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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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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 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.
It has been a busy time within the Federation of late with Kate Bliss evening at Poynton, which turned out to be an excellent evening with many members emailing to say how much they had enjoyed the event, especially as it was in that part of the Federation.
We then visited Tarvin to hear a most entertaining lady telling us about the life of Mrs Beeton followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea prepared by Home & Gardens Sub-Committee. Again so many glowing compliments all well deserved.
In October we have a PAL meeting at Woodford which should prove very interesting as will the Christmas flower demonstration at Lower Withington.
I look forward to welcoming many of you to WI House in Chester for Christmas at White Friars on either Friday, 8th December or Saturday 9th December. You can purchase a bacon bap together with tea, coffee or Christmas punch. There will be an Archives display in the front room. Any donations for our tombola stall will be most welcome, prior to the event, if possible, please. You could do some Christmas shopping in Chester either before or after your event. There is no need to book your food or buy a ticket. Look forward to seeing you.
Our last Council meeting to be held at Winsford was an excellent day. In the morning two Police ladies told us all about drugs and what to look for. They together with their sergeant were inundated with questions at lunchtime which they were only too willing answer. Then in the afternoon John McCarthy talked about his experiences as a hostage in the Lebanon, what he and his fellow prisoners suffered is unbearable to think about and for them to have survived all those years in captivity under such conditions is unbelievable.
The Board of Trustees are frantically searching for suitable venues for future meetings and will hopefully be able to announce the venue for March Council Meeting very soon.
As November draws near many of you will be taking on new responsibilities in your WI and do remember you can always contact your WI Adviser for help. You never need to worry about anything as your WI Adviser is always at the end of an email or the phone.
When Frances Woollam was Federation Chairman she had a Chairman’s Challenge when all WIs designed a banner representing their WI together with bunting. The banners and bunting adorned the Cheshire Show marquee a couple of years ago and what a splash they made.
I am now launching my Chairman’s Challenge. As our Centenary takes place in 2020 I would like to ask every WI to plant a tree in their area, be it in the grounds of the hall they meet in or a public place in their community. If possible a plaque should be placed by the tree stating it was planted by your WI to mark Cheshire Federation’s Centenary. Imagine by 2020 Cheshire could have 200 more trees. I will look forward to receiving photographs of the planting of the trees and details of who did the planting.
I do hope WIs will take up my Challenge as it would be lovely to see so many new trees in Cheshire.