.
Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA walk around Catcott Nature Reserve, guided by Kevin, was enjoyed by eight ladies on a breezy and unexpectedly sunny morning. Great views were to be recorded especially from the hide. Very invigorating!
November 2021: The speaker at the W.I. MEETING was Brian Wright with his ‘Food for Thought- Curious, amazing and surprising facts’, aided by slides, went done very well. The competition ‘Favourite Recipe’ was won by Brena Court with her coffee and walnut cake, Shirley and Liz Selway were second and third. Social time was run by Jan Strang with her Number Jumble game.
Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA had 10 members exercising their artistic skills at Treetop Ceramics in Upper Coxley and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Results available for collection from Jo.
Weekly Wednesday afternoon INDOOR GAMES began at Liz. S’s.
December 2021: The GARDEN CENTRE & SUNDAY LUNCH visit took place in Yeovil with a good attendance.
The CHRISTMAS PARTY was a great success. Hosted by the committee, Gill Pople headed the catering team, the food was tasty, Luke, the surprise MAGICIAN went down very well and Laura’s 2 segments of Deal or No Deal was enjoyed by all. The BUMPER RAFFLE with many donated prizes meant that a fair number of members went home with a gift. The competition, A Christmas Stocking/Sock was won by Shirley, with Liz S. second and Chris W. third.
Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was a guided tour around The Glastonbury Alms houses and St. Margaret’s Chapel with Anna as our guide. Afterwards we popped into St John’s Church to see the Christmas Trees Display before finishing off in the Glastonbury Country Market.
Our Annual after Christmas KURLING session in Walton Village Hall had 15 members in attendance and was eventually won by Jean.
Highlights of 2020:
January 2020- Two new members enrolled. A warm welcome to them. The HISTORY OF GARDENING 1603-1837 talk by Mike Rendell went well. 38 members enjoyed the annual meal which this year at the Royal Oak where the food and service was superb. A great night. 13 members joined in the ACWW walk led by Glenda James and Chris Thomas on a sunny day round Wells.
February 2020- The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA by 29 bus to Taunton for a guided tour & lunch afterwards in the café was enjoyed by 13 members. W.I. EVENING had Tina Booth advising us ‘How to Interpret Your Dreams’ very thought provoking. The MURDER MYSTERY evening, attended by 4 members, went well and our table was highly commended for guessing the culprit. In addition, Shirley won first prize ( a fruit basket) in the raffle!
March 2020- The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA informative talk and tour of AVALON PLASTICS in Glastonbury was enjoyed by seventeen members who learnt a lot about this flourishing company. Afterwards fifteen members lunched at the Brewers Fayre where our photo was taken for social media! We also celebrated the birthday of one of our members there. A great day. The W.I. EVENING with Sandra Bateman dispelling many myths about THE BRONTES was a great hit with our members. Highly recommended. The competition ‘Something from Yorkshire’ was won by Sue withers with Bronte memorabilia and her writing a line of Wuthering Heights in a special book.
LOCKDOWN all activities have ceased but the W.I. Facebook is busy with details of walks, daily jokes, quizzes, craft and cooking advice etc. so is worth following. Virtual meetings have resumed by Zoom.
August 2020. The W.I. PICNIC in the grounds of Walton Village Hall was a great success. Eighteen of our members attended plus three from County. Bringing our own food and drink we had adequate shade at the back of the hall for comfort as it was an extremely hot day. A very welcome social event after such a long-enforced break.
Highlights of 2019:
January 2019- Our own June Greenway was a hit at the EVENING MEETING enlightening us about her role as a REGISTRAR. 3 NEW MEMBERS enrolled that evening. This years ANNUAL MEAL, enjoyed by thirty members, at the OLIVE MILL was a great success. Mark and his staff supplied a beef & turkey carvery to remember. Proper turkey & tasty vegetables which encouraged us to go for seconds. The choice between the 5 different sweets on offer plus tea & coffee all included in the price also went down well. It was great to have a room to ourselves where the tables were nicely decorated & there was plenty of room between seats. Thoroughly recommended.
February 2019- The County organised ‘CRIME LUNCH’ went very well & the food was good. At our EVENING MEETING David Greenway, Glastonbury Town Crier, gave us an interesting & informative talk which was enjoyed by our members. The return of our ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ feature had twelve ladies partaking in an evening tour led by Graeme round the Somerset Heritage Museum which we all found very interesting & enlightening.
March 2019- Shirley Routley’s talk ‘The Emotion of Fragrance’ was a very successful replacement for the postponed Butchery Demonstration at our W.I. MEETING. The GROUP MEETING at Westonzoyland was a hoot! Walton also received the Group SKITTLE trophy. FRIENDLY SKITTLES in the Royal Oak was a very successful evening with 26 members of whom 20 took part. The LADIES WHO LUNCH enjoyed their meals in the Street Inn. EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA had 12 members accepting the challenge of finding 19 places of interest with the aid of a map in High Ham & afterwards most had refreshments in the Courtyard Café in Somerton.
April 2019 – At our evening W.I. MEETING Mary & Williams Hecks’ talk on cider making replaced ‘Grumpy Travels the Americas Part 2’ which was postponed due to illness. Mary outlined their family history & William described the process of cider making whilst answering many questions from our members. Our thanks to them for stepping in so successfully. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour around the Montacute Toy Museum was enjoyed by 13 members who relived their youths & also had very big cream scones!
