More Photos from Denman!

We’ve just received more photos from Denman! Ladock WI member Sandra Buck, who’s doing a cookery course, has sent these in.

It looks as though they’re having great weather and a great time!

The next Federation trip to Denman will be in 2021. Why not start saving up now!? It’s an experience you won’t want to miss – especially if you’ve never been to Denman before.

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Celebrations from Denman

We have just heard from the Cornwall contingent visiting Denman this week. Apparently, this evening the Denman staff made a beautiful cake to help our members celebrate our Centenary!

Here are (left) CFWI Denman Ambassador Kathy Reed and (right) CFWI Chairman Margaret Johnson all smiles as they cut the cake.

We hope it tasted as good as it looks!

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Calendar Girls Closing Date Coming Up!

You have just over a week to get your applications in for our upcoming trip to Plymouth to see Calendar Girls The Musical at the Theatre Royal on 24th July.

This musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow is a must-see. The show is based on the 2003 film which, in turn, was based on a true story, telling the tale of a group of ordinary women who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous performance is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.

We have a limited number of theatre tickets and coach tickets available for those in the west of the County, and a limited number of tickets available for members who would like to use their own transport.

Please contact the CFWI office for more details on (01872) 272843 or

Cost: £50 (£40 for those using their own transport)
Closing Date: Thursday 30 May 2019

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We Flew through the Air Today!

Just a few of the 190 zip wirers!

Today, 190 intrepid members of WIs from all over Cornwall met at Hangloose Adventure at the Eden Project to zip wire over the Eden biomes to mark 100 years of the WI in Cornwall.

Event organiser Julia Havard, a member of the CFWI Board of Trustees, said, “It’s a wonderful thing to be able to get nearly 200 women together to do something we’ve never done before”.

“You did it!”

The buzz in the Hangloose dome was palpable! Some WI members were nervously pacing, asking others, “Did you go yet? What was it like?” Others, post-flight, were sipping coffee and exchanging zip wire tales.

Tina Jefferis, MBE, a member of Downderry and Seaton WI, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Tuesday 21st May, but didn’t let that stop her from hurtling across the zip wire cable. Tina said she signed up for the day because it sounded like great fun and was a chance to show people what the WI is all about – “much more than jam and Jerusalem!”

Tina Jefferis MBE of Downderry & Seaton WI

Christine Siveter and Valerie Clegg, members of Lane and District WI, were no less enthusiastic. After being un-harnessed, they said the experience had been “Brilliant! Amazing! Exhilarating!”

Because of the WI’s longstanding and strong commitment to the environment, each WI member participating in the event donated £2 to Clean Cornwall, specifically to help eliminate single-use plastics in Cornwall. Hangloose Adventure matched all funds raised by CFWI, resulting in a total donation to Clean Cornwall of nearly £800.

But above all, this was a day to celebrate the WI, to honour the history of 100 years of the WI in Cornwall and to celebrate the fearless, feisty and formidable women who are WI members.

Click here to see more photos of the zip wire event.

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Porthleven WI Meeting Update

Porthleven WI’s Press Officer found herself in the spotlight at this week’s meeting when Marie Magor was presented with the trophy for flower of the month. The WI met at Porthleven Bowling Club and were treated to the memoirs of Christine Carol Meakin who spoke about her life growing up as an adopted child in a small mining village near Stoke-on-Trent following WWII. Not wanting her adoptive parents to be forgotten, she has written a book of her story, a copy of which was bought for the branch library. Several members had to wipe away a tear before the end of the tale.

A lovely sunny evening came to a close with thanks to the Bowling Club for the use of their clubhouse. Next month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th June at 7:15pm, back at the Public Hall. The speaker will be continuing the story of Queen Victoria, and the competition will be for an unusual coin minted since the reign of Queen Victoria. New members are always welcome at any meeting.

The WI also re-opened their summer bookstall on Tuesday, managing to stop any books blowing into the harbour. The stall is open each Tuesday (weather permitting) on the jetty in front of the Harbour Hotel in Porthleven, 10:30am-2:30pm.

