Helston Makes It!

What is it?   A celebration of local makers and their crafts. There will be a series of demonstrations and workshops open to all.

When is it?  8th to 22nd September 2018.

Where is it?  Helston Museum

For more details look at the Helston Makes It! Facebook page where the event will be publicised, including a timetable.

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Pamper Yourself in Marshgate!

Marshgate WI will be hosting a ‘Treat Yourself Day’ on 15th September at Otterham & St Juliot Hall in Marshgate. This is a recruitment/profile-raising event for the WI, which members hope will also raise some funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance. The day will be a walk-in afternoon, with stalls for people selling gifts, beauty products, etc., with colour expert Clare Greenwood on hand to help you make the most of your look. All are welcome and entry is free. Refreshments will be on sale.

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Mawnan WI Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Tens of thousands of women and girls across the country took part in processions yesterday to mark 100 years of women being able to vote in the UK and to reflect on the achievements of the suffragettes. Here in Cornwall, Mawnan WI joined in and organised its own unique and wonderful celebration to coincide with these national events.

The 130 marchers included WI members, families and friends, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and their leaders and women from the village along with some holiday makers! Many of those involved wore costume or suffragette colours and displayed the rosettes, sashes, placards and ribbon poles which they had made together a few weeks earlier.

The amazing banner created by members of the organising sub-committee contained panels produced by each of the girls’ organisations and was carried by teams of WI members. The procession left The Square in Mawnan led by The Suitcase Singers who sang songs which would have been known to the original suffragettes. Along the way they were cheered on by supporters.

Trebah Gardens generously agreed to allow the procession to re-group in the amphitheatre where Claire Ingleheart spoke briefly about the centenary celebrations. Refreshments were provided by Trebah Gardens and some of the participants enjoyed their own picnics.

Sally Annan, Mawnan WI President, thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the day. “ We are very pleased to have been able to celebrate the 100 years of some women being able to vote. This was the beginning of the journey towards universal suffrage for both men and women which was achieved in 1928.”

This event was supported by the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme and will be followed by further celebrations organised by Mawnan WI. On Sunday 1st July there will be an EqualiTeas tent at their Charity Garden Safari where there will be a chance to look at a montage of some of the significant events and women involved in events 100 years ago, and to play suffrage themed board games whilst enjoying a cup of tea and chat after looking around the twelve gardens which will be open to the public.

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Royal Cornwall Show News and Photos!

Some of our valuable tea volunteers

Another Royal Cornwall Show is behind us, but what a three days it was!

Our marquee looked absolutely splendid, decorated with pretty bunting. The tea area was slightly larger this year and the ‘open plan’ made the whole place seem bright and airy. We sold loads of wonderful craft items and kitchenalia – did you pick up a bargain?

Although we didn’t get a royal visit this year, one of our stewards, Wendie Leo of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI, happened to bump into Prince Charles while on her break. He asked about her steward’s sash and name badge and she was able to tell him all about the WI!

Crowlas and Ludgvan WI member Wendie Leo has a word with Prince Charles

Our competition winners this year were:

Royal Cornwall Show Cup Competition
1st Boscastle WI
2nd Marshgate WI
3rd Bude WI and Trevone WI
5th St. Breward WI

Rosemary Slee Best Cookery – Mary Bedwell, Boscastle WI
Yvonne Toms Best Craft – June Smyth, Marshgate WI

Mary Shepherd of Boscastle WI receiving the Royal Cornwall Show Cup from Sir Nicholas Bacon OBE (Royal Cornwall Show President) with CFWI Chairman Margaret Johnson

Barbara Reed Trophy
Awarded to Joyce Hitchens, Illogan WI
2nd Roma Whittaker, Marhamchurch WI
3rd Sue Draper, Pensilva WI

Floral Exhibits – “A Picnic on the Beach”

Wadebridge Cup – “The Beachcomber”
1st Val Strout, Lostwithiel WI
2nd Priscilla Brown, Week St Mary WI
3rd Fran Calver, St Breward WI

