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With thousands of members across the county there's always something interesting going an and so much we want to share with you. Keep up to date with all our latest news and check back regularly for updates and details of events and meetings.

Coming Up To Christmas


There are lots of events arranged for members to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas.  We look forward to seeing you there:

Christmas Flowers

Carol Service


Posted in Members News, WI Events

Autumn Council Meeting



News and pictures have been posted as a new event

Autumn Council Meeting

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News, WI Events

New Event at Denman



Denman Presents….

Cotswold Distillery Gin & Whisky Talk, Tour & Tasting!

Friday 9 February 2018 M £65 | NM £70 Friends of Denman £58.50*

Join us at Denman for an introduction on how gin is made, looking in particular at how the unique Cotswolds Distillery created their award winning gin. After the lecture and lunch, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the distillery, with a special tour and tasting. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn more about distilling gin and whisky, and visiting the beautiful North Cotswolds countryside. Every guest will also receive a free 50ml bottle of Cotswold Distillery gin! Residential option available. Book to stay the night after the event and receive 10% off your B&B.

Call us today on 01865 391 991 to book your place


*Friends of Denman receive 10% off all courses and events at Denman plus lots of exclusive offers and a free gift on joining the membership. Contact us for more information on how to join!


Posted in Members News

Denman Fabric Shop


22 September 2017

Dear Federation Chairs, Federation Secretaries and Denman Ambassadors, 

An Update on the Denman Fabric Shop

We are delighted that you are donating your superfluous fabric and craft items to us to sell to other people towards Denman’s funds. So far we have raised £55,000 which has enabled the purchase of many items for students and tutors to use.  To date these funds have been used to buy equipment for the teaching centre, including lamps with magnifiers, blackout blinds for the Ferris room, computer printers, sewing machines, workshop stools, craft equipment, a display cabinet and document cameras amongst a host of other things.

Due to members’ generosity, however, we are absolutely snowed under with bags waiting to be processed and our volunteer team is a little overwhelmed. They need to be able to catch up with measuring, bagging and labelling so goods can be ready for sale.

We would be therefore be grateful if you could ask your members to hold on to their donations for a while whilst our team try to reduce the backlog! Obviously we will advertise when we need more items but meanwhile I am sure you can imagine our volunteers are doing their best to get all of the stock onto the shelves.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Jane Dixon

Head of Denman

Denman, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6NW

T: 01865 391991

F: 01865 391966



A Subsidiary of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Charity Registration No. 803793.

Posted in Members News

It’s Sale Time at Denman

Colour Course

Denman Sale


Click on the link below to see all the courses with places on offer



Tel: 01865 391 991

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Your WI – A Year in Photographs


Elizabeth Bell photographic competition

Written by: NFWI Science & Leisure Committee

Inspired by member’s talent and love of photography, the NFWI Science & Leisure Committee invites WIs to submit a collection of photographs depicting a year in their WI for the 2017/18 Elizabeth Bell Challenge.

Running from January – December 2018, WIs are invited to compose a selection of no more than 12 photographs which represent a year in their WI. Photographs can be taken monthly or at various events and activities attended or organised by the WI throughout the year.

For more details, download a copy of the competition schedule below. You can also download an individual booking form.



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Kate Bliss at Poynton Civic Hall


Kate joined us at the Civic Hall in Poynton for a lovely evening.

As Margaret Gradwell from Gee Cross WI said ‘Kate Bliss from Bargain Hunt, & many other Antique programmes gave a talk on special finds and how her career took off by being in the right place at the right time.’

It was a superb evening and I wish to thank all the members who attended and made the evening a great success.

Thank you also to all those who helped and to the staff of Poynton Civic Hall.

Jean Harding, Federation Chairman


Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News, WI Events, WI News

Gee Cross WI Well Dressing

Well dressers at work

This year’s well-dressing was a wonderful affair but tinged with a little sadness.  As most of you know we lost our long serving joint President and friend Margaret Eddowes last November and as the well-dressing was very dear to her we knew we had to make a special effort.

Our theme was the R.N.L.I. in honour of Margaret as this was a charity she held very dear to her heart.

The ladies of Gee Cross WI worked extremely hard to produce a beautiful picture.  The day dawned with beautiful sunshine and we all assembled at 1.45 pm ready for the off at 2.00 pm.

We had the Denton Brass Band which led us round the wells and our heroes the Blood Bikes kept the traffic at bay as we made our way round.  We were very pleased to have the Lady Mayor of Tameside Mrs Joyce Bowerman and her consort with us, and they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, never having done anything like it before.

Margaret’s three Sons and their families also joined us much to our delight.

There was short entertainment in the chapel by the Brownies and some of their young people and then tea, coffee & cakes were enjoyed back at the Chapel Hall.

I think Margaret would have approved of the successful day we had.

Lynne Schofield-Secretary,

Gee Cross WI

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News, WI Events

Cheshire Visit to Denman

Cheshire Denman Weekend

Cheshire Federation visit to Denman 22nd and 23rd October, 2017


2 places on the Federation visit to Denman on 22/23rd October have become available. The cost is £182 for this Taster Visit where you have 4 hours of tuition, a night at Denman, all meals from afternoon tea on 22nd to afternoon tea on 23rd and coach to and from Denman included in the price.

If you are interested please contact me, Lyn Hand, on 01244 375283 or email tomhand@btinternet.com 

Please contact Lyn ASAP if you are interested as details need to be sent to Denman.

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News

Chester & Manchester Pride Marches

With Mayor of Chester

Georgina with LSS

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  .
Georgina Denny

chair public affairs CFWI

WI stand Pride march


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.

Lynne Callister

Secretary Little Sutton Sapphires

 Chester pride march


Over 100 WI members took part in the Manchester Pride march

WI Win

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.

WI win

The Manchester Evening News captured our members on the parade

MEN pride

Cale Green

Cale Green

Social Lites (Flixton)

Social Lites (Flixton)

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