Grampound WI’s Harvest Supper

Members of Grampound WI put on another superb spread for their Harvest Supper recently. It’s such a pity the puddings are not very prominent in this photo as they were superb. Watch your waistlines, ladies!

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Walking Netball Opportunities!

The walking netball sessions in Camborne have now been extended to 4th December:

More opportunities for you to have a go at walking netball:

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A Rare Treat for Council Meeting Attendees!

We have exciting news for those of you attending our Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday 17th October!

The Sewing Studio, which is already very well known to many of you, is offering a 10% discount on all fabrics and haberdashery to WI members on the day of the meeting!

The shop is a treasure trove of fabric, and boasts one of the largest ranges of patchwork fabric in the UK.

The Sewing Studio is located at 10 Chapel Street in Redruth, about a two-minute walk from The Regal Theatre, our Council Meeting venue. It is open from 9:30am until 5pm.

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Take a Town: Saltash

Members gather beneath the embroidery of the Saltash tapestry

Over 40 WI members enjoyed an insight into the rich history of Saltash and its prominent citizens on a visit in late September.

This was beautifully encapsulated by the outstanding embroidery chronicling Saltash’s history since pre-Norman Conquest (Trematon Castle) on view in the Baptist Church.

Inside Elliott’s Store

A delicious lunch was provided by Trematon WI which was followed by visits to Saltash Heritage Museum, Elliott’s Store and Mary Newman’s Cottage. The Blue Plaque Trail provided members on the longer walk with a snapshot of the lives and places of those prominent citizens. All bringing the morning’s talks to life and a satisfactory conclusion to the day.

Click here for more photos of this wonderful day out.

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Amateur Cooks Wanted for New Channel 4 Cookery Game Show

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Make Time for Mental Health

On World Mental Health Day 2018 (10th October), the NFWI will be launching a postcard action to encourage healthcare professionals to ask people about their mental health and physical health.

Research suggests that that people with mental health needs often feel that a lack of attention has been paid to their physical health, while others with physical health needs report the opposite effect. To help address this, we’ll be encouraging members to complete our postcard and send it to their local healthcare service (such as GP practice) or healthcare professional. To receive copies of the postcard for your WI please contact NFWI

For further information about the Make Time for Mental Health campaign and more ways to take action, download the action pack here.  

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England vs Uganda Netball International Test Match

As part of the successful partnership between the WI and England Netball, members are invited to an exclusive opportunity to attend a ‘Cuppa, Cake and Chat’ session with Joanna Adam, England Netball CEO, during half time of the England vs Uganda match at Copper Box Arena in London on 2nd December.

This offer will not be open to the general public and is being held exclusively for the WI.

Click here for more details about the event.

This event is being organised and hosted by England Netball. If you have any queries, please contact England Netball on

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Twinning across the Sea

For the past several years, Crowlas & Ludgvan WI and St Mary’s Isles of Scilly WI have twinned, sharing visits back and forth and making lasting friendships. This year was the turn of the St Mary’s IOS members to welcome Crowlas & Ludgvan, and they did it in their typically warm and welcoming island style.

The trip provided the group from Crowlas & Ludgvan with not only a taste of the holiday-maker’s view of the islands but an insight into the life of those who call Scilly their home. From the moment the St Mary’s IOS members met the Crowlas & Ludgvan members from the boat, they were looked after extremely well. Whilst there, they enjoyed trips out including a visit to the recently added attraction of the camera obscura: a chance for a bird’s eye view of St Mary’s and an update on local gossip. A trip to St Agnes was wonderful despite the mizzle. The Museum gave the women a flavour of the history of the islands, their people and their fauna and flora.

Members were wined and dined not only at their hosts’ homes but at a couple of local restaurants which gave an opportunity to meet more of the Scilly Isles WI members who joined in for the meals out and other activities. A real highlight for the Crowlas & Ludgvan members was the opportunity to attend St Mary’s IOS’s monthly meeting and to hear speaker Will Wagstaff. The meeting was a very social event. Will’s talk detailed his work from Scilly to Antarctica and was accompanied by an excellent slideshow of the birds, sea creatures and landscapes of these places.

The Crowlas & Ludgvan members headed for home agreeing that the purpose of this trip was to seal the relationship between them and their Scilly neighbours, and a resolve to extend the hand of friendship to the St Mary’s IOS WI members whenever they venture to the mainland.

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Autumn Knitting?

Now that the weather has begun to change and the leaves are starting to turn, what could be better than curling up in front of the fire with some knitting a big mug of something warm?

There are lots of sources of free knitting patterns online, for all skill levels. Here are some of our favourites:

Ravelry – You will have to create an account, but it’s free. Then you can search by all sorts of criteria, including free patterns. Both knitting and crochet patterns.

Blissfully Crafted – we love the knitted pumpkins!

Handy Little Me – we’ve got our eye on that poncho

Love Knitting – the throw in big bulky wool would be a fun and quick project!

Drops Designs – has some amazing sock patterns

Knitty Magazine – loads of wonderful free patterns here. We’re rather taken with the knitted and felted brown ‘paper’ bag.

If you’re more into crochet, DIY Candy has some wonderful free patterns. We love the little autumn leaves!

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A ‘Treat Yourself’ Day in Marshgate

Marshgate WI members set up for their Treat Yourself Day

What could be better than a whole day of retail therapy in a nice warm hall, with a big choice of stalls to visit and a refreshment area serving delicious cakes and coffee?

Marshgate WI members in North Cornwall worked hard to set up their Treat Yourself Day, the brainchild of new President Liz Long, aiming to raise money for a good cause, but also to have a really enjoyable day. The hall was decked with colourful bunting and packed with stalls.

Colour Consultant Clare Greenwood was on hand

Headliner at the event was Cornwall’s well-known colour consultant Clare Greenwood, who was there to advise punters on how to achieve their best look, and arrived with her colourful display of fabric swatches and scarves.

Other attractions included jewellery, craft items, gorgeous silk scarves and gifts, woollen goods, preserves and beauty products, while Debbie from Wadebridge’s The Beauty Spot offered facials and a Tarot reader was there to tell ladies their fortunes.

A huge raffle was held, and many visitors took part in the tombola at the event, which was planned as a recruitment and profile-raising exercise for the WI, but also to raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance, who sent a teddy bear as a raffle prize. The WI hopes to make a £250 donation to the Air Ambulance as a result of the raffle.

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