Royal Cornwall Show 2019

We invite WIs to enter the 2019 Royal Cornwall Show Cup competition, A Celebration of Cornwall.

There is plenty of time for you to don those thinking caps and come up with something truly original to mark this occasion. It might include a special place, story, person, landmark or typical Cornish event. You can really go to town with this title, and with one of the items being a craft in any medium, there is a chance for lesser-known crafts to be exhibited and discovered.

If you have never entered before, make this the year you begin. Besides the fun of WI members working together as a team, it can be ticked off on your Centenary Passport – another plus!

The 2018 Barbara Reed Trophy competition winning entry.

What we’re hoping to see is some original thinking and some items that are instantly recognisable as Cornish. Notebooks out then and get cracking!

In addition, 2019’s Barbara Reed Trophy competition calls for a craft item on the theme of ‘Iconic Cornwall’ – there’s lots of scope for some real creativity! The Barbara Reed Trophy competition is for the work of an individual member, unlike the group effort of the Royal Cornwall Show Cup competition.

If you’ve been to some of our wonderful floral arts workshops over the past year, you might want to enter some of the fantastic Floral Arts competition at the Royal Cornwall Show. As always, there’s a Novice category, so if you’ve never entered before, why not have a go?

The full schedules for all RCS competitions are available here.

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A 70th Birthday Celebration for Germoe & District WI

Virginia Laity, Anna Harry, Jan Semmens and Sheena Thomasson

Germoe & District WI members celebrated their 70th birthday at their November meeting by holding a buffet supper with invited guests. Liz Anderson, CFWI Adviser, joined members from Sithney & District WI, Perranuthnoe & District WI and several ex-members, including founder member Virginia Laity.

The membership carries on down the generations from original founder members – present were Jan Semmens, daughter of Joyce Trudgeon; Anna Harry, daughter of Audrey Edwards; and Sheena Thomasson, Germoe & District President, granddaughter of Edith Hobson who was also onetime President.

A huge array of delicious food was provided by members; Maureen Gibson was responsible for the decorations, invitations and keepsakes with a theme of pink roses; and Sue Rayment made the cake decorated with 70 pink icing roses.

The enjoyable entertainment was provided by The Buccas Four, who then joined the company for supper. A big thank you to you all – especially the washer-uppers!

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WI Members of a Feather Flock Together

After an early start and on a rather grey and mizzly day, a group of WI members set off last week on a Federation birdwatching trip. They headed to a new venue for us all, the RSPB reserve at Bowling Green Marsh Exeter. Accompanied by Roger Hooper, a knowledgeable and enthusiasic volunteer for RSPB, the gruop walked almost 6 miles, enjoying the views and taking time to look at the different species of birds on the marshes.

After lunch, there was even time for a little retail therapy at Darts Farm, and then onto Powderham Castle to look out over the estuary.


Thank you to Roger for giving up his time, driving the mini-bus and putting up with 16 WI members! And a big thank you to our Activity & Leisure sub-committee for organising the event.

You can see more photos of the Birdwatching Day here.

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Mawnan WI’s Bras Head to Africa!

When Mawnan WI asked their members and the village community to donate bras for girls and women in Africa, they didn’t expect such an incredible response! How many bras do you think they collected? Nearly 700 bras were handed in to the collection points at the local café and the village primary school whose help was greatly appreciated. Many of those involved did not know that wearing a bra confers status to girls and young women in Africa, and consequently it helps to protect them from assaults and rape. The project originated in response to WI members being asked for ideas of how to mark World Kindness Day. To celebrate the success of the initiative, members hung some of the bras on lines stretching across the Memorial Hall at their November Monthly Meeting – they are now on their way to the charity ‘Smalls for All’ for distribution.

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Hayle Four-Corner Day Success!

Hayle WI hosted a lovely four-corner day on Saturday, with women from all over the county. Hayle WI members contributed lots of delicious cakes too!

The crafts on offer were: willow work, rag wreaths and baubles, felt Christmas tree decoration and gift boxes.

The raffle raised £31 for Hayle Daycare Centre.

Well done to everyone who helped make the day such a success!

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ Kneads You!

The Great British Bake Off is looking for a gourmet selection of amateur bakers to enter the tent for the tenth series.

If you or someone you know could rise to the occasion, then why not apply now?

To apply, click here.

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Hayle WI on the Radio!

Margie Stockton, President of Hayle WI, will be featured on a Coast FM radio programme this Sunday!

Margie was approached by Pat Quayle, who presents Quintessentially Quayle on Sundays, asking if she could speak a bit about the WI.

The interview will be aired this Sunday at 12pm on Coast FM. Either tune in to 96.5/97.2 FM or listen in on the station’s website.

Well done to Margie for spreading the WI word!

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Upcoming Camborne & Redruth Carers Forum Meeting

Kernow Carers Service offers a free service for unpaid carers to give them an opportunity to discuss the issues they face and have their voices heard in a welcoming and confidential environment, with others facing similar problems. 

Many people are unaware of the help they can get because they don’t recognise themselves as carers as they look after a family member or friend. Staff from Kernow Carers Service will be at the meetings, and will be able to give help and advice to carers, including making referrals to Carer Support Coordinators (CSCs) who work directly with individual carers to help them with such things as accessing benefits and services. 

Where issues can’t be resolved at the meeting or by a CSC, we attend various other groups such as the Carers Partnership Board and Healthwatch Cornwall where we are able to highlight any concerns our members may have in regard to their caring role.

The next meeting of the Camborne & Redruth Forum will be held on Tuesday 27th November from 1.30-3.30pm at Camborne Community Centre, South Terrace, Camborne, TR14 8SU.  All Carers are welcome and expenses will be considered to enable them to attend.

For further information please call 01872 243530 or visit the website.

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Happy 65th Birthday to Perranarworthal WI!

Perranarworthal WI celebrated their 65th birthday recently with a beautiful cake – and bread pudding as a nod to a ‘delicacy’ of the ‘50s. The wonderful tablecloth in this photo was embroidered in 1953 and thus is as old as the WI.

Six Presidents were present, helping to cut the cake and remind members of the achievements of this close-knit group.

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Bollywood Buzz for Bude

(A report from Bude WI about the recent CFWI Bollywood Day)

On 27th October members from Bude WI travelled to Truro to participate in ‘Bollywood Day.’

We were greeted with beautiful garlands being placed over our heads and a small glass of mango juice, which was very refreshing. After a short time, we were asked to take our places at table and one table at a time, we were served a meal containing at least five different Indian curry dishes, poppadoms and naan bread. After this truly delicious meal, we were given a desert of various sweet dishes. These were very refreshing and interesting and tasted amazing. We finished with chai tea, if we wished, or tea or coffee.

We were then entertained by Charlotte, our dancer, who demonstrated several different dances, some quite intricate with complicated moves and some light and humorous – but all beautifully danced. Charlotte then invited us to join her and after a short demonstration, we all danced together. At one time we held colourful chiffon squares in each hand, waving them as we danced and at the end of the dance, we threw them into the air, creating a rainbow of colours.

This was followed by Charlotte demonstrating her artistic talents by applying very intricate henna tattoos on those members who wanted one, either on their hands or feet.

The whole day was very interesting and enjoyable. There was a lovely atmosphere and everyone seemed to have a lovely time. It was a real triumph for all the organisers who worked so hard to make it a complete success.

(Thank you, Bude WI!)

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