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Eastham WI Litter Picking

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

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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

A small selection of the Cheshire Federation attendees

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

Handbridge WI

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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Royal Cheshire Show 2018

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The Royal Cheshire Show is a highlight of the Cheshire Federation Calendar and is an opportunity for members of institutes from all over the Federation to come together.   The WI marquee is an excellent show case for the Federation and this year the exhibits were of an exceptionally high standard and the interpretations of the theme, Land, Sea and Air had to be seen to be believed.  Where do those ideas come from?

The sub-committee display boards together with the Denman college board drew much attention as did the Archives stand and the very talented demonstrators.  All were shown much interest by members and the general public alike. There was great interest, with people wanting information about the WI ,and in the Public Affairs stand where the Suffragettes were represented.

The publications stand drew many compliments about the high standard of items for sale and therefore many purchases made.  The refreshments area saw non-stop trade as the delicious, freshly prepared food tempted a large number of customers.

Members of many institutes were in evidence at the Show either demonstrating their talents in the different classes or helping out on the day.  Members were also helping run the demonstration area, the Archives, Public Affairs, ACWW and Membership Displays.   NFWI Raffle tickets sold out!

And Members also had the opportunity to be judges’ stewards on the Monday and so got an advance look at all the entries and could see first hand how the judging takes place.  Perhaps they will go on to do the Judges’ training themselves?  Other members helped out by doing a stewarding shift, taking responsibility for the exhibits in a class and answering queries from the public.  Others enjoyed serving on the fast food section or in the main food area and others worked on the production line decorating and cutting up the cakes provided by members or behind the scenes preparing sandwich fillings and salads.

There really is something for everyone to get involved in and needn’t take up more than a few hours of your day. Our Federation Trustees and Cheshire Federation committee members are hard at work on our behalf before, during and after the show and our 2018 WI Marquee really was a highlight of the Cheshire Show and a destination point for visitors, WI members or not.

And a huge thank you for your contribution to making the Show a huge success is sent to all concerned by Jean Harding, our Federation Chair.

If you haven’t entered the competition before, do have a look at the classes for 2019 when they are announced later this year and do consider helping out at next year’s show as it is lovely to see how members from all over the federation work together to bring about such a wonderful show.   A great networking event too, friendships are made and ideas shared. Here’s to bigger and better 2019!

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Peter Pan Production

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Birmingham Hippodrome and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI),

invite WI members, friends and family to an exclusive matinee performance of Peter Pan on Wednesday 2 January 2019

Plus…

 

Morning full of pre-show activities

behind the scenes tours, heritage talks, exhibitions, magic acts, comedy, storytelling, craft activities and selfie-station!

£40 per person

One-price throughout, includes programme and interval ice-cream

Don’t delay… this special offer is only available until the 4 September 2018!

 

 

Starting at 10.30am (doors open at 10am), the pantomime adventure will start with a variety of exciting activities including magic acts, comedy, arts and crafts as well as specially created heritage talks, exhibitions, storytelling and behind the scene tours. After a morning of delight and excitement, take to your seat at 2pm for a special, magical performance of Peter Pan.

 

  • Cost to attend is £40 each; this includes all pre-show activities, seat for the performance as well as a programme and tub of ice cream.
  • Tickets can be booked online using the unique promotion code MYWI via the Hippodrome website birminghamhippodrome.com or by calling 0844 3385000.
  • Members can book up to 9 tickets in a single booking.  For members wishing to book 10 tickets or more, please call the Group Sales Team on 0844 3387000.  Tickets of 10 or more can be held up to 2 weeks before full payment is required to allow sufficient time for organisers to take in ticket money from those attending.
  • All members who book tickets to the event will be asked to provide an email address; this is so the Hippodrome can keep in contact prior to the event regarding arrangements for the day, including a standard pre-visit email which will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before the event.
  • All tickets will be posted by the end of October 2018.
  • A selection of pre-show activities will be available for booking on-line and by phone 0844 3385000, on Friday 14 September 2018 at 11am. All activities are included in the ticket price but must be pre-booked due to limited spaces.
  • A variety of hospitality options will be available to pre-book; choose from a three-course meal or festive afternoon tea to special, themed hamper packages, there really is something for everyone. Hospitality can be booked on-line or over the phone from Friday 14 September 2018 at 11am.  Alternatively, there are some wonderful eating establishments in the area, or perhaps you would prefer to bring your own – it’s your choice!
  • Travelling to the Birmingham Hippodrome couldn’t be easier;  choose either a 5-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station or use one of the many car parks around the theatre.

 

We kindly ask federations to help promote and support this event and ensure that details are cascaded to all WIs. Please note that this event will also be advertised via the WI social media channels and the My WI site.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit

 

With best wishes,

Helen Neal Administrative Secretary

NFWI Unit, Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6NW

T: 01865 391788 ext. 285  Fax: 01865 391908 www.thewi.org.uk

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Jean Harding visits the Palace

WI goes to the Palace

Yesterday, The Queen hosted the second of four garden parties to be held this year.

This one took place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace with 8,000 guests to dine on the 27,000 cups of tea and coffee, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake.

Joining Her Majesty were two of her grandchildren, Prince William and Princess Eugenie.

