October County News!

The October issue of County News has now been published!

The copies for your WI members should be with your WI Secretary by now. Hopefully, your committee will have made arrangements to deliver the newsletters to members, or will establish a central pick-up place where members can collect them.

As always, the newsletter is available online, along with any accompanying flyers and/or application forms.

Happy reading!

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NOT the Annual Meeting!

Guest speaker, Sarah Slater

Join us for a virtual alternative to the usual Annual Council Meeting!

As we are unable to all meet together this year due to Covid-19, we are taking our meeting online (using Zoom) and are inviting you all to join us for something completely different.

Wednesday 21st October

You’ll get some important news and updates from CFWI, you’ll hear from our sub-committees about their plans to bring the WI back to life, you’ll find out who your next Board of Trustees will be and you’ll see the October 200+ Club draw live!  (If you are not a member of the 200+ Club, contact the office to join and get your chance to win our monthly prize, which now stands at over £50!)

Then you’ll have the special opportunity to hear a wonderful talk by Hampton Court Palace guide and lecturer Sarah Slater. Sarah will be giving a costumed talk entitled Sex, Secrets, Scandal and Salacious Gossip of the Royal Court, 1660-1830. She warns that the talk is not for the prude! It is fun but rude!

If your WI has collected any funds for ACWW that you were planning on bringing to the Council Meeting in person, please send the cheque to Chy Noweth.

Tickets to Not the Annual Meeting are free, but you will need to book via Eventbrite by clicking HERE

For any other questions, please contact CFWI on cfwi@btconnect.com or on (01872) 272843

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Cornish Buildings Group Campaigns for Buildings at Risk

The Cornish Buildings Group (CBG) is leading a three-year Historic England/Cornwall Heritage Trust grant funded project to identify and campaign for Cornish buildings at risk.

The Group has maintained a register for buildings at risk since 2014; however, has done so with volunteer support only. This funding will support a case officer who will have dedicated time to champion buildings at risk in the county. The aim of this project is to identify and monitor buildings at risk, and seek solutions for neglected, redundant or derelict listed buildings.

CBG is reaching out to local groups and organisations to support the project. This may be simply reporting a historic building or valued heritage asset in your area that is either derelict or not being properly looked after. Alternatively, they are looking for local agents to monitor sites and report changes of condition.

A form that will help with some background local knowledge (and CBG’s current list of buildings at risk) is available on their website

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Important Update about WI Meetings

Please click here to see the letter sent from NFWI to all Federations today – 11 September 2020 – regarding WI meetings and ‘The Rule of Six’, which comes into effect on Monday.

Unfortunately, the WI does not fall into any of the categories exempt from the new rule, so “all WI and Federation meetings with more than six people in attendance must be cancelled with immediate effect.”

We know that this will be difficult for a lot of you who have planned to start meeting again, but we must follow the law.

Thank you.

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Police Commissioners Seek Views on Road Safety

We have had a message from Mike Harrison, our Police Community Engagement officer. He tells us that the Police and Crime Commissioners are urging people to take 60 seconds to complete a short survey to influence Government policy on roads policing.

Alison Hernandez, the national PCC lead on road safety, explains:

The number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is unacceptable and needs drastically reducing.

PCCs have a strong voice in local communities and are eager to understand the public’s views around road safety and policing our roads.

This survey will allow PCCs to advocate the strength of public feeling to make our roads safer and, I hope, give the Government the evidence it needs to act.

Our own Commissioner Hernandez, the Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, believes that more enforcement on the roads could also have a knock-on effect on other criminality. He says:

Roads policing officers play an essential role too in tackling criminality on our roads, including drug and weapons smuggling, people trafficking, county lines and other organised criminality.

This week in Devon and Cornwall, roads police officers discovered a drugs haul after stopping a driver who was speeding at 120mph, and we saw on the Call the Cops series how they had prevented people smugglers trading in human misery by apprehending them on the M5.

You can find the poll here. It is open until 30 September 2020. Please spare a few minutes to do  the survey now.

