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Autumn Council Meeting at the Storyhouse

The Cheshire Federation of WIs Autumn Council meeting was held for the first time at the refurbished Storyhouse Theatre in Chester and it was a great success.  We were warmly welcomed by the staff and there was plenty of room for everybody, both in the foyer area and in the theatre itself.  Everyone had a numbered seat which made a refreshing change from the habit of seats being draped with scarves and coats. The ushers helpfully got us all seated.   Our trustees lined the stage which was decked with flowers and Jean Harding, our chair welcomed all to the venue.  Jean announced that Rachel Hughes is to step down from the Board of Trustees due to health reasons and thanked her for her support and hard work.

We heard some of the plans for our centenary year in 2020 and then had an inspirational talk from Razia Daniels the ex Lord Mayor of Chester.  Then we heard from our sub-committee chairs.  Sybil Graham stood down from the role of Resolutions Adviser and introduced Alia el Asmar who has been appointed to the role.  Diane Coulton gave us information about the Cheshire show 2019 when the theme will be “The Silver Screen” and Lyn Hand told us about the next CFWI trip to Denman on the 25/10/19.
After lunch we came back to the auditorium and listened to Eve Pollard, who was a glorious and very funny speaker, talking about her career as a journalist, in newsprint, magazines and on television.  She told a few stories about her daughter Claudia Winkleman, about meeting the Queen and covering all the Royal weddings and births and about other famous people as well as highlighting her work supporting women in business.  Although she entertained with many amusing anecdote, Eve told us she was keeping some things back for her memoirs!  Her time with Cheshire Federation ended with questions from the audience.
Many thanks to Jean and all those on the Board for planning and organising the event and to all the advisers for helping on the day.
There were a lot of very happy ladies on the bus back to the park-and-ride at the end of the day.
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The Big WI-Kender 2018

The Big WI-Kender was held in Cuddington by members of seven WIs from Cheshire Federation (Cheadle & Gatley, Offerton Hatters, Cale Green, Great Moor & District , Fulshaw, Runcorn and Stalybridge plus Cottonopolis WI from Lancashire Federation.  This is the third year that this event has been held and members attended craft sessions and cookery demonstrations, took part in competitions, went on walks, went to gin-club, took part in Wild West fun and learnt new skills or just relaxed all accompanied by lots of laughter.  A perfect example of building relationships across boundaries.


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White Water Rafting in Wales

Members of Fulshaw WI challenging all the stereotypes doing a spot of white water rafting near Llangollen.   What an amazing way to spend a Wednesday.  The pictures were taken by an employee of the Water Rafting Company on a bicycle.

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Golf Day September 2018

Veronica Gough, Chairman of our Sport and Leisure Sub Committee writes:  ‘On Friday 21st September twenty ladies gathered at Hartford Golf Club.  The weather looked ominous but at that time it was fair.  Halfway round though it was raining and the consensus was to call a halt so the scores are based on nine holes.  The winners (on a card play off) from Margaret Thomason and Elizabeth Williamson (Hough and District) were Susan Cox and Jenny Moore  ( Tarporley ) with a very good score of 20 points. Congratulations ladies!

I would like to thank Jean Harding  ( Federation Chairman) for coming to present the trophies and to Jenny Moore (Sport and Leisure Sub Committee) for all her hard work organising the day’.


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Malbank Group Afternoon Tea

Margaret Hughes, Chair of Malbank group. writes “the Group started to organize an afternoon tea to celebrate the 100th birthday of the WI on September 16th 2015 and it was decided to make it an annual event.   This year, members representing 7 WI’s from the Malbank Group attended and had a lovely afternoon tea with convivial company in relaxed surroundings at Hunters Lodge, Crewe .

This event provides a great opportunity for members to socialize and get to know each other a little better and I hope to see you at our next Group meeting next month”.

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Huxley Cup Winner 2018

This photo is featured in this month’s WI Life (September 2018) together with an article about the Huxley Cup competition which took place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcester Federation on 14th June.  It shows the winner of the Huxley Cup, our very own Dorothy Monks from Lower Withington WI, Cheshire Federation with her wonderful prize winning arrangement.  Many congratulations Dorothy.

Huxley Cup winner

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Eastham WI Litter Picking

Our Federation Chair Jean Harding joined fellow members of Eastham WI to litter pick on the local playing fields.  Jean tells us ‘we had a really good morning and were thanked by a few people for the work we were doing.   So rewarding!’


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Cheshire Federation Members at Chester Pride

Cheshire Federation was represented at Chester Pride on Saturday 11th August by members from Little Sutton Sapphires, the Iron Maidens and Great Moor and District.   Our members promoted not only the WI and its 100 year history of Resolutions but also that it is open to all self-identifying women.