May 2019- Our AGM- Mary Witney & Jenny Lewis resigned from the committee. Our thanks to them for their very valuable contributions. Prizes: Our skittles team received the GROUP CUP, Competition- Liz Brown, Croquet Club- Chris Essam, Non-Club Liz Selway & Skittles- Sue Withers. Two County organised events – The SPEAKERS’ AUDITIONS were very useful & the tour of the ASHFORD WATER TREATMENT PLANT very comprehensive.
June 2019- The away KURLING gig went very well in St Audries after a tasty lunch. W.I. MEETING Michael Malaghan was on form again delivering his third talk with us, ‘Can You Hear Me at the Back?’. Our ex-COMMITTEE MEAL was held in the Royal Oak where ten of us including our guest Lis S., had tasty meals & goodbyes were said to Mary Witney & Jenny Lewis who have left the committee. Eleven members enjoyed their GARDEN VISIT at Shirley’s garden with lots of flowers & shrubs to see. A great success. The money raised was for the Bee Conservation Society. The SINGING in Northleaze was greeted well. The ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ was a return visit to Fragrant Earth where we were able to make lotions for different purposes & there was a leg massage demonstration to boot! Thanks to Shirely, Jan & the girls for their assistance.
July 2019- The CROQUET PAIRS Tournament at Taunton Dene saw our two pairs coming second & third. Well done ladies! The AWAY KURLING for St Audries W.I. was a great success & the meal in the local pub was very tasty too! The annual TREASURE HUNT was held in Butleigh & was enjoyed by all. Our SKITTLES TEAM is progressing well in the Group Cup with a 34-pin win against Puriton. The ABBA FILM NIGHT- MAMMA MIA at our July EVENING MEETING went extremely well with some members in 70s gear & lollies & popcorn served during the interval. A really fun evening when we could sing-along & really let loose. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA to Newton House Gin was greatly enjoyed by twenty members & friends. After the tour & a look around the lovely gardens, we had a tour of the gin making process followed by cream teas & gin tasters. The vintage cars were an added bonus. The GARDEN TOUR, arranged by Marian Purnell, took us to Sutton Hosey Manor, Long Sutton. Both outings were enjoyed in perfect weather. The PRESIDENT’S DAY went well with nineteen members attending.
Sad news VIV RICHARDS passed away on 15th July. Over the years she has played an integral part in the success of our W.I. both as Secretary & Deputy President along with her lively contributions to the Singing & Drama Groups & the organisation of Whist sessions both in Walton Village Hall & Bluestone Court. She also enjoyed joining in the fun at our tea & Christmas parties & in the past had held coffee mornings. Viv was a lovely lady who has died far too soon & will be greatly missed. Twelve of our members joined the well-attended funeral in Street.
August 2019- The ANNUAL OUTING this year to Rosemoor Gardens in Great Torrington was a great success. Everyone had a great time despite the rain! & the High Tea in the Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple, afterwards was superb. The 49ners EVENING MEAL in Tambourino Village restaurant was enjoyed by 10 ladies who are 70 years old this year. With eight members, one Country Marketeer & the County Chair all born in the same year we felt it only right to celebrate together. Special cards for the occasion were made by Sue Steer of the Country Market. Woolavington W.I. kindly invited us to join them on their annual outing to Bourton on the Water & Cirencester & three Walton members took them up on it & had a great day out.
September 2019 – Merriman Park Fete went well & our W.I. EVENING speaker Jill Perriman was very interesting. The WALTON FAMILY FUN DAY, the event of the year, went extremely well with a record attendance, bumper raffle, the kitchen staffed by Liz S, members & friends with homemade cakes to go with the tea, coffee & rolls in the inside cafe, a successful HARVEST SHOW with Walton W.I. winners Liz Selway for homecraft, Shirley Routley for handicraft & bagging the Show Championship plus other members competing everyone was satisfied. Outside the crockery smashing, skittles, bouncy slides, car boot, ferret racing, animals, tractors plus this year a tug of war along with a well-stocked bar & barbecue as well as stalls plus displays from the police & fire service – what more can be done! We had extremely good feedback for this very big event run primarily by nine Trustees with some outstanding helpers. The GARDEN VISIT to Brownes in Coxley was attended by eight participants who watched a potting demonstration. Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA to the Ashford Water Treatment Plant had five members plus three family members enjoying a very interesting tour led by Sue Goodman who really knew her subject showing us the various stages of water purification before it reaches our taps. We also visited the nearby reservoir & the internal museum. Sue is also available for talks. Excellent!
October 2019- Six of us had a great evening with COMPTON DUNDON W.I. to celebrate their 90th ANNIVERSARY. The plentiful food & the entertainment by the Somersingers were both excellent. 2 members had two out of three winning games in the COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLS PAIRS COMPETITION in Ashcott. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour around the robotic milking unit at Gill & Mike Pople’s farm was enjoyed by eighteen members. James, Mike’s nephew also gave us interesting facts about the unit. The homemade spread afterwards prepared by Gill was very gratefully received! A very successful day. The AUTUMN GROUP MEETING hosted by Woolavington went very well.