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CFWI Social Media Code of Conduct

CFWI has put into place a Social Media Code of Conduct to ensure that all our members and guests are treated with the same respect and friendship online as they receive when at WI meetings or events:

CFWI Social Media Code of Conduct

Updated September 2020

Respectful behaviour: The WI was founded on democratic ideals over 100 years ago and this commitment to equality and inclusion is still central to our ethos today. The WI is an inclusive, supportive and progressive organisation for all women.

When engaging with posts on the CFWI’s Facebook page or with blog entries on the CFWI website, please avoid personal attacks or profanity in your interactions. We will not tolerate any comments that infringe upon another’s rights under the Equality Act 2010, and we maintain a right to remove discriminatory or offensive comments without warning.

We understand that some topics can be emotionally charged. People will sometimes vent their frustration in ways that others with different viewpoints may not agree with. Debates on certain topics are to be expected, as is the nature of online conversation; however, please remember that there is a real person behind the screen, who may be personally affected by hurtful comments. Flippant comments or jokes have the potential to cause serious offense, so please think twice before engaging with a post.

We would like our Facebook page and our website to be positive spaces for learning, sharing news, raising awareness of important issues and building connections. We would like participants to support and respect each other, as they would at a WI meeting or event.

Relevance: CFWI will only share content that is deemed to be relevant to the organisation and its audience. This can include (but is not limited to), news and stories sent in about WI activities, upcoming WI events, WI campaign news, news from other organisations which tie in with our campaigns and items about events and opportunities that are deemed to be of interest to our members

Confidentiality and data protection: Please keep in mind CFWI’s Facebook page and website are public forums, so whatever you share in comments on CFWI posts, on the CFWI wall or on the CFWI website blog can be viewed by everyone. If you are sharing information or photos of another person, make sure you have their consent before doing so. Do not share personal data such as contact details publicly online.

Copyright: When sharing content on Facebook or on our website, please ensure you do not violate someone else’s intellectual property rights. Where possible, only share content (such as images or music) that is your own. If you are sharing someone else’s work, ensure you have their permission and give them credit when sharing.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in comments made by those who participate on the CFWI Facebook page or the CFWI website are the personal opinions of the authors; not of CFWI. Opinions expressed by participants are not necessarily endorsed by CFWI. CFWI will endeavour to reply to all Facebook and website messages and questions asked in a timely manner, however, it should be noted that the page is monitored by volunteers who cannot devote their attention to it full-time.

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Contact your MP: New APPG for Microplastics led by NFWI

The NFWI Public Affairs team would like to invite all members to contact our Members of Parliament to ask them to become members of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Microplastics.

This group has been formed by the NFWI’s Public Affairs team and Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire. Alberto Costa will be chairing the meeting, and the NFWI will be doing all the secretariat work.

As part of the WI’s End Plastic Soup campaign, the APPG will aim to promote awareness of microfibre plastics and their harmful effects on the environment to consumers, and will work to ensure collaboration across industry, academia and environmental organisations to reduce the effects of microfibres on the environment.

The inaugural meeting of the APPG will be on the 14th September at 3:30pm, and will be conducted virtually.

The NFWI’s Public Affairs team have put together a template email for WI members to send to their MPs. You can find this and further information about the APPG by clicking here.

When you have contacted your MP, please let the Public Affairs Department know by emailing: f.thomas@nfwi.org.uk.

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Your Opportunity to Ask NFWI Questions about Denman

CFWI received the following message this morning from NFWI regarding Denman. 

Please note that if you’d like to participate in any of the Zoom sessions listed below, only 150 are places are available on each one, and those will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you’re interested, please book your free place as soon as possible.


Dear Members,

Last month, you will have hopefully received via your Federation a letter from Jeryl Stone and Lynne Stubbings regarding the NFWI Board of Trustees difficult decision to propose the closure of Denman College (dated 21 July 2020). In this letter and accompanying FAQs we outlined the reasons why this proposal was made, and explained the next stages, starting with the consultation with Denman staff at risk of redundancy. We would like to thank you for allowing us the time and space to sensitively follow the formal legal and HR processes and consult with staff in a meaningful and appropriate way.


