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Kington St Michael WI
(Founded 1937. Registered charity no. 1016260)

A member of the National & Wiltshire Federations of WI & the John Aubrey Group

Joint Presidents: Jenny Hayne, tel. (01249) 750443
                            Rosemarie Johnson, tel. (01249) 655151
Secretary: Gill Lasbury
Assistant Secretary: Nina Beese
Treasurer: Hilary Holt
Assistant Treasurer: Viv Penney

Kington St Michael WI meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall, when members generally have the opportunity to listen to a speaker. They also take part in skittles and whist leagues, which are county wide. Outings are arranged periodically. We have over 53 members mainly from Kington St Michael, Chippenham and Stanton St Quintin. New members are always welcome; for further details please contact our President.

Newsletters: there is a newsletter each month from the Wiltshire Federation.
Other things to do:

Walking group: meets monthly for walks of 5 – 6 miles.
Singing for Fun group: meets monthly on a Monday, in the village hall when the hall is available.
Book group: meets on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Quilting & sewing group: meets most weeks.
Skittles team: plays in the WI league during the winter.

If you are interested in any of these activities, please speak to the President or any committee member.

Singing for Fun group
Singing for Fun group

(Towards the bottom of this page is a brief history of KSM WI, with photos of the WI Reminiscences booklets from 1987 and 2007. There is also a list of presidents from 1937 to date.)




Meetings & Events

WI Walks


2019 - 20 Programme

Tuesday 14th January 2020:  Burnard Purrier from the Whale & Dolphin Conservation.  The competition is for any representation of marine life (photo, model, etc).

Tuesday 11th February: The History of Lydiard Park.  The competition is for 50 words on your favourite park/garden and why.

Tuesday 10th March:  Annual meeting, with the election of President and committee, plus the presentation of the annual report and financial statement.  The competition is for a piece of vintage clothing or accessory.

Tuesday 14th April:
Cheryl Corcoran will talk about her life as a tour guide.  The competition is for your most unusual holiday souvenir.

WI News 2019

12th November
At November’s meeting St Michael WI it was agreed that members would hold a cake stall at December 7th’s Christmas Fayre in the village hall, and on December 8th we will hold the annual drinks and nibbles event for villagers of retirement age.  This year we will also be supporting the local food bank and donations are to be taken along to December’s meeting.
Susan and Jim Rivett, of the Casualties Union, gave an amusing talk and demonstration; this organisation provides “casualties” for the emergency services to practice on, who can be called on to act as victims of a car crash, industrial accident or fire or a domestic incident.
A successful sheep drive twinning event with Bromham WI was held last month, and it is hoped to continue with the twinning in the future.

8th October

President, Rosemarie Johnson, welcomed members to the October meeting in the village hall.  Members were reminded of up and coming events, including the Annual Council meeting in Salisbury on 29 October and the forthcoming walk on 18th October.
Following the business part of the evening, members then enjoyed a musical performance by The Village Choir  This very popular and well known choir not only performed their unique style of music which is based on classical principles but with flavours of world and ethnic music, but explained how they had come to be invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York, early in 2019 with Karl Jenkins, the famous composer in attendance. To perform at such a prestigious venue accompanied by the New York Philharmonic orchestra led by Jonathan Griffin, had been a wonderful experience for the choir and not one they would forget. Members of the WI thoroughly enjoyed hearing about this and listening to the wonderful music and percussion accompaniment that followed.
After a vote of thanks by Barbara Fenner, refreshments were served. There were two entries for the competition to compose a limerick, which was won by Louise Williams who produced an amusing limerick based on the first line ‘She wanted to sing in the choir’.

September Walk
Wide open skies, attractive varied woodland, the River Cam and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, with beautiful swans showing their brilliant white plumage, were just some of the sights for this rural and relaxing walk.  This flat five mile walk was enjoyed by 11 walkers on a warm autumnal day, and eventually brought us to The George at Cambridge for our lunch.
August Walk

On a beautiful summer morning six walkers left Avoncliff and headed over fields, following the River Avon towards Freshford, through the village and over the railway line towards Limpley Stoke.  Here they joined the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath and enjoyed a peaceful walk, passing moored and moving boats back to Avoncliff, over the Avoncliff Aqueduct, which carries the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon and Wessex Mainline Railway. Lunch was enjoyed at the Cross Guns.