November 2019- The 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION afternoon was hosted by Glastonbury W.I. & attended by seventeen Walton members who were treated to high tea. Congratulations & thanks to them for their superb hospitality. W.I. MEETING with a very informative and clear talk by Lucy Hooper from the Dogs Trust.
December 2019- The GROUP CONCERT went extremely well. Everyone pitched in & the performances were very good, especially ours! Well done Liz B., Pat, Shirley, Janet, Chris T., Glenda, Jane, Sue S., Ruth, Mary W. and Mary H. with ‘The Fairy on Top of the Christmas Tree’. Also, thanks to Liz S. for organising the refreshments. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was a very interesting tour inside & outside of Bishops Palace for the ‘Christmas at the Palace’ event enjoyed by sixteen members on a cold but sunny day. Our CHRISTMAS PARTY was also a great success with refreshments once again by Liz S. along with Gill Pople, a Christmas Jumper competition won by Ruth in a remarkable elf outfit, a Christmas Quiz, a bumper raffle & of course the essential bingo! Margaret Rawle was in charge of the Christmas card distribution & there was a ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ stall run by Chris & Dave Thomas. Twelve members plus three friends enjoyed the THEATRE OUTING to Bristol Hippodrome for the pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON, with Shane Richie. He won’t forget WALTON W.I.! Thanks to Chris E. for organising.
Highlights of 2018:
January 2018- Our W.I. MEETING had Jackie Henderson with a talk on Watercolour Painting. Very thorough. The AWAY KURLING, run by the committee, for Woolavington W.I. went well in spite of adverse weather conditions. Our ANNUAL MEAL held in the Unicorn in Somerset, attended by thirty-eight members, was enjoyable with good food in a warm venue. Our SKITTLES team is now through to the quarter finals of this years W.I. COUNTY CUP having won by 7 pins against Wells W.I.. Keep going girls!
February 2018- Wicked at the BRISTOL HIPPODROME was enjoyed by fourteen ladies. Our EVENING MEETING had thirty-seven members enthralled by a slick demonstration of how to cut a lamb into joints by Lloyd Tucker, a butcher, who was also a very entertaining speaker. The County organised CENTENARY CELEBRATION LUNCH in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion at Somerset County Cricket Ground had as speaker Ann Widdecombe who was a class act. The meal was good too! The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour to the John Boyd Textile Factory in Castle Cary went well despite a dodgy start & the GROUP KURLING GIG which we hosted in Walton Village Hall was very successful. Thanks especially to Liz Selway who supplied the cake & worked her socks off. Our Walton 1 team was runner up to Westonzoyland. Lyn Pavey won the Best Player award. Well done to them.
March 2018- Bob Selway’s ‘WOOD & WOOD TURNING’ demonstration proved to be very interesting & his generous donation of the resulting bowl was gratefully received by Carol Burch in the raffle. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour of nearly two hours around Clarks Warehouse was very enlightening. The COMMITTEE had tasty, well-cooked meals in the ROYAL OAK in Walton & the staff were very obliging. This was a fun evening complete with a look at the new skittle alley. The County organised ROADSHOW, hosted by Compton Dundon W.I., was an entertaining day including two speakers, Amy Bingham from the Dogs Trust (accompanied by Foxy the dog) & Ian Caskie with his ‘Launch to Re-Launch of SS Great Britain’ talk & good homemade food was available. Our AWAY KURLING for North Petherton Bowls Club went very well with twenty-four competitive players. The LADIES WHO LUNCH changed their venue to the Street Inn & were very happy with their meals.
April 2018- Dave Mournian’s illustrated talk ‘Grumpy Travels the Americas’ went down extremely well at our EVENING MEETING as did the presentation by our ‘Thailand Four’- Chris Essam, Celia Ellison, Chris Thomas & Heather Price who visited Thailand for the Social Croquet Elephant Cup competition & had a great time. Chris T. & her partner won the cup! On display were the small bonnets & blankets completed by our CRAFT group four of whom also visited the BATH & WEST CRAFT SHOW the following day. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour of Glastonbury Abbey was enjoyed by eleven members & our BARN DANCE was a great success. Our first CROQUET session had thirteen ladies enjoying their games & afterwards having refreshments supplied by Liz S. Didn’t the CENTENARY PARADE OF BANNERS go well! It was a huge event & we were interviewed for BBC Radio! Our SKITTLES TEAM had another successful match in the Group Cup & have reached the semi-final of the County Cup. Well done girls!
May 2018- Despite a few hiccups the AGM went very well with an initial surprise extra. Christina Blackwill gave us POM-POMS with which to join in her dance class before business began in earnest. What a hoot! Just what was needed. Annual trophies were awarded to Joyce Puddy- whist, Pat White- skittles, Chris Essam- croquet & Liz Selway- competition- well done to them. Liz left the committee after forty-five years of service to Walton W.I. but she will still be available to help out, hopefully! Lots of love to her, what a star! Jenny Lewis stood down as Secretary but will still be on the committee. Our new secretary is now Shirley Routley- well done for stepping up! Fifteen members attended Ladies’ Day at WINCANTON Racecourse. The DOWLISH WAKE CROQUET was won by Celia Ellison. Well done, Celia. WALKING NETBALL has now been added to our activities. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was to the Walpole Landfill Site in Pawlett where eight ladies learnt more about recycling & what to put into food bins. The BATH & WEST SHOW went well.
