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Summer Fun

WI Life wants to know your WI’s exciting summer plans – perhaps you’re celebrating something, planning an event or taking part in festival? Whatever it is, we’d love to know about it for a summer roundup feature in the September issue.

Please send brief details, caption info and good quality photos to wilife@nfwi.org.uk by 24 July, with the subject line ‘Summer’.

Please bear in mind that we can only reproduce good quality photographs in the magazine, so please send them in as high a resolution as possible and as individual attachments – no collages and not embedded in Word documents.

Many thanks,


Hattie Parish

Editorial Assistant, WI Life
National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
T: 020 7731 5777 ext 217

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

Information About Resolutions


In response to concerns expressed by members who often say that they do not have enough time to consider the resolutions in their meetings the NFWI has decided to pilot an alteration to the timings for shortlist stage for the 2017/18 process. This change means that every WI will have, at a minimum, their December and January meetings to consider the resolutions.

The DEADLINE for NFWI resolution submissions from Cheshire members to reach WI House, Chester [NOT NFWI] is Thursday 31st August 2017.  Sybil Graham will then submit all Cheshire resolutions to NFWI by the deadline date.  These resolutions will then go into the shortlist selections process.

The NFWI has set an organisation-wide deadline for shortlist selections to be sent to federations. This date is 9th February 2018.

This change has been made in response to concerns expressed by members who often say that they do not have enough time to consider the resolutions in their meetings. This change means that every WI will have, at a minimum, their December and January meetings to consider the resolutions.

Federations will then have a week (9th-16th February) to count selections and report their results to the NFWI.

Submitting a Resolution

Resolution timetable 2017-18

Resolution Submission Guidance Notes

A Resolution Submission can be sent to any WI who would like one.   Please contact Hazel on 01244 347462.  Please complete the form and return to the office at WI House, 11 White Friars, Chester. CH1 1NZ.  If you need any further information contact the office or visit the NFWI website.

Posted in Members News, WI Events, WI News

My WI – New National Website

My WI website

The new National website for members only is live

Have you received your login?  If not please ring 020 7371 9300 and choose option 2 for MCS.  The staff will help you with the information you need to e able to log in.

The staff at head office can give you your password and will confirm what email address they have for you on the MCS system.  If your email is not on MCS please speak to the MCS rep in your WI to make sure you are registered with an email address.

To reach the new website login through https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/

The website has lots of information to help you run your WI as well as areas for crafts, cookery, gardening and public affairs and resolutions.

Submit a story


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

The WI On Show


We put on a truly wonderful show at the Royal Cheshire County Show on 20th and 21st June .  The exhibits on show were amazing.  What talented members we have.

We had a visit from Cheshire Life and WI Life magazines on the first day of the show so we hope to see some pictures of you all in the months to come

Thank You to Members


(click here for a full set of the results)

Trophy Winners

First Prize Winners

Presentation of the Awards

Our Marquee

Visit our Marquee



‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ was the theme for our WI Marquee at the 2017 Royal Cheshire County Show. We hope you enjoyed spending some time in our marquee during the show on 20th and 21st June.

Cheshire is the second largest county in the National Federation with WIs in towns and villages throughout Cheshire, Halton, Warrington, Stockport, South Manchester and Wirral, all entered our show.  A truly inspiring representation of our County.

The skills of all our members were on show for you to look at with over 700 entries for this year’s show.

Members exhibited Cookery and Preserves, Crafts of every type, Art and Photography, Flowers and Wine.

There were trophies and prize-cards awarded for individual and co-operative classes and we honoured that Pamela Garnett, wife of the Show Chairman, came and presented the trophies to the winning exhibits this year.

The Marquee was decorated with lots of ‘Creatures Great and Small’ created by our members and members of the public voted for their favourite for the ‘Visitors Choice’ award.

Members from across the county put on craft demonstrations during both days of the show.