As some of you will be aware, our consultation with staff has now been completed (as of 28 August), and it is with great sadness that we must now confirm that Denman College will be formally closing. Unfortunately, despite great efforts from NFWI staff and trustees and the Denman staff, we were unable to identify any viable alternative options to ensure we could address the immediate financial challenges and resume the operations of the College. This means that the redundancy process has now commenced, and the large majority of Denman staff will be leaving us. We know you will join us in thanking all Denman staff for their incredibly hard work and dedication over the years, and for the integrity and passion they have shown during this consultation period, and we ask that you please continue to show them the respect and sensitivity this matter deserves when discussing the outcome of this consultation. We are genuinely heartbroken at this outcome, and know that you will share this sadness with us.


Whilst we are unable to identify any options for maintaining the College and its staff, this is separate discussion to the future of the Estate. Now that the staff consultation has been completed we must turn our attention to the next stage in the legal process, which is the NFWI Board proposal regarding the future of the estate. As you know, as part of the formal legal process, members will have the opportunity to make representations (to be considered by the NFWI Board) regarding the sale of the estate, which is a process required by the Charity Commission ahead of the completion of any sale. Federations and WIs will receive formal notice of this process and details of how to make representations in a dedicated hard copy mailing that will be sent out at the end of September 2020. Members will be given sufficient notice to make these representations, and the completion of the sale of the estate cannot take place until this formal stage has been completed; however please be aware that members will not be given the opportunity to vote on this. The final decision will be made based on financial, practical and legal considerations and this decision rests with the NFWI Board of Trustees once they have considered any representations made by our members.

Ahead of this formal stage, you may remember that we promised that we would organise a series of informal member Zoom calls in September to allow members the opportunity to ask us directly any questions they have outside the FAQs (or to ask for clarification on any of our FAQ responses). We have been as open with members as possible throughout this process, and we are organising these calls to give every member the opportunity to understand the process in as much detail as possible. This is not a formal requirement of the Charity Commission, but it is a stage that we feel is important so that all members have the opportunity to explore the facts and hear directly from the NFWI Board.

You are of course welcome to use this time to also make suggestions regarding the sale of the Denman Estate, however please do bear in mind that your input will only be formally considered by the board if you follow the formal process of making a representation at the appropriate time, as will be outlined in the dedicated mailing you will receive at the end of the month.

The zoom call dates/times are below:

17/9 (1000-1130)

17/9 (1300-1430)

18/9 (1500-1630)

22/9 (1900-2030)


These zoom calls are free for all members and you can book a space using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wi-member-zoom-calls-re-denman-tickets-116573603787  

There are 150 places available on each call, and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If demand significantly exceeds the number of places, we will organise additional calls.


We look forward to seeing many of you in September, and if you are unable to make these dates/times, please do continue to email over any questions to membership@nfwi.org.uk 

Best wishes,


  Kerri McGarvie
Board Secretary and Events Manager
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We’re Back!

Fun with social distancing!

Your CFWI Board of Trustees met in person at Chy Noweth last week, for the first time since March!

They maintained social distance at all times, and the offices are extremely clean and safe thanks to staff members Sue and Barb.

Several of our sub-committees will be meeting back in person beginning in September. It’s nice to take some small steps toward normality!

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Online Festival of Discovery at Eden Project

The Eden Project has just announced some rather exciting news. In November they will be hosting a brand new online ‘Festival of Discovery’, for people who want to explore a better future for themselves and their communities.

With the unique Eden Project as the festival backdrop, join them in the first weekend in November to explore new ideas, find inspiration from the speakers and performances, celebrate community, and take time to connect with yourself, with others and with nature.

The festival is for everyone, so mark 5-7 November 2020 in your diary and join in for an exciting few days of discovery! The first thing for us to look forward to in late autumn! More details coming soon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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