Our COMMITTEE now consists of: Liz Brown, President, Shirley Routley, Secretary, Janet G., Treasurer, & Mary Witney, Jenny Lewis, Celia Ellison, Chris Thomas & Jocelyn Haydon. A warm welcome to Chris, our newest member last year. Glenda James joined in June welcome to her also.
June 2018 – Two ladies enjoyed the NFWI AGM in Cardiff with two very good speakers.: Huw Edwards & Dame Stella. Four ladies attended the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT tour. VERONICA & SHEENA from County gave us an amusing talk. The afternoon in a GARDEN TOUR organised by Marian Purnell in Roman Way, Glastonbury was interesting & well worth a visit. Our singers were in fine voice at NORTHLEAZE & have been invited back in December. The FRIENDLY SKITTLES in the Royal Oak, Walton was a great success with thirty-two members attending & enjoying the great venue. Thanks to Liz Selway for the refreshments. WALKING NETBALL is still proving to be popular. AWAY KURLING in Milford School in Yeovil went well. Our SKITTLES TEAM is doing well in the Group Cup.
July 2018 – CROQUET- W.I. County Pairs Croquet at Taunton Vale Sports Club went well, with Chris E & Jenny sharing the trophy. Six members from Walton took part. In addition, six of us make our annual visit to Kingston St Mary for friendly croquet matches. The TREASURE HUNT followed by meals in Martock was an enjoyable evening. Milton Lodge GARDEN TOUR organised by Marian Purnell was a successful afternoon. Our team of six was fourth out of eighteen in the W.I. COUNTY QUIZ held in Puriton. Congratulations to Margaret & Bob Musgrave for reaching their DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY- still looking good. Well, what about the SOMERSET CENTENARY TEA PARTY we hosted, good or what! Liz Selway once again supervising the catering.
Sad news SYLVIE EVANS, a popular member, who liked sport & social events, passed away in July – her funeral service was in Street.
August 2018 Our ANNUAL OUTING, organised by Shirley Routley, to Sidmouth & the Donkey Sanctuary was a very enjoyable day. Our second FRIENDLY SKITTLES session in the Royal Oak was enjoyed by all with Carol Birch our highest scoring non player.
September 2018- Merriman Park fete went well. The WALTON FUN DAY was the best ever with record attendance, loads of raffle prizes, delicious cakes & all the usual stalls & activities provided. Shirley Routley won both the Photography & handicraft cups in the HARVEST SHOW. Well done Shirley! The W.I. EVENING with the makeup demonstration by members of FRAGRANT EARTH was very popular & the EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA at the brick & Tile Museum in Bridgwater was thoroughly enjoyed by the nine participants who made Roman oil lamps.
More sad news PAM LANGE, a dapper, caring lady who enjoyed gatherings, passed away in September – her funeral service was in Street.
October 2018 – Well, what about our October meeting! Four fit FIREFIGHTERS for the price of one plus a fully equipped FIRE ENGINE. Wow & Anthony’s talk was very interesting as well. The County AGM went well with interesting speakers & trading stalls. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA took us to the very interesting, historic Blake Museum in Bridgwater. The AUTUMN GROUP MEETING hosted by Walton had his majesty, Henry V111th, played by Mike Farley, as speaker, a good supply of cakes brought in by Liz Selway & a very amusing skit delivered by Liz Brown & Pat White.
November 2018- the 100 PARTY at Oake Manor was enjoyed by seven members. The REMEMBRANCE SERVICE at Walton Church was well attended. Return KURLING for Burrowbridge W.I. went well.
December 2018 – THEATRE TRIP to Bristol hippodrome to see Cinderella starring Brian Conley& Gok Wan was excellent. Our SINGERS were a hugh smash at Northleaze, right on voice.
Highlights of 2017:
January 2017- The ANNUAL MEAL at the Pipers arranged by Liz S was a great success but the venue was chilly. The speaker at our monthly meeting, Dr Francis Burroughes, went down well with his ‘Can You Play Jerusalem?’ & we will see him again with another talk in October. The County organised Public Affairs tour of the AVON & SOMERSET POLICE HEADQUARTERS was well worth the visit.
February 2017- TABLE TENNIS members have now increased with thirteen players celebrating the President’s birthday after their recent session. W.I. MEETING Simon Clarke’s talk ‘Shapwick Heath & the Avalon Marshes’ went down extremely well. SOUPS & PUDS had fourteen more participants than expected but was handled with our usual expertise & everyone was fed. Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour of Anthony Griffiths’s Workshop in the Old School in Walton was greatly enjoyed by thirteen members. Two KURLING gigs went well, one away for Burrowbridge W.I. & the other at home when our members were joined by those from Shapwick & Puriton.
