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Literary Lunch – 19 April 2018 – Cheshire View – Christleton

Sarah signing books

The sun shone for the first time this spring which enabled members to enjoy a morning coffee in the sunshine looking out over the Kelsall Hills.

166 members from WIs all across the Federation enjoyed a three course lunch of melon, Salmon with a creamy sauce and a choice of profiteroles or fruit pavlova in the relaxed atmosphere of the Masonic Hall.

We had come together to listen to Sarah Ward, Fictional Crime writer, tell us about her life as a writer.

Sarah told us she had moved to Bramhall as a child but after meeting and marrying her husband in Iceland she now lives in Derbyshire and sets her series of novels there, weaving in the history of the industrial past into all her stories.

Sarah loved reading from an early age and found herself drawn to a love of crime writers from her early enjoyment of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and Agatha Christy, in the days when it was always the beautiful blonde, woman who met an untimely death.

Sarah has a website called Crimepieces and she reviews the work of other writers on there.  https://crimepieces.com/about/

She is writing a blog to give us the full list of writers who have influenced her.  Watch out for it here:


Sarah is now writing her fourth book which will be published in the autumn.  Her books are available in hard back, paper back and on Kindle.

The day was organised by the Cheshire News Editorial Team to who we all gave a round of applause at the end of a very enjoyable day.

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News

Ludworth and Mellor – Celebrate 100 Years

Ludworth and Mellor celebration cake

Ludworth and Mellor celebration cake

Cheshire Federation’s oldest WI, Ludworth and Mellor has celebrated their 100 birthday.

I together with Selina Prescott, Vice Chairman and Vivien Lee, WI Adviser, was a guest at their afternoon tea with a suffragette theme. The celebrations took place in their newly refurbished Hall where the delicious food had been prepared by the Committee. There was a beautifully decorated cake (see photograph) and various pieces of memorabilia around the hall which brought back many happy memories to the members.

The members entered into the spirit of the day by dressing as suffragettes and they all looked the part, giving the afternoon such a lovely atmosphere. I feel sure that the ladies who formed Ludworth & Mellor WI all those years ago would have been extremely proud of the way the WI has been sustained over the past 100 years and will be I am sure, for many years to come.

Congratulations to all concerned in making the day so special.

Ludworth & Mellor was formed before Cheshire Federation, as were Audlem, Barrow, Chorlton & Cuddington, Dunham Massey, Kingsley and Utkinton all of whom celebrate their centenaries next year next year.

Cheshire Federation who will be celebrating its Centenary in 2020.

Jean Harding

Federation Chairman

Ludworth & Mellor

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Annual Council Meeting 2018

Jean our Federation Chairman with Chris Lubbe

400 members packed into the hall of Sandbach Girls School on Saturday 10 March for the Annual Council Meeting for a day of meeting fellow members, business and speakers.

Wendy Morris from Fulshaw WI shares her report of the meeting:

I attended the Spring Annual Council Meeting at Sandbach and I am still feeling the impact from it.  My motto is that “I should learn something new every day” and Saturday could keep me going for weeks!

Jean Harding, our Chair, opened up the proceedings with her thanks to all involved in helping to run the Federation.  She also thanked the members for supporting the myriad of activities available to them.  Each member of the Board introduced themselves and gave a quick round up of events.

I was under the misapprehension that the morning speaker would be talking about hearing aids! I have no idea why but James Johnson from Independent Age was not only interesting but gave us some ideas for volunteering.  His talk was based around the small national charity who believes in keeping older people’s lives as independent as possible through advice and support.  This tied very nicely into our Resolution to combat loneliness in our communities. We can help support by being a visitor, telephone friend or even help on their support lines. James had a lovely caring manner about him and their website is worth looking at to hear what impact they have made.  www.indendentage.org

After having a lunch break and catching up with ladies from across the county we were excited to hear from Chris Lubbe.  He was a body guard to Nelson Mandela for ten years so he was undoubtedly going to be dropping the odd famous name or two but he was much more than that.  He went from one experience to another telling us the personal impact of apartheid and the distressing stories of his personal journey including his family, education, peaceful demonstrations resulting in imprisonment and torture and the journey to forgiveness. So many interesting, thought provoking and emotional tales resulted in a standing ovation for Chris.  I’m sure he touched many people that day.

