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With thousands of members across the county there's always something interesting going an and so much we want to share with you. Keep up to date with all our latest news and check back regularly for updates and details of events and meetings.

County Quiz Final

Friday night 5th April at Comberbach WI  saw 20 teams competing for the first and second place trophies in the County Quiz Final.  Federation chair, Jean Harding read out the questions and she was assisted by Federation Hon Treasurer, Ann Daughtrey, and Veronica Gough Chair of the Sports and Leisure Committee along with Ann Clemett who marked the papers.  Judith Kennedy welcomed members and organised the raffle.  The quiz was pitched just right, harder than the heats but challenging enough.  Members of Comberbach WI welcomed everyone and provided refreshments after the 4th round when scores were close.   After the 8th round scores were totted up and there was a clear winner, congratulations to Helsby Hillside WI.   Joint second place went to Wallasey WI and Croft WI.   Each will hold the trophy for 6 months.  Seventeen other teams were congratulated on reaching the final.  Thanks go to the Sports and Leisure committee for organising the event – no mean feat – and for the support of  those throughout the County who read the questions and marked the papers and allowed this final to be brought to a close.  The  challenge now is for  members to brush on general knowledge and aim to win the trophy in Cheshire Federation’s centenary year, 2020!

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Spring PAL Meeting at Tarvin

On 26th March over 170 members gathered at Tarvin Community Centre for the PAL meeting ‘Our Planet, our Countryside, our Choices’.

The first speaker was Faye Sherlock from Chester Zoo whose topic was Sustainable Palm Oil.

Chester Zoo is a leader in the campaign to promote the use of Sustainable Palm Oil. Palm Oil is a necessary crop as it is used in many foods, cosmetics and cleaning products.   There is no campaign to ban it just to grow it sustainably.  It is efficient to grow as the yield of oil per hectare is much greater than that of other plant oils – eg rapeseed, olive, sunflower but the cost to the environment of growing this is immense as not only is the canopy of any plantation  dense which makes life very difficult for other creatures but also the aggressive clearing of land with no care for the existing wildlife is detrimental to species numbers.

The  Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO  has been formed whose remit is to encourage the growing of Palm Oil which is ‘profitable for the business while not harming people or the environment’ ie sustainable.

Chester Zoo sees one of  its major roles as ‘preventing extinction’ and connected with this is the Orang Utan Conservation project.  The Zoo is a partner in ROSPA as the  critically endangered OrangUtan’s natural habitat is  in areas favourable for the growing of Palm Oil. 

Chester has become the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City through the inspiration of Chester Zoo (see link below).

What can we do – make sure that the food and products we buy contain Sustainable Palm Oil (SPO) (see link to the shopping link below).  Look for the RSPO logo.




The second speaker was Martin Varley the Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust who spoke about ‘What next for Nature’. 

He explained the role of the CWT as one of enabling wildlife to survive and thrive across the region.

We were reminded that over 50 years ago more food was needed throughout the world so pesticides and nitrate fertilisers were developed to increase food production – which they did successfully. However, at that time the cost of these to the environment were not known.  We are seeing the result today in, for example, the catastrophic reduction in the numbers of insects.  Globally  insects are declining 8 times faster than animals.

The Cheshire Wildlife Trust works to highlight the value of nature and to help nature to recover from past ravages.  Some species in Cheshire are critically endangered especially the White Clawed Crayfish and the European Eel .

The Trust is involved in issues relating to the planning system, and works closely with local landowners.  With over 1000 registered volunteers in Cheshire the community has a chance to become involved, helping people to get well through nature.  The result of our predominantly  urban existence means ‘we are getting just as sick as nature’.

 So what next ? Brexit will have an influence on our environment.  There are going to be  new Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Bills to take us forward after Brexit .


What can we do …………… how can we change the future?  We can campaign to make sure the environment is what we want it to be – join the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and save the White Clawed Crayfish.


Members left the meeting with plenty to think about.