March 2017- KURLING for Somerton & Langport Rotary competing with another rotary club in Walton Village Hall was a fun evening. WI. MEETING Peter Tinney a local man well known was in full flight with his excellent talk on ‘Childhood Reminiscences’. Two successful away KURLING gigs for North Curry W.I. & for the Evercreech Inner Circle in the Bell, at Evercreech where we played on a bowling alley & were treated to a hot supper of lasagna & chips by twelve very lively ladies of their Inner Circle. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour by twenty ladies around the Cottage Brewery led by John, their head brewer, was a great success and was followed by tea & cake in the Courtyard Cafe in Somerton. CROQUET has started for the summer. Well done to Liz S who came third & Janet G. who came 7th in the W.I. County SCRABBLE COMPETITION. The SPRING GROUP MEETING held in Middlezoy went well with a buffet supper & musical quiz. The SKITTLES team has reached the semi-final in the W.I. County Cup.
April 2017- More KURLING for Kingston St Mary. Our CRAFT group had a day out at the Bath & West Craft Show. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour took us along the Burnham Trail in Burnham-on-Sea followed by refreshments in Forte’s. Our SPEAKER this month was Jan Kusmirek who gave us a very interesting talk on ‘The History & Culture of Poland’ which went down well. The SKITTLES evening in Street Inn also went well with a welcome supper.
May 2017- Our WOMEN WALK THE WORLD for ACWW was around the Axbridge Reservoir where twenty- four members walked 2miles & afterwards adjourned to Cheddar Village Hall for a cream tea supplied by Cheddar W.I. The COMMITTEE MEAL in Prezzo’s went very well. The TAI CHI session at the AGM was very relaxing. Chris E. & Wenda have left the committee & been replaced by Celia Ellison & Shirley Routley. A hearty welcome to them. Our EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was a walk around the Chalice Well & Gardens in Glastonbury where eleven members had a talk from a volunteer who works there & were then able to explore these tranquil gardens before walking to the Hundred Monkeys Cafe for refreshments.
June 2017- The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA guided tour around the Cannington Walled Gardens was enjoyed on a bright, warm day by fifteen members who afterwards had welcome cream teas. Another excellent tour headed by Celia. Our two teams were first & second in the GROUP QUIZ hosted by Woolavington W.I. Eleven SINGERS were in good voice at Northleaze.
July 2017- Liz B. & Liz S. were runners up in the W.I. County CROQUET Pairs Competition. Our SKITTLES team won the W.I. County Skittles Competition by 3 pins against Comeytrowe. Well done girls! The PRESIDENT’S DAY went very well, thanks Liz B. CROQUET again at Kingston St. Mary where we were made very welcome & was enjoyable despite the heavy rain! The TREASURE HUNT organised by Ruth & Sue B. went very well with a large buffet included. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour around the Glenda Spooner Farm also went extremely well despite heavy rain. Eleven ladies were taken around for a comprehensive tour by Abi, our very knowledgeable guide, before adjoining to the very modern cafe for refreshments. W.I. COUNTY QUIZ our team of five came third.
August 2017- The ANNUAL OUTING, organised by Chris E., this year to Marlborough & Hungerford for a canal boat trip was a great success despite the coach driver taking the scenic route. Thirty-eight ladies had an enjoyable time. The two Lizzes did it again, this time at the INTER FEDERATION CROQUET PAIRS COMPETITION & were awarded an apt runners up trophy.
Sept 2017- Our tea & cake stall in a marquee at MERRIMAN PARK was very successful as were the refreshments served from our hall kitchen during the WALTON FAMILY FUN DAY. Liz Selway led with great expertise on both occasions – thanks to her & all those who helped. Three members also won trophies in the HARVEST SHOW -Liz Selway for Home Craft, Liz Brown for Handicraft & Ruth Stacey was the over-all Show Champion. Well done to them. This months EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA tour at the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury was enjoyed by sixteen members & interspersed with tea & cake. The AUTUMN GROUP MEETING in Puriton went very well with their last-minute speaker John Harris from West Cross Cider giving a very interesting talk on cider making & the competition was won by Walton with an unusual cider cup supplied by Mary Hecks. The spread was also good.
Oct 2017- The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was tour around Pittards Leather Factory in Yeovil by the maximum of ten ladies allowed went very well as did the JANE AUSTEN TEA PARTY held on the same day. Our evening meeting had the return of Dr Francis Buroughes who enthralled our members with ‘The Wonderful World of Glass’ & the competition ‘A Glass Ornament’ was won by Chris T. with a glass Christmas tree. WEST END TO BROADWAY at Oake Manor Golf Course was a very enjoyable evening. SKITTLES- Trustees v Walton was an enjoyable evening with refreshments to start then down to business. After a shaky start Walton won the match by 26 pins. EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA to Burns the Bread for a talk, tour & baking session. A maximum of 20 members were allowed to attend.
Nov 2017 – An excellent speaker was Mark Green from FREEWHEELERS. Our SKITTLES team won by 54 pins against Lympsham in the second round of the County Cup. The SCFWI Annual Meeting went well in Taunton. The REMEMBRANCE SERVICE in Walton Church was well attended.
Dec 2017- The GROUP CAROL SERVICE went well as did the COUNTY CAROL SERVICE in Wells Cathedral. Our CHRISTMAS PARTY, hosted by the committee, was enjoyed by forty-six members. Nineteen ladies travelled by bus to the Bristol Hippodrome for a superb performance of THE PANTOMIME ALADDIN starring Joe Pasquale & Marti Pellow. The SINGING group performed once again in Northleaze.
