Weaver Valley WI Choir Concert
The concert in aid of the Denman Appeal was well supported by members and guests who included The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs and his wife Michelle, and NFWI Trustee Amanda Willday.
The choir performed with great enthusiasm a wide range of music including Parry, Purcell, Irving Berlin, Tom Springfield and Rodgers and Hammerstein and the audience joined in with gusto on several items. There were many solo performances, which showed us what talent we have in Cheshire Federation. Without offending others Nancy Gates stole the show with her rendition of “Keep the Home Fires Burning” – what a voice at 90.
The Choir also showed their range of talents with several highly amusing sketches and readings: the comic timing of “Séance” and “A Hole in the Bucket” was superb and had us crying with laughter.
As the concert was in aid of the Denman appeal Helen Carey, compere, asked all to do their best to support Denman to enable future generations to benefit from its courses. To encourage members to go to Denman, Lyn Hand, Denman Ambassador for Cheshire, outlined the next County visit and had flyers for members to collect during the interval.
The raffle was very well supported with £504 raised and 18 members winning prizes.
Thank you to all for their support.
Lyn Hand, Denman Ambassador
Saving Denman Appeal
“Give Denman a Birthday Present”
As part of our “Saving Denman Appeal” we are asking all WIs to give the proceeds of their September raffle to the Appeal. If you no longer have a raffle could you have a special in September? Devon have been doing this for several years and last year raised over £2000.As we have over 60 federations you can see that this would make a huge contribution to our Appeal Funds without being a big effort on the part of the WI. You should send your cheque to your federation with “Saving Denman Appeal” on the back.
The Appeal is going well but it is a large sum to raise so we need to get contributions in lots of different ways. I hope you will be able to help us in this.
News from Brighton
We are thrilled to announce that £4,901 and 40p was collected for the Saving Denman Appeal at the Annual Meeting on Saturday. A massive thank you to everyone who donated and to all the wonderful volunteers who held the buckets.
Latest News about the Saving Denman Appeal
As of the end of July 2016, the Saving Denman Appeal had raised £75,471. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far. This is an ongoing fundraising appeal asking federations, WIs and individual members to organise fund raising activities and make donations over the next two years. The money raised will be added to a special maintenance fund to maintain the fabric of the buildings and grounds.
There is now a donations box at reception in Denman.
If you would like to give a donation to the Saving Denman Appeal you can send a cheque made payable to ‘Denman’ to WI House, 11 White Friars, Chester. CH1 1NZ. We will keep a tally of the amount of support sent by the members of the Cheshire Federation.
Below is a report of the meeting held in Birmingham where many of the Federations were represented. The report has been written by our Denman Rep, Lyn Hand
Fund raising meeting report
Fund Raising Ideas
Please let us know if you are planning a fund raising event for Denman so that we can advertise it for you here on the website and on the Federation Facebook Page.
We are in the process of organising some County Events for members to help with this appeal and will let you know further details once they are available.
Annual Meeting in Brighton
If any of you want to send a donation for the Saving Denman Appeal with your delegate to the Annual Meeting we are pleased to be able to share the following message with you:
The NFWI has obtained permission from The Brighton Centre to fundraise for the Saving Denman Appeal at the Annual Meeting on 11 June.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to donate money into official fundraising buckets, on their departure, at the end of the meeting. If you are able to share this information with your members we’d be most grateful.
With best wishes.
Kerri Le Roux-Marx
Board Secretary & Events Manager