About Bleadon WI

Welcome to the Bleadon WI blog where we will be able to keep you up to date with all the news and events going on at Bleadon WI

You will just need to log in regularly to catch up with us, and if you would like any stories, photos or events added just email the Bleadon WI committee at bleadonwi@hotmail.co.uk

Bleadon WI meets at the Coronation Hall, Coronation Road, Bleadon at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month, all are welcome.

Sunday, 29 July 2012


Well done to all those members who have returned their forms to Jo.

I am pleased to say that our running total as of 29th July is 1506.51 miles walked and 13.75 miles swum.
Very well done everyone who has contributed so far, this is a fantastic total. Please don't get complacent we could achieve so much more.

Thanks for all your support so far. The last arranged walk is this Wednesday We will leave Royal Sands at 7pm and walk to the Old Pier and back. As this is the last walk more support would be appreciated.

There is 6 weeks to go until the end of the competition so get walking and swimming.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Milk Price Cuts

Milk price cuts

WI members are backing dairy farmers.

In the past week, three of the main dairy processors responsible for supplying liquid milk into the UK market place have issued price reduction notices for 1 August 2012.  The move will have a direct impact on at least 27% of farmers.
The WI has a long-standing commitment to farming and we believe that the threats to the industry are a problem not just for the farming community but for every member of the public that uses dairy produce.  96 per cent of us regularly consume fresh milk, yet our farmers face price uncertainty and despite the high demand for dairy produce, many fear a bleak future.
WI members are well aware of the far-reaching impact that price reductions can have and the implications for the wider rural economy, the character of the countryside, longer-term investment in farms and the availability of high quality, locally produced and assured British food on shop and supermarket shelves.
Robert Wiseman Dairies, Arla Foods UK and Dairy Crest have announced cuts to their milk prices paid to farmers of 1.7 pence per litre, 2.0ppl and 1.65ppl respectively.  The planned cuts, which add to those already announced in recent months, will result in a massive exodus of farmers from the dairy industry with potentially disastrous repercussions.  Far too many farmers are simply not able to meet production costs.  All parts of the supply chain from farmer producers to suppliers and retailers stand to benefit from a healthy and profitable dairy industry, yet time and time again, we see the balance is wrong, weighted as it is, in favour of supermarkets and processors.
Urgent action is needed and the NFWI is calling on WI members to help get the wider public behind our farmers and ensure they are paid a fair price for their milk.

What can I do?

1. Get the message out
Pin up our Fair Deal for Dairy Farmers poster on notice boards in your community to help raise awareness of the dairy industry crisis and build public support to ensure that farmers are paid a fair price for their liquid milk and dairy produce.
2. Write to your local supermarket and use your purchasing power
We’re calling on WI members to shop with retailers that are doing the right thing by British dairy farmers and we would like members to encourage others to understand what a major issue the price cuts are for British consumers.  Use thetemplate letter to write to your local supermarket.
3. Hold an event
Protest events will be taking place up and down the country to help raise awareness.  Organise a public meeting or talk to your regional NFU office to find out what’s going on in your area.
4. Write to your MP
Call on your MP to ask the Government to ensure that the Groceries Code Adjudicator moves into legislation quickly and is able to ensure that farmers are able to get a fair deal.  Use the template letter to write to your MP.
5. Buy British dairy
The red tractor logo provides a guarantee you are buying high quality food that meets safety, welfare and environmental standards while being farmed, processed and packed in the UK.  Look out for the red tractor on processed dairy products such as butter and cheese.
For more infomation visit the NFU website or Facebook page.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Friday Night Walk Cancelled

Due to the day time walk in Kilve & the Olympic opening ceremony this weeks walk on Friday night has been cancelled

Back to normal next week 11am Monday & 7pm Friday from the Uphill Cafe

Friday, 20 July 2012

Bleadon Market Tomorrow - Saturday

Ladies don't forget to come along & support your local market in the Coronation Hall tomorrow 9.30 - 12.30

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Thursday, 5 July 2012

June's Meeting - Burlesque

We were fortunate in June to have the ladies from T&A Burlesque in Uphill attend your meeting, Andrea gave us an informative talk on the history of Burlesque then we were treated to demonstrations from her members ending in us all having a go

Bleadon WI Scarecrow 2012

Once again a small group of Bleadon WI members did us proud at this years Scarecrow festival the theme was Kings & Queens and our entry "Queen Bee" was the winner