Birthday Celebrations for Halsetown WI

Halsetown WI celebrated their 70th Birthday at their September meeting, The photograph shows Halsetown President Paula Cocking and founder member Irene Sheen with a celebration cake  made by Halsetown Secretary Jenny Bryant.

Photograph courtesy of Emileen Williams

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Get Quizzing to Support ACWW

Over the past year, Associated Countrywomen of the World (ACWW) has been badly affected by Covid-19 as far as fundraising is concerned.

The Staffordshire Federation of WIs, with Tish Collins, ACWW CEO acting as quiz master, is hosting a quiz to help raise funds for this wonderful organisation.

Tuesday 26 October – 7pm

ACWW is the international charity supported by the WI. It is the largest international organisation for rural women, and funds group projects in such areas as literacy, health education, nutrition, home economics, agriculture, income generation, water and sanitation, leadership end entrepreneurship. It also funds individual scholarships in social and community welfare.

Every WI member in Cornwall is also an affiliated member of ACWW. ACWW is entirely dependent for income on annual dues paid by Member Societies and Individual Member donations, including our own Coins for Friendship collections. ACWW receives no government funding.

To register your participation in the quiz, click here to go to the Eventbrite booking page.

It is free to register, but ACWW will be accepting much-needed donations by cheque or BACS.

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Torpoint WI Gets Back to Baking

Torpoint WI had its first cake stall for two years! Members had not forgotten how to bake and all the goodies sold out quickly. Members report that it was good to get back to normality!


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Constantine WI Members Get into the Swim

Constantine WI is very proud of three of their members who participated in a swimathon to raise funds for Marie Curie.

Pictured are Janet Wallace, Pauline Pickard and Sue Tatham.

The bathing beauties completed 1.5km in just over an hour, and raised £500. As Janet Wallace said, “Not bad for us pensioners!”

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Would You Like to be a Befriender?

Omega is a charity supporting older people, and runs a valuable Chatterbox project, a telephone befriending service.

There are currently have more clients on Omega’s waiting list than they have volunteer befrienders. This is perfectly in line with the WI’s ‘Alleviating Loneliness’ campaign and would be a great WI or individual project.

If you have the time and would like to help, please contact Omega on (01743) 245088 or on

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Enter the Cornish Winter Fair WI Competitions!

CFWI is pleased to announce competition classes open to all WI members at the Cornish Winter Fair to be held at the Royal Cornwall Showgrounds on Saturday 20 November 2021.

The Fair celebrates all that’s great about Cornish farming and food, so why not be a part of it?

With a theme of ‘Christmas Fireside’ these competition classes should put you right in the mood for the holiday season.

The group entry calls for:

• 4 x your own choice cookery items
• A drink
• An item of handicraft
• A floral exhibit (accessories permitted)

There are also competition classes for individual members to enter:

A mini Christmas cake and decorated not to exceed 4 ½”

A mini Christmas stocking as a tree decoration
A Christmas cracker

Floral Art:
A mini Christmas wreath not to exceed 8” diameter. Accessories permitted.
An exhibit for the Christmas dinner table not to exceed 12”. Accessories permitted
An exhibit with hedgerow gleanings not to exceed 14” space

You can download the full schedule and application form here.

It costs only 20p per entry! All applications to be submitted to CFWI as per the application form.

The Cornish Winter Fair is a free event, held entirely under cover within the Exhibition Hall at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge. There’s plenty of free parking on site. The event runs from 10am to 5pm.

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‘WI Talk’ by Sheila Goldsworthy

WI members enjoying refreshments in the sun at The Chy Noweth Show.

Former CFWI Chairman and current Assistant Media Officer Sheila Goldsworthy writes a wonderful monthly WI column for The Cornishman. Here is Sheila’s September column:

The WI is poised ready and prepared in the starting blocks to start running again with events and meetings!

CFWI opened its doors recently for The Chy Noweth show which was a mini Royal Cornwall Show. Various stalls, including items made by members, as well as competitions revealing the ingenuity and talent of the WI. The winners were in receipt of very colourful and resplendent rosettes. Newly acquired environmentally-friendly items from the Trading Post made a colourful display to tempt the customers to open their purses. Tombola proved again very popular and no event can succeed without the delicious cakes and cups of tea and coffee, which were, as to be expected. well up to standard.

