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With the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.
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With the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.
The WI offers all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of women. We can help you to expand your horizons and make new friends, take up new interests, learn new crafts and develop new skills. The Women’s Institute is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands. Its concerns range from climate change to cooking, from crafts to community projects, from healthy eating to Fairtrade fortnights, from traditional values to new friendships.
I am so pleased to announce Alia el Asmar, member of Great Moor & District WI, is now the Federation’s Resolution Officer. She has taken over from Sybil Graham who has done an excellent j I am sure you will all support Alia in her new venture.
I am currently putting the final details in place for our first meeting at Storyhouse, Chester. It is a beautiful building and I am sure members will enjoy the venue. Please note if you are attending on the day, you are able to eat your lunch in the auditorium and coffee/tea serving points will be found in the foyer where members can purchase drinks before the meeting and at lunchtime. Publications and raffle tickets will be on sale in the foyer. I look forward to seeing you all on the day.
I am reading many members’ details of holidays being spent with fellow members. I have recently returned from a very pleasant overnight visit to the Yorkshire Dales with my WI Group, Mid Wirral. Then in November a group from my WI are going to Devon for 5 days. It is an opportunity for us all to relax and get to know each other better. These holidays are definitely a popular event throughout the Federation.
In August I did a litter pick on a local playing field area with my WI and it was so rewarding when local people came to ask why we were doing it and then thanking us for our work. We always put our notice board in a prominent place saying we are Eastham WI working in the community.
Eastham woods has a rangers’ information point and my WI has taken on responsibility for the flower beds within the area. Our members are looking forward to this challenge and it will be interesting to see the flowers in bloom next spring.
I know many WIs do such work in their communities and local railway station platforms which is much appreciated by all concerned. So please do give thought to whether there is somewhere in your area you could make a difference with plants and flowers.
This brings me to remind you all about my Chairman’s Challenge for every WI to plant and tree in their community for the Federation’s centenary in 2020. Do ensure you put a plaque by the tree saying who planted the tree and the reason why. It can be any type of tree from oak to fruit tree. It’s entirely up to you, to the members of your WI. I know several WIs have already planted your trees for which I thank you.
I know I say it every year but now is the time to consider standing for your committee. WIs do not run themselves so please ‘do your bit’ and help your WI to continue for years to come by being a committee member for the coming year. It is a very enjoyable experience so do not hesitate put your name forward you will not regret it.
Jean Harding (Chairman)
Board of Trustees
Federation Chairman: Jean Harding
Federation Hon. Treasurer: Ann Daughtrey
Federation Vice-Chairmen: Selina Prescott, Georgina Denny, Mary Hignett.
Co-option: Ann Pye