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Gee Cross WI Well Dressing

Well dressers at work

This year’s well-dressing was a wonderful affair but tinged with a little sadness.  As most of you know we lost our long serving joint President and friend Margaret Eddowes last November and as the well-dressing was very dear to her we knew we had to make a special effort.

Our theme was the R.N.L.I. in honour of Margaret as this was a charity she held very dear to her heart.

The ladies of Gee Cross WI worked extremely hard to produce a beautiful picture.  The day dawned with beautiful sunshine and we all assembled at 1.45 pm ready for the off at 2.00 pm.

We had the Denton Brass Band which led us round the wells and our heroes the Blood Bikes kept the traffic at bay as we made our way round.  We were very pleased to have the Lady Mayor of Tameside Mrs Joyce Bowerman and her consort with us, and they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, never having done anything like it before.

Margaret’s three Sons and their families also joined us much to our delight.

There was short entertainment in the chapel by the Brownies and some of their young people and then tea, coffee & cakes were enjoyed back at the Chapel Hall.

I think Margaret would have approved of the successful day we had.

Lynne Schofield-Secretary,

Gee Cross WI

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Cheshire Visit to Denman

Cheshire Denman Weekend

Cheshire Federation visit to Denman 22nd and 23rd October, 2017


2 places on the Federation visit to Denman on 22/23rd October have become available. The cost is £182 for this Taster Visit where you have 4 hours of tuition, a night at Denman, all meals from afternoon tea on 22nd to afternoon tea on 23rd and coach to and from Denman included in the price.

If you are interested please contact me, Lyn Hand, on 01244 375283 or email tomhand@btinternet.com 

Please contact Lyn ASAP if you are interested as details need to be sent to Denman.

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Chester & Manchester Pride Marches

With Mayor of Chester

Georgina with LSS

This was the first year CFWI had been represented at Chester Pride.  The Public Affairs team had an information stand in the welfare Marquee on Castle Square on Saturday 19th August.

Despite the dreadful weather Little Sutton Sapphires WI braved the rain and took part in the march through the city along-side many other organisations .

Our information stand attracted lots of interest and I felt honoured when the organisers of the day thanked the WI for being part of the day and acknowledging the Pride movement  .
Georgina Denny

chair public affairs CFWI

WI stand Pride march


2017 marked the 5th year of the City of Chester, celebrating the inclusion and diversity of the LGBT community. Cheshire Federation WI Public Affairs committee members Georgina Denny & Vicky Downie from The Iron Maidens WI, worked along with Sue Prince, Kerry Lee, Lucy Irving, Sandra Oldfield, Clare Burns, Ruth Jones, Helen Dunne & Elaine Wynne from Little Sutton Sapphires WI and joined in the celebrations. Even though it rained during the parade most of the ladies took part, and walked with other groups to enjoy the event which was both colourful & entertaining. This being the first time the Cheshire Federation has taken part in the event, it was met with positive support and encouraging comments from the LGBT community. Many women personally thanked the WI for attending the event and mentioned that they looked forward to the WI’s presence at the event in the future.

Lynne Callister

Secretary Little Sutton Sapphires

 Chester pride march


Over 100 WI members took part in the Manchester Pride march

WI Win

BIG NEWS…… The WI won The Spirit of Pride- Manchester 2017. Congratulations to over 100 women who represented their WI’s, Cheshire and Lancashire Federations and were taken to the hearts of the people of Greater Manchester and beyond. All women are always welcome.

WI win

The Manchester Evening News captured our members on the parade

MEN pride

Cale Green

Cale Green

Social Lites (Flixton)

Social Lites (Flixton)

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A Summer Walk Around Lindow Moss Wilmslow



As part of the Climate Coalition Week of Action Pauline Handley and Jean Hill, both members of Fulshaw WI, walked around Lindow Moss, Wilmslow taking photos and making notes as they went and discovered a beautiful and unique environment under threat.

To see their photographs and more …. continue reading

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The Iron Maidens Feature in The Metro


But when it comes to shattering the charity’s twin set and pearls visage, few groups can compare to Iron Maidens WI in Merseyside.

On their Facebook page, the group appeals to ‘anyone with an interest in Burlesque, Vintage Lifestyle, Steampunk, Tattoos, Roller Derby’ and other offbeat tendencies to get involved.
Amidst talks from a professional dominatrix and workshops on Vikings, the group has been fundraising for local homeless shelters and attending stand up nights since 2012, not to mention that one of their committee flies the body confidence flag as a finalist in Miss Plus Size International.
But beneath their vintage polka dots and elaborate body art, the stout heart of the WI doctrine beats strongly in this edgy group.
As president, Jeannie Irving shares, ‘As a modern WI, we are embracing the values and ethos of the traditional WI in inspiring and educating women, but in our own way.’