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NFWI Online Craft Exhibition to Celebrate Centenaries

Is your WI celebrating its Centenary or are you preparing for the Federation’s Centenary?   NFWI is hosting an online exhibition on My WI, featuring crafts created for these special events.

The exhibition gives the opportunity to share photographs of the item/s being made, the members involved in the project and of the final piece/s. We would also like to include background information about the federation or the WI and the story of why the item/s was chosen to be created.

Please send directly to:

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CFWI Trustees

Jean Harding Chairman of Cheshire Federation is delighted to announce the co-option onto the Board of Trustees of Alia el Asmar, Great Moor & District WI and Wendy Morris, Fulshaw WI.   Jean said ‘they will both be assets to the Board and Federation and the Trustees look forward to working closely with them both in the future.’

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Annual Council Meeting

The CFWI  Annual Council Meeting was held on the evening of Thursday 14th March at Northwich Memorial Centre.   Our Chairman, Jean Harding, deftly guided us through the business for the evening with news and exciting plans for the future.

The beautiful flower arrangement which decorated the Federation chairman’s desk was arranged by Ruth Smith from Crowton WI.

We were then entertained by the inspirational speaker Beth Tweddle about her long road to winning her Olympic gold medal and her experience on Dancing on Ice (including little secret about the head banger!  They are all fitted with thick pony tail which hit the ice first!!  At that speed would it give much protection 😉).  Beth answered the great questions from the floor and posed for lots of photos with members after the meeting had finished

We wish Beth all happiness and best wishes with her new baby due in 8 weeks.

Thank you to all who attended and the organisers for a very smooth evening.


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County Darts Championship

Veronica Gough Chair of the Sport and Leisure sub-committee writes ‘The darts final took place on Tuesday 12 March at Winnington Park Club. 12 teams met to contest the final and in a very pleasant atmosphere most games were  closely contested but the eventual winners were Moore and Daresbury and the runners up were Lower Withington.  Well done to all teams.

My thanks go to Ann Clemett for running the event, Jill Beavan, Lyn Worrell, Ann Shakeshaft and Wendy Youd for running the evening and to Ann Daughtrey (our Treasurer) for presenting the trophies (as well as acting as scorer for her team all evening).’

Moore and Daresbury last won the competition 50 years ago!  Well done Pauline, Shirley, Eleanor, Jeannette and Hazel.


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Resolution Vote Results

Cheshire Federation members are right on track with the rest of the country when it comes to the results of the resolutions vote.  This year’s national total is the most selections cast since the individual selection process was introduced, with over 105,000 selections cast by members.  Cheshire Federation saw a 40% increase in the number of members voting.   Thanks to all of you who got your votes in on time.

CFWI Results
2019 resolutions Selections
1 Improving plant biosecurity 377
2 Trees- improving the natural landscape 629
3 Pelvic floor education 329
4 Suffering in silence- menstrual health taboo 334
5 Decline in local buses 1081
6 Don’t fear the smear 845
Total selections received to date 3595

NFWI Results
2019 resolutions Selections
1 Improving plant biosecurity 13,010
2 Trees- improving the natural landscape 18,959
3 Pelvic floor education 8,401
4 Suffering in silence- menstrual health taboo 8,912
5 Decline in local buses 35,194
6 Don’t fear the smear 20,825
Total selections received to date 105,184

In order to allow members the opportunity to work on a breadth of issues, the NFWI Board of Trustees has decided to put forward the top two resolutions to the Annual Meeting.

Cheshire Federation will be holding two Resolution Meetings.  The first at Frodsham Community Hall in the afternoon on the 24 April and the second in the evening on the 25 April at The New Life Church, Congleton.  We hope to find expert speakers to help us discuss both issues.