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Lezant WI President Holds Flower Arranging Workshop

Left to right: Sara Humdall, Ann Gerber, Ruth Burden, Ros Edwards, Jean Morton-Hughes, Naomi Finch, Yvonne Taite, Irene Nash and Diana Anderson

Diana Anderson, President of Lezant WI, held a flower arranging workshop in April. This was Diana’s second workshop – she provided all the basic equipment. All members had to bring with them was secateurs and enthusiasm! All the members thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Pictured above are the attendees at the workshop, showing off some of their wonderful floral creations. Also present, but not pictured, was Sue Oatey.

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Crafty Gylly Girls

Some of the hundreds of poppies and butterflies knitted by Gylly Girls WI

Since last summer, Gylly Girls WI have been holding monthly craft groups on a Saturday morning so that both working and retired women can attend. A number of very clever crafters run these groups including Sherrie, Sue and Moira. In one session, members created felt and bead necklaces, and poppies and pumpkins in another.

When the call went out for poppies to decorate Kimberley Park and then butterflies for The End of Life and Palliative Care Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital, the Gylly Girls got working. Over 300 poppies and 150 butterflies have been made so far!

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NFWI Study Day: The Female Nude

Velázquez, The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus), 1647-5.
Credit @ The National Gallery

The next WI Study Day, The Female Nude, will be held at the National Gallery on Friday 22 November 2019.

Many male artists have felt the urge to paint the female nude! But do women artists represent female bodies differently? And can the female nude survive #metoo?

At the Study Day, you’ll discover how changing ideal of beauty are reflected in paintings from the curvy Renaissance goddesses of Rubens and Titian to the brave, raw or erotic images of the body by contemporary female artists Jenny Saville and Cornelia Parker.

Learn about iconic paintings at a day of slide talks by National Gallery experts, while reflecting on issues such as the gendered gaze, the bias we bring to perceptions of the body, and how some curators are becoming more conscientious in how they contextualise works that might be viewed as disturbing.

Friday 22 November 2019
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
11am – 3.30pm
Cost to attend: £25 each

Spaces are limited and we are expecting this event to sell out quickly. Please complete and return your application form, along with your payment (cheques must be made payable to NFWI) as soon as possible to Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit, Denman, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6NW. Please contact 01865 391788 ext 279 or with any questions.

Group bookings must be submitted on the separate National Gallery Group Booking Form and full payment must be made when booking. *Refunds will not be possible and it is the responsibility of the Federation/Group Booking Leader to ensure all tickets are sold and passed on to the members attending.

*Refunds will only be given if the event is cancelled by either the National Gallery or the NFWI.

Please note: ticket price does not include lunch and refreshments. For reasons of security and safety, the National Gallery has a bag size policy in place. Please refer to for details of the policy

The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The Gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is among the most visited art museums in the world.

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Mawnan WI Gets Creative

Mawnan Memorial Hall was a buzz of creativity when Mawnan WI hosted their Get Creative Craft Day – one of 1,638 events held across the UK in the week beginning 11th May.

Get Creative started in 2015; it is an annual national celebration of everything creative designed to highlight the activities of community groups. Mawnan WI president, Sally Annan, said: “We were keen to be involved in promoting an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy one another’s company whilst learning a new skill. We are very aware of the benefits that taking part can bring to individuals and we also wanted to showcase the creativity of our members.”

The day was divided into morning and afternoon sessions with three workshops available in each. Led by members of Mawnan WI and one close associate, those attending were encouraged to try their hand at something new. Choosing from flower arranging, card printing, creating a pair of earrings, using “found” objects to construct a garden mobile, sewing a wrist pin cushion and making 3D greeting cards, more than 50 women from the village and nearby experienced the satisfaction of producing something which they hadn’t done before and had fun being part of a creative group, making new friends and enjoying homemade cakes and biscuits.

The event was organised by a sub-committee led by Alison Brooksbank and was supported by Mawnan Parish Council and local County Councillor, John Bastin.

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Trematon WI Members Pay Visit to Lady Nancy Astor

Members of Trematon WI visited the former home of Lady Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe in commemoration of her inaugural year as the first female MP to sit in the House of Commons. It was a fascinating look into her life and how 3 Elliot Terrace has seen many famous and influential people under its roof, including royalty.

The members remarked how wonderful it was to walk in the footsteps of such an iconic woman surrounded by all her personal items. They finished with a delicious cream tea in her sitting room, which was the icing on the cake.

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