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Cheshire Federation Members at Tea & Tents 2018

Wendy Morris President of Fulshaw WI writes: There have been plenty of WI camping festivals this year but last weekend was the return of the first and biggest after a year’s break.

Tea and Tents consists of just over 500 women who camp, lodge or stay in caravans and camper vans in a very large field in Wallesby, Nottinghamshire. It was organised by three wonder women – India Rabey, Sue Carter and Clare Gunning and their Secret Squirrels who organise the event with military precision. Each one living in different parts of the country met on line but, since, then have enjoyed meeting at various events over the years.

Everyone who attends has to volunteer by helping campers to set up, litter pick, keep urns topped up or run workshops, activities and talks. It’s a simple scenario but ensuring that an event so large runs smoothly whilst ensuring that those attending enjoy themselves could be a logistical nightmare but it just isn’t.

The atmosphere is jolly with friends old and new meeting up.   It can be eye opening with campers dressing as pirates, mermaids, show girls and Where’s Wally.   You even get the chance to entertain in the talent show or show your knowledge in the T&T Quiz night.   Or how about entering the Bake Off and Sewing Bee or even contributing to a Yarn Bomb called Blue Planet where all the knitting will be donated to charity.

Members from across Cheshire Federation attended.   Some for the first time, others attending their second, third or fourth camp.   The joy is that you get to meet WI members from all over England and Wales from just about every Federation.   Familiar faces from across our Federation showed a really great presence – we even tried to take a Federation photo but many were too busy drinking cocktails, skinny dipping and learning to publish their own book!   In our little camp area four WI’s from one Group shared food, equipment and camaraderie.

You learn lots to bring back to your WI to pass ideas and skills on too.   You even get to try something new or rekindle a passion from beer and gin tasting, iris and book folding, walking, running, axe throwing, Morris dancing, willow weaving and hoola hooping to name a few.

You could even relax in the sun spending you’re time listening to some fabulous talks in the Speakers Corner; from ‘The Life of a Zoo Keeper’, ‘Living with Endometriosis ‘, ‘Sailing Tall Ships’ or even ‘Moving Up in the WI’.   Or even learn how to make Egyptians falafels, Caribbean cuisine or enjoy attending pop up food events such as Swedish, Mexican or Get What You’re Given!   There really is something for everyone .

Charity is never far from our minds.   The camp’s raffle raised over a £1k to be shared by three charities including Denman and bras and  sanitary products were collected.   Alia from Great Moor & District organised a cookery demonstration and the donations she received will be sent to ACWW.

As a seasoned Tea and Tenter each event brings something different but gives me encouragement that as a WI we really do belong to something bigger than ourselves.   It feels really very special.



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Climate Coalition Week of Action July 2018

Written by: Sue Bentley MBE, Climate Change Ambassador for Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

As part of the Climate Coalition Week of Action in July, several Cheshire WI members organised a waterside Plastic Waste pickup walk.  We wanted to highlight how much unnecessary single use plastic is littering our countryside.  Some of the groups included:

Hartford WI enjoyed collecting five large bags of plastic and litter on Monday 2nd July .  The local Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve lent us litter pickers.   We had a great time collecting  in the sunshine and were amazed by the volume of litter and plastic  to be found. An intrepid band from  Handbridge WI walked along the banks of the River Dee armed with litter pickers and determination. Little Stanney WI patrolled the Dee Estuary and were astonished at how much plastic there was scattered around.

Runcorn WI walked down the Daresbury to Norton Priory stretch of the Runcorn canal, there were 42 of us including Runcorn WI members, children, grandchildren, friends, family, our smashing local MP Mike Amesbury and two awesome councillors Norman and Carol Plumpton-Walsh. They  picked up 32 bags of rubbish and plastic including two prams! Halton Borough Council very kindly provided litter pickers, gloves and recyclable rubbish bags. Some members also decorated hessian sacks to brighten the walk and bring home the message that single use plastic is  a bad idea.

Middle-Wyches WI participated in the Climate Coalition Week of Action by collecting plastic litter along the canals of Middlewich. We were aided and abetted by a young grandson of one of our members and his friend who both ran around enthusiastically , and also by an uncle of another member who was over here visiting from New Zealand, so we were very multi-generational! We collected the plastic in fabric bags and took it to recycling bins.  Other litter couldn’t be ignored but unfortunately that had to go in plastic bags for the refuse collection.

Many thanks to the Middlewich Clean team for the loan of their litter picking equipment.  A great community effort by all!




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