Perranuthnoe & District WI Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting of Perranuthnoe & District WI, the competition cups were presented by WI Adviser Barbara Corbett.

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Easter Needle Felting for Mawnan WI

Mawnan WI arranged an afternoon workshop for members and the village community to make felt Easter decorations. Most of those attending had not done any needle felting before so it was great to have an expert on hand. Michelle explained what the members needed to do and showed some “which she had made earlier”.

After demonstrating the technique of stabbing, it was over to the 20 members and three visitors to unleash their artistic talents. The women had been warned to concentrate when stabbing the wool with the felting needle which has tiny barbs, but blood was drawn!

By the time everyone had finished and had enjoyed a cup of tea and piece of cake there was a display table full of little felted bunnies, penguins and chicks as well as some beautiful felted pictures of flowers and landscapes.

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Happy 75th Birthday to Liskeard WI!

Members of Liskeard WI held a celebratory 75th birthday meal at Waves Bar and Restaurant in Seaton. Also pictured here is retiring President Ann Mallard cutting the 75th birthday cake.

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Porthleven WI Hold Annual Meeting

Former Porthleven WI President Maureen Williams (left) receives a gift from Secretary Lee Eggle

Porthleven WI held their Annual Meeting on 13th March at the Public Hall. After several years as President, Maureen Williams decided to stand down. She was thanked for her dedication to the branch and received a gift, presented by Secretary, Lee Eggle.

The new President will be Margaret Edgecumb.

Porthleven WI has been meeting for over 90 years and always welcomes new members.

The group meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Public Hall, Wellington Road, Porthleven. Next months meeting will have an Easter theme along with a talk from the National Coastwatch Institution.

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Help Support School Readers

School Readers is a national charity that provides volunteers to primary schools to listen to children read – quite a number of their volunteers are WI members! Last year, volunteers delivered over a quarter of a million individual reading support sessions with a child. School Readers volunteers are making a real impact on the state of literacy in this country, and providing many, many children with improved life opportunities.

As this service is offered free to schools, in order to cover operational costs School Readers must self-fund. They do this in various ways, such as holding fundraising events. They have just launched their second book club quiz challenge. This is a fun quiz for book clubs to enjoy at one of their meetings. Last year the winner was in fact a WI book club!

If your WI has a book club, why not make one of your regular meetings this spring a School Readers quiz fundraiser? When you register for the quiz, you’ll receive a Book Club Quiz pack, which includes a quiz sheet, details of how to take part, and a paying in form. You’ll be supporting a wonderful cause while having a bit of fun at the same time!

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Coads Green WI Forges Links with NZ

Gerry (left) presents Sue with a copy of the CFWI calendar

On a recent trip to New Zealand, Coads Green WI’s Press Officer, Gerry Rennie, met up with friend and ex-teaching colleague , Sue Hall. Sue is very active in Rural Women New Zealand and is the Provincial Secretary for Waipa-King Country in the North Island, so there was plenty to talk about.

In 2017, Sue had been enrolled at the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand, as a Member of Excellence, for long and outstanding service. Sue was presented with the Cornwall Federation Calendar and has requested a copy of the Coads Green WI programme.

Gerry and her husband were invited to attend the Wharepapa South Rural Women’s community picnic.

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Cornwall Blood Bikes Come to Mawnan!

As members of Mawnan WI were noting dates for their diaries, they were
certainly not expecting the arrival of a BMW1200 RTP with full headlights.
The curtains at the entrance to the Memorial Hall were dramatically opened
to allow Martijn Huddlestone, the Duty Fleet Bike Rider, to ride in whilst
ladies grabbed their phones to capture photos of the occasion! Cornwall
Blood Bikes had arrived. The Fleet Manager, John Penlerick, gave a humorous
talk about a serious subject.

The charity was set up in 2015 although there had been similar groups
previously. It is completely dependent on donations to allow it to continue
with its valuable work across the whole of Cornwall – the Mawnan area covers from
Truro to Penzance, but the bikers often go out of the county on jobs. They
provide an essential service taking blood, breast milk, samples and
medications to where they are needed so they work closely with hospitals and
local charities.They have 11 bikes across the county and some 73 members are
involved which includes the 45 riders all of whom have to be advanced
motorcyclists over the age of 30 years.

Fifty-three ladies enjoyed hearing all about the charity and were full of
admiration for what they do for our community. They certainly live up to
their strap-line: Cornwall Blood Bikes – Riding for Life.

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Resolutions Results 2019

This year we had the highest number of votes for resolutions since the individual selection process was introduced, with over 105,000 selections cast by members.

The results of the 2019 resolution shortlist selection process are:

2019 resolutions Selections
Improving plant biosecurity 13,010
Trees – improving the natural landscape 18,959
Pelvic floor education 8,401
Suffering in silence – menstrual health taboo 8,912
Decline in local buses 35,194
Don’t fear the smear 20,825
Total selections received to date 105,184

To allow members to work on a breadth of issues, the NFWI Board of Trustees has decided to put forward the top two resolutions to the NFWI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth on 5 June.

The resolutions are:

A call against the decline in local bus services

Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls on the government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to enable an adequate provision of services.

Don’t fear the smear

Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.

Next steps – voting

  • WIs should now consider how they wish their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting.
  • All WIs get one vote per resolution – for or against.
  • WIs may give their delegate discretion to decide how to vote after hearing the speakers’ presentations for and against the resolutions and the debate at the Annual Meeting. Please ensure your WI makes it clear to your delegate whether you are granting her discretion.
  • We also encourage WIs and federations to hold discussion events for members to consider how they wish their delegate to vote.


Find a selection of resources below to help you learn more about the resolutions:

If you have any questions about instructing your delegate please contact your federation.

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting resolution or the resolutions process please contact our Public Affairs Department at

If you or any members of your WI have a keen interest in public affairs, why not subscribe to NFWI’s Public Affairs Digest. It’ll be delivered by email straight to your inbox every month. Click here to subscribe.

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Clean Cornwall Newsletter

Please click here to read the March 2019 Clean Cornwall newsletter.

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Sensory Trust in Callington and Launceston

The Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. Through the use of nature and the outdoors they aim to improve the health and well-being of people living with disability and health issues, their families and carers. The goal is to make the outdoors accessible and enjoyable for all people, regardless of age, ability or social circumstance. Their work benefits young and older people, and people living with ill health or disabilities, together with their families and carers.

After a lovely walk on Kit Hill earlier this month, they are now excited about a new group in the Callington and Launceston areas.
They are also looking for volunteers to support this group, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, please do get in touch with Ellie Robinson-Carter, Creative Spaces Project Officer, on, or on 01726 222900.

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