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May 2014


Our June meeting on 16th will be a “Strawberry Tea” with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer and will be held in George and Sheila West’s garden.  We will be starting earlier than usual at 7pm - there will be a raffle, cake stall and weather permitting, games on the lawn.  Non-members are very welcome.

For further information please contact: Shirley 330722


On April 28th we held our annual (ACWW) “Women Walk the World” walk.  After a circular walk of the village we finished with a welcome cup of coffee and biscuits at Alison Fox’s house.  Lin Bosley had kindly baked a cake which was then raffled.  The event raised £36, with the money going to ACWW which offers support, friendship and practical help to women and communities around the world.


Pilton Village W.I. extends a warm welcome to new members.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month usually at Pilton Village Hall.

Shirley Watt

June 2014


A Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer was held on the 16th June in the garden of Sheila and George West.  The usual monthly meeting was brief and once all business had been dealt with the meeting closed in order to prepare for the Strawberry Tea.  The committee had baked scones, whisked cream and made numerous cups of tea along with jugs of Pimms.  Tables and chairs were set out on the lawn and patio and croquet, boules and putting were on offer.  


There was also a cake stall selling delicious home made cakes and a competition to guess the number of calories in a very decadent looking strawberry cake baked by Rita Ayres.  All of this for an entrance fee of three pounds!  Luckily the weather was kind to us and although a little chilly the evening remained fine.  Everyone was asked to wear something pink.  


The evening was very well attended and exceeded our expectations as we raised £318.70 for Breast Cancer.  Pilton Village WI has put together an exciting programme of events for the coming year and extends a warm welcome to new members.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month usually at Pilton village hall.

Pamper evening for Pilton Village Women’s Institute!

On the 21st of July, members of Pilton Village WI were warmly welcomed by Karen Christensen and her staff at their sslon in Wells Market Place for an evening of beauty care.

The evening started delightfully with sparkling wine and tasty titbits - much enjoyed on a warm summer day.

We were then introduced to a ‘new’ Joy Stacey – a WI member. She had been pampered from 3 p.m. with the care of her hair, her make-up and her nails plus help with choosing a very smart outfit from Phase Eight.

She looked stunning!

Then it was our turn! We were truly spoiled. Our eyebrows were shaped, our finger nails manicured and our hair groomed.

We were well looked after by smartly dressed staff who had given their own time to give us pleasure – and they succeeded! Thank you! I am sure we shall be back!

We now need an opportunity to show off our new looks and to have a rest from housework in order to protect our nails! However, we mustn’t be too greedy.

Finally, our grateful thanks to Jackie and the Committee for organising such an original night out.

Sandra Howe

December 2014


Our December meeting is on the 15th at the Village Hall 7.30pm.  This is our Christmas party night with food, carols and a festive quiz.  Non-members are very welcome.

For further information please contact: Shirley 330722

Shirley Watt

Pilton Village WI  - November Meeting


In November, Pilton Village WI were joined by Suzanne Millard who demonstrated how to create festive floral displays and how to make our Christmas presents look opulent and exciting.  Suzanne who is a florist is also a very gifted parcel wrapper and her demonstration attracted our highest attendance at a meeting this year including two new members and two visitors.  She showed us how to make the most humble gift look truly stunning by clever use of different wrapping materials and handmade exquisite bows.  


She then created beautiful floral Christmas displays using a variety of greenery, flowers, cones and candles.  Suzanne made it look so easy and simple that many of us have been inspired to try to create lavish looking presents and decorations this Christmas.  At the end of the evening the bouquets and decorations were raffled with proceeds going to Children in Need.


Pilton Village WI has put together an exciting programme of events and extends a warm welcome to new members.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month usually at Pilton village hall.  Our December meeting on the 15th is a Christmas party.


Pilton Village WI Italian Evening


After our summer break September saw the return of our monthly meetings with an Italian themed evening.   The evening commenced with Janet our president giving a brief description of the August visit to the Lavender Farm and news that the Pilton team won their evening entry in the quiz run by the County.   Members brought along delicious pizzas, olives and different breads, cheeses, bruschetta and salads all washed down by Italian wine followed by tiramisu.  Everyone came along dressed in green, red or white and some in all three colours.  An entertaining quiz on Italy devised by Sandra and John Howe rounded off the evening.  Pilton Village WI has put together an exciting programme of events for the coming year and extends a warm welcome to new members.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month usually at Pilton village hall.


Pilton Village WI Belly Dancing Display


October saw our eagerly awaited belly dancing display by Belly Bob and the Belly Babes.  The evening started with a welcome by our President Janet to several new members and news that our skittles team had won their first round match against Somerton and posies were presented to members with birthdays in October.  


Then the dancing commenced.  I think we were all rather surprised to see a male dancer in the troupe, but later learned that there are many male dancers all over the world performing many different styles.  

We enjoyed watching a mixture of Turkish dancing using a variety of props such as sticks and veils and a gentle candle dance.  In between the dancing we were told about the different forms of belly dancing, from Egyptian and Turkish to Tribal and also the history and evolution of the dance.   A variety of costumes were displayed from a fairly plain male kaftan to beautifully intricate dresses and coin belts.  We were also shown the dramatic fan veils known as Isis Wings.  


The dancers judged our Yashmak competition which was won by Pauline Hobbs with a beautiful gold crocheted design.  Sheila gave the vote of thanks and we then enjoyed refreshments with a chance to chat to the dancers.  Pilton Village WI has put together an exciting programme of events and extends a warm welcome to new members.  Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month usually at Pilton village hall.