Over exposed?

Members of BEWI camera club met up this week to review photographs taken over the Christmas period.  After just a few technical issues (non of us are IT experts) we were studying photos taken to illustrate ‘Christmas spirit’.  As usual everyone interprets the theme differently and we were treated to photos ranging from a grey Christmas seaside scene highlighted by a couple of brave would be swimmers wearing Santa hats to a  perfectly placed smoking Father Christmas (it’s a decoration with an incense burner) against a black back drop.  We all share our knowledge and, therefore, learn and improve, hopefully, the quality of the pictures we take.  Photos were taken at the meeting showing how to use light and allowing our cameras to adjust to the picture being taken.

The camera club are delighted to invite Steve Hogan, to give presentation covering Nature, Dawn/Dusk, Bird and Animal photography to their next meeting.

It’s Christmas

A message from Ann Hayden, President of Bransgore Evening WI
The committee and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
All of us are looking forward to an interesting and eventful year ahead with some very inspirational speakers, fun and games plus wonderful outings.
We look forward to seeing you in 2024 and if you are not a member, please feel welcome to come along and meet us.
Take care, stay safe.

Resolution Selection

At this time of year the WI is  gearing up for its next Annual Meeting and in 2024 WI is returning to its “spiritual home” of The Royal Albert Hall in London.  All members of the WI are able to vote for one of the proposed Resolutions and BEWI will, as they do every year, debate these at the January meeting.  This meeting gives members to time to discuss current issues often with passion and usually all of us learn something new.

The proposed Resolutions are:

  1. Dental Health Matters
  1. Impact of poor housing conditions
  1. Say ‘no’ to gambling advertising
  1. Improving Outcomes for Women in the Criminal Justice System

Next steps:

Every member now has the opportunity to cast their individual selection on the resolution they support the most. There can, of course, only be one that passes – so we know these four issues will inspire discussion, debate and passion over the coming months!

Trussel Trust Food Collection

Trussel Trust Food Collection until Wednesday 6th December

BDRA are once again running a Food Collection, in association with the Bransgore WI,
we will be commencing on Tuesday 28th, running until Wednesday 6th Dec.

Suggestions for donations are the following  Items,comprising food, cleaning items and toiletries. and specifically:

Christmas Puddings                     Tinned Rice Pudding

Tinned Custard                            Mashed Potato

Tinned Meat Pies                          Long Life Milk

Long Life Fruit Juice                      Squash

Tinned Veg, all sorts                      Coffee

Pasta & Curry Sauces                    Jam

Shampoo                                     Deodorant

Trust Food Collection points

*  The Old Stores, 2 West Rd (Derritt Lane end)

*  30 Wiltshire Gardens

*  11 Marryat Way, Hearthstone Grange

*Corner Cottage, corner of Harrow Rd and Brook Lane, Neacroft

*  15 Pear Tree Close

*  Tanglewood,  Poplar lane (almost opposite Cuckoo Hill Way)

*  Ty Gwyn,  Lyndhurst Road,  Godwinscroft

*  6 Elmers Way

*  Longhope, corner of Ringwood Rd & Stouts Lane

Finishing on 6th December

To quote Robert Burns…

“the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  This is what happened at BEWI November meeting.  Unusually, at the last minute,  our speaker sadly could not attend however, this does not stop a gaggle of BEWI members from having a good time.  With  more time than usual to chat, members happily talked to friends and challenged each other to play board games.  One of our members told BEWI that she had recently chatted to a Ringwood Group WI member who is volunteering in Uganda next year.  She hopes to collect items to take out to the community school and we hope to help.  So did we have a fun evening?  The photos show the smiles!

Denman – The Learning Hub

Did you know that like-minded people from all over the globe can take part in Denman online courses, learning new skills, brushing up on their history or taking their hobby to the next level.  It’s all there for every ability and every interest. 

Since the launch of Denman at Home in May 2020, we’ve had over 90,000 different people join our online courses and events, will you be next to discover that hidden talent you never knew you had?  You don’t have to join WI to access the courses but I must mention that BEWI offers  fun and creative monthly craft classes.

With shorter days and perhaps spending more time in doors, you could access a huge number of talks and courses.  Click on Home – Denman College.


We found out this week that our messaging system on the Join Us tab has not been working.  Our sincere apologies if you have sent us a message recently and not received a reply.  Bransgore Evening WI welcomes visitors to our monthly meetings and hope that after finding out more about us, that you would be interested in joining the WI.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th November at the Village Hall.  Please contact us to say you are coming along.

We look forward to seeing you


Autumn meander

Members of BEWI Gardening Club meandered around the beautiful gardens of the Minstead Trust in Furzey.  The Trust supports people with learning disabilities to fully develop their individual potential by providing opportunities, enhancing life skills, ensuring informed choice, and influencing society. They describe Furzey as a secret woodland garden and we were delighted to uncover some of the secrets.  Around every corner there were stunning shrubs, flowers, sculptures, intriguing structures or views.  On top of this, the weather although unseasonably warm added to the general feeling of wellbeing and enjoyment.  The tearoom isn’t a secret but just a friendly place to discuss gardening (mainly compost this time!) whilst enjoying a drink.  Definitely a place to visit again.



This week several members of BEWI visited RNLI College Poole.  It is the home of training for the charity’s lifesavers. Overlooking Poole Harbour on England’s south coast, the college welcomes lifeboat crew members and lifeguards from around the UK and Ireland, who visit for training courses and to make use of the training facilities – including a lifeboat bridge simulator and sea survival pool. During the visit, members watched a training exercise in the pool which involved capsizing and righting a rib. These are the brave volunteers who save lives at sea.
Members were also given the opportunity to experience a force 8 gale in the bridge simulator, apparently far too realistic for some.  Some also tried to pilot the boat whilst others attempted to rescue people in the sea and not always successfully. It certainly was an excellent day out with everyone in awe of the RNLI crews.

Dancing queens

Sopley Silver Swans have been praised for their progress by ballet teacher Stephanie.   We students are delighted with  ballet teacher Stephanie’s patience, support and skill and Wednesday classes have become a highlight of the week.  Silver Swans is not an ‘official’ WI group but at this class it is primarily made up of Bransgore Evening WI members.  It was formed after Carole invited Stephanie to our July meeting where a large number of members were delighted with the entertaining mini dance class.  The rest of BEWI are looking forward to a demonstration of arabesques. Well done  everyone for learning something new.