Taken at the tea party in July to celebrate the W.I. Centenary.
Our committee: Liz Brown, President, Jenny Lewis, Secretary, Janet G, Treasurer. Other members are Liz Selway, Mary Witney, Celia Ellison, Shirley Routley and Jocelyn Haydon.
Our activities include table tennis, craft, kurling, walking, whist, singing, golf croquet, lunches, skittles, Scrabble, theatre trips, outings and tennis.
Highlights of 2016:
January 2016- Again a warm welcome to another FOUR NEW MEMBERS who joined at our meeting where we had Allen Mechan giving us useful tips on what to sell at auctions during his talk on ‘The History of Auctioneering’. Our ANNUAL MEAL, for the third year running at the Walton Gateway, was attended by 38 members who thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Thanks once again to Wenda for organising.
February 2016- THREE MORE MEMBERS joined this month. Welcome to them. The EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA visit was to the Tanyard in Street where we were taken on a very interesting tour of Owen Barry’s factory to see the various stages of leather and suede worked items such as handbags and coats. Afterwards we were treated to tea and cakes. Thanks to Marian for organising.
March 2016- HOME KURLING an enjoyable afternoon with 24 members and friends competing. Another winner in the EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA series was a trip to the Cheddar Cheese Company where we had a very enlightening tour showing us the various stages of cheese making and were invited to taste some unusual cheeses. Afterwards we had tea and homemade cakes in the Holy Tree Tea House. Well done, Marian. Another well done to Liz Selway who has regained her COUNTY SCRABBLE CUP, Janet G. was a very creditable fourth. Margaret Browning had her 90TH BIRTHDAY celebration during a TABLE TENNIS session where twenty-three ladies attended. Happy Birthday and many more. Members also heard a recording of the Messiah in Walton Church on Margaret’s actual birthday.
April 2016 – SPRING GROUP MEETING hosted warmly by Ashcott a very pleasant evening with a good speaker and raffle prizes. We came 2nd in the competition. 2 ADDITIONAL MEMBERS this month bringing our membership to 72. Another very good EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA organised by Marian this time to Axbridge where we learned some of its history during a guided tour around the town and into King John’s Hunting Lodge Museum. Our SKITTLES TEAM are into the final of the County Cup after their win by 19 pins against Cheddar Gorgeous in the Pheasant at Wookey. Well done girls! WHIST run by Viv has proved very popular & will return in the autumn.
May 2016- Our members were an invaluable help during the QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY celebrations. Many thanks to them. PURITON’S 70TH BIRTHDAY high tea went well, and the film show and tour of the WILLOWS & WETLANDS CENTRE was very interesting and enjoyable as were the exhibitions of craft, basket ware etc.
June 2016- Tours of FRAGRANT EARTH INTERNATIONAL in Glastonbury where we made our own perfumes & the EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA walk around Midney Gardens both on the same day & both excellent. KURLING for Middlezoy was fun. Our SKITTLES TEAM was in the final against North Curry held in Aller and were gallant runners up.
July 2016 – CROQUET with Kingston St. Mary was a very enjoyable day with a large salad spread included. Chris E. & Wenda were the top Walton team, but our hosts were the over-all winners. STOKE ST. GREGORY’S 85TH ANNIVERSARY had a very interesting speaker and a goodly spread. Our two teams in the COUNTY PAIRS COMPETITION came joint third out of ten teams. Not bad for non-professionals. The PRESIDENT’S DAY and the TREASURE HUNT both went well.
August 2016 – Our COFFEE MORNING in Walton Village Hall raised £250 for ACWW. The ANNUAL OUTING to Plymouth organised by Chris E. went very well.
September 2016 – Members came up trumps for the MERRIMAN PARK FETE supplying cakes and lots of help. The TENTH WALTON FAMILY FUN DAY held at Walton Village Hall was the best one yet and some members assisted. SPEAKER Philip Hoyland went down well with his talk ‘BenefitsU, Brass & the Girtest, Grandest Day’ during our September W.I. meeting. The AUTUMN GROUP MEETING hosted by Compton Dundon went well. KURLING in Walton Village Hall for Somerton & Langport Rotary Club went extremely well.
October 2016- The County ABBA TRIBUTE EVENING in aid of Denman college in Oake Golf Club was a superb evening with a carvery & dancing to Abba Sensation. EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA was in Clarks Shoe Museum & afterwards in the ‘Time for Tea’ cafe. Our representatives in the County SHORT MAT BOWLS PAIRS COMPETITION performed better than last year with two wins, a draw & a loss (against Compton Dundon!) and our SKITTLES TEAM is continuing well in this years County Cup with a win against Evercreech in Pilton. The SCFWI ANNUAL MEETING in Wellsprings Leisure Centre was the best ever with two very entertaining speakers & Sue Withers receiving the SKITTLES runner’s up trophy on behalf of the team & Liz Selway the SCRABBLE WINNER’S CUP. Our HOME KURLING was well attended with twenty players. WHIST has resumed.
