Milestone Celebrations for St Pinnock WI

St Pinnock WI was delighted to celebrate their 70th birthday and also to celebrate the 90th birthday of member Helen Hutchings. Another member, Jane Young, gave over her house and gardens for the celebration, making lunch for 20 members. Jane wanted to do this as we had made her so welcome when she first arrived and joined St Pinnock WI.

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Campers Make the News!

For any of you who may have missed it, our Cake, Craft & Camping weekend got a full page spread in this week’s Cornish Times

Click here to see a .pdf of the article.

Do you recognise yourself in any of the photos?

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St Stephen in Brannel WI Celebrates CFWI

St Stephen in Brannel WI held a wonderful garden party in celebration of the CFWI 100th anniversary.

WI member Grace Gribble kindly hosted the event in her beautiful garden where cakes, pastries and hats were the order of the day. All the members were pleased the rain held off and they had a wonderful afternoon celebrating the amazing milestone.

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Porthleven WI Update

Guest speaker Abigail Brown

The Hall was crowded for Porthleven WI’s September meeting and members were in for a treat as they listened to local silversmith Abigail Brown explaining how she works and showing us the beautiful things she creates.

After initially studying in Loughborough, Abigail has travelled the country, and the world, honing her craft and working with many other silversmiths, sharing and learning. She reckons you would need three lifetimes to completely learn all there is to learn about silversmithing. She has had the honour of being made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Freeman of the City of London.

Some of Abigails work was on show and members had the chance to examine these longingly!

A ‘Girls Night Out’ to the Meadery and Newlyn Filmhouse was planned for October. Members are also looking forward to their WI’s birthday lunch at Trevaskis later this month. The WI has been going for 94 years. New members are always welcome. The next meeting is on Wednesday 9th October.

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Bavarian Evening in Aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance


A charity night is being held in Rilla Mill village hall on Saturday 21st September in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Live music from the Blue Barons Oompah Band

Bar and Bavarian style food on offer, all profits in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Dress Bavarian in dirndls or lederhosen – or come as a Cornish tourist!

For tickets or further information please call 07876224684.

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Three Chairs for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI

After a request from the head teacher at Ludgvan School for help reupholstering 60 school chairs, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI came to the rescue.

President Alison Latham along with Committee member Val Puddiphatt reviewed the situation. A plea for assistance was then sent out and members and a few husbands spent days in the school stripping off the old fabric and padding then replacing it with the new.

Everyone involved had fun and enjoyed a crash course in upholstery.

The finished products!

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Bude WI Makes 3D Pictures

Bude WI’s Craft Group made 3D pictures from pebbles, shells and bric-a-brac at their September meeting. Instructed by Carol Sparham, the members were encouraged to be creative and the resulting pictures were all individual. Everyone was delighted with their efforts, and was rewarded, not only with a pretty picture, but with a delicious slice of apple cake kindly supplied by Carol.

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A Foodie Affair for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI

Committee members wrapped the picnic sandwiches in beeswax wraps

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI’s August meeting was a very food-oriented affair. Guest Speaker Liz Llewellyn-Jones, known to many as a member of CFWI’s Board of Trustees, talked about her career in catering in the Royal Navy, with a selection of fascinating photographs and anecdotes that illustrated the fun and hard worked that it entailed.

An August indoor picnic has become customary at Crowlas & Ludgvan, and members chose their sandwich variety and were presented with a paper picnic bag complete with individual picnic – the sandwiches were wrapped in reusable beeswax wraps which members took home with them. The committee spent an enjoyable day making the wraps, some of which were also available to buy on the evening.

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Upcoming Centenary County Lunch

Dame Rosemary Squire

It’s not too late to book your place at our very special Centenary County Lunch!

Held at the beautiful Carlyon Bay Hotel, overlooking St Austell Bay, this promises to be a fabulous event. We have also been very lucky and have managed to get Dame Rosemary Squire as our guest speaker on the day. Rosemary has been involved in the world of theatre since 1980. She has managed and owned a number of theatres in the UK including Donmar Warehouse and Theatre Royal in Brighton. In 2005, Rosemary became the first elected president of the Society of London Theatre (the trade organisation of London’s theatre owners and managers), and the second only female president in the organisation’s 100-year history. In 2017, she was appointed Chair of Arts Council South West. Closer to home, you might like to know that she serves as a Trustee for the Hall for Cornwall.

You won’t want to miss out on this event!

The lunch is at the Carlyon Bay Hotel on Wednesday 30th October, 12pm for 12:30pm. Tickets are £30. Please see your WI Secretary for menu choices and an application form. If you’ve missed your WI meeting and would like to book a place, just contact the Office on (01872) 272843 or

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St Mary’s Isles of Scilly WI’s Busy Craft Group

Since 2014, St Mary’s Isles of Scilly WI’s Craft Group has met during the quieter ‘off season’ from late October to March. In the early years, sessions were fortnightly and varied between afternoons and evenings in the homes of members, then numbering in single figures. Gradually, demand increased and a regular venue had to be found. Membership now makes up over a third of the whole WI, and sessions are held weekly in the Church pavilion.

In the five years since starting, the women have tried 44 different crafts, occasionally revisiting and building on previously learnt skills. Some projects are one off ‘bite-size’ sessions; sometimes the group tackles longer lasting craft challenges such as embroidered recycled denim bags or handmade lampshades. No craft is off limits and members suggest, research and present new ideas for the group to try. Some members lead more sessions than others, but most have taken a turn to teach or organise the group.

Every February the craft includes the WI ‘Show The Love’ campaign, with results being taken back in some form to the whole WI or wider community. In the coming season the aim is to stitch green hearts onto handmade reusable shopping bags to be given away at an awareness raising event.

Each season the group invites at least one guest tutor to lead a craft activity. So far members have been taught mono printing, fimo button making, junk journaling and mandala drawing. The guest tutor this coming year will be showing how to create intricate paper collage pictures.

Crafts waiting in the wings for 2019/20 include paper quilling, macrame, paper-cut lacing, rag rugging, weaving, ribbon embroidery, glass painting and dream catcher construction.

As always, the Craft Group is proud to put on a display of all that has been made at the March Annual Meeting. New members are welcome to come along to any session, as are interested visitors, to join in, observe or just share refreshments in a happy, inclusive, creative environment.

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