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PORTESHAM WI is not just about “jams, chutneys and cakes”.

This well-attended group offers opportunities to make friends, enjoy informative, inspiring and often entertaining speakers, join a book club, craft group, play skittles, croquet and New Age Kurling and lots more …

We meet at 7.15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of most months in Portesham Village Hall. In January our meeting is in the afternoon (14.00 start), in June we have an outing to celebrate the branch birthday and in August there is no meeting. A warm welcome is always there for visitors and new members alike.
Selected talks are open to visitors, partners and friends - whilst our members have the opportunity to join in many other activities and events, both social and educational, organised by the Dorset Federation.



Members are also able to join workshops on an extensive range of subjects at Denman College where there are numerous day and residential courses on cookery, craft and lifestyle - from Cheese Making to learning to dance The Flamenco.

Invitations are offered by other neighbouring WIs for lunches, Christmas events and open meetings throughout the year.  As for “jams, chutneys and cakes” - Portesham WI frequently demonstrates its organisational and baking skills by catering for visiting groups to the area and successfully runs a Saturday morning village cafe each year.

The opportunities to meet people and make new friends, contribute to the local community, as well as gaining new experiences and skills are endless.


for more information please phone Pat on 07791 474691

or email


Our programme of meetings for 2020/2021:


8th September 2020*

The Ten Commandments of Auctioneering

Richard Kay, from Laurence's Auctioneers, will entertain us on making the best of buying and selling antiques and collectables.


13th October

The Swans of Abbotsbury

Charles Wheeler shares his knowledge of our local birds - there's more to swans than you might think.


10th November

Crafting for Charity

Lynne Butler explains the many ways home crafting can help others - locally and abroad.


8th December

Christmas Revelry

Details to follow


12th January 2021

This is an afternoon meeting - please note the time of 2.15pm

WI Resolutions

We will have short presentations and a lively debate around the WI Resolutions.

9th February 

The Love of Geology

Kevin Huff runs the Dorchester U3A Geology Group and aims to inspire our interest in this varied subject.

9th March*

The Yukon - People and Wildlife

Alan and Karen Hocking will present an illustrated talk based on their travels in the Tukon.

13th April

AGM and Social  -  details to follow

*Open meeting - on these occasions visitors are most welcome to join us and we charge £5.00 pp which includes refreshments

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