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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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Final Denman Bursaries

Denman College

BURSARIES FOR DENMAN 2017/18   A final batch of first timer bursaries is available for the 2017/18 programme year, to be used on open residential courses taking place before 30 September 2018.

The Denman Committee thanks the donors of bursaries listed below for their support in this year’s programme.

THE BURSARIES LISTED BELOW ARE ALL FOR FIRST TIMERS – WI members who have not attended a residential course at Denman before.   Beryl Allan Bursaries Kindly donated by James Allan in memory of his late mother Beryl Allan, the following bursaries are available:

  • Five course bursaries for £300
  • Four course bursaries for £250

Freda Barnicoat Bursaries Kindly donated by John Barnicoat in memory of his late wife Freda Barnicoat, the following bursaries are available:

  • Four course bursaries for £250

HOW TO APPLY FOR BURSARIES To apply for any of the Denman bursaries detailed above, please send a short letter in support of your application to:

Karen Hodge, Finance, Denman, Marcham, Oxon, OX13 6NW or email k.hodge@denman.org.uk   In your letter or email please give the following details: •           Your full name, contact details, WI and Federation •           The name of the bursary you would like to apply for •           Confirmation that you have not visited Denman in the past •           The number and title of the course you would like to attend if your application for a bursary is successful, plus a second and third choice.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 November 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted in writing by Friday 8 December 2017.

Regrettably it will not be possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.


  • All bursaries awarded must be used on residential open courses taking place before the end of September 2018.
  • Only one bursary may be applied for per individual.
  • A bursary cannot be awarded to anyone who has been to Denman or awarded a Denman bursary in the past three years.
  • Denman bursaries are open to WI members only, for residential open courses and cannot be applied to a course arranged via a federation or a small group booking.
  • Denman bursaries cannot be applied to courses already booked


Copyright © 2017 Denman, All rights reserved. Denman Mailing List Our mailing address is: Denman, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW 01865 391 991 info@denman.org.uk

Posted in Members News

A Summer Walk Around Lindow Moss Wilmslow



As part of the Climate Coalition Week of Action Pauline Handley and Jean Hill, both members of Fulshaw WI, walked around Lindow Moss, Wilmslow taking photos and making notes as they went and discovered a beautiful and unique environment under threat.

To see their photographs and more …. continue reading

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

Sale of Courses at Denman

Denman sale

It’s sale time!

Curious about what’s on offer at Denman in September and October? Then have a look below and choose a course that suits you. Then give us a call and quote PROMO0817. This offer is valid until Friday 18 August 2017.  Choose from the courses below and call us on 01865 391 991 to get 10% off!


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The Iron Maidens Feature in The Metro


But when it comes to shattering the charity’s twin set and pearls visage, few groups can compare to Iron Maidens WI in Merseyside.

On their Facebook page, the group appeals to ‘anyone with an interest in Burlesque, Vintage Lifestyle, Steampunk, Tattoos, Roller Derby’ and other offbeat tendencies to get involved.
Amidst talks from a professional dominatrix and workshops on Vikings, the group has been fundraising for local homeless shelters and attending stand up nights since 2012, not to mention that one of their committee flies the body confidence flag as a finalist in Miss Plus Size International.
But beneath their vintage polka dots and elaborate body art, the stout heart of the WI doctrine beats strongly in this edgy group.
As president, Jeannie Irving shares, ‘As a modern WI, we are embracing the values and ethos of the traditional WI in inspiring and educating women, but in our own way.’

These values of equality, education and community are summed up by the charity’s national motto, ‘Inspiring Women’.
Unlikely as it sounds, the WI has been at the forefront of social change since its inception in 1915.
Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/its-not-all-jam-making-and-knitting-how-the-womens-institute-is-breaking-the-jelly-mould-6825959/#ixzz4ombecO3i

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News

Huxley Cup

Brenda Proudlove
Brenda Proudlove

Brenda Proudlove

Our sincere thanks to Brenda Proudlove for representing Cheshire in the Huxley Cup at Bakewell Show this week. Brenda created her beautiful arrangement using materials supplied to the exhibitors at the show.  Quite a task. Well done from us all.

Jean Harding

This was the brief Brenda had to follow

Huxley Cup, August 2017
The Huxley Cup this year will be held in the Derbyshire Federation Marquee at the Bakewell Show (www.bakewellshow.org).
Allthe entries are available to view on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 August at the Bakewell Showground,Bakewell, Derbyshire,DE45 1AH. To encourage entries from all abilities,this year the competition is an IMPOSED EXHIBITon a table top, where the exhibit theme are provided to each entrant on the staging day with all materials, sundries and containers. No additional flowers,foliage or accessories are permitted.
Karen Wakefield from Staffordshire Federation with her winning floral arrangement

Karen Wakefield from Staffordshire Federation with her winning floral arrangement

2nd place - Sheila Williams (Berkshire)

2nd place – Sheila Williams (Berkshire)

3rd place - Joyce Valentine (Worcestershire)

3rd place – Joyce Valentine (Worcestershire)










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

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