Chairman’s Coffee Morning

Thanks to all who came out to support us at today’s Chairman’s Coffee Morning!

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St Pinnock raises money for Cornwall Hospice Care

St. Pinnock & District WI held a Cake Bake Day raising £425 for Cornwall Hospice Care. Guests enjoyed tea and a lovely spread of cakes in the sunshine. Well done, St Pinnock & District!

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Coconut Square recipe, by request!

Those of you who attended last Friday’s ‘Girls’ Day In Revisited’ event might have tried the delicious coconut squares on offer. Some of you asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Carol H’s Coconut Squares

You will need a buttered Swiss Roll tin, about 9 x 13 inches and line the base with parchment.

Pre-heat your fan oven to 160C

6 oz plain chocolate [70% cocoa solids]
4 oz glacé cherries
4 oz sultanas
4 oz butter,
6 oz caster sugar
2 eggs
8 oz desiccated coconut

Break up your chocolate and place it is a small basin over a saucepan of simmering water, until melted. [or use the microwave]

Stir until the chocolate has melted, then spread it over the paper on the base of the tin. Place in the fridge to harden.

Wash the cherries and chop, then roughly chop the sultanas too. Cream the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy then add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition, then add the fruits and coconut. Spread the mixture evenly over the chocolate base, and bake for about 30-35 mins.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool and go complexly cold and the chocolate to harden. Cut into approx 30 squares.

Recipe courtesy of Recipes from a Cornish Kitchen.

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Another Successful ‘Girls’ Day in’

Members showing of their beautiful fingernails

We all know what a Girls’ Night Out is, but how about a Girls’ Day In? This event was so successful last year, that it was held again this year!

Organised by our Activity and Leisure sub-committee, 62 members enjoyed a morning of relaxation and exercise on Friday.

Groups of enthusiastic ladies had fun with Dawn Rowe, who guided them through 45 minutes of exercise routines to music, plus some stretching and muscle toning exercises that could easily be done at home. Claire Greenwood, now a familiar face with many of our members, led a question and answer session relating to colour and the correct ways to wear and enhance an outfit. Finally, Hannah Darling, beauty consultant, expertly discussed ways to look after our skin, including facial skincare and the correct products treatments to use, plus answering the many questions that we always seem to have.

An al fresco lunch on a sunny day

It was such a beautiful day that many people decided to picnic outside in the sunshine!

After lunch, students from Truro College invited our ladies to a free nail treatment. Hopefully there was somewhere to go in the evening to show off those glamorous looks!

Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm.

See more photos of the event here.

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Fancy a Bit of Monkey Business??

Oliver is a popular member of the woolly colony. He is an adventurous character who is always foraging and exploring. He loves to play, swing, jump and see how much he can get away with around the other monkeys.

A great idea for a day out this summer is a trip to The Monkey Sanctuary near Looe: a haven for rescued or unwanted monkeys. There are around 40 monkeys of all ages at the sanctuary, including woolly monkeys. They are irresistible!

The experienced keepers are full of information for you. As well as seeing and meeting the monkeys, there is a vegetarian cafe, an indoor exhibition and a wild garden above the coast path. There is also a good playground for young children (under 4s are free), and supervised activities for older children. The site is wheelchair accessible.

We wanted to organize a Federation trip there, but that didn’t work. So do go yourself!

For more information visit or call 01503 262 532. Book on line for a discount. See you there!

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What’s in My Trolley?!

Alison Gribble and Pat Mallett from the Home Economics and Craft sub-committee held ‘What’s in My Trolley?’ cookery demonstrations this spring in Probus and Coads Green. Alison demonstrated traditional recipes with a twist, and Pat showed how to cook and use some of the more unusual ingredients which are now appearing on our supermarket shelves.

Over 150 people came to the two demonstrations and had a great time watching Alison and Pat cook such delights as garlic mushrooms, Somerset pork with apples (cooked in cider), raspberry and peach cheesecake salad, Mexican quinoa with avocado salsa, farro with pomegranate salad and coconut rice pudding.

All the dishes were available for the audience to taste at the end of the evening.

The recipe sheets were available for an optional donation to the Children’s Hospice South West and Pat would like to thank those who attended for their generosity as she is now able to send £77 to CHSW.

