FOWEY WI began its annual harvest meeting with a good rendering of We Plough The Fields.
Following this, members received the disturbing news that the institute shall no longer be able to meet in the community college, as it will be closing at 8pm; too early for WI meetings to end.
The conference room in the leisure centre was suggested to the committee, but this is too small, so the institute has now been offered the Hilda Court Room there; this is where the next meeting, on November 1, will be held.
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The president, Heather, announced that as the institute is now halfway through its year there will be a suggestions and comments box at the next meeting, to which members will be invited to contribute.
Future events include an outing to Exeter on November 26, and it is hoped to travel to the county carol service in Launceston on December 5 by minibus.
The institute's Christmas party will be held in the dining room of the community college on Friday, December 13.
Members were asked to provide a plate of food for our usual faith supper, and a gift to the value of £3.
Less than a week later members will meet at The Safe Harbour for a Christmas lunch – on Wednesday, December 18!
Some ladies showed an interest in the county lunches at Eagle House, in Launceston, and at the Carbis Bay Hotel, and also the proposed holiday to Normandy in June of next year, all of which were in County News.
Barbara Austin was able to report that members' tree at Eden is flourishing and has a ribbon to identify it for any member who may wish to pay it a visit!
Looking further ahead, members heard of the speakers' programme for next year. This will include talks varying from the history of buttons to iconic Cornwall and the Brontë sisters, so they are in for an interesting time!
After the meeting closed, members held their harvest auction which was well supported and involved much cut-throat bidding. It raised about £40 and no one seemed to go home empty-handed.
AFTER a short summer break, Grampound WI members were pleased to be back for the first meeting of the autumn and winter programme.
Sylvia Reid, president, welcomed members and two visitors to the September meeting.
Joy Rowe, secretary, gave dates of forthcoming events. These included the annual council meeting at the Hall for Cornwall on October 23, and also the annual carol service, which this year is being held at Launceston's Central Methodist Church on December 5.
Members were now looking forward to hearing the speaker for the evening, local resident Peter Wootton, who gave a polished, interesting and informative presentation on the village in years gone by.
He covered the period back to Roman times and when Grampound was the furthest navigable port on the River Fal.
The remarkable history of Grampound was further demonstrated by the fact that for a period of time the village sent two members to Parliament; at the time Falmouth had none. The village has most certainly had an incredible and interesting past.
Sylvia Reid thanked Mr Wootton for his visit.
The supper hostess for evening, Stella Juleff, then served an excellent supper, during which members accepted the opportunity to catch up with holidays and summer news.
The monthly competition was for a family photograph – 1, Alice James; 2, Monica Major; 3, Pat Paynter.
HALFWAY through August, an afternoon visit to the water gardens tempted 11 members and friends to see for themselves a very different kind of garden, which consisted of a dozen or more beds of water lilies.
The beds were divided by grass paths to enable you to walk between them; they contained plants at various stages of growth. There were other beds of water-loving plants surrounded by natural hedges and trees.
The weather was dry and