2020 Photography Competition Results

The prize-winning Greeves Trophy photograph from Lisa Elsey (Crowlas & Ludgvan WI)

The 2020 Photography Competition, organised by the Combined Arts sub-committee, has, as with so many aspects of life, been disrupted by Covid. However, photographer David Chapman judged the entries during lockdown and his overall judgement was that there was a very high standard this year, so thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners.

Winner of the Greeves Trophy for the best over all image: Lisa Elsey, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI

1st – Lisa Elsey, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI
2nd – Maureen Gibson, Germoe & District WI
3rd – Lisa Elsey, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI
Highly Commended – Mary Symons, Duloe WI
Commended – Maureen Gibson, Germoe & District WI

The winning ‘Architecture’ entries

Flora and Fauna
1st – Joyce Hitchens, Illogan WI
2nd – Jan Creffield, Trevone WI
3rd – Maureen Gibson, Germoe & District WI
Highly Commended – Sylvia French, Perranarworthal WI
Commended – Astrid Back, Mevagissey WI
Commended – Heather Troup, Pillaton WI
Commended – Cynthia May, Bude WI
Commended – Mary Symons, Duloe WI

The winning ‘Flora and Fauna’ entries

1st – Maureen Gibson, Germoe & District WI
2nd – Mary Symons, Duloe WI
3rd – Sylvia French, Perranarworthal WI
Highly Commended – Sue Emms, Penpol & Point WI
Commended – Lisa Elsey, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI
Commended – Cynthia May, Bude WI
Commended – Astrid Back, Mevagissey WI

The winning ‘Landscape’ entries

Favourite Photo
1st – Deborah Reader, Altarnun WI
2nd – Sylvia French, Perranarworthal WI
3rd – Sheila Cooper, Penpol & Point WI
Highly Commended – Jan Creffield, Trevone WI
Commended – Joyce Hitchens, Illogan WI
Commended – Sheila Cooper, Penpol & Point WI

The winning entries in the ‘Favourite’ category

1st – Liz Howarth, Newquay WI
2nd – Jan Creffield, Trevone WI
3rd  – Kerrys King, Germoe & District WI
Highly Commended – Mary Symons, Duloe WI
Commended – Mary Symons, Duloe WI

The winning ‘Novice’ entries



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Praise for SeaGirls WI from Lord-Lieutenant

The SeaGirls WI and other local organisations and businesses were delighted recently to receive a letter from Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, thanking them for the tremendous volunteering work they carried out during the first lockdown.

The SeaGirls WI played an integral part in the St Minver Community Support Group, initially set up by SeaGirls member Morwenna Vernon. As soon as the lockdown was confirmed, the SeaGirls, a diverse group of women with a wealth of knowledge and skills, sprang into action. Working alongside local businesses, the team of over 50 volunteers provided much needed support to vulnerable members of the local community by providing meals, collecting shopping/prescriptions, dog walking, providing emotional support, making masks and scrubs and generally being there for anyone who needed help.

Receiving recognition from the Lord-Lieutenant was a wonderful and unexpected surprise. SeaGirls President Nici Couch said, “I am so proud the SeaGirls pulled together and provided for our community.”

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December/January County News Now Available

The December 2020 / January 2021 issue of County News is now available online!

You can also access application forms for upcoming CFWI events by clicking on the County News tab at the top of the page.

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A Flower Bed for Hayle WI

A small group of members of Hayle WI have worked in pairs during 2020 to maintain their flower bed on Penpol Terrace in Hayle.

Carefully following Covid-19 government guidelines, they have planted, weeded and tweaked in all weathers.

Now the fruits of their labour are there for all to see, and have resulted in encouraging comments from locals, visitors and fellow WI members.

Well done Hayle WI! What a brilliant way to raise your WI profile!

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Painting with Coffee???

Coffee art, by Rosie, a member of SeaGirls WI.

In late September, SeaGirls WI members were lucky enough to be invited to join the Bodmin Gaolbirds WI for their October meeting (by Zoom of course!), which included a ‘painting with coffee’ session.

Members were advised to gather the required materials beforehand: thick paper, paintbrushes, small cups, boiling water and instant coffee. Coffee ‘paint’ is created by adding varying amounts of coffee to the water to create different strengths of colour.

