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Crossing generations

learn ~ develop ~ educate

With the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.

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The WI Means Opportunity

With the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.

~ The modern voice for women ~

The WI offers all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of women. We can help you to expand your horizons and make new friends, take up new interests, learn new crafts and develop new skills. The Women’s Institute is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands. Its concerns range from climate change to cooking, from crafts to community projects, from healthy eating to Fairtrade fortnights, from traditional values to new friendships.

~ a message from our chairman ~

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The past couple of weeks have been very busy but extremely rewarding.

The Board of Trustees have attended Forums for WI Officers in different parts of the Federation, we had to put on an extra Forum in Chester due to the large number of WI Officers wishing to attend, however the evening Forum at Woodford was only attended by 15 members which was a little disappointing but those who attended certainly made the evening worthwhile. We have received many favourable comments and very positive feedback regarding the content of the Forums.

I wish to thank the Board of Trustees for their continued hard work and dedication ensuring the success of the Forums. As I emphasise at the Forums we are all volunteers, we do not get paid but do receive travel expenses in exactly the same way as WI Officers. I also thank all the WI Officers for attending the Forums, your input has been much appreciated.

Lyn Hand, Denman Ambassador, Norma Dent Chairman of Art & Craft Sub-Committee and I were invited to attend a Denman fund raising event arranged by Cuddington & Sandiway WI. It was a very successful afternoon with members hearing a talk by Lyn on Denman College, Norma was able to pass on tips regarding craft work (Norma is a NFWI Craft Judge) and members were able to enjoy some extremely delicious homemade cakes. A very enjoyable and successful day.

However, on the same day there was another successful event regarding Climate Change hosted by the Public Affairs Sub-Committee. I am sorry I missed it but the Denman appointment was first in the diary! Congratulations to the Public Affairs Sub-Committee, under the Chairmanship of Georgina Denny, on staging such a successful event.

I have attended several Group Meetings where I have met many members and enjoyed some excellent entertainment. I do encourage you to attend your Group meeting as they offer good speakers and you learn about your neighbouring WIs and meet their members. All WIs will receive, in their next Federation mailing, nomination papers for Group Officers for the next two years. Please remember you need to nominate you current Group Officers even if they are continuing for a further term of office. As always, please ask permission before making any nomination. If your Group Officers are stepping down please give consideration to putting your name forward as it is a most interesting and rewarding appointment.

Last week I attended one of the two successful Website & Media Workshops. They certainly help members gain a better understanding of Facebook, Twitter, etc. and how to set up their own WI web page. It certainly makes you think when you realise how potential new members now research into different WIs before even thinking of attending a meeting and if you do not have a web page there is no information for them to read about you. My thanks go to Rachel Hughes the Federation’s Web Manager for all her hard work in setting up the Workshops.

Finally, on Friday I was Quiz Master at the Federation’s Quiz Final and what a thought provoking night that was, the questions are set by Veronica Gough, Chairman of Sport & Leisure Sub-Committee and checked by Jill Beavan a member of that Committee. Thank you both for the time you both put into the initial rounds and the final. This year Wallasey WI won having been runners up for the past two years and Neston Riverside, last year’s winners were second and The Heatons took third place having only entered for the first time this year. Congratulations to you all and a big thank you to all the other teams that attended for making it such a memorable night. My thanks also go to Comberbach WI for providing lovely refreshments.

Look forward to meeting with you as I travel around the Federation.

Jean Harding ~ Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

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