An Easter Buffet Lunch at Chy Noweth

Thank you to all who attended our Easter Buffet Lunch at Chy Noweth yesterday! 

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves. There were Easter treats, flowers, chocolate, “bunnies” – and, of course, fantastic company and delicious food.

Keep a look out in County News for the next buffet lunch, and tell your friends how much fun you had at this one!

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Walking Netball

Players in action during the Walking Netball session held at Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City

We hope you’ve seen the Walking Netball flyer that was sent to your WI Secretary with the April County News.

Please note that the closing date of Thursday 3rd May on the application form is correct – please ignore the incorrect date in italics in the body of the flyer.

Do get in touch if you’re interested!

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The Denman Experience 2019

We hope you’re holding the date free for our next Federation visit to Denman, which will take place in 2019, our Federation’s Centenary year from 20-23 May.

The courses on offer will be: 

Salads & Superfoods with Ashley Keen
Superfoods are everywhere you look – in the news, on television and in magazines – however, do you know which ones are worth using and which are all hype? This course will teach you techniques and recipes so you can include superfoods in everyday cooking that the whole family will enjoy. Included will be an array of satisfying, sumptuous salads, savoury turmeric and chilli muffins, Thai prawn and sweet potato fritters and even an avocado and chocolate pudding!

Silver Clay Jewellery with Louise Simmonds (as featured in the March 2018 issue of WI Life)
Silver clay is an amazing new form of real silver that can be shaped with your fingers like clay! When fired, it is transformed into stunning fine silver jewellery. This will be a fun and relaxed course with plenty of time to experiment and be creative. No previous experience is necessary and no expensive tools or equipment are needed. You will learn the basic techniques of how to roll, cut and texture the clay and even paint a real silver leaf. You’ll also learn some traditional techniques to finish your piece professionally. By the end, you will not only have designed and created several finished pieces of real silver jewellery but you will also have the confidence to continue creating silver clay designs on your own at home.

Mystery Quilting using 9 Fat Quarters with Pat Robson
Collecting fabrics can be an exciting way to spend your time. The colours allow our imaginations to wander down country lanes or through a garden bursting with colour. The nine fat quarters will be cut and then moved around at random. You will appreciate, as it progresses, how fabrics can blend to form exciting and unexpected patterns. Clearly, to describe the mystery beforehand will rather spoil the element of surprise at the end result!

Discovering Spas and Pleasure Resorts with John Vigar
Today we take holidays for granted but how did they start and who went on them? This course looks at the amazing progression from visits to health resorts to the development of the seaside holiday. This fun course looks at the history of spas and pleasure resorts through the eyes of those who used them. It’s a mixture of social, topographical and architectural history with an icing of literature! We will study several dozen towns in England and Wales and there will be a full day outing to Bath to discover its historical development.

Traditional Jazz with Carl Attwood
What made jazz take off in the early 20th century? What were its influences and who were its early exponents? The exciting fusion of traditions, the colourful and talented players and the backdrop of prohibition America make for a fascinating story. The soloists and bands of early jazz started recording at the advent of the 78 disc and the start of radio, which gave them a hitherto unimaginable reach. Not only did jazz start to thrive all over the western world, but crossover was also in vogue. Ravel met Gershwin, Bix Beiderbecke copied Debussy, Stravinsky wrote Ragtime … Players of truly world class talent provided foot tapping, heartwarming music which is an inspiring today as it was a century ago. Come and meet the players, hear the music and see the artistry that left an indelible mark on the whole world of music.

There’s something for everyone!

Information and application forms are with your WI’s Secretary.

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Would Your Book Group Like to Help Raise Funds for Schoolreaders?

Did you know that in 2017 one in four children aged 11 failed to reach the government’s required reading standards?

​This can have lifelong consequences.

Schoolreaders helps to address this problem by finding volunteers to read one-to-one with children in primary schools, at no cost to the school. It costs Schoolreaders an average of just £15 to provide reading support to one child for a whole academic year.

The aim of the Book Club Challenge is for book groups to help raise funds to support Schoolreaders by taking part in a fun quiz all about books and reading.

By taking part in the Book Club Quiz Challenge you will be helping Schoolreaders to reach many more children this year.

There has already been a lot of interest from WI book groups all over the country, so why not have your book group sign up? To do this, simply go to the Schoolreaders website and follow the instructions. You will then be sent a quiz pack and a few small gifts for each member of your book group.