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The Climate Coalition – The Show the Love Campaign

Sue Bentley MBE, Cheshire Federation’s Climate Ambassador went to London on Wednesday 13th February to  Meeting Room T, Portcullis House from 11.15am-1pm and then to Room C, 1 Parliament Street from 3-5pm to lobby MPs about supporting zero emissions by 2050 as part of her Climate Ambassador role.  More than 50 MPs came to talk to all  representatives, including those from other organisations including the WWF, the RSPB and the National Trust.  All the MPs were given a green heart and some climate change information.   Sue explains that ‘The Show The Love green heart drop in gives an opportunity for MPs to speak to local people about the impacts of climate change in their local areas and why we feel passionately about this.  The idea was for as many MPs as possible to be presented with green hearts and to have their photo taken during the day and for those from the morning session to wear their green heart badge during PMQs which started at 12pm.’  The photo is of Sue with her local MP Derek Twigg and she tells us ‘you can’t see how much my legs ache on the photo but they REALLY did!  Despite this she had a brilliant day which went very well!’  To find out more about our previous  activities please click here.

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West Kirby WI

A very warm welcome to the members of our newest WI in West Kirby who signed their constitution on Valentines Day and as one of their new members said ‘and on Valentine’s too, we must be really committed’.

100 potential new members came along for an evening of getting to know more about the WI and listening to the speaker from the West Kirby Sailing Centre.  

They already have their facebook page up and running:  West Kirby Women’s Institute is based at St Bridget’s Church Centre aiming to be part of the vibrant and creative people of West Kirby meeting on the second Thursday of the month. If you have an interest in crafts, the arts, history, baking, music, sports, and local community, West Kirby WI offers an opportunity for like minded women to share and learn in a friendly environment. We want to gain new skills and share old ones whilst giving something back to our neighbourhood.

The West Kirby WI has been set up by Louise Wood,  Lorraine Anderson and Yasmin Limbert,  a former star of the Great British Bake Off.

Louise, who is president of the WI, said she had been overwhelmed by the interest in the group.

She said: “We thought we might get a handful of people, we had no idea how popular it was going to be.

“Having been a member of the Wirral Belles WI, in Neston, for many years, I was finding the commute too much with a young family. So we got together and decided to look at setting up a group in West Kirby.

“We are now having to look for a bigger space to accommodate all the new members.”

Last night, Liz Gilliver, from Wirral Sailing Centre, was the group’s first official speaker and gave an update on the renovation of the centre and the various activities available for the community.

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Getting Your WI Online

The CFWI website is being updated soon and we are taking this opportunity to help all our WIs get online with either their own website, facebook, twitter or Instagram pages.

The WIs in our Federation are responding to a letter offering them help to get online which went out this week. Its really great news there has been lots of interest.  Notes went out to interested WIs over the weekend and Astbury WI already have their new website up and running.
It was very easy. I just followed the instructions as sent.
I set up a new email on outlook as suggested and then using it downloaded the Weebly app.
Then it was very straightforward. I copied and pasted the programme information from my programme 2019 in Word also Committee Details.
I have been careful to include only photographs taken by myself or those of inanimate objects previously shared on our Facebook page, until permissions are in place. Hence the sparse daffodils at Astbury on the green.
Also that is the reason that only my phone number appears on the contacts page. Not trying to hog the limelight but to keep other’s details safe.
I found it very easy to work within the app. So thank you for pointing me in the right direction Cheshire Federation.
Kind regards
Margaret Pearson
There is a copy of the notes mentioned on this website, which we hope will be of help to guide you on your way. 
Our task on the CFWI web editing team is to guide and support, where possible, in getting as many WI’s on social media if they wish to do so.  There are also notes on the MyWI website.
We have 126 websites, facebook pages, twitter feeds and instagram accounts amongst our WIs in Cheshire.  We look forward to seeing many more of you online.
Your own websites and social media pages will then be linked to the Federation website to help people to find out about your WI.  These are the links you can have.
If you want to ask any questions please email this address cfwiwebeditor@outlook.com
Other Websites 
Kelsall WI has had a website for a long time.
They helped Helsby Hillside build their website
Comberbach have just built their new website
Good Luck with getting online
CFWI web team
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