These values of equality, education and community are summed up by the charity’s national motto, ‘Inspiring Women’.
Unlikely as it sounds, the WI has been at the forefront of social change since its inception in 1915.
Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/its-not-all-jam-making-and-knitting-how-the-womens-institute-is-breaking-the-jelly-mould-6825959/#ixzz4ombecO3i

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Huxley Cup

Brenda Proudlove
Brenda Proudlove

Brenda Proudlove

Our sincere thanks to Brenda Proudlove for representing Cheshire in the Huxley Cup at Bakewell Show this week. Brenda created her beautiful arrangement using materials supplied to the exhibitors at the show.  Quite a task. Well done from us all.

Jean Harding

This was the brief Brenda had to follow

Huxley Cup, August 2017
The Huxley Cup this year will be held in the Derbyshire Federation Marquee at the Bakewell Show (www.bakewellshow.org).
Allthe entries are available to view on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 August at the Bakewell Showground,Bakewell, Derbyshire,DE45 1AH. To encourage entries from all abilities,this year the competition is an IMPOSED EXHIBITon a table top, where the exhibit theme are provided to each entrant on the staging day with all materials, sundries and containers. No additional flowers,foliage or accessories are permitted.
Karen Wakefield from Staffordshire Federation with her winning floral arrangement

Karen Wakefield from Staffordshire Federation with her winning floral arrangement

2nd place - Sheila Williams (Berkshire)

2nd place – Sheila Williams (Berkshire)

3rd place - Joyce Valentine (Worcestershire)

3rd place – Joyce Valentine (Worcestershire)










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Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

A very successful Treasure hunt took place around Chester on the 12th of July.

75 members took part and after a welcome cup of coffee in the House they were off.

It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone commented when they came back how much they had enjoyed it and how much they had learned about Chester. The route was a very interesting one and the clues were certainly challenging. My thanks go to our Federation Chairman Jean Harding and Federation Vice Chairman Georgina Denny for serving coffee to all and washing up. Thanks to Ann Clemett from Sport and Leisure Sub Committee for acting as treasurer on the day.

My biggest Thank You is for Wendy Youd from Sport and Leisure Sub Committee who devised the Treasure Hunt( which took many hours) and for running the event so smoothly on the day.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Without you we have no event.

Veronica Gough
Chairman Sport and Leisure Sub Committee

Davenham WI sent us some photographs of their members taking part

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Our Runcorn WI gathering  at Abbots Moss went well, there were 16 of us who turned up and Katie, our lovely expert from Cheshire Wildlife Trust gave us a fascinating talk. Walking on the Moss was a really interesting experience, Abbots Moss is a “quaking” moss which means it is a large raft of woven sphagnum moss floating on  a five metre deep kettle hole full of water, peat and more water. The children were delighted to discover if they jumped up and down, the ground bounced under everyone’s feet! Being the largest person there I was a bit unnerved to find myself slowly sinking into the Moss as crystal clear water welled up over the spagnum and  my new wellies. Standing still for long was not an option.

Two intrepid ladies from Fulshaw WI called Pauline Handley and Jean Hill have undertaken a real photographic study of their local Moss  which is called Lindow Moss. They are looking at every aspect of the place and I think we are going to get an excellent case study from them.

A small group went for a walk around Wynbubury Moss  and were enchanted by the wide variety of wildflowers there.  They also saw a lot of dragon flies enjoying the sun.

A family group went to Burton Mere Wetlands and reported back that although the wetlands themselves are not drying up , birds from The Mediterranean area are travelling North to nest here viz. the 81 egrets nests and the Cattle egret’s nest 1 of 3 in the UK this year. Photo attached of the fledgling egrets, they are the white blobs on the far left of the pond and their nests are the white blobs in the distance down the path. There was also a spoonbill overhead  which is a bird which normally stays around the Med and in Africa.

 All the competition photos will be put in an online gallery in early August for judging by Georgina Denny and Jean Harding.MMimage001

We thought we were doing these walks to highlight a fragile environment within our county that is threatened by climate change, and of course that is the case. However much more importantly, the Mosses actually act as a giant carbon sink, holding thousands of tons of carbon in the peat below the surface. Digging up the peat and putting it on our gardens, or draining the land for fir trees, would release all that carbon into our already overheated atmosphere. In Germany they have calculated that if their Mosses get destroyed it would release more carbon that the amount emitted by all their cars and lorries for a full year.

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There are details for a Twiddlemuff project for your WI on the craft area of the MOODLE.  Or click on the link below

Twiddle Sleeve guidelines

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Share Your Summer Activities with WI Life

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Summer Fun

WI Life wants to know your WI’s exciting summer plans – perhaps you’re celebrating something, planning an event or taking part in festival? Whatever it is, we’d love to know about it for a summer roundup feature in the September issue.

Please send brief details, caption info and good quality photos to wilife@nfwi.org.uk by 24 July, with the subject line ‘Summer’.

Please bear in mind that we can only reproduce good quality photographs in the magazine, so please send them in as high a resolution as possible and as individual attachments – no collages and not embedded in Word documents.

Many thanks,


Hattie Parish

Editorial Assistant, WI Life
National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
T: 020 7731 5777 ext 217

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