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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.
Christmas 2018 at White Friars was a very successful event and it was lovely to see so many members enjoying themselves at WI House. Those who had not visited before enjoyed a tour of the House and seeing how the premises and the facilities it offers, are utilised.
I know you will all be busy in your WIs planning your year ahead and enjoying events and outings to run alongside your monthly meetings. I wish you every success and look forward to visiting many of you in the coming months. It certainly is a very exciting time ahead for us all. And 2019 is when the Federation’s Centenary Programme is finalised to ensure 2020 is a truly celebratory year.
A copy of the Centenary Programme was sent to every WI at the end of last year outlining the various ways members can become involved in the celebrations. To view click here. The Board of Trustees is eager to ensure members will take a huge part in our special year.
The various ways of becoming involved are as follows: Your WI choir could perform at the Centenary Concert on 25th February 2020 at Chester Cathedral. Members are invited to submit a reading entitled ‘What Being a WI Member Means to Me’. Design a scene of Cheshire for inclusion on notelets. A celebratory bauble to be displayed at the Cheshire Show and at White Friars at Christmas time. Design a Centenary Logo for a canvas bag. Full details are to be found in the Centenary Programme. There will be a Pie & Peas evening at Poynton Civic Hall, Afternoon Tea at Thornton Manor, Wirral and a Federation Holiday to Stoney Creek.
You can understand that 2019 will be a very busy year as we finalise all these details. Please click here for dates for your diary and keep an eye on the Centenary pages of our website – see the top menu.
I am delighted to announce that on Thursday, 12th September this year (2019) we will be holding an event at Capesthorne Hall to mark the start of our Centenary celebrations. Lord and Lady Bromley Davenport wanted to be involved in our celebrations and have very generously offered the Federation use of Capesthorne Hall and waived the hiring fee on that day. An exceptionally generous gesture for which we say a huge thank you. Further details will be sent to WIs when the Trustees have sourced a speaker, refreshments and finalised the details necessary to ensure a successful event at this prestigious venue.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the Federation’s Annual Council meeting at Northwich Memorial Hall on Thursday, 14th March when we have the truly inspirational speaker, Beth Tweedle.
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