Members and their family and friends will gather at Twigs Community Garden to enjoy Pimms, strawberries and cream, and lots of delicious homemade cakes. There will also be a raffle, with the first prize being a beautiful hand picked floral bouquet from the gardens.
The garden party is taking place between 1pm and 4.30pm. Alan Hollland, the project Manager at TWIGS, said ‘”I am delighted to be able to work with Swindon WI. At this time of year the gardens are beautiful and provide a terrific venue for a summer garden party. There are facilities for all weathers and I hope all involved have a very enjoyable day”.
The Swindon WI was formed in February 2012 and now has over 50 members. Kathryn Hay, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, said “members felt that the garden party would be a great opportunity to get to know each other better while raising some necessary funds to enable our WI to continue running. We are going to donate a percentage of the money we raise to TWIGS.”
TWIGS is based next to the Manor Garden Centre in Cheney Manor and provides creative occupational opportunities for up to 80 people who are looking to move forward on their recovery journey. They help people to regain confidence, self esteem and learn new skills, as well as becoming part of an exciting and innovative community project.
Jen Lock, Secretary of the Swindon WI, added ‘we were originally going to hold the party in one of our member’s gardens, but we felt that holding the garden party at TWIGS gave us the opportunity to support a fantastic community project. It’s a beautiful garden and the perfect garden party venue!”
Laura Restucia, President of the Swindon WI, said “Alan Holland, the Project Manager at TWIGS, has been so helpful and organised. If you are thinking of having a similar event, TWIGS is the ideal venue.”
The Swindon WI encourages its members to think about their mental health, which included a talk last year from Swindon Mind. The Swindon WI meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Moose Hall in Old Town, Swindon. It has a range of speakers and demonstrations, from a recent vintage hairstyling demonstration with Lady She of SheUnique to a talk on healthy living.
To join contact on Jen Lock – 07723 956775 or e-mail:
The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. The WI, which will celebrate its centenary in 2015, has more than 210,000 members in about 6,500 WIs.
TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening Swindon) is a regional quality champion for THRIVE, the National Association for Horticultural Therapy. They have a team of 5 Staff who between them have skills in Occupational therapy, teaching, horticultural therapy and social work. TWIGS is also delivered by a team of around 20 volunteers. They specialise in providing a wide range of recovery focused activiites in a beautiful setting. There are numerous activities to try including a wide range of horticultural tasks, contemporary crafts and woodcrafts.