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Yate Women's Institute

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Yate WI

We are a newly formed WI in Yate and a friendly group of women who would love you to come and join us at our meetings.

We aim to appeal to a wide variety of interests and hope to organise a variety of smaller interest groups as well as trips throughout the year.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month in the Heron Suite at Poole Court, Yate, BS37 5PP, 7.30-9.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available.

See the events listings at the bottom of this page for details of upcoming meetings.

We are always pleased to welcome and offer friendship to visitors and new members - visitors pay £5 per visit.

Contact us for more information: yatewiavon.wixsite.com/yatewi, www.facebook.com/groups/YateWI or email:

For more information about the Women's Institute nationally, click here to visit www.thewi.org.uk

Latest Meeting

We welcomed 4 new guests to our March meeting where Heather of Heather Norman Hats entertained us by displaying a huge variety of hats, all made by Heather in a variety of fabrics – felt, silk, sinamay (from the banana plant) etc., each beautifully decorated with flowers, feathers, twirls and even foam. Heather’s mother was also a milliner, and after 20 years as a teacher, Heather decided on a career change, took a 5 year millinery course and was ultimately able to open her shop/workshop in Hatherall’s Yard, Chipping Sodbury. Several members took the opportunity to try some of the hats, especially the waterproof ones, ideal for this weather. Heather is now planning workshops, see her website for information, good opportunity to make your own hat.

The last month has been a busy one. First we’d like to thank Hawkesbury & Horton WI for inviting us to their 90th birthday celebration and the Jigsaw Puzzle Race (where we’ll gloss over coming 2nd!), both events very much enjoyed by members. Thank you for making us very welcome. We planned holding the first meeting of our Craft and Hobbies group and arranged a tour of Acton Court for June, were also arranging litter picking sessions as part of Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean”, now of course everything is on hold.

All meetings cancelled until further notice but please watch for advertising of when we can next meet and we’ll be celebrating (a little late) our birthday. We welcome new members and visitors and as this is our 1st birthday there may be cake? If you haven’t tried the WI, do come along, we’re a friendly group!"

Barbara Potter

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