Crowlas & Ludgvan WI to Host Five-Corner Day

Chicken scratch embroidery

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI will be hosting a five-corner craft day at St Piran’s Hall, South Road, Goldsithney, on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Participants will be able to choose two crafts from the following:

  • Painting with oils – imagine yourself at the seaside painting your own individual scene
  • Chicken scratch – this unique sewing stitch is simple and very therapeutic
  • Jewellery – beautiful and unusual jewellery – make a stunning creation
  • Cards – create your own personalized and individual cards for all occasions
  • Easter bonnets – these delightful pin cushions hats to be decorated to make your own creations


Each craft will be a 2 ½ hour session. Painting with oils may be a full-day session.

The cost for the day is £12.50 with lunch of soup, roll and tea/coffee available for £3.50. Cakes (£1) and drinks will be served throughout the day.

There will be a small charge for the craft materials used.

The closing date is 7th February 2020. For further details and to apply, contact Crowlas & Ludgvan WI on, or see the application form.

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Constantine WI Helps Restore Woodland Footpaths

Last year, we told you about members of Constantine WI volunteering to help restore the footpaths in the Bosahan Community Woods in Constantine.

Well, they’ve been back at work, this time contributing to the second phase of the footpath restoration, logging up over 400 volunteer hours and restoring 500 metres of paths. The women worked for seven days in pouring rain, shovelling, raking, driving dumpers and staffing the refreshment tent.

Well done!

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Trevena Tintagel WI to Host Carol Service

On Wednesday 11th December, Trevena Tintagel WI will be holding a Christmas carol service at Tintagel Methodist Church at 10:30am.

This will not be the standard Nine Lessons and Carols, but a lighter way of looking at Christmas, with readings, sketches and carols. It is entitled ‘The Trappings of Christmas’, looking at what people think Christmas should be, but still with the real meaning of Christmas.

Tea, coffee and mince pies will follow the service

Trevena Tintagel WI welcome any who would wish to come – the more the merrier!

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Making Beauty from Beach Finds

Twenty-five happy WI members got together at Chy Noweth last Thursday with Barnoon Workshop experts for a day of plastic fusion and jewellery-making with little treasures and resin, and creating beach find mobiles. The women used everything from shells and driftwood to found broken jewellery and net fruit bags.

It was great fun and they all had a good day!

You can see more photos of the Barnoon Workshop here.

Thanks to our Environment & Public Affairs sub-committee for arranging the event.

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It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas!

A lovely day was had at Marshgate last Wednesday at the Christmas Craft Corner Day. Members had the opportunity to make angels made from old sheets of music, sugar paste penguins, knitted angels, fabric angels, cut out cards and Santa heads.

Some WI members tried a craft they had never attempted before and thoroughly enjoyed it.

They were also treated to some very tasty home made soup and cake at lunchtime. It was a very successful day and enjoyed by all who attended.

Thanks to our Home Economics & Craft sub-committee for organising the day.

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Would You Like to be a Climate Ambassador?

If you’re interested in becoming a Climate Ambassador, you can help NFWI by filling in this survey. It will help NFWI plan training for Climate Ambassadors by asking for feedback and opinions about future training and events.

The survey should only take about three minutes to complete. The survey will close on 20th December.

Thanks for your help!

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Cornish Winter Fair Held Today

Bodmin Gaolbirds WI’s winning entry on the theme of ‘100 Years of the WI’

A big thank you to all the WI members, friends and family who came out to show their support at this year’s Cornish Winter Fair today – and especially to those who entered our competitions!

First prize in the corporate entry section went to Bodmin Gaolbirds WI for their wonderful display on the theme of ‘100 Years of the WI’. 

In the Floral Art category, winners were as follows:

A Festive Welcome: 1st prize, Tina Dearing of Cuddra WI
Garden Gleanings: 1st prize, Helen Hunt of Boscastle WI
Candle Glow: 1st prize Tina Dearing of Cuddra WI

Helen Hunt (Boscastle WI) – 1st prize, Garden Gleanings

In the Cookery category, Shirley Trewin of Bodmin Gaolbirds won 1st prize for her four decorated cupcakes.

And, finally, in the Handicraft category, the winners were:

A Christmas tree decoration: Ann Dollard, Downderry & Seaton WI
A congratulations birthday card for CFWI: Karrie Skaife, St Mary’s Isles of Scilly WI

Well done to all who entered.

Tina Dearing of Cuddra WI, winner of the best overall WI entry, accepting her certificate from CFWI Chairman Margaret Johnson

If you haven’t been to the Winter Fair before, make plans to go next year! It’s great fun, with all the fantastic craft, cookery and floral art entries you’d expect, as well as produce and livestock – but also stalls selling food and drink, craft items, clothing, accessories, etc. And, best of all, entry is free!

You can see more photos of the Cornish Winter Fair here.

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Un-BEAR-ably Cute Friends for Linkinhorne WI

Members of Linkinhorne WI recently visited Charlie Bears in Launceston to see the vast array of fluffy friends. There are over 2,000 teddy bears on display!

Several now have new homes with some of the Linkinhorne members. who found it very hard to resist them.

The founders of Charlie Bears, Charlie and her husband, made the group very welcome, and they all enjoyed the wonderful displays of teddies.

Members say it is well worth a visit if you are near Launceston any time.

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First Prize for Constantine WI!

Constantine WI won first prize at the Helston Fatstock Show this year, with their entry on the theme of ‘The Night before Christmas’.

The members are so proud of the entry, as they should be! Isn’t it wonderful?

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A Day at the Museum

Following Mawnan WI’s very successful trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro last year, 12 members met for a return visit recently. Members were treated to a guided tour of the highlights of the history of Cornwall from 700,000BC, and then the portrait gallery. It’s incredible to think that only 6% of the Museum’s artefacts are on show at any time. Royal Cornwall Museum is certainly worth visiting and the women all left feeling that they knew a little bit more about their county and the people who lived in it.

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