Harrowbarrow and Metherell WI members meet up again

The first meeting of Harrowbarrow and Metherell WI since the pandemic started was held last week.

Members held a socially distanced celebration outside at All Saints Church in Harrowbarrow. 

The weather cooperated and members enjoyed refreshments including delicious individually boxed cupcakes.  There was also a plant swap.

Here’s to many more sunny outdoor meetings!


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CFWI Online Art History Talks

We are so pleased that some of you have signed up for our Online Art History talks, which begin in September.

This programme of 12 weekly sessions will cover 12 paintings from the 15th-18th centuries, including works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, da Vinci and El Greco, among others.

Each Monday, a brief video presentation about the painting will be posted in our own closed, private Facebook group. The presentations will be roughly 15 minutes in length and we hope to entertain you with information you didn’t know about before!

On the following Thursday of each week, there will be a Zoom discussion period. This will allow members of the group to talk about the paintings together, sharing ideas and opinions. Remember – it’s just art! There are no wrong opinions!

Just to whet your appetite, here is a brief snippet from the first talk, which will be about The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck.

Although we do all hope to learn something through this programme, we do stress that it is not presented by art history experts. It’s mostly about having fun and sharing ideas.

If you do not have access to Facebook, please don’t let that stop you booking. We can make other arrangements for you.

See your WI Secretary for a booking application, or download your own application here.


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Climate Coalition Great Big Green Week!

Great Big Green WeekThe Climate Coalition Great Big Green Week is 18 to 26 September 2021!

Do you want to make your voice heard loud and clear in the run-up to the crucial climate conference, COP 26, to be held in Glasgow in November? As WI members we can do that, and we can amplify our voices through the hugely influential Climate Coalition, whose members include organisations as diverse as the WI, the National Union of Students, Surfers against Sewage, Hope for the Future and many many more.

Last month we flagged up the Great Big Green Week, an initiative led by the Climate Coalition, asking us to mark the week (18 to 26 September) with a host of local events including craftivism and art installations, concerts, community stalls, climate cafes, litter picks, tree planting, and everything in between.

Be a change-maker not just a world-worrier. - Craftivist CollectiveNo one is better placed than local WIs to celebrate local activity, raise the profile of climate change and show why it is relevant to our communities and to local decision makers. National organisations, institutions, businesses and media outlets will join in, getting more people involved up and down the country, and putting pressure on the UK Government to up its game on climate change.

The Government’s own advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, have just published a worrying report showing the Government’s failure to take the necessary steps to protect our homes, our infrastructure and our communications systems, as well as the natural world which is our main ally in drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, in the face of inevitable changes to our environment. This is our opportunity to show them how much we care.

You can see where events are already happening, and add your own, on the interactive map. And do share your plans on the CFWI Facebook page.

CFWI Climate Ambassadors and members of the CFWI Environment and Public Affairs Sub-committee have been approaching local Climate Coalition partners to see if we can stage joint events, including with our local National Trust Properties. We also work closely with Hope for the Future (HFtF), the organisation which supports people who want to engage with their MP on climate issues. HFtF are keen to offer guidance and support to help us run our local events in September, should we wish it. They will help with initial ideas for our events, how to invite our MPs along, and tips on how best to engage our local community. We are invited to contact Emma Stevens at emma@hftf.org.uk.

Let’s make this crucial week the best it can be – and show what we as WI members can do to help. And you can keep us posted with your plans by sending them to cfwi.publications@gmail.com, to be included on our Facebook page.

– from the CFWI Environment and Public Affairs Sub-committee and our Climate Ambassadors

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It’s a small (WI) world!

Hayle WI members on the left, and members of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI’s Camera Club on the right

Members of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI and Hayle WI were surprised to find each other at the same cafe on Friday! 

The women of Crowlas & Ludgvan’s Camera Club had just paid a visit to Guy’s Butterfly House in St Hilary, and needed some sustenance!

Hayle WI members had made a special outing for cream teas.

Hayle WI members enjoying their cream teas in the sun

The Woodland Kitchen in Townshend didn’t know what had hit them! It was definitely the place to be on a sunny Friday afternoon.

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI’s Camera Club poses (with Guy) at Guy’s Butterfly House in St Hilary

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1 Week to Go: The Chy Noweth Show!

