Our Virtual Suggestion Box!

Did you know that we now have a virtual suggestion box on our website? Just look for the big yellow box on the right side of our main page!

All suggestions are completely anonymous.

We’d love to hear from you!

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Albaston WI Hosts Group Meeting

Albaston WI recently celebrated 70 years of the WI movement in their district when they hosted the annual Group Meeting. Albaston WI President Sylvia Milford is pictured with representatives from Harrowbarrow and Metherell WI, St Mellion WI and St Dominick WI. Former WI Adviser Pam Parnell of St Stephen’s by Launceston WI cut the cake which was made by Albaston WI Treasurer Kate Miller.

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Harrowbarrow & Metherell WI Visit Mount Edgcumbe

Fifteen members and friends of Harrowbarrow & Metherell WI visited Mount Edgecombe in June. In glorious sunshine, they enjoyed a tour of the house and gardens and then gathered together for lunch in the Orangery.

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A Cake Bake Day in St Pinnock

St Pinnock & District WI held a Cake Bake Day in May raising £425 for Cornwall Hospice Care. Pictured here are some of the guests enjoying delicious cakes and tea in the glorious sunshine.

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Triple Effort for the League of Friends

Three Clay Country WIs came together to fundraise for the St Austell Hospital League of Friends. The women of St Dennis, St Stephen-in-Brannel and Treviscoe & Trethosa WIs held a joint coffee morning and raised just over £300 to support the amazing work and support provided by The League of Friends. It was wonderful to see so many turn out to support such a great cause. There was tea and coffee served, a raffle and plants for sale. This is an annual fundraising event and continues to be a great success.

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Tea in the Garden in Linkinhorne

Viv Jackson, Linkinhorne WI member, and her husband Dave hosted an afternoon tea and tour of their garden to raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Linkinhorne members supported the afternoon enjoying this wonderful garden on the banks of the River Lynher. Dave has worked hard to restore the garden after they moved in 18 months ago. After looking round the garden, Viv and Marion Turner provided everyone with tea and cake followed by a raffle.

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Would You Like a WI Pen Pal?

You may not know that the Cornwall Federation has recently twinned with the Gwent Federation in Wales. We have sent representatives to each others’ Annual Council Meetings over the past year; however, we’d like to get you, our members, involved.

We thought a pen pal project would be just the thing!

If you’re interested in writing to a WI member in Gwent, please let us know. We’d also like to know whether you’d like to correspond by letter or by email, and what your particular interests are so that we can better match you up. Send your details and information to Helen Kestle at cfwi.publications@gmail.com.

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Lager Louts in Tregony WI?!?

Members of  Tregony WI were educated in the art or science of beer drinking at their July meeting, when Toni Ryman, at present qualifying as a beer sommelier with St Austell Brewery,  talked about brewing. 

The women were given five different beers to taste and evaluate, from a lager to a rich stout. Toni is one of a very small number of female beer sommeliers, experts in the production, taste, smell and appearance of a very wide variety of ales, stouts and fruit beers, not only those brewed at local St Austell  Brewery, but also some from Europe and elsewhere.

Beer sommeliers are a recent introduction into the trade and Toni is particularly keen to encourage more women to appreciate the finer points of beer drinking in the same way that wine sommeliers have done for  many years. She brought along appropriate snacks to complement each beer and the women had a most informative and hugely enjoyable evening.


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Fuel Poverty in Cornwall: You Can Help

Behind the idyllic Cornish seaside towns, beautiful beaches and famous restaurants is a hidden problem: thousands of people are struggling to get by, pay for essential bills, and put food on the table.  This is largely due to the seasonal work, low wages and zero- hour contracts that are typical of the popular holiday destination. Cornwall is also in the top 10 fuel insecure areas of England, with a massive 36,000 households living in fuel poverty.  Feeding Britain are working to raise funds for a Fuel Bank in Cornwall to tackle this issue. The Fuel Bank will provide a crucial lifeline to families in crisis, by providing emergency fuel top-up vouchers to over 1,000 people throughout winter. Vouchers are provided alongside an emergency food parcel, to allow families to cook the food they’re given, and provide some vital breathing space to get through the immediate crisis, and find the longer term help that is needed. For many it has benefits for both their physical health and mental well being, as the voucher means they don’t have to worry so much about energy bills and money in general. Feeding Britain has collaborated with the WI in recent years on issues around food poverty and waste reduction and they are hoping our members will now help with the fuel bank. Your donation will make a difference.  

  • £10 will cover fuel costs in an average home for around 3 days
  • £30 provides enough fuel for an average family to light their homes, cook nourishing meals, and have hot baths for around two weeks over summer.
  • £49 is how much an average family will spend on fuel over two weeks in the winter.

Every pound raised publicly will be match funded by npower, so your donation will be doubled.  Click here to make your pledge today. https://youtu.be/YY2c6CmpdoE

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Royal Visitors to St Tudy

Members of St Tudy WI were asked to prepare a lunchtime buffet as part of the special visitation of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke and Duchess were there to open the coffee shop extension to the Village Community Shop and then went on to the Village Hall to meet present and past volunteers and other guests. Many of the volunteers are WI members and the women were more than happy to provide the food! This was a day St Tudy WI will remember for a long time!

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