On the Road with your Federation Chair

Beaches and Cream Newquay WI’s quiz team at the Rosebowl Quiz

In an ongoing effort to keep you up-to-date with what I do as your Federation Chair, here’s my weekly report!

On Sunday, I went with our Climate Ambassador Pippa Stilwell and her husband to do our monthly river water testing. We do this through Westcountry Rivers Trust, and have been allocated a little patch of the River Hayle in Relubbus. It doesn’t take long and it is really important for us to know the health of the UK’s rivers. We’re pleased to say that so far, the River Hayle is in very good health!

On Monday, I put on my WI Adviser’s hat and set off for Lostwithiel WI, to assist at their Annual Meeting. This is a small but really lovely WI and it was a pleasure to join them for the afternoon. They had a last minute cancellation of their speaker so we had a quiz instead, and it was great fun.

Tuesday brought our monthly Board meeting at Chy Noweth. We currently have 12 Trustees and one ex-officio. At this month’s meeting, we welcomed Sally Butcher of Lane and District WI who is our newest co-opted Trustee. We are thrilled to have her on board (pun intended). Our meetings are sometimes long, but we do enjoy each other’s company and make the meetings as much as fun as we can. There will be an opportunity in the next few months for us to take nominations for more Trustees and we’d love to have you join our happy band. Nominate someone you think would be suitable or, better yet, nominate yourself! 

That evening, I hosted an event for my CyberCats Virtual WI. We hold a month ‘Sip ‘n’ Something’ evening where members are encouraged to bring a glass of wine (or whatever they’d like) and we either have a quiz, a craft session or a discussion around a particular subject. This time, we were talking about the spring equinox and the ides of March.

I took Wednesday off from all WI work as it was my birthday!

On Thursday, I went to the far east of Cornwall with Jane Mills, who is a WI Adviser, our IFE Administrator and a former Federation Treasurer. We met with some committee members of a WI who needed support with their financial record-keeping. There’s not much about WI finances Jane doesn’t know! It was a lovely, friendly meeting and would have been a good day out if I hadn’t had a puncture on the A30 on the way home!

The Rosebowl Quiz was on Friday and I went along to help. It was a great day of very competitive quizzing and, of course, the now famous Rosebowl Quiz tea. The team from Wilcove WI were the winners, but all the teams showed some impressive knowledge! Did you know the collective noun for wildebeests is a ‘confusion’? Neither did I. I had a great day and came home with some leftover cheese scones, so it was a success. Thanks to our Arts and Leisure Sub-Committee for putting on yet another great event. There will be another quiz in the autumn, so keep an eye out in County News!



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