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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.
Storyhouse, the venue for our Autumn Meeting was one of the most enjoyable meetings I have fronted, a very enjoyable day. My thanks go to everyone who helped in any way to make the day run so smoothly. I must also thank everyone who took the time to send emails, letters or cards saying how much you had enjoyed the meeting, the speakers and venue were praised by all. I have never received so many notifications following an event, they are all very much appreciated. Please read the report of the meeting within this edition.
I am proud to announce that we have seven, newly qualified NFWI Judges in Cheshire, Sue Atherton, Clare Hollins, and Helen Sadler have qualified as Produce Judges and the following members have become Craft Judges, Cindy West, Tricia Jones, Bev Langham and Jane Percival. Congratulations to you all, you certainly have worked hard to gain your success.
Whilst out and about recently I have witnessed a couple of our younger WIs in action. Tytherington Treacles WI have posed for a calendar to raise money to replace a breast screening machine at Macclesfield Hospital. The calendar was launched in grand style at Macclesfield Town Hall in front of the Lord Mayor, a Consultant from the Hospital, sponsors, guests and members. It was a very pleasant evening, I am still trying to figure out how the lady posed on the Harley Davidson motor bike without falling off! I was then present at a Group meeting when The Iron Maidens WI played refreshment hostesses for the first time at such a meeting. Their selection of homemade cakes and scones (cooked on the premises) together with homemade jams were greatly appreciated by all. I have never seen so many cakes. Both WIs should feel immensely proud of their achievements.
May I remind members that WI House, Chester is only open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm when members are more than welcome to visit. Staff are in the House Monday and Friday, but they are the days they can get on with their work without interruption. They will answer the telephone but if calls will wait until Tuesday that is preferable. Please respect our staff and give them their quiet time, it will be greatly appreciated. When you are in the House if an office door is shut please do not enter as it usually means that member of staff is having their lunch break.
This is my final letter of 2018, so I will wish you all a very happy Christmas together with a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019. I look forward to meeting many of you in the New Year.
The Board of Trustees has produced a preliminary programme to celebrate our Centenary in 2020. To view or download it please CLICK HERE.
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