This was the first year CFWI had been represented at Chester Pride. The Public Affairs team had an information stand in the welfare Marquee on Castle Square on Saturday 19th August.
Despite the dreadful weather Little Sutton Sapphires WI braved the rain and took part in the march through the city along-side many other organisations .
Our information stand attracted lots of interest and I felt honoured when the organisers of the day thanked the WI for being part of the day and acknowledging the Pride movement .
chair public affairs CFWI
2017 marked the 5th year of the City of Chester, celebrating the inclusion and diversity of the LGBT community. Cheshire Federation WI Public Affairs committee members Georgina Denny & Vicky Downie from The Iron Maidens WI, worked along with Sue Prince, Kerry Lee, Lucy Irving, Sandra Oldfield, Clare Burns, Ruth Jones, Helen Dunne & Elaine Wynne from Little Sutton Sapphires WI and joined in the celebrations. Even though it rained during the parade most of the ladies took part, and walked with other groups to enjoy the event which was both colourful & entertaining. This being the first time the Cheshire Federation has taken part in the event, it was met with positive support and encouraging comments from the LGBT community. Many women personally thanked the WI for attending the event and mentioned that they looked forward to the WI’s presence at the event in the future.
Secretary Little Sutton Sapphires
Over 100 WI members took part in the Manchester Pride march
BIG NEWS…… The WI won The Spirit of Pride- Manchester 2017. Congratulations to over 100 women who represented their WI’s, Cheshire and Lancashire Federations and were taken to the hearts of the people of Greater Manchester and beyond. All women are always welcome.
The Manchester Evening News captured our members on the parade