Redlynch & District WI

Welcome to our web page. Redlynch & District WI has the distinction of being the longest standing WI in Wiltshire and, indeed, is the eleventh oldest in the country. We were founded in September 1916 and possess a fascinating archive of written and photographic material from the early years right up to the present day. Times have changed but our principles and aims have not – we believe it is as important as ever for women to have a voice both locally and nationally (see and internationally. We have over 40 members from the villages of Redlynch, Lover, Hale, Woodfalls, Morgan’s Vale & Downton. We meet at 2.15pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Morgan’s Vale & Woodfalls Village Hall and after announcements etc. we usually have an interesting speaker or entertainment followed by tea and biscuits

Rosemary Pugh (President, 01725 510335), June Dabell (Vice President), Jill Bowen (Secretary, 01725 511173),

Pat Blount (Treasurer), Ann Kelly (Asst Treasurer), Gloria Henderson, Janet Stock,

MEMBERS WHO HELPArchivist: Carolyn Birch; MCS Rep: Pat Blount; Press Secretary: Anne Cradock. Badges: Marguerite Caustick; Flower of the Month: Marion Lewins; Raffles: Joan Coundley,  Marion Lewins, Carol Newman; Outings: June Dabell, Dorothy Elphick, Celia Garrett;

ACTIVITIES: Book Group: Carolyn Birch. Knit & Natter: Marion Lewins.  Sideshoots: Janet Mogg, Janet Stock. Discussion Group: Marguerite Caustick.

NEWSLETTERS: There are two newsletters for you each month: one from the Wiltshire Federation, and the green sheet from Redlynch and District WI – this can be sent to your e-mail address:

WI LIFE: this is the name of the WI national magazine produced eight times a year and sent by post to every member;

WILTSHIRE FEDERATION OF WIs (WFWI) looks after and runs events for all the 140 WIs in Wiltshire and is based at : – WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes, SN10 1EB. Tel: 01380 739340 e-mail:

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMENS INSTITUTES: All WIs are affiliated to the NFWI, and there are 6,300 WIs in England and Wales. They arrange the NFWI AGM which is held every year. Resolutions on social and topical concerns submitted by WIs are selected and discussed at all levels and voted on at the AGM.If they are carried they empower the WI to influence local and national policy making.

DENMAN COLLEGE: is the WI’s own residential College near Oxford. Redlynch and District WI has a annual bursary of £250 to enable members to attend a course. This is drawn at the Annual Meeting, when all members’ names are put into the draw. Any member can apply to attend courses and pay her own expenses.


Centenary Celebration Lunch October 2019

In 2019 we have continued to enjoy a variety of interesting meetings and additional activities, including, in November, a craft morning to make Christmas Decorations.

Our summer outing on July 17th was to Portsmouth. Members and guests had the option of shopping at Gunwharf Quay or visiting the Mary Rose Exhibition, the Historic Dockyard or ascending the Spinnaker Tower. We have also made shorter visits to Rockbourne Roman Villa and Museum and to Waitrose for a cookery demonstration.

The Wiltshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (WFWI) celebrated its centenary this year and in July, some of our members were able to attend a special Service of Thanksgiving in Salisbury Cathedral.   We were also represented at the WFWI Annual Meeting, held at the City Hall in Salisbury in October, when each person present received a slice of celebration cake.

In October the Committee organised a very enjoyable Celebration Lunch in Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Village Hall.