Capesthorne Bowl

Thank you for coming to join us at the Show

More Scenes from the Show

Royal Cheshire County Show

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

2017 Annual Meeting

AM THe Heatons

Lynne Stubbings

Lynne Stubbings has been elected as our new National Chairman. Congratulations Lynne from all the members of the Cheshire Federation

Lynne Stubbings

Lynne was co-opted on to the NFWI Board of Trustees in 2008. She was elected as an NFWI Vice-Chair in 2013, and as Chair of the WI Enterprises Board in June 2015. Lynne also sits on the Finance Committee, and has previously served on the Public Affairs, and Training Committees and as head of the National Training Team.

Lynne’s first job was with the BBC in London but in 1972 she moved to Birmingham and became PA to the senior partner of a firm of chartered surveyors. She stayed in chartered surveying for 22 years then moved to the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs.

She joined Wishaw WI in 1979 and held many posts, including that of President. In Warwickshire Federation she has served as News Editor, Press Officer, Vice-chairman and Chairman and is WI Marketing Adviser and Independent Financial Examiner.

She has been a National Trainer since 1999 with expertise in recruitment, publicity and marketing.

Lynne visited Cheshire to speak to members at our Spring meeting at Winsford and to run a training course for our Board of Trustees.

Lynne’s interests include cinema and theatre, family history and calligraphy and her pet cats.

Georgina Denny

I am delighted to tell you Georgina Denny, Chairman of Public Affairs, has been appointed a member of NF Public Affairs Committee. I send our warmest congratulations and very best wishes as it is well deserved and I know Georgina will be a great asset to the Committee.

Well done Georgina.

Jean Harding, County Chairman

Cheshire Members joined WI members from all over the UK and the islands at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Liverpool


Arriving at the Echo Arena Liverpool on Wednesday 7th June for the NFWI Annual meeting we were met with heightened security checks but were soon in our allotted seats and ready to sing Jerusalem. Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool welcomed us to his vibrant, growing, friendly city.

With formalities for the meeting completed, National Chairman, Janice Langley, gave a resume of her four incredible years in office which included the WI Centenary. Sharing information and how we communicate has changed dramatically during her time and as a final gesture she launched the “My WI Website”. To use the new easy-to-access website you must ensure that the email address that you have listed on the MCS is current and one you access regularly. Once the site goes live you will receive an email with details on how to access the site.

Janice was cautiously optimistic for the future of Denman College, fund raising will continue, over £360,000 having been raised to date but absolutely key is member’s attendance at, and support of the college.

Julie Roberts, NF Treasurer, gave a positive appraisal of the Wls finances and was delighted that the increase in bookings for Denman had been sustained.

The “Alleviating Loneliness” resolution was proposed and seconded by East Yorkshire Federation and carried with a 69% majority. Many delegates wished they had been given a discretionary vote by their link Wls.

The morning Guest Speaker Jo Fairley, founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate and now The Perfume Society was inspirational.

Lunch eaten, sales tables investigated and for some a bracing Mersey Riverside walk we were ready for the second resolution on “Plastic Soup”. Very professionally proposed and seconded by Buckinghamshire federation plus specialist speaker Dr Natalie Welden, with many comments from the floor the motion was carried with a 98.8% majority.

Susie Dent of Countdown fame, a lexicographer and etymologist gave a fascinating dialogue on the ongoing development of our language.

The new Board of Trustees were announced and the four retiring members thanked. Janice Langley, retiring Chairman gave a brilliant and very humorous overview of her exciting and emotional time as our leader and sincerely thanked her team, Jana Osborne NFWI Secretary

and the staff. To thunderous applause she was given a standing ovation and wished a long and happy retirement.

To round off a memorable day “The Retros” took to the stage and quickly had the Echo Arena alive with Mersey sound and members dancing in the aisles. It was time for the traditional anthems and soon we were on our way home.

Special thanks to Mary Hignett and Hazel Fogg for so efficiently making the arrangements for the Cheshire delegates, observers and WI Advisers to attend the meeting. Next year the AGM will be in Cardiff on Wednesday 6th June.

