Welcome to our Archives!

Ingeborg, Lady Molesworth-St Aubyn, First President of the Cornwall Federation of WIs

We’ve added an Archive tab to the front page of our CFWI website. This will give members the opportunity to see some of the wonderful documents and photographs in storage, either at Chy Noweth an Conteth or at the County Records Office.

At the moment, just a taster of archive material has been uploaded for you, but more will be added in the coming months and years. As you can imagine, it’s a gargantuan task!

Have a look around. The material has been organised by decade which we hope will make it easy to navigate. 

If you or your WI has any old photographs or documents that you think would be of interest to members, please do let us know either by filling in the contact form here, by emailing cfwi.publications@gmail.com or by ringing the office. We can scan your materials, upload them and return them to you promptly.

In the meantime, do you recognise any of the WI members in this mystery photograph? It’s a banner procession but we don’t know when or where it was taken.

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Wine O’Clock!

Over 60 happy WI members met today at Knightor Winery for a day of learning, tasting and fun.

We heard a bit about the history of Knightor and then toured the winery where we learnt a lot about how the wine is made – from pressing to bottling. 

Then the bottles were opened and we tasted some lovely wines – sparkling, white and rosé. David, one of the wine-makers, explained each wine as we sipped, chatted and giggled (but didn’t spit).

We all sat down in the beautiful restaurant for a delicious ploughman’s lunch of local cheeses and meats, accompanied by wonderful home-baked bread.

Click here for more photos of our day at Knightor.

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2018 WI Subscriptions

The NFWI Board of Trustees has set the membership subscription for 2018 at £41.

The share kept by individual WIs will increase by £1 to £20. The share kept by the federation (CFWI) will increase by 50p to £9.30, and the share forwarded to NFWI will also increase by 50p to £11.70.

Dual members will pay £20.00 to their second WI.

This is good news for WIs, whose share of the total subscription amount has gone up again. 

Although WIs are not permitted to run savings schemes (thrift clubs), there are lots of ways you can start saving your coins now, ready for January 2018! Why not pop pound coins into a Smarties tube? By the time you fill the tube, you’ll be more than half way there! 

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Helston Fatstock Show Schedule!

For those of you who expressed interest in entering the Helston Fatstock Show, the schedule and entry forms are now available!

Click here for the schedule and here for the entry form. Both will also be available on the Show’s Facebook page here.

Scroll to page 4 (right side of the page) of the schedule for details of the Co-operative WI competition.

And see our previous blog post for full details!

The Show will be held on Monday 6th November at Franchis Farm in Helston.


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CFWI in the Pages of WI Life!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to leaf through the latest copy of WI Life, have a look for mentions of some of our Cornwall WIs!

Penpol & Point WI

On page 10, the women of Penpol & Point WI are featured for their participation in the local regatta, along with a lovely photo.

Zennor WI is part of the article about climate change on page 20. In her role as CFWI Climate Ambassador, Zennor President Pippa Stilwell asked visitors to the WI Marquee at Stithians Show to write down what they feared would be lost to climate change. A photo is included.

In the ‘The Truth about Diets’ article which begins on page 38, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI’s ‘Losers’ weight-loss support group is mentioned, with a wonderful quote from the group’s founder, Kathy Merrett.

Keep at it, ladies! If your WI is doing anything of note or anything you think might be of interest to other WI members, please do send it in to WI Life. We love seeing our fabulous WIs in print!

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Christmas Shopping Trip Correction!

Please note that our Christmas shopping trip to Clarks Village will be on Thursday 23th November. The date listed in the September issue of County News is incorrect. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you’ll be able to join us on what should be a fantastic day out!

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Vote for St Tudy Playing Field!

St Tudy Playing Field has been nominated for a One Family Foundation award of £25,000. This will fund badly needed new play equipment.

They have got to the last 12 and now compete against other projects in London, Surrey, Wales, Yorkshire, etc.

As the only Cornish project in this community section, we are sure you’d like to cast your vote to help bring this funding to our county!

We need votes from everyone – one vote each , aged 18 and over, resident in the UK .

To vote for the St Tudy Playing Field project, click here. You will have to register in order to vote.

Thanks for your help!

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Get muddy for a good cause!

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers and participants for this year’s Race for Life to be held at Stithians Showground on Sunday 3rd September.

If you would like to take part in the event or volunteer, please head to raceforlife.org to sign up, or contact Area Event Manager Amy Salmon on amy.salmon@cancer.org.uk or 07918 650610.

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A visit to RHS Rosemoor

Sixty of us took off to Devon last Friday to visit RHS Rosemoor’s gardens and to see the first day of their first flower show.

We had torrential rain, thunder, flooded car parks, gridlocked traffic and general chaos. However, when the sun came out and we were all quietly steaming, then the true beauty of those gardens could not be denied!

It was so busy! As long as you did not want to park or buy food and drink, you were fine – and it was better if you didn’t do the latter because of the queues for the loos.

Pam from Hayle WI giving the gardeners a hand with a bit of dead-heading in the shrub rose garden.

But as you see from the pics, having said all that, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You can’t keep a good gal down that easily!

Withiel WI having fun making faces!

Apart from those glorious gardens there were good talks and live music in Lady Ann’s garden too (where we sat on deckchairs under brollies feeling truly English). Plus the shop and all those plants to buy!

We were so sorry to hear that one WI was marooned in a chaotic and flooded off-site car park with no transfer – and they had a really rotten day. Glad to say that Rosemoor apologised and gave refunds/gift tickets.

Penny from Illogan WI musing by the lake with waterlilies.

The flower show itself was a bit disappointing: it was a succession of nursery stalls selling plants, rather than a show. But it was certainly worth a visit – and we returned tired but happy, and with a boot bulging with gorgeous plants!

Click here for more photos.


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How you can take part in NFWI’s campaign to alleviate loneliness …

Behind the door of 104: Link Together: How you can take part in the NFWI’s…: Our new campaign seeks to inspire WI members to take action on loneliness and share innovative ways of engaging with others who may be lone…

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