November 2016- The musical BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome was excellent. The CAR RALLY catering with 10 members involved for 200 driving enthusiasts at Walton Village Hall went well. After the REMEMBRANCE SERVICE members were able to see the giant poppy, created from many small ones, framed & hung in Walton Church. The GROUP CHRISTMAS CONCERT hosted in Walton Village Hall went extremely well & all the skits were enjoyable. Our SINGERS were excellent reprising the very funny ‘Calendar Girls’ song written by Richard Stilgoe. The help which was forthcoming during the evening made the evening run smoothly.
December 2016- The last EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA of the year & the final one organised by Marian was another tour of Fragrant Earth. Very worthwhile. Thanks to her for her efforts. The COUNTY CAROL SERVICE went very well with a record attendance. Our CHRISTMAS PARTY went very well with food, drink & quizzes & ending with carols led our our SINGERS who, the following week, performed well for the residents of Northleaze. Twenty-nine members & friends made their way by bus to the Bristol Hippodrome to see Torvill & Dean in the CHRISTMAS PANTO CINDERELLA which was extremely good. Many of us were covered in water & snow during the performance.
Highlights of 2015:
January 2015- A warm welcome to our FIVE NEW MEMBERS who joined at our meeting. Janet G. is now our Treasurer and Liz S. has become our Catering Manager. Our ANNUAL MEAL, again at the Walton Gateway, was attended by 43 members and was a great success. Thanks to Wenda for organising.
February 2015- Tasty well-cooked CARVERY in the Sedgmoor Inn, Westonzoyland, for the table tennis group. Thanks to Margaret Browning for organising. A very jolly evening KURLING with the Somerton and Langport Rotary club in Walton Village Hall.
March 2015 – We ran the COUNTY KURLING with Ashcott W.I. and an away session for the Taunton Round Table. Our BARN DANCE went very well. We also had a very enjoyable day out in Bristol to see Vincent and Flavia in DANCE ‘TIL DAWN at the Hippodrome with tickets organised by Chris E. Our SKITTLES TEAM reached the quarter finals of the County Cup and was beaten on pins by Middlezoy in the Group Cup. Liz S. won the COUNTY SCRABBLE CUP. Well done, Liz! A busy month!
April 2015- ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ continued with a warm afternoon in Kilver Court. We also ran a very pleasant KURLING session at Ashcott Village Hall for their Short Mat Bowls Club and were rewarded with a large buffet supper and a free raffle.
May 2015 – Our AGM went very smoothly and our speaker, Jennie Barham, went down well. 3 MORE MEMBERS joined that evening. Welcome to them. Our membership is now up to 66. The committee of 8 remains the same for another year. The LADIES WHO LUNCH had a toast to Wendy on the first anniversary of her death.
June 2015 – Two members were lucky enough to attend the BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDEN PARTY held to commemorate the W.I. centenary and our president represented us and Compton Dundon at the NATIONAL AGM in the Albert Hall. Three members had a birds eye view of the proceedings by way of a live beaming to Cineworld in Yeovil. The tour around Burcott Mill in the ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA ‘ walk series was excellent with homemade cakes and tea afterwards. Thanks to Marian. Our two teams did well in the GROUP QUIZ in Woolavington coming first and fourth. Nine teams competed. A good evening.
July 2015 – Another ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ walk this time it was a guided tour around the Lavender Farm in Faulkland. During the GAMES EVENING we tried out the newly made BOULES COURT at the village hall. A new activity! Everyone dressed up for our W.I. Centenary celebration TEA PARTY which was a rip-roaring success. Well done to all! A pleasant day out in Bristol to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Hippodrome THEATRE. Thanks to Chris E. for organising. The TREASURE HUNT in Somerton, organised by Lyn, Sylvia Edmunds and Mary W, was a great success and a large spread afterwards was tasty.
August 2015 – The ANNUAL OUTING was to Poole organised by Chris E. Forty-one members, husbands and friends had a lovely day with many sailing to Brownsea Island whilst others enjoyed the two-hour Jurrasic Coast tour by boat or simply explored the town. The carvery in the Sun Inn was delicious and the coach trip was smooth. Chris E. and Jenny won the runners up cup in the novices’ section of the CROQUET PAIRS contest at Taunton Deane. Well done to them. Ten of us in our finery attended the CENTENARY TEA PARTY hosted by Pilton in the Tithe Barn which had a huge spread along with good entertainment including belly dancing.
September 2015- DRESSES THROUGH THE AGES evening hosted by Woolavington and the COUNTY CENTENARY GALA DINNER in Oake both enjoyable evenings. MERRIMAN PARK FETE and the WALTON FAMILY FUN DAY were both supported by Walton W.I. Liz S. and Liz B. both won trophies at the latter. The ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ guided tour around Bishops Palace and gardens was also very good. Thanks to Marian for organising. The Central Somerset Gazette W.I. CENTENARY supplement included our article and pictures and also the poem by Chris G.
October 2015. Another good ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ walk to see the W.I. Centenary Exhibition at Radstock Museum followed by tea and cake. SHAPWICK’s 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY was a very enjoyable evening with lots of food, drink and good entertainment.
November 2015- SPEAKERS’ AUDITIONS in Coxley were excellent. The TOUR OF SHEPTON MALLET TREATMENT CENTRE was very informative.