The day ended with a rousing rendition of the national anthem with over 400 strong voices. I really enjoy attending both Federation and National events – it really makes you feel that you are a part of something much bigger than your Institute.  If you haven’t been I would really recommend going along and experiencing something very special.

Viv Evans from Timbersbrook WI played the piano for us

Viv Evans from Timbersbrook WI played the piano for us

Dorothy Monks from Lower Withington WI produced the wonderful flower arrangements

Dorothy Monks from Lower Withington WI produced the wonderful flower arrangements

Diane Coulton stepped down as Federation Treasurer after 10 years.  Jean thanked her for all her hard work and also thanked Judith Kennedy who has decided not to stand again for the Board of Trustees.

We thank them both for all their hard work for the Federation over the years

Diane Coulton Fed Treasurer for 10 years

Diane Coulton has been Federation Treasurer for 10 years and was thanked by Jean Harding

Judith Kennedy

Judith Kennedy has stepped down from the Board of Trustees

Jean presented a number of certificates to WIs in the Federation which were given by the NFWI:

The WIs to receive certificates were:

Boothesmere celebrating 50 years

Hartford celebrating 75 years

Woolston & District celebrating 75 years, and

Ludworth & Mellor celebrating 100 years

The morning speaker was James Johnson from Independent Age

morning speaker

James Johnson from Independent Age was the morning speaker

2018 Annual Meeting Report

Here are some of the photographs from a most enjoyable day

Members have been commenting on the meeting on Facebook and twitter

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Chris took photos of us from the stage


Members at the meeting

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Christine Robinson – Handbridge WI

Christine in her garden

It was lovely to see one of our members featuring in the March copy of WI Life.  Christine has created a beautiful garden in Handbridge, on the outskirts of Chester.

Gardening Life

Christines beautiful garden

Handbridge garden

Handbridge members garden

WI Life

Does your garden have a story to tell?

Here at WI Life we’d love to hear from you if you think your own garden or perhaps a community garden or a WI project or an allotment has an interesting story that members would like to hear.

Please get in touch and email Charlotte at c.mcintyre@nfwi.org.uk

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Capesthorne Millennium Cup

Rachel and Jean
Rachel with Jean and Diane

Rachel with the Capesthorne Millennium Cup with Jean and Diane

Cheshire Agricultural Society – Capesthorne Millennium Cup

I am pleased to announce that today Rachel Hughes, Board of Trustee member, was awarded the Capesthorne Millennium Cup.  The cup is awarded for exceptional endeavour in promoting the interest of Agriculture or Countryside related activities in Cheshire.

Rachel was really deserving of the cup when you read her CV which reads as follows:

  • Chairman of Beeston Young Farmers 1971- 1972
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award achieved in 1972
  • Cheshire Dairy Queen 1973
  • Great British Food Campaign 1990-92. Rachel appeared on Pebblemill promoting British Food and Recipes.
  • Masterchef, 1990 – competed in the first ever televised series representing the North West Region.
  • Teaching the Young Farmers to cook 1992-94
  • Chairman of Acton School PTA during its centenary
  • Assistant Secretary of the Cheshire Agricultural Society, helping to instal the new computer system.
  • Secretary of the Mid West Holstein Club and Cheshire Herds Competition
  • National Trainer from the NFWI 2009-2016

With regard to the Cheshire Federation Rachel followed the tradition of being a WI member from her Grandmother and Mother and joined Barrow WI when she was 14 years of age.  Rachel was a treasurer of Haughton WI and helped form a new WI in Haslington where she served as secretary for 6 years.  Currently Rachel is President of Haslington WI.

Rachel trained as a WI VCO (now known as a WI adviser) and worked in the Federation during the 1980’s and early 1990’s and formed the first WI in Nantwich.

She trained as a judge and became a National WI judge and demonstrator in cookery and sugarcraft.

Rachel works in the partnership of her dairy farming business which she helps to run with her husband, daughter and son.

Haslington WI entered the Great British Food campaign staging a weekend of activities to allow the local community to meet farmers.  They were awarded the Trophy by the Telegraph newspapers and were invited to London to meet Hon. Owen Paterson, Minister of Agriculture to receive the award.