The session was hosted by Karen Bessell, a Brisbane-based art educator who was a founder member of the Gaolbirds and whose mother is a current member. Karen had kindly set her alarm to the early hours of the morning to attend the evening meeting from the other side of the world.

Karen showed the group an example of the finished painting, then talked them through the painting process from sketch, to layering on the coffee ‘paint’, using the depth of colour to help create a sense of distance, to adding the finishing touches. The subject of the painting, ‘A walk through Lanhydrock’, was inspired by Karen’s childhood walks through the beautiful woodland in the area. In less than an hour each participant had their own painting, and all were amazed and inspired at how such a common household ingredient could be used to create something so beautiful.

If you’re interested in one of Karen’s workshops, she will be leading a Christmas-themed painting Zoom session for CFWI members on Wednesday 2nd December at 11am. Tickets are £5 and you must contact CFWI to book your place – (01872) 272843 or cfwi@btconnect.com

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Devon & Cornwall Police Survey Available

Please take a moment to help shape the future of policing in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Fill in a survey here.

The survey will be open until 3 January 2021.

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Lockdown Inspiration from Mermaids: Mylor & Flushing WI Member

During the first lockdown, Mermaid Val Jeans-Jakobsson set herself the target of putting together the children’s poems that she had written over the years for her grandchildren and for the educational publisher Scholastic, who used quite a bit of her work for their magazine publications during her long career as a primary school teacher. The end result of her writing target was a little book which she published so that she could give each of her nine grandchildren a copy. It’s called Up the Ladder and is now available on Amazon.

All the Mermaids are extremely proud of their very own poet!

And what a great Christmas present idea for the little ones in your life.

Now, as the winter approaches with further restrictions, Val is embarking on a new writing challenge for Mermaids: Mylor & Flushing WI. She has offered to write rhymes and poems for named children connected to members between the ages of four and 10, and themed to their individual special interests. Her poems are often funny and generally light-hearted. It is hoped that the poems will form a collection the Mermaids can print and sell for WI funds.

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CFWI Office Christmas Closing Dates

The office at Chy Noweth will be closed from 24 December until it reopens on 5 January 2021.

Thank you!

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December/January County News

This month, due to Lockdown II, we have been unable to have either Trustees or WI volunteers into the office to help pack up County News before sending it off to WI Secretaries across Cornwall.

So our lovely staff member, Sue, has tackled the job herself. That’s 124 envelopes to be filled with newsletters, flyers and application forms.

Well done, Sue!

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Thanks from ‘Teddies 4 Tragedies’

Back in August, we were contacted by Sue Bearcroft of Teddies 4 Tragedies asking for help to find WI members to help knit teddies. WIs in Falmouth, Pendeen, Newquay and Luxulan & Lanlivery all volunteered and produced some beautiful hand knitted items, and of course, bears and bags.

Many of the knitters are carrying on with the good work, so the army of teddies continues to grow!

Sue reports that:

I was hoping to reach a target of 100 ‘teddies in a bag’ for OHOB UK who cover the refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece Following the amazing avalanche of teddies from you all I was able to deliver 170 teds to the OHOB storage unit in Saltash this month, along with beautiful blankets and gorgeous hand knitted jumpers, cardigans and our fish ‘n’ chip jumpers (so called because many of the new mums only have newspaper to wrap their babies in). All in all, 280 items were packed into our car. Hannah (OHOB Director) asked me to send their very grateful thanks for producing such a wonderful amount of much needed comfort to so many children who have absolutely nothing. Your baby knits and blankets will be going to the Yazides people of Northern Iraq who fled to the mountains after IS slaughtered 5000 of their people. They now survive on the mountainsides with very little aid, so OHOB are now looking after those families. Your teddies will go the various Camp Centres in Lesbos. Some of the Camps bring families into the centres for Day Care, give them meals, new clothes to wear (just for the day) and of course a teddy in a bag! At the end of the day the new clothes and the teddies are given back and kept at the Centre until the next day, This ensures the teddies aren’t snatched from the children and sold for drugs, etc. It also gives the families an incentive to return to the safety of the Centres.

If you’d like to help Sue reach her next teddy-goal, you can reach her here.


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