December 2015- EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA walk to St Cuthbert’s Church for the exhibition of 170 nativity scenes. Very interesting. Our SINGERS in full flow for Northleaze, the GROUP CAROL CONCERT in Puriton Church, which was very enjoyable, COUNTY CAROL SERVICE in Wells Cathedral, very stirring, and Bluestone Court. The CHRISTMAS PARTY, run by the committee, was a great night! The after Christmas HOME KURLING was enjoyed by 20 participants along with some Christmas leftovers.
Highlights of Our Recent History From November 2012 to December 2014 since our present president took over.
Our AGM in November 2012 saw the formation of a new Committee of nine members. Our new president is Liz Brown, our Secretary is now Jenny Lewis and our Treasurer is Liz Selway. Other members are Chris Essam, Jocelyn (Jo) Haydon, Vivien Richards, Mary Witney, Janet G. and Sheridan Brimacombe. Sheridan has since resigned from the committee due to family commitments.
2013- Sue Withers won the TEN PIN BOWLING medal. Well done to her.
Our thanks to Bob Musgrave for a miraculous revival of our tired looking NOTICE BOARD.
Our CRAFT ladies and helpers did an amazing job of completing 106 cushions and 106 bags in response to ‘Marie’s Challenge’.
Skittles Captain, Sue Withers, was presented with the GROUP SKITTLES CUP at the Spring Group Meeting.
Liz Selway won the COUNTY SCABBLE Competition held in Wilton Lodge. Another good win and well deserved.
We have now purchased a KURLING SET which can be hired by other W.I.s for use in Walton Village Hall with refreshments in the package or can be brought to your W.I. Please contact our president or leave a message here for further details.
We had a long and informative day at the NFWI AGM on Saturday 1st June in Cardiff.
The SKITTLES team have won the COUNTY CUP again. How good is that?! Well done to them, they have done us proud.
The July KURLING evening on was a great success and raised £60 for the ‘Fun with a Fiver’ appeal. There will be another Kurling evening on Friday 5th October six days before our 40th birthday evening.
Our August trip to WEYMOUTH, arranged by Chris E., was a rip-roaring success aided by excellent weather and food!
What about our 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY on Thursday 10th October?! Didn’t it go well? Excellent food, entertainment by Vaughan Williams and the surprise Elvis inpersonater made it a special night. One to remember.
The trip to see ‘CATS’ at the Bristol Hippodrome also went extremely well. Thanks to Chris E. for purchasing the tickets.
November – our tree in the grounds of Walton Church now has its new NAMEPLATE. Our thanks to Bob Musgrave.
The SINGERS were in great demand in November/December performing at the Frost Fayre, the Group Carol Service in Woolavington, Bluestone Court, Northleaze and the County Carol Service in Wells Cathedral.
2014- The ANNUAL DINNER in January at the Walton Gateway was a very successful evening. Forty-six of us took over the new dining room and the meals were excellent. Thanks to Liz Selway and Wendy Hall for arranging.
February – The COUNTY KURLING went extremely well with all participants enjoying themselves. This should, hopefully, lead to more bookings for us.
March – The SPRING GROUP MEETING hosted by Shapwick was an excellent evening.
April – Our GLASTONBURY TOR WALK on a very windy day was a great success and raised money for the ACWW.
May – 2014 AGM saw a slight change in our COMMITTEE with Viv Richards leaving and Wenda Clark joining. The BBC BRISTOL TOUR was excellent.
June – 2014 WENDY’S funeral. We all will miss her. A tribute has been sent to the Central Somerset Gazette.
Our new activity ‘ EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ WALKS have started, organised by Marian Purnell.
July – 2014 The PRESIDENT’S OPEN DAY had a good attendance on a warm & sunny afternoon. What a spread! Our thanks to Liz for her excellent hospitality. The TREASURE HUNT organised by Liz B. and Pat White, was also a success.
August – 2014 Our ANNUAL OUTING was a day in EXETER. We had a very comfortable coach, the weather brightened, an enjoyable day was had by all, and the evening carvery was excellent. Thanks to Chris E. for organising. Kingston St Mary joined us for our OPEN KURLING evening.
September – 2014 The ‘EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL AREA’ walk was to Wells where we visited Wells Hospital Cemetery chapel & gardens followed by Sunday lunch at the Britannia Inn. Our SKITTLES team is progressing well in the Group Cup.
October – 2014 A very busy month. Our BIRTHDAY PARTY and the AUTUMN GROUP MEETING both at Walton were great successes with excellent food and superb entertainment. The committee also ran THREE away KURLING gigs. We also attended the SWFWI AGM at Yeovil which had Michael Portillo as the main speaker, Compton Dundon’s 85th birthday party and took part in the County SHORT MAT BOWLS Competition.
November – 2014 Main events were the REMEMBRANCE SERVICE at Walton Church and our MEETING which had a WORLD WAR ONE display. Also, our THEATRE TRIP to Bristol organised by Chris E. to see ‘Top Hat’ at the Hippodrome.
December – 2014 Approximately 1,000 County W.I. members attended the CAROL SERVICE in Wells Cathedral. Some members of our singing group were in the choir. CHRISTMAS PARTY run by the committee was a great night.