Penponds Cup – “Beach Party”
1st Jen Richards, Bodmin WI
2nd Priscilla Brown, Week St Mary WI
3rd Fran Calver, St Breward WI

Smale Cup – “Shell Seekers” (Miniature)
1st Jen Richards, Bodmin WI
2nd Priscilla Brown, Week St Mary WI
3rd Val Strout, Lostwithiel WI

Pat Ward Novice Cup – “Buckets and Spades”
1st Priscilla Brown, Week St Mary WI
2nd Rosemary Williams, Truro WI
3rd Shirley Trewin, Bodmin Gaolbirds WI

Best in Show – Floral Art Classes
Jen Richards, Bodmin WI (Beach Party)

Two of our smiling stewards

Thank you to everyone who came to visit our beautiful marquee and especially to all of you who volunteered your time as stewards or to help with the teas. We couldn’t do it without you!

Click here to see lots more photos of this year’s Show.

WI Advisers Liz Anderson and Kathy Reed


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Cornwall WIs in the News

Our recent climate change lobbying event with MP Derek Thomas and Sarah Robinson from Hope for the Future was featured in The Cornishman last week.

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New: Virtual Suggestion Box

We’ve added a new Suggestion Box to our website!

Just look for this image on right-hand side and click on it:

Any comments or suggestions you leave are completely anonymous. We look forward to hearing from you all!

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Resolution Update from Cardiff!

Reports from today’s Annual Meeting in Cardiff tell us that the Mental Health Matters resolution has been passed with a 98% majority. There were 5945 for votes and 103 against votes. 

We’re sure our delegation from Cornwall had a wonderful time at the meeting and can’t wait to hear their reports!

NFWI Chairman Lynne Stubbings

WI Adviser Kathy Reed, who organised the trip from Cornwall


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Walking Netball Opportunities

Any WI members in the St Agnes or Bodmin areas might be interested in some upcoming Walking Netball sessions:


And if you’re interested in becoming a walking netball coach, training is available at the Bridgwater Campus of Bridgwater and Taunton College on Sunday 22nd July from 10am-4pm. For more information about the training session, please contact: samantha.kemmish@englandnetball.co.uk.

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Betjeman Belles: A New WI in Wadebridge!

Please join us in welcoming the Betjeman Belles to our Cornish WI family!

The group was officially formed on Wednesday 27th May and followed some earlier exploratory meetings with Wadebridge women facilitated by Kathy Reed, CFWI Adviser.

Local women attending this first official meeting in Wadebridge decided on meeting dates, times and a place to meet and voted on a name from a short-list of ideas. Six keen members have taken the lead on forming a Committee, which is there to listen to members, develop an interesting meeting and activities programme and ensure the smooth running of the WI. Betjeman Belles aims to complement other WIs in the surrounding area.

President Cheri Morrell-Davies welcomed those present including CFWI Chairman Margaret Johnson, introduced other Committee members and canvassed those present on ideas for future meetings, events, activities and fundraising. She also advised “The name of the group – Betjeman Belles – reflects a well known local person, the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman – and the meeting venue, the John Betjeman Centre, a community venue and former railway station.” She added, “We look forward to developing this exciting venture for the women of Wadebridge.”

Betjeman Belles meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the John Betjeman (Concern Wadebridge) Centre. The June meeting will hear about the work of FLEET. The July meeting is a tour of Haywood Cider Farm. The group welcomes new members, visitors and visiting WI members. 

More information is available from the Betjeman Belles’s Facebook page or by email: betjemanbelles@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing more about the Belles and their adventures!

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Have You Always Wanted to go to Denman?

Here’s your chance to win a bursary to attend a course at Denman!

With Cornwall being so far from Denman, it makes a residential course much more expensive for us than it does for people who live in other parts of the UK. But here’s an opportunity to win a bursary to help out!

Click here for all the details.

You must write a brief letter explaining why you want a bursary and how you’d benefit from it – deadline is 20th July 2018.

Good luck!

And remember – we have our Federation visit to Denman coming up in May 2019. So if you don’t win a bursary, you can always come along on the Federation coach!

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