Christine Bailey Cheshire News Editor


Morning Session

Afternoon Session



NFWI Officers

Chair:   Lynne Stubbings

Hon Treasurer:   Julia Roberts

Vice Chair:   Ann Jones

Vice Chair:   Pat Tulip


Denman:  Pat Tulip

Craft:  Sue Wilson

Finance: Julia Roberts

Food & Garden: Mary Clarke

Membership Development: Amanda Willday

Public Affairs: Ann Jones

Science & Leisure: Catriona Adams

Photos of the Day

Enjoying the finale with the Retros

I Like It


This year’s resolutions


Newspaper Article


Is being launched by Janice Langley tomorrow and goes live on Monday

More details

To receive details of the new member-only website you need to have an email address on the MCS so please check with your WI’s MCS rep to add your email address.

Posted in Members News, WI Events, WI News

Climate Change Week of Action in Cheshire

Walks and Mosses

Speak Up Week of Action 1st to 9th July 2017

The Week of Action has been planned to allow the members of the Climate Coalition to demonstrate to our leaders in both politics and industry that people DO care, that we LOVE our planet and want them to take action to tackle climate change. If people are talking about climate change, they are going to believe we care.

More about the Week of Action

Cheshire Meres and Mosses Walk

Lowland raised peat bogs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth and climate change is a major threat to them. Cheshire Public Affairs Committee are encouraging members to walk around some of the Mosses on Saturday 1st July and take photographs of the lush parts, the dried up edges and other evidence of climate change – for example broom is already in flower. These photographs can be sent to sue.bentley@fightclimatechange.org.uk and the best one will win a prize of the new Ladybird Book for Adults by Prince Charles “Climate Change”. A selection of the photos will be put on social media, and various websites, as a gallery capturing the beauty and the threatened nature of peat bogs in Cheshire.

More about the Meres and Mosses Walk


You can contact Sue Bentley MBE our Cheshire Federation Climate Change Ambassador, who would be delighted to offer help, advice and support. Her email address is sue.bentley@fightclimatechange.org.uk

Speak up for climate change

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

Security Alert – NFWI AGM Liverpool June 2017

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To our WI members,

For those attending the NFWI AGM in Liverpool in June 2017, we have received this message from Fiona Lam, Events Co-ordinator who has asked that we pass on this message to those attending on the day:

“We have all woken up to the dreadful news of the attack in Manchester. In the interest of members’ safety, Echo Arena security staff will conduct more stringent ticket checking in Liverpool, as well as random bag searches. Ticket scanning will somewhat slow down access to the arena, however, I am sure you will agree that in the circumstances, this is the price we all have to pay at any larger gathering and our Annual Meeting is no exception.

Please note that luggage is not permitted in the venue and any large bags should be left at hotels/ on federation coaches as far as possible. We would be grateful if you would share this message with all members attending the Annual Meeting in Liverpool this year.

With best wishes,

Fiona Lam Events Officer”



Posted in Members News

John McCarthy CBE

John McCarthy




Guest Speaker:

John McCarthy CBE

Journalist, Broadcaster, Hostage and writer

TICKETS:  £12.00

No delegate tickets to be issued

Please order tickets through your WI Secretary with payment in advance.  If the event is oversubscribed tickets will be drawn on a ballot basis.

Please return your completed form by Friday 18th August  together with a cheque made payable to CFWI (no individual cheques please) and include a S.A.E.

John McCarthy Order Form

Posted in Members News, WI Events, WI News

ICE – In Case Of Emergencies


During the recent Officers’ Forums the subject of ICE (In case of Emergency) was brought to the attention of members.

Members are advised that they should have an ICE number on their mobile telephones under Contacts. Simply add the number of the person who should be contacted in emergency if anything happens to you. The Emergency Services will automatically look on your telephone to determine if there is an emergency contact.

If you own a mobile phone you can create a special group under the heading ICE. The group should contain details of your doctor and person to be contacted. The emergency services will always look on your mobile phone for any information relevant to the situation you are in.  If you do not have a mobile phone write this information on a piece of paper and keep it in your wallet.

