Refill Your Water Bottle!

Did you know that businesses all over the country will fill up your water bottle with lovely fresh tap water for you?

There are over 20,000+ Refill Stations nationwide, so refilling your water bottle for free has never been easier.

Of course, many of these are restaurants, cafes and pubs, but you may be surprised at some of the others on the list. All Seasalt shops are official Refill stations!

You can either look for the Refill sticker on a business’s window or door, or better yet download the Refill app. The app is available for Android or iPhones. Click here for more information on downloading it.

Then all you have to do is tap the app, and it will find the nearest local Refill Stations for you. Drinking water on the go! What could be better?

Save money, stay hydrated and help prevent plastic pollution at source!

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Mawnan WI Supports Reading at the Village School

The assembly at Mawnan School last Wednesday was a little bit different, as some WI members from Mawnan Reading Partners joined the pupils in the hall.

They were there to listen to seven members of the Year 5 and 6 Book Club talking about some of the stories which they had read over the last few terms. Their enthusiasm for reading was  obvious and they skilfully engaged the audience with extracts and observations about the characters and plots in the books that they had chosen.

After their presentations they thanked the members of the WI for funding the purchase of books for the Book Club. It is led by WI member, Gill Druce, who said, “In these sessions they share their thoughts about the books that they have read and they have begun to make very astute critical assessments. Recently they had great fun compiling a top 10 and had to argue forcefully for their particular favourites”. 

Head Teacher Jilly Pridmore, thanked the children for their presentations and encouraged the children in the audience to borrow the books for their Summer Holiday Reading Challenge.

The  members of the village WI who make up Mawnan Reading Partners go into the school every week to listen to children reading. Earlier this term, Mawnan WI presented a series of books written to alert children to the problem of plastic pollution of the oceans which have been used by pupils across the school. Mawnan WI President, Sally Annan added, “Many of our members either attended Mawnan School or have had children or grandchildren there. We are really pleased to be involved in a variety of projects and events with them.”

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Summer Baking for St Breward Secretary

Bonny Bryan, Secretary of St Breward WI, had a go at making the delicious looking tart featured on the cover of WI Life.

We think she did a wonderful job!

Have you tried any of the recipes featured either in WI Life or on the MyWI website? If so, why not share your efforts with us! We’d love to see how you got on.

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Boscastle’s Oldest Biker Chick!

Boscastle WI were recently treated to a great talk by Cornwall Blood Bikes who afterwards allowed members to try out the bike, a vast BMW. The speaker took a group photo which included Boscastle’s oldest member, Irene Smith, who is 91, sitting astride the bike.

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St Dominick WI Supports Local ‘Litterati’

Vintage Tea 2019

Earlier this month, St Dominick WI held a Vintage Tea Afternoon and raised £245. The funds will support St Dominick’s chosen charity, local ‘Litterati’ (litter picking group), to help them buy their own equipment. Pictured here is the St Dominick committee who worked very hard making fresh sandwiches and delicate cakes and scones, all of which were served on pretty vintage cake stands. Members raided the back of their cupboards for bone china tea sets!

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Another 1st Prize for Liskeard WI!

Liskeard WI again win first prize in their group in the carnival.

There’s no stopping them!

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Boconnoc Garden Party Raffle Winners!

We know that some of you had already headed for home by the time we drew the raffle at Boconnoc on Sunday.

You may be a lucky winner!

Please check your tickets to see:

Orange ticket #408

Pink ticket #253

White ticket #771

Blue ticket #205

If you have any of those winning tickets, please contact the Office on (01872) 272843 or

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Hedgehog Info Day Correction!

We advertised this exciting information day in the June and July/August issues of County News, but unfortunately we advertised the wrong times. The adverts say that the event will run from 10:30am to 12pm.

But the correct times are 10:30am to 3pm – it is an all-day event!

We are very very sorry for this double error. We were blind as bats. None of us noticed until now, even though one member queried it. Please will you let your members know?

For information, here are the details about the workshop and the day:

The hedgehog population has slumped drastically. Our next Allsop Cup Competition, running for the whole of 2020, will involve your WI investigating and surveying the hedgehog population in your area, including a survey. ‘Operation Hedgehog’, coordinated by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, aims to raise awareness of the decline in hedgehogs, to get us involved to help better understand the status of hedgehogs in Cornwall and encouraging us to create better habitats for hedgehogs in their gardens.

Come and join us on an information day at Chy Noweth where you will learn all about hedgehogs from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Prickles and Paws. And hopefully you will meet one or two as well!

You will learn from the Environmental Records Centre how to do research and survey your local hedgehogs to shed light on the population in your area. The survey will be very exciting – using hedgehog tunnels.

This is a fascinating subject and we hope that you will be inspired to join us. You are not obliged to enter the Allsop Cup afterwards: though we hope you will! Come and appreciate your local hedgehog population all the more.

The Allsop Cup Competition is an environmental study which takes place every five years and runs for a full year. You present your study results in all sorts of imaginative ways. The winner will be announced at the 2021 Spring Countdown. Full details for the 2020 competition will be available shortly.

Closing date for applications for the training day have been extended to 14th August. Send applications to Chy Noweth as usual.

Bring a packed lunch. We will serve tea and coffee all day.

Cost: £11
Further Information: Julia Havard  01736 740479 or 07971 530102 or

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Today’s Garden Party at Boconnoc!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at today’s Garden Party at beautiful Boconnoc House.

Whether you had a cream tea or ice cream or had a go at guessing what was in the socks, or searched for a hedgehog, or joined in the dog show, or entered the hat parade, or just listened to the Silver Band or the Rock Choir, we do hope you enjoyed yourselves!

The weather was glorious and we saw so many happy WI members!

Click here to see more photos of the day.

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Mawnan WI Members Visit Little Harbour

For the past five years, Mawnan WI has raised funds to support the Children’s Hospice South West by holding its annual Garden Safari – so it was not surprising that many members were keen to visit when Little Harbour held an Open Day recently.

The hospice provides care for children with life-limiting conditions, from newborns to 21 year olds. Set in a tranquil rural area with panoramic views of the sea, Little Harbour immediately has a sense of being a home from home. The design of the building and its facilities are truly incredible – a great deal of care has been taken to avoid any semblance of a hospital, and close attention has been given to details in the choice of colours and furnishings. Outside, the gardens offer both places to relax and places to stimulate – Mawnan WI members were particularly struck by the Mermaid’s Cove Sensory Garden pictured here.

The visit was an emotional one which left the women full of admiration for the dedicated staff who care and support families in Cornwall offering respite for the whole family, a sibling service, end of life care and a bereavement service for as long as needed.

Mawnan WI’s Garden Safari 2019 will be held on Sunday 21st July from midday to 5pm, showcasing 12 gardens belonging to members and their friends. Tickets will be on sale in The Square, Mawnan Smith, on the day costing £5 for adults – children are free. WI homemade Cornish cream teas will be available and there will be a well-stocked plant stall.

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