March 2021 - With vaccinations being rolled out at a great pace, we are now able to see our way to a brighter, more normal future. We will continue to hold Zoom events for our catching-up chats, book group and craft group for a few weeks, until we can meet up in groups of six outdoors. After which, we plan to hold al fresco craft sessions and book group meetings. We're really looking forward to being able to visit open gardens with the gardening group and stretch our legs with the walking group as soon as we are permitted. Our Programme is at the planning stage and we're sure that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
December 2020 - With Christmas fast approaching, our Christmas Bumper Edition of the Newsletter has just been circulated, together with goody bags for each of our members. Being in Tier 2 we are still not allowed to meet up in groups exceeding 6 indoors, so personal contact is limited. We hope the Christmas treats will go some way to making sure our members know that they haven't been forgotten. We've also been able to help out Cupboard Love, the Bridport Food Bank by supplying them with 100 shopping bags which will be filled and handed out over the next few weeks. We were also very pleased to be able to deliver another batch of sewing to the Macmillan Breast Cancer Unit in Dorchester.
October 2020 - Who would have thought it! We are now on our 6th issue of our newsletter which has been renamed "Staying Connected" to reflect the new challenges we face, and will be on its way out to members shortly by email and will be hand delivered to those who don't have internet access.
Our Tea in the Garden events have come to an end, but we are hoping (weather permitting) to hold small group Coffee & Chestnut gatherings in members' gardens over the coming weeks.
22 Knitted Teddies were delivered to the Dorchester Royal Voluntary Services and a supply of our "comfort" cushions, drainage bags and seatbelt pads were delivered to the MacMillan Nurses in Dorchester. Take a look at our "Helping Hands" page for more details.
In case you've missed it, our "About" page now has a link (at the bottom of the page) to our new "Makers' Gallery" .
We may not be having WI meetings but it does not mean that we have not been busy. Take a look at how we have been supporting West Dorset Scrubbers and the local NHS during Lockdown.
Update as of 18 June 2020
Well we have come to the end of the scrubs! 700 were cut by West Dorset Scrubbers and the final total of 85 is outstanding.
Totals now stand at
Wash bags 1158
Knitted mask bands 173
Ladies, you should feel very proud - this is an amazing achievement from a relatively small WI.
Special thanks go to Tish, Lynne and Julia who have worked hard over the past couple of months sewing and organising a group of over 40 sew-ers from several villages.