You can use this page to create your own ICE card to keep in your wallet  ICE Card

Information on how to set up ICE on your mobiles can be found on this link How to Set up ICE

Posted in Members News

Haughton Hall Garden Party

Haughton Hall


Joyce Pidduck on her engagement

Joyce Dean, nee Pidduck on her engagement

Mrs Dean’s great nephew and his wife, Philip and Becky Posnett (who inherited her home, Haughton Hall) kindly invited us to their beautiful garden to celebrate what would have been Joyce Dean’s 100th birthday.
Mrs Dean was our President for 20 years. In 1951 she cycled around the village visiting the local ladies to enquire whether they would join a W.I if she started one in Haughton. My Sister-in-Law was one of those ladies and typed the first programmes. Mrs Dean was an expert at encouraging people to volunteer!
Mrs Dean was a lovely lady for whom we had great affection and held in high esteem. She joined in our activities and I well remember her dancing the Charleston in one of our shows. She was a keen competitor in our own Craft and Produce shows, but her hand knitted bathing costume could have been an embarrassing disaster had she not had a trial run in the bath first. It stretched.
Mr and Mrs Dean were always very hospitable to our W.I so this event is a lovely tribute to her.
Eileen Allwood – Founder Member Haughton WI

A big thank you to Philip and Becky Posnett who invited the members of Cheshire Federation of WIs to spend a day in their beautiful gardens on Thursday 18th May.  1,100 members from WIs all over the county enjoyed exploring the grounds and picnics on the lawns.

Mrs Joyce Dean, Philip’s great aunt, would have been 100 this year.  She was President of Haughton WI for many years and held WI events in the grounds of Haughton Hall and spevial committee meetings in the Hall itself.

The members of Haughton and Faddiley WI and Bunbury WI had collected pictures and archives of the WI to share with members.  Mrs Anne Posnett, Joyce’s neice, came along and shared memories with members.  There was a portrait of Jyce Dean on display.

ITV chose Haughton Hall as the home for Frances Barden when they filmed Home Fires in the nearby village of Bunbury.  Julie Summers whose book ‘Jambusters’ was adapted for the series of Home Fires came along to meet members int he gardens, bringing with her pictures of the filming of the series.

Sarah Callander Beckett, the High Sheriff of Cheshire joined us for the afternoon.

The day was an ideal opportunity for supporting Denman and a huge raffle and ‘Upcycling’ of scarves and handbags attracted lots of interest to support the Denman Appeal.

The catering team laid on beautiful picnic lunches which were tremendous value and much enjoyed.

The gardeners from the Hall helped to park the cars and unload coaches and the one-way system eased the flow of traffic along the narrow lane to the Hall

Becky chose the name of the Doll – Samantha – for Samantha Bond who played Frances Barden.  She was won by a member of Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough WI for her daughter, Samantha.

The cake weighed over 8lbs

We spent a delightful day together exploring the grounds and chatting to members from all over the county.

Haughton Hall is a hidden Jewel and we were very privileged to have the chance to enjoy the grounds for the day

There are more photos on a Pinboard on Pinterest

Members of Crowton WI

Thank you to you all for a lovely day. We loved the gardens and seeing so many WI friends. I’m sure you’re all very tired after a very busy day but thought you might enjoy a poem written by our member and poet laureate Philippa Pill

The day we went to Haughton Hall
The sun shone bright and hot
The first sign of trouble though
We’re the tickets Gill forgot!

Sitting on the lawn
In the sun drinking wine
Admiring pretty flowers
Everything was fine.

It started with a drip
We thought it would go away
Then more grey clouds came over
The rain had come to stay.

It will stop soon
We were quite sure
We played I Spy
It began to pour.

First our heads got wet
Then necks and backs
Right down to our feet
And in all the cracks!

We laughed we smiled
We tried to joke
But in the end
Our patience broke

Off to the coach
Through puddles we fled
Let’s go to Hollies
Pauline said.

How to get there?
The driver didn’t know
But Sue and her sat nav
Told them which way to go.

With scones and cake
Hot chocolate and coffee
We dried out nicely
In the cafe.

So despite the rain
And soggy feet
The day turned out
To be a treat.

Pauline Hignett, President of Neston Riverside 


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

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