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A Little Film about Denman

If you have a few minutes to spare, take a look at this. 

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Jersey Federation’s ‘Festival of Words’

Are you a reader, a bookworm or a bibliophile? If so, then the Jersey Federation has the perfect short break for you. From 27th September to 1st October 2018, the Jersey Federation of WIs will be holding its third Festival of Words book festival.

The programme is being put together at the moment but past authors who have appeared at the first three festivals include Carol Ann Duffy, Victoria Hislop, Alison Weir, Michael Morpurgo, Louis de Bernières, Simon Scarrow, Jeremy Paxman, Richard Dawkins, Dame Jenni Murray and Alexander McCall Smith, to name but a few. It is anticipated this high standard will be maintained if not exceeded at the 2018 Festival.

Also include in the programme are visits to places of interest.

You will be based in St Helier at the well appointed Hampshire Hotel and will be walking between venues. The cost will be £290 per person (B&B). This cost does not include travel to the island. The price will include one event on both Thursday and Friday evenings and two each on Saturday and Sunday. There will be of course numerous other choices to enjoy in your free time.

For further information please contact Anne Pasturel on (01534) 730409 or email

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Happy St Piran’s Day!

Happy St Piran’s Day to our members up and down Cornwall.

St Piran is the patron saint of tin-miners, and the national saint of Cornwall. He was probably born in Ireland and raised on the island of Cape Clear off the coast County Cork, by his father Lughaidh and mother Liedania. He studied the scripture in Rome, returned to Ireland and became a bishop at his monastic settlement Saighir Kieran in County Ossary. In truth, virtually nothing exists in literature about him, so most written today is conjecture.

St Piran appears to have sailed to Cornwall, and landed on Perran Brach, where he built his tiny St Piran’s Oratory, in the Irish style with the heads of a man, a woman and a beast around the arched doorway The priest’s house is built inside the graveyard as in Ireland.

Although little can be said for certain about St Piran, it is not thought that he is the same man as St Kieran of Clonmacnoise who is recorded to have died at the age of 32 and is buried at his monastery in Ireland.

There is a strange legend about St Piran being tied to a mill-stone in Ireland because the local people were jealous of his miraculous healing powers, rolled it over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea, which immediately became calm, the mill-stone miraculously floated, and St Piran was able to sail to Cornwall on it.

Another legend is that St. Piran “rediscovered” tin-smelting when his black hearthstone, which contained tin-bearing ore, got hot enough for the tin to melt out. The white liquid tin rose up to form a white cross on the black background, which became his emblem. He shared this knowledge with the local people and thus provided them with work. They held a feast in Piran’s honour where the wine ran like water. 

Piran founded churches at Perran-Uthno and Perran-Arworthal, and a chapel at Tintagel. His holy-well, the “Venton-Barren” was at Probus. He probably also made trips to Brittany where he became an associate of St Cai. In Brittany, Piran is remembered at Trézélidé, St Peran, Loperan and Saint-Perran.

Traditionally, Piran died at his little hermitage on 5th March. His relics were a great draw to pilgrims but, due to the Oratory eventually being overcome by shifting , they were eventually moved inland to the parish church.

The small chapel dedicated to St Piran circa 450AD, was excavated in 1835 and it was claimed to be the oldest extant building of worship on mainland Britain, second only to Iona Abbey. It has now been reburied, to protect it, and all that marks the spot is a stone with the words ‘St Piran’.

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Snowy Cornwall!

Here are some scenes from around the County of our few days of snow.

Jay Wilson of Newquay WI says, “Not quite enough for a snowman yet!”

Pam Selley of Bodmin Gaolbirds WI sent us this photo of her snowy garden.

Helen Kestle of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI took a photo of a very snowy Lelant Churchyard.

Eve Ling of Shortlanesend WI sent us this lovely snowy pic.

Here is Lynne Green of Carbis Bay WI playing with her dog Meg.

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2018 WI Resolution

Over 100,000 members took part in the 2018 selection process, the highest turnout ever. NFWI thank all members who participated. One resolution has now been selected to go forward to the final vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6th June.

The resolution is:

Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

You can find more information on the NFWI website, including an explanation of the next steps for your WI and a list of helpful resources for your May Resolution Meeting.

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Our County House in the Snow!

Here’s a sight we don’t often see!

Mother Nature dumped a lot of white stuff all over Chy Noweth an Conteth today, with more due to come tomorrow.

We hope you’re all keeping warm and not driving unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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