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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 writing this letter following our truly fantastic meeting today at the Storyhouse, Chester. The new venue appears to have been a huge hit with members. I have already had many emails telling me how they enjoyed the day, the speakers and the venue. They say the venue is superb as there where tea/coffee stations on all floors and plenty of toilets which meant not having to queue! The staff at Storyhouse worked so hard to make us feel welcome and to ensure the event ran smoothly which it certainly did.
The morning speaker was Razia Daniels, former Lord Mayor of Chester, Razia spoke proudly of her time as Lord Mayor and the many events she attended and the people she had met. A truly interesting and inspirational woman.
I took the opportunity to announce the plans for the Federation’s centenary year in 2020. Full details will be available in the near future.
Just before lunch I was able to present Jean Smith, Cheadle & Gatley WI, with the trophy for the best photograph which appears in the 2019 Federation calendar.
Following lunch I was delighted to present Helen Ebbitt and Susan Leicester with their certificates and badges announcing they are now officially WI Advisers. Two certain assets to the Federation. I was also pleased to announce the Federation now has three new NFWI Produce Judges, Sue Atherton, Claire Hollins and Helen Sadler, all three qualified recently. Good to have you onboard ladies.
Our afternoon speaker, Eve Pollard, Lady Lloyd, OBE, was a superb speaker. She certainly entertained members with her tales of people she had interviewed and met, ending her spot by answering many questions. A lovely lady and delighted to be with us. Apparently, ladies from Hough WI travelled home to Crewe on the same train as Eve and spent a happy journey talking with her.
The Annual Council meeting will take place in the evening of 14th March at Northwich Memorial Court when the guest speaker will be Beth Tweedle who is a truly inspirational speaker. The selection of an evening has come about as a result of the Forums last year when we were asked to consider holding this meeting in the evening to allow members who are not free in the day to attend this important event. The Trustees are only too willing to give the evening event a trial to see how members respond.
Today was our first time at Storyhouse but I feel it will not be our last.
My sincere thanks to everyone who helped ensure today ran smoothly, I really do appreciate everything you do and a huge thank you to members for supporting the event.
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