Great Big Green WeekThe Environment and Public Affairs Sub-committee organized a thought-provoking stall on climate change, displaying handmade household items which were environmentally-friendly and plenty of information including leaflets on “End Plastic Soup” for members to take home. We look forward to hearing more in the Great Big Green Week as well as emphasis on the huge effort made by Fairtrade highlighting the present difficult situation. From teas and coffees to pastas and pillowcases, there are over 1,000 Fairtrade and organic certified products out there and everyone wants a better deal for people and the planet. Supporting Fairtrade has been a constant WI theme which Cornish members have always championed. The Green Charter devised by the Environment Committee in April 2006 framed and hung in the entrance-hall is a reminder to everyone who is a member of the Cornwall Federation that it is mandatory to adhere to their aims and is even more important and relevant now in 2021

Members were able to sign up for all the events this autumn which include three venues under the title “Annual Meetings Made Easy” This has always been a very important aspect of the WI to ensure the meeting runs smoothly and efficiently thus creating a pattern in the WI that is enjoyable for everyone. With WI Advisers to help and explain, these workshops will be such a bonus for members. The first is at Millennium House Pensilva, on Wednesday 17 November. The second is on Friday 19 November at Chy Noweth an Conteth, and the third on the 23 November at the WI Hall at Connor Downs. All commencing at 10.30am until 12.30pm. The cost is £8.50 per WI which can be paid from WI funds.

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Of course not! WI members can celebrate at any time especially when it means fraternising with friends once more and enjoying delicious food, and CFWI is making sure that we have plenty of notice to jot down all the important dates in our blue WI diaries. “Tea and Tinsel” is the very attractive title of an afternoon event taking place at Chy Noweth an Conteth on Friday 26 November from 2 to 4pm. The entertainment will be provided by Clive Blake, the Cornish poet. A scrumptious tea of course, will be provided by the Trustees and who could be the special guest attired in red? We shall have to attend this festive experience to find out. Cost £15.00.

Upcoming Christmas County lunches are on offer! Book your place today!

More convivial gatherings are on the calendar with the renowned Christmas lunches at two of Cornwall’s finest hotels. Wearing our best frocks and as much bling as we can muster, we again will relish the thought of meeting all our friends again. Thursday 2 December is the date of the lunch at the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club. The second lunch is at the Budock Vean Hotel on 7 December. Members have enjoyed such memorable atmospheric three-course lunches in the past, and these are destined again to be enjoyable occasions.

Another significant date to pencil in the diary is the Christmas Carol Concert, this year being held at St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin on Friday 10 December at 3pm. Who can be failed to be moved by the spirited singing of carols and impelling readings in this noble building? This is always a very reflective event which members find most rewarding.


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The Cornwall Federation Needs YOU!

Like all successful organisations, we know that planning for the future is essential, and we are asking members to think how you too can contribute to the future of the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Cornwall Federation sub-committee members and Trustees have worked tirelessly, especially so in the past 18 months, to keep our Federation going, but we could really use some help from more members.

Frankly, there are just not enough of us. Before we sink under the weight of it all, please consider playing an active part in the Federation. After all, it’s your Federation.

There are lots of sub-committees, with interests covering a wide variety of subjects. If you would like to explore this a bit further, and perhaps observe a sub-committee meeting, please contact the Office and they will send on your contact details to the relevant party.

(01872) 272843 or

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Cornwall WIs Celebrate WI Day

Pendeen WI celebrated with a meal at Cape Cornwall Golf Club. They were joined by members from St Buryan WI and Sheffield and District WI. 

Mermaids: Mylor and Flushing WI marked the day with each member ringing another Mermaid for a chat.

Mawnan WI marked WI Day by getting together for a guided walk through the woods and along the beautiful Helford river. Accompanied by National Trust ranger, Joe, the group heard about the conservation plans for the area. The walk was part of the lead up to the Great Big Green Week.

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What’s in My Trolley for Christmas?

There are still two weeks left to apply for tickets for our two ‘What’s in My Trolley for Christmas?’ events, but don’t dally! They’ll go quickly!

These cookery demonstrations are always a lot of fun and are among the most popular events in the WI calendar. You’ll go home with some great Christmas foodie ideas, having had a lot of laughs learning along the way.

The first of these events will be held on Monday 15 November at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall.

The second will be held on Thursday 25 November at 7pm at Coads Green Village Hall.

Tickets are a bargain at £8. To book your place, contact the Office on (01872) 272843 or

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