It’s in the Bag for Pensilva WI!

It’s in the bag! Litter that is. Members of Pensilva WI chose a lovely day to undertake their annual litter pick around the village. Comments from locals included “What a good job you are doing. Let us know when you are doing it again and we’ll join you!”

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Falmouth WI Joins in the 100 Fun!

Christmas is coming! Falmouth Wl answered the call for 100! Their wonderful members knitted over 100 Christmas tree decorations to be sold at the Royal Cornwall Show next month. Well done to you all!

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Beautiful Arrangement from Lanreath Church Flowers Event

Jenny Richards poses here with her pedestal arrangement called “Look What Grows in My Garden” to demonstrate that it is not necessary to spend lots of money at the florist – or even the supermarket! – to create beautiful arrangements for your home, or in this case for your Parish Church. Members of Lanreath WI, as well as the church’s own flower team were on hand to help, and provide refreshments.

This event was part of an ongoing programme, moving round the county, offering workshops in flower arranging in churches where there isn’t a theme and so makes the job much easier!

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Cusgarne & Frogpool WI at Gwennap Street Market

Pictured here are members of the Cusgarne & Frogpool WI committee, ready, willing and able to sell their wares at the annual Gwennap Street Market on 6th May. The table was groaning with the generous donations of different varieties of cakes and buns from all of Cusgarne & Frogpool WI’s members, and they quickly sold out, making £151 for their funds. As a bonus, they won a prize for having the best-dressed stall!

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Friday’s Chairman’s Coffee Morning

A huge thank you goes out to all who attended Margaret’s Chairman’s Coffee Morning last Friday. 

St Issey Village Hall was packed to the rafters with WI members! Members enjoyed coffee/tea and a wonderful array of cakes. Some bought cake to take home as well. Also on offer were a fabulous plant stall, second hand books, a Tombola, a sales table, some fun and games and a fiendishly difficult anagram quiz.

A few members have asked for a copy of the quiz, written by CFWI Board member Jane Dover, so here it is. Click here for the answers (no cheating!). If you weren’t at the Coffee Morning, enjoy the quiz and feel free to use it at your WI.

Again, thank you to all who helped and worked on the day, as well as those who turned out to support the event. The funds we raised will go toward our WI Marquee at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show. Don’t forget to come and see us on the Showgrounds – 6th-8th June!

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Coads Green WI Knits Butterflies for Dying Matters Week

The butterflies knitted by members of Coads Green WI

The call went out to Cornwall’s knitters from Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Palliative and End of Life Team to help create a string of butterfly bunting that would stretch around the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle.

Coads Green WI decided that they would rise to the CFWI Centenary ‘100 Pledge’ by knitting 100 butterflies for the bunting, by 13th May, which is the start of Dying Matters Week. All the butterflies produced in Cornwall will be sold, at a later date, to raise funds for the charity.

(left to right) Susan Hicks, a member of South Hill WI with Linda Willan, President of Coads Green WI, and Alison Gribble, who, along with other members are rising to this challenge.

Every year Dying Matters hosts an awareness week with the aim of  placing the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2019, the week will run from 13th-19th May and the theme is Are We Ready?

What wonderful work, Coads Green! Is your WI taking the 100 Pledge? If so, please let me know what you’re doing. Send all stories and photos to

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Tywardreath WI Celebrates 80 Years

Tywardreath WI were delighted to welcome Margaret Johnson, CFWI Federation Chairman, to their 80th birthday celebration. They were also joined by WI Advisers Yvonne Toms and Marilyn Leggat, as well as members from Fowey and Cuddra WIs.
Tywardreath’s longest serving past members and Presidents Blanche James and Mrs June Brown, who have over 80 years combined membership, were in attendance, alongside other retired women who had served on the committee in various posts, including Lynn Barry and Marj James.

After a rousing Jerusalem, Treasurer Christine Debnam and President Linda Thomas presented Cornwall Air Ambulance (the chosen charity for 2018) with a cheque for £200.
The celebrations got underway and tea was served. Pasties, splits and saffron cake were on the menu, all made and served by Tywardreath members.

On display around the hall were boards with photos, notes from record books, and memorabilia collected over the past 80 years.

Bunting comprised of 100 pennants decorated the hall, made to coincide with the 100 pledge.

The cake was cut by Margaret Johnson and Linda Thomas.

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Chairman’s Coffee Morning Tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is our Federation Chairman Margaret Johnson’s Coffee Morning! It’s at St Issey Village Hall from 10am until 1pm.

Come along and enjoy coffee, tea and lots of cake – both to eat, and to buy and take home. There will be the usual stalls – Tombola, a book stall, Trading Post with Centenary merchandise to purchase, a plant stall and, of course, a raffle. As always, this is also a great opportunity to meet up with WI members from all over Cornwall.

Only £3 – payable on the door.

We hope to see lots of you there!

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Gladrags and Handbags Reminder!

Don’t forget to come along to our fun Glad rags and handbags morning at Chy Noweth on Saturday 15th June from 10am until 12pm.

We have bags of fashions – including fantastic American designer wear in gorgeous fabrics – just waiting for you to come and bag a bargain!

See you there!

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Pendeen WI Celebrates its Centenary

Pendeen WI’s centenary celebrations this month were enjoyed by both members and guests.

The WI was presented with congratulatory certificates from both NFWI and CFWI by Federation Chairman Margaret Johnson.

The cakes were cut by Pendeen President Mary Cock, Pendeen’s most senior member Carlene Harry, and their youngest member Amanda Olds.

A delicious spread was followed by entertainment from “The Ritzy Belles” who soon  had everyone tapping their feet and joining in. 

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