Currently Rachel edits the Federation website and organises and delivers training in IT to the members to help them to get online.  This has enabled every one of our WIs in the Federation to have either a webpage or be on Facebook and Twitter.

Yu can now understand why Rachel is such a deserving winner.  Congratulations Rachel.  The Federation is extremely proud of you.

Jean Harding

Federation Chairman

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News, WI News

Cheshire Members Cast Their Votes 2018

Cheshire Vote

Cheshire Vote

Approximately 28% of the CFWI membership returned.   562 additional votes were received this year

 Votes received in previous years

2010        420

2011        528

2012        720

2013        536

2014        935

2015     1,398

2016     1,675

2017     1,998

CFWI Resolution Selection results returned to NFWI February 13th 2018

Sybil Graham: Resolutions Adviser

Sincere thanks to all members who took part in the Selection Process

More about Resolutions

click on the link above to go to the resolutions area of this website

Posted in Members News

Annual Council Meeting 2018

Chris Lubbe

There is still time to order your ticket for the Annual Council Meeting.

We have a new venue for this meeting – Sandbach Girls School and there is ample parking at the Cheshire East Council offices next door to the school.  NB don’t park at ALDI as they have a seeing eye and you will get a parking ticket of you are there for more than 2 hours.

This year’s Annual Council Meeting is on a Saturday as we have had lots of requests for weekend meetings for members who work during the week.

Chris Lubbe

The afternoon speaker was bodyguard to Nelson Mandela.

Born at a very difficult period in South Africa’s history, Chris made a decision early in his life to become an activist and oppose the racially based system of ‘apartheid’. This decision was to put him on a direct collision course with the ‘apartheid’ regime which resulted in several spells of incarceration, torture and near-death experiences.

After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the fall of ‘apartheid’, Chris worked with Nelson Mandela until his retirement as a bodyguard and also got involved in the delicate negotiations with the ‘apartheid regime’ resulting in subsequent agreement and the drafting of the new constitution.

With all the current troubles in South Africa this speaker is certainly topical

We look forward to seeing you there

2018 ACM

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Women’s Suffrage

Postage Stamp commemorating Millicent

This year marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, which gave British women the right to vote.

Millicent campaigning

Millicent campaigning

Millicent Garrett Fawcett

click on the link to read about Millicent and her fight to get Women the Vote

Millicent’s great, great niece was Minty Day.  Minty was a member of Over Peover WI and over the years Minty has been President, Vice President, Secretary and committee member of Over Peover WI but never Treasurer.

Minty Day

click on the link above to see Minty’s interview 

Minty with Anne

It is with great sadness that we let you know that Minty died last week and her Remembrance Service will be at St John’s Church, Chelford on Thursday 22 February at 12.00 noon

We have been asked by Minty’s family to pass on the message that, due to very restricted parking at the church, people should park at Chelford Village Hall from where a mini bus will transport you to the church, and back after the service.

Posted in Cheshire WI in the News, Members News, WI News

Cheshire members ‘Show the Love’ in Runcorn


Many of the stalls in the Runcorn Shopping Centre showed what WI members do for their community, information about resolutions we pass, our support for women all over the world through ACWW and our own college at Denman

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Show The Love

Green Heart

This February the NFWI will be taking part in Show the Love again. There’s still time for you and your WI to join in – here’s how you can get involved.

Show the Love encourages community-based climate change action around Valentine’s Day. Hundreds of members and many WIs took part in 2017 and we want to make 2018 even bigger.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

  1. Notice the changes around you – keep an eye out for early signs of spring in your neighbourhood and fill out our Noticing-Change-Activity-Sheet
  2. Make a green heart and wear it with pride – you can post it on social media with the hashtag #showthelove
  3. Start a conversation about climate change by sharing a green heart with your local MP or a neighbour
  4. Hold a green heart-themed meeting with a speaker to talk about the issue
  5. Join forces with other community groups to organise a public event in your area

Download the Community Pack to find out more.

Promote your event by downloading our STL Flyer and STL Poster.

Runcorn Ferry Girls Event

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