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Mobile Phone Photography Day

Say cheese!

Last week WI members enjoyed a great day at Porthleven, learning how to make the best use of the cameras on their mobile phones.  Becky Curtis had prepared a day tailor-made for the group with photographer David Chapman adding his support to everyone. The great news is that both Becky and David have offered to take another day as a number of people were disappointed, so watch this space.

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Climate Coalition ‘Speak Up!’ Week of Action

Have you met your MP?  Do you know what their views are, and whether they represent your own?  You can find our who your MP is by entering your postcode into the website, where you will also learn what their interests are and how they have voted on different issues.

This summer, the WI and the Climate Coalition are asking us to get in touch with our MPs and start a conversation about climate change.  Specifically, we need to ask them to press the Government to beef up the Climate Change Act so that we can meet a new target of zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.  And if six Cornwall MPs stood together and told the Government, ‘This is what people in Cornwall care about’, that has got to make a difference.

The Speak Up! week of action is scheduled to take place between 30 June and 8 July this year, but your action doesn’t have to be then.  On 4th May, WIs from across the St Ives constituency invited their MP Derek Thomas to a conversation about climate change, which was held in St Buryan Village Hall.  Members from St Buryan, Carbis Bay, Crowlas & Ludgvan, Sheffield & District, Praze-an-Beeble and Zennor WIs, as well as three representatives from the RSPB, came to hear Derek Thomas answer our questions about renewable energy and the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change.

CFWI Climate Ambassador Pippa Stilwell (left) with MP Derek Thomas and Sarah Robinson of Hope for the Future (right)

The evening began with a talk by Sarah Robinson, who works for an organisation called Hope for Future. Their remit is to support people to engage with their elected representatives on the subject of climate change.  She had lots of sensible advice about finding common ground – for example many MPs who do not accept the scientific case for the reality of climate change will take action on fuel poverty, and increasing the energy efficiency of our homes. She also said that Parliament is less adversarial than the media represent it, and much of the work of MPs is

done in cross-party committees.

Derek Thomas then gave a short talk about topics such as the future of the wave hub, geothermal energy in Cornwall, reducing emissions from our homes, and what steps are being taken to protect our coastal towns from flooding.  He undertook to press the Government to introduce energy efficiency standards into building regulations, and also to send us copies of the briefings he had been sent answering our questions.

MP Derek Thomas addresses WI members at St Buryan Village Hall

After an informative question and answer session, Sarah Robinson flagged up the Climate Coalition week of action, and the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Pippa Stilwell stressed the urgency of this campaign, and the need to keep temperature rises to 1.50 or below. She asked everyone present to encourage their friends in other constituencies to contact their own MPs. 

The meeting ended in true WI fashion with tea, cake and conversation – altogether a very enjoyable and informative evening.

You can download the Climate Coalition Events Guide here: it’s full of helpful tips for meeting your MP.  And don’t forget – your pressure will make a difference!

–  Pippa Stilwell, CFWI Climate Ambassador

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Are You an Unpaid Carer?

If you are an unpaid carer, are you aware of Kernow Carers Service?

Kernow Carers Service holds free forums as a service for unpaid carers to give them an opportunity to discuss the issues they face and have their voices heard in a welcoming and confidential environment, with others facing similar problems. There are many people in our community who are unaware of the help they can get and who also may not recognise themselves as carers because they look after a relative or friend.

Staff from Kernow Carers Service will be at the meetings, and will be able to give help and advice to carers, including making referrals to Carer Support Workers (CSWs) who work directly with individual carers to help them with any issues they have, including signposting to benefits and services.

The next meeting of the Truro Forum will be held at Ashtorre Rock Old Ferry Road Waterside Saltash PL12 4GT on Thursday 24th May 2018 from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. All Carers are welcome and expenses will be considered to enable them to attend.

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Summer Hanging Baskets at Bodmin Nursery

Last week Bodmin Nursery hosted a group of WI members as they created some stunning hanging baskets which will be in full bloom for the summer.

There will be some gorgeous baskets all over Cornwall this summer!

Thanks again to the wonderful people at Bodmin Nursery.

Click here to see more photos.


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