Pilton Village Women’s Institute
President: Janet Ladyman
Secretary: Shirley Watt
All enquiries to 890224 and 899514
Pilton Village WI was formed in February 2014 after Pilton WI sadly closed in March 2013. The new WI has gone from strength to strength with a membership that has increased to forty. We have an enthusiastic membership of mixed ages and a friendly warm welcome awaits all members old and new. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, making friends, working as a team and having fun with events. Prospective new members are welcome to attend meetings for a small charge. Come along and see what we’re all about!
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm at Pilton Village Hall. In addition we hold bi monthly coffee mornings in members’ homes and twice a year we meet for lunch at a local pub, restaurant or cafe. We also arrange outings to local places of interest.
In 2014 we put together an exciting programme which included belly dancing in October, a pampering evening at a salon in Wells in July and a delicious strawberry tea in June. Our programme for 2015 included, a trip to Party Packs to see how the business worked, Centenary celebrations at the Tithe Barn and a talk from Dorset Air Ambulance.
It was Christmas Party Time for the Pilton Village WI at their December meeting.
After the formalities members gathered for an evening of fun, food and entertainment. Each member had brought in some savoury or sweet food for us to nibble on, but before we could sample the treats, Alison had arranged our entertainment for the evening – a music quiz through the ages. Alison had music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s,and 00’s, and played a few notes of each song, to enable us to try and recall the artist and the name of the song.
There was a lot of brain racking and frustration, along with reminiscing and laughter.
It was a close call, but the winners were, Shirley, Christine, Joyce and Jane who took the title with a score of 79, bagging themselves a prize of a bar of chocolate!!
We then tucked into the food delights, which was followed by singing a couple of Christmas Carols and finally, the committee presented each member with a Christmas Gift.
Next came the “Piping in of the Haggis” which was accompanied with Alison and Lysbeth presenting the Haggis to “A Man’s a Man for “A” that”.
We were then served with our Haggis, accompanied by neeps and tatties,! otherwise known as mashed potato and carrot and swede, both mashed with a generous helping of butter. It appeared to be very much enjoyed, with lots of clean plates. If that wasn’t enough, pudding, was a “Tipsy Laird” – trifle, with just a hint of alcohol added!
Whilst coffee was being served our member Daphne, recited a poem she had written about Burns Night with Carole, kindly giving all our members a gift of shortbread.
Our evening ended with the business matters, and the raffle of Marmalade and Chocolate being won by Pauline and Molly having raised an incredible £40.
At our January meeting we were treated to “A Hint of Burns Night”. This was an idea from our Scottish members, to show us English how Burns Night is celebrated!!
The committee members had set up the room, beautifully with table lined with tartan, and various Scottish decorations around the room, and our committee members having dressed up in their Scottish dress.
We were delighted to be joined by five guests, brought by Molly, for the evening.
The evening started with one of our Scottish Members, Lysbeth Ballantine, reading the Scottish Grace “The Selkirk Grace” before we were all served our starter of Rye Bread and Scottish Salmon.
At our March meeting we were visited by Andrew McElwee who came to talk to us about the National Trust. He used to live in Kent where he was a surveyor but in retirement he took up a job advertised at Polesden Lacey as a manager. Polesden Lacey is an Edwardian house and estate located on the North Downs at Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey. It is owned and run by the National Trust and is one of the Trust's most popular properties.
Andrew spoke at length about his job interview to get the job and then about his time there, explaining one particular time when the property was suffering with a problem with bats that got so bad they had to call in a professional to sort the problem out. A Batman was called who just happened to be called Robin!!
As Andrew went on talking, one of our members, Molly, discovered that her daughter got married at Polesden Lacey during the time Andrew was there, which was a great coincidence. Andrew was very humorous with his stories, and the evening was completed with Sheila thanking Andrew for his presentation. Jane Marchant