Flower & Produce Show 2019
Kington St Michael Flower, Produce and Craft Show was held on August 3rd. Classes covered a wide variety of skills, from "Explosion of Red" in the floral art section, longest runner bean, savoury scones, peppermint creams, an original piece of woodwork, draught excluder dogs, to a dinosaur, decorated cakes, and a model made from Lego in the children's section.

It was a very successful show on a beautiful summer’s day. Many visitors enjoyed the entries on display, refreshments, raffle and fun auction. Thanks go to those who contributed in anyway.

The winners were:
Overall winner - Pat Woodward
WI Trophy for men - Bruce Low
Vaughan Cup (top lady apart from overall winner) - Dot Ings
IK Alderman Shield (homemaking & preserves) - Dot Ings
WI Vase (floral art) - Claire Broomsgrove
Hughes Cup (top WI lady) - Jenny Hayne
Woodward Cup (photography) - Andrew Fussell
Novice Cup (first time cup winner) - Anita Morrin
Singer Cup (5 to 10 year old) - Harry Fussell

The show has been held since 1974, so long may it last!
Flower & Produce Show 2019

WI Walk
Stunning views in the valley of our industrial heritage were enjoyed by 13 walkers on our May walk. Starting at Keynsham, we walked along the path beside the River Avon, crossing fields on the southern end of the Dramway.  We then headed up to the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, past Bitton Station, where we were delighted when a steam train chuffed past. We followed the Siston Brook to Willsbridge Mill nature reserve and wildlife garden, before joining the interesting horse tramway that served the collieries at Coalpit Heath and known as Dramway.  Two fields brought us past Hanham Court, eventually reaching the River Avon and lunch at Chequers Inn.  The Monarch's Way took us once more onto the banks of the Avon, past the former Cadbury Chocolate Factory and Keynsham Lock.



WI Walk
Seventeen people attended March 29th’s WI walk, which was around 5 miles, starting in Avebury.  Beginning with a gentle climb to the top of Windmill Hill, and on a clear day, there was a fantastic 360 degree view of the Ridgeway, Silbury Hill, and Cherhill.  The walkers returned to Avebury via Winterbourne Monkton, following the river, then headed to the Red Lion to satisfy their appetites.

Great British Spring Clean
WI litter picking 30.03.19

On March 30th, members of Kington St Michael WI, husbands and villagers set out on their annual litter pick. It was, as expected, a very successful two hours work and one member of the team returned again to collect more the following day; approximately 64 bags of rubbish were collected in all. Much needed refreshment was kindly provided by Barbara Fenner, and thanks go to all who helped.


WI News 2018

Jenny Hayne on one of the motorbikes 13.11.18
(Jenny Hayne on one of the Freewheelers' motorbikes)
At November 13th's meeting, following business, Jenny Hayne introduced our speakers for the evening, Peter, Patrick and Steve from Freewheelers ( Blood Bikers); they gave a very interesting talk on their work as volunteers. Freewheelers provide a free "out of hours " service to the NHS, funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. They transport blood, pathology and microbiology specimens, patients' notes, breast milk and other medical supplies. This is a motorcycle courier service to and from hospitals and doctors' surgeries in the South West of England. Following questions from members, they were thanked by Louise Williams.

On a glorious autumnal morning in October, eight walkers set off from Corsley Heath.
Following country lanes and footpaths, we came to the foot of Cley Hill, an ancient fortress. We enjoyed walking part of the circle around the foot of the hill, spotting several groups of deer on the way; the views over Wiltshire and Somerset were incredible. We then dropped down onto an ancient sunken track, over a field, giving us different views of the shape of the hill. Passing farms, we eventually returned to the Royal Oak at Corsley Heath for lunch.

Litter pick 17.03.18  Litter collected 17.03.18
Great British spring clean: Members of Kington St Michael’s WIs and villagers, along with Tommy and Henry, participated in this event on a cold snowy morning. Litter was picked up from around the village, stretching from the M4 motorway bridge to The Plough. In all 24 bags of litter, plus various car parts, were collected. On returning to the village participants were invited to Barbara Fenners' home for coffee and refreshments. If you would like to help with future village litter picks, please contact Jenny Hayne on (01249) 750443.


On a bright, crisp February morning, 14 walkers set off from Kilmersdon, a village in East Mendip, past Jack and Jill’s Hill (no one ventured up it, just in case!).  We followed the line of the old railway, eventually reaching majestic beech trees, which led us to the mellow Bath stone, Georgian, Babington House.  With the Ammerdown Tower rising on our right, we entered woodland, which took us down to a footbridge over a stream.  After crossing two fields we arrived back in Kilmersdon and had lunch at the Jolliffe Arms, named after the Lord of the Manor.

WI News 2017

There were some amazing entries at the Flower & Produce show, which was very well supported, with the array of entries making a colourful exhibition. A lively auction completed the afternoon with happy bidders going home clutching fresh vegetables, delicious cakes and beautiful bouquets of flowers. A tremendous amount of work went into the entries and this year's well deserved cup winners are:

Overall Winner - Pat Woodward
WI Trophy for Men - Bruce Low
Vaughan Cup - Claire Broomsgrove
IK Alderman Shield - Jenny Hayne
WI Vase - Claire Broomsgrove
Hughes Cup - Claire Broomsgrove
Wooodward Cup - equal winners: Andrew Fussell, John Woodward, Claire Broomsgrove
Novice Cup - Nina Beese
John Gilbert Cup - Harry Fussell
Singer Cup - Olivia Fussell

A selection ofproduce at the Flower & Produce show 29.07.17

At the annual meeting Nina Beese was re-elected as President.

February: At February's meeting Margaret Hiscocks, from Wiltshire Scrapstore, visited and taught us how to make Iris folding cards, which she then judges.


WI News 2016
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WI News 2015
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WI News 2014
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WI News 2013
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WI News 2012
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WI News 2011
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WI News 2010
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WI News 2009
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WI News 2008
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Kington St. Michael WI was established on 3rd December 1937; a branch of the National Federation of Women's Institutes which is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. This seeks to offer women the opportunity to develop interests and skills in a wide range of subjects including sport, craft and science. It also takes an interest in issues of the day, which affect us all on a local, national and international level - but above all it provides an environment of fun and friendship.

As part of a wider organisation there is the opportunity for members to take part in events further field and to attend courses at Denman College, the WI's own educational centre in Oxfordshire.

New members and visitors are made most welcome. For more information contact the current President (see top of page).

WI reminiscences booklets
(Illustration by the late Kathy Kirby & photo by Linda Durno.
Thank you to Jenny Hayne for providing the above booklets.)

Presidents from 1937 to date (some serving several times)

1937 - 1987
Mrs Thompson
Mrs Rawlings
Mrs Evans
Mrs Adams
Mrs Lee
Mrs Summers
Mrs Vincent
Mrs Kathy Kirby
Mrs Higgins
Mrs Taylor
Mrs Lyn Vaughan
Mrs Barbara Fenner
Mrs Humphrys
Mrs Jenny Hayne
Mrs Janet Elms
Mrs Margaretta Strickland

1987 to date (with thanks to Janet Elms)

1988/89: Margaretta Strickland
1989/90: Mary Humphreys
1990/91: Mary Humphries
1991/92: Kay Sambell
1992/93: Kay Sambell
1993/94: Joan Jackson
1994/95: Joan Jackson
1995/96: Joan Jackson
1996/97: Barbara Fenner
1997/98: Barbara Fenner
1998/99: Barbara Fenner
2001/02: Kay Sambell
2002/03: Mary Humphreys & Janet Elms
2003/04: Janet Elms
2005/06: Janet Elms
2006/07: Kay Sambell
2008/09: Kay Sambell
2009/10: Viv Penney
2010/11: Viv Penney
2011/12: Viv Penney
2012/13: Jenny Hayne
2013/14: Jenny Hayne
2014/15: Jenny Hayne
2015/16: Kay Sambell
2016/17: Nina Rack
2016/17: Nina Beese
2017/18: Nina Beese
2018/19: Jenny Hayne & Rosemarie Johnson (joint presidents).
2019/20: Jenny Hayne & Rosemarie Johnson (joint presidents).

The first Flower & Produce Show was staged in 1974.

Previous WI logo

The WI movement was founded in 1897 in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless, a farmer's wife. Having lost a child through, as she thought, her lack of knowledge of household skills and hygiene, she realised that there were other women in the same position who had the will to learn and so the WI movement was born.

The first WI in the UK was started in Lllanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Angelsey, in 1915. The 90th Anniversary of the formation of the National Federation of Womens' Institutes was celebrated in 2005. Nationally, there are 230,000 members who have the opportunity to enjoy friendship, learn new skills and broaden their interests, and ,as a corporate body influence local, national and international affairs.

In 2009 the Wiltshire Federation of Womens' Institutes celebrated its 90th Anniversary.