Also in attendance were the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Prince William donned a top hat, while Queen Elizabeth wore her signature matching hat and outfit, this time in a powder blue. She finished the ensemble with white gloves, sunglasses and pearls.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5791979/The-Queen-Prince-William-host-Buckingham-Palace-garden-party.html#v-8213034846033654037

The garden parties have been held since the 1860s to help recognise public service. This time around, guests were serenaded by the Band of Royal Logistics Corps and the Band of the Household Cavalry.

https://youtu.be/UMzeGBIwwlc

Photos of the Day

Margaret Carter – Federation Chairman, Northumberland

Eight of us were honoured to be invited to the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace yesterday. It was wonderful but the best bit was sharing the time with mostly hitherto unknown other WI members. I had a great day girls and enjoyed your company enormously!

An incredible day , the weather was warm and sunny and rain free. Great company and an experience I will always remember. The military band, squirrels and ducks in the beautiful gardens, The Queen , Prince William and his cousin Eugenie, beautiful hats and dresses, uniforms and national dress, Beefeaters , Top hats and friendly policemen. Ice cream and tiny cakes with chocolate crowns, finger sandwiches and milky tea, tired feet and taxi queues! A million happy memories.

Edit: The invitation did say we were allowed a small camera or camera phone please don’t think I would be so disrespectful as to use a camera when not allowed. ;-)

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Waterside Walk

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As part of the Climate Coalition Week of action from 30 June to 8 July, Sue Bentley the CFWI climate change ambassador is inviting Cheshire WI members to go for a waterside walk and pick up some plastic.

In Cheshire we don’t have a lot of coastline to keep plastic free, but we DO have miles and miles of beautiful canal sides and river banks covered with rubbish.

Why not go for a walk with your fellow WI members and pick it up? Grab a hessian sack or cloth bag each and improve a bit of your local environment. Make sure you separate the plastic rubbish into its own bags then you can take it to the local recycling centre when you are done.

Raise Awareness of plastic pollution

Use this as an opportunity to raise awareness at the same time by decorating your sacks with green hearts and taking photographs and videos on your walk. A well-placed image of some WI ladies emptying their heart covered hessian bags into the recycling bin at the local refuse centre will go a long way on social media.

Involve your MP and local councillors

Invite them to come too. They like a walk as much as the rest of us, and by getting close to the plastic rubbish scattered over our beautiful county they will be reminded that this is something that needs to be dealt with.

Help and Advice

You can get useful information about organising your WI walk on our dedicated Climate Change microsite:

http://www.fightclimatechange.org.uk/watersidewalk.shtml

Email Sue on sue.bentley@fightclimatechange.org.uk and let her know if you have a walk planned.  She would be delighted to offer help or advice if needed.

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All you need is a little faith, trust… and pixie dust!

Peter Pan

Birmingham Hippodrome and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), invite WI members, friends and family to an exclusive performance of Peter Pan on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Launching at this year’s Annual Meeting, WI members are being given an exclusive opportunity to attend a one-day event at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  With specially tailored workshops, craft activities, speakers and tours, members, friends and family, have the chance to be a part of this new, exciting and unique event!  Ticket sales will go live at 11am on Friday 8 June 2018 – don’t miss out.

Starting at 10.30am (doors open at 10am), the pantomime adventure will start with a variety of exciting activities including magic acts, comedy, arts and crafts as well as specially created heritage talks, exhibitions, storytelling and behind the scene tours. After a morning of delight and excitement, take to your seat at 2pm for a special, magical performance of Peter Pan.

  • Cost to attend is £40 each; this includes all pre-show activities, seat for the performance as well as a programme and tub of ice cream.
  • Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday 8 June 2018 and can be booked online using a unique promotion code (to be announced shortly) via the Hippodrome website birminghamhippodrome.com.
  • Members can book up to 9 tickets in a single booking.  For members wishing to book 10 tickets or more, please call the Group Sales Team on 0844 3387000.
  • All members who book tickets to the event will be asked to provide an email address; this is so the Hippodrome can keep in contact prior to the event regarding arrangements for the day, including a standard pre-visit email which will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before the event.
  • All tickets will be posted by the end of October 2018.
  • A selection of pre-show activities will go on sale (on-line and by phone 0844 3385000) on Friday 14 September 2018 at 11am. These are included in the ticket price but must be pre-booked due to limited spaces.
  • A variety of hospitality options will be available to pre-book on a first-come, first-served basis. Choose from a three-course meal or festive afternoon tea to special, themed hamper packages, there really is something for everyone. Hospitality can be booked on-line or over the phone from Friday 14 September 2018 at 11am.
  • Keep in touch with casting announcements, hospitality options, foyer activities, FAQ by visiting the website birminghamhippodrome.com

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit, or visit the Science & Leisure display at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff.  Please note that this event will also be advertised via the WI social media channels and the My WI site.

With best wishes,

Helen Neal
Administrative Secretary
NFWI Unit, Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6NW
T: 01865 391788 ext. 285
Fax: 01865 391908
www.thewi.org.uk

 

Posted in Members News

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Megan Markle

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The Cheshire Federation of WIs have sent a card of congratulations and best wishes to HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle on the occasion of their wedding at Windsor on Saturday 19 May

The Duchess of Sussex

Official Photographs

 

 

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