You have to be in it to win it!

There is only one week to go until the deadline for applying to enter this year’s Chy Noweth Show (which is replacing the cancelled Royal Cornwall Show).

The schedule for the WI Competition, this year organised by the Environment & Public Affairs sub-committee, is as follows:

WIs are invited to create a staged exhibit reflecting the theme, using their skills and imagination, which must include the following:

  1. Three individual, identical, savoury tartlets, containing protein of choice. Please remember your entry has to last two days in situ. (20 marks)
  2. A floral arrangement using bee-friendly locally grown flowers and foliage without the use of Oasis/ floristry foam and plastic free. (20marks)
  3. A piece of prose not more than 300 words of five ideas on Renewing Enchanted Cornwall. The prose to be mounted for display at the show (which can be decorated) but a non mounted text only copy to be submitted in advance (no later than 31 July) for prior judging. (20 marks)
  4. A wall hanging using recycled materials- any medium. This needs to be removable for judging, so not a backdrop please. (20 marks)
  5. A decorated keepsake box made from recycled or salvaged material. Any medium. (20 marks)

In addition, there are two Flower Arranging competitions open to members:

  1. An arrangement on a tablespoon
  2. An arrangement in an egg cup

The deadline to send in your application forms is Friday 25 June 2021. Please find application forms for both the WI Competition and the Flower Arranging classes here.


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A village tidy-up in Perranarworthal

Perranarworthal WI members get to work tidying up the village

Doing the same things but doing them differently underlies the determination of Perranarworthal WI to keep moving forward. Social distancing and masks may have become the norm, but looking after the environment is still very important to this WI.

It undoubtedly was a cold and often wet spring, yet the gardening group tidied up the village planters and flower beds and created what are rapidly becoming beautiful and cheerful floral displays around Perranarworthal. The annual village clean up also took place with WI members armed with bin bags, protective gloves and grabbers, picking up litter along the footpaths and roads.

Perranarworthal WI’s walking group

Meanwhile Perranarworthal WI’s walking group has continued to enjoy their lovely surroundings, and the Wednesday Coffee Morning meetings have now restarted in groups of six.

Like all WIs, they are looking forward to meeting all together in the near future.

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A special birthday for St Breward WI member

St Breward WI celebrated the 100th birthday of long-standing member Hilary Cragg. 

Hilary joined St Breward WI in 1972 and has been an active member ever since.

All the members present admired the card Hilary received from Her Majesty the Queen and enjoyed a special birthday cake.

Pictured here are Hilary together with Pat Lismore, President of St Breward WI.

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County News is on its way to you!

In pre-Covid times, local WIs would come to Chy Noweth an Conteth to help pack up County News, ready to go out to all our WIs.

At the moment, however that work is being done by members of the Board of Trustees.

Here they are, hard at work, making sure each WI gets the right number of copies of County News, and that all the enclosures and flyers are included.

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Whirly Tubes on Hayle Beach!

Anne Fenwick and Julia Havard, members of CFWI’s Environment and Public Affairs Sub-committee, joined some 300 people on Hayle beach on Saturday to send a gentle message to the G7 world leaders in Carbis Bay about the ingenuity of Cornwall in dealing with the problem of marine litter.

They were all wielding tubes, made from repurposed marine litter (i.e., disused fishing nets), which make an ethereal sound as they whirl through the air.

The leaders across the water in the Carbis Bay Hotel won’t have seen the group, but they might have heard them and just paused to wonder.

Anyway, they all had fun doing it and met a lot of really interesting people, including a man who makes coffee cup holders out of the same repurposed material.

The improvised whirly tube orchestra probably surprised the crew of the protection vessel moored off-shore!

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Enter the Virtual Stithians Show 2021!

This year, Stithians Show is going virtual!

The Virtual Show will take place from 12 July to 16 July.

There are five exciting classes for WI members to enter:

  1. Replicate the NFWI logo using recycled items.
  2. Create an A4 poster in any medium, designed to encourage existing members and recruit potential members to explore the WI.
  3. Decorate a cupcake.
  4. Display a single garden flower in a container.
  5. Write a positive ‘ditty’ about the WI in a five-line limerick style.

See the full WI Schedule with instructions on how to enter here.

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