A few years ago Lucy White was invited to think of a social club that could be useful in Wookey Hole in gathering people together for enjoyable times. scrabble club copy 2.jpg

Lucy loves playing Scrabble and wanted to find likeminded people so started a Scrabble Club by delivering notices about it door to door .

WOOKEY HOLE W.I. December Meeting Report.

                            There was a festive flavour in a beautifully
decorated hall at our December meeting. Christmas

                            jumpers were in abundance and mulled wine
greeted our ladies on arrival.

                           We were delighted to see Sue B, Diane and
Sheila returning after a period of ill health.

                            Jill welcomed the daughter of Sue H who was
visiting from Alaska and our W.I. guest Hazel Hillman.

                             It was a day for visitors as a new lady
joined us and was warmly welcomed by our members.

                                    We were fortunate to have talented
musicians Juliet and Lucy with us and they accompanied us in a

                            rousing rendition of Jerusalem and birthday
greetings to our 'Christmas babies'.

                            Three of us attended the AGM at Taunton 
where a parade of W.I. Banners took place. Lavinia proudly carried ours.

                             We had filled 13 shoe boxes with gifts for
young people at the YMCA. and added them to the ones given by other WI's.

                                          Jill had asked our ladies to
bring Christmas treats for the food bank and Myrtle went home with a car
laden with

                             good things. Everyone was thanked for their
generosity and then we sat back and enjoyed the music provided by Juliet
and Lucy.

                            They played a selection of music to suit all
tastes including well known songs and Christmas Carols which had us
singing along.

                            They told us about their musical careers
which were fascinating.  We were indeed lucky that they had agreed to
entertain us

                             and were thanked by Jill.

                                    Before we devoured the delicious
spread provided by our committee,  Sue H read a very funny monologue
about the fairy on the

                             Christmas tree. She had also provided a
Christmas Quiz which stretched the brain cells. Many went home with
raffle prizes and cakes

                             from Elizabeths laden sales table.

                             Our next meeting is on Monday 6th Jan.
2.30pm at Wookey Hole Community Hall.  Visitors most welcome.


Wookey Hole WI September meeting repot

Jill welcomed everyone back after the summer break . Best
wishes were sent to Suzanne who is in hospital and to Pauline J who had
celebrated her

90th birthday. During the holiday several of us enjoyed a trip
to the Lavender Farm which included a cream tea with Lavender flavoured

Anne arranged a coffee gathering at Pickwicks which is always
well supported.

Margaret has been busy knitting and has now completed a fifth
blanket for dementia patients.

It was now back to business. Rehearsal dates have been arranged
for the W.I. Christmas Carol Service in Wells Cathedral .

Several ladies took home shoe boxes to prepare Christmas gifts
for YMCA residents.

Our speaker was Rachael Harding. Her talk entitled ' Rhinestones
and Sequins' transported us to the world of competative dancing.

In 1980 she and her husband commenced dancing classes. The next
fourteen years saw them rise to the top in Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Her journey along the way was fascinating and before they
retired they had won 1,6 83 cups and trophies.

She made her own amazing dresses and brought a beautiful example
along for us to see.

Pat thanked her for a most enjoyable talk. Rachael judged our
competition for a memento of a memorable evening.

1st Jill, 2nd Pat, 3rd Sue H. Flower of the month 1st Jill, 2nd
Jan, 3rd Lesley H.

The next meeting is Mon 7th October 2.30 pm at Wookey Hole
Community Hall. Visitors and new members most welcome.

Jill Deane Photograph of our trip to the Lavender Farm

wi sep 2019


           Our meeting commenced with good news and a celebration. Jill
said that Sue B was making good progress following her illness and was
now at home.

          Tempting chocolates supplied by Elizabeth welcomed us on
arrival. Fifty years had passed since she joined Wookey Hole W.I. and
she was given a rousing accolade.

          Anne's coffee mornings remain popular and gives us a chance to
chat. Jill thanked all those who had generously filled thirteen shoe
boxes which will be given to

         young people at the YMCA. It is often the only gift that they
will receive.

                        Clare Blackmore was our speaker. Whilst
researching the 'Looking Back' feature which she previously wrote for
the Journal she became interested in poems

       written in the mid 1800's by a Wells baker. These poems give us
an insite into life in our area at the time. The baker was William
Catcott who was born in 1808

      at West Horrington. Books were in short supply in the cottage but
he had a thirst for knowledge. Clare read poems to us that  illustrated
William's love of nature,

     animals and the strong need to write about events that he felt
strongly about. At the age of 21 William took over his Uncles bakery and
became known as 'Baker Bard'.

      Clare managed to collect 125 poems which, thanks to the generosity
of Glastonbury baker Bob Burns and his family,  have now been published.
His words have

     been brought back to life in the city that he loved and wrote
about. William died at the age of 62. His great great nephew was Bill
Allen of Wookey and the book is dedicated to him.

                    Anne thanked Clare for telling us about this
talented Victorian man of Wells. Clare judged our competition for an old
picture of Wells. There was great interest in this

      and many were personal photographs of times gone by.

                 1st Jan ....2nd Jill....3rd Pat. Flowers 1st...Sue H
....2nd Lavinia ....3rd Pat.

      Come and join us for our Christmas meeting. First Mon in Dec
.2.30pm Wookey Hole Community Hall.       Jill Deane

        Attached is a photograph showing the old pictures of Wells



This was our last meeting before the summer break although we have a few social events planned. We recently had a garden party on a glorious afternoon.One of our members brought pots of miniature roses and many of our ladies took one home. Jill welcomed everyone including our speaker Nick King and his daughter Demi from Goats of the Gorge Skin Care. Resolutions , Bursaries and dates for future events were discussed including the date for the WI Christmas Carol Service in the Cathedral. We finalised arrangements for our group visit to the Lavender Farm in July and two coffee mornings are to take place during our break. Margaret has been busy knitting knee blankets for dementia patients And we plan to fill Christmas Shoe Box gifts for young people. Our speaker had been a Police Officer for twenty years, but following an illness where he was required to drink goats milk, he decided to keep goats at his Cheddar home .Two goats soon became twenty four and as business grew so did his notoriety. His goats were even on C Beebies. Products made from the highly beneficial milk soon followed and we were shown soaps, lotion ,cream, and also a shampoo bar that was plastic free. Lavinia thanked him for his entertaining talk .He and Demi judged the competition for a beauty tip or disaster. 1 st Jan…2nd Sue H …3 rd Jill Flowers ….1 st Lesley R…2nd Jill…3rd Jan. Jill thanked those who provided the tea and cakes Visitors and new members are most welcome to join us on the 1 st Monday in September. 2.30pm at Wookey Hole Community Hall. We can promise a friendly welcome and an entertaining afternoon. Jill Deane. Wookey Hole W.I. Photograph attached showing the arrangements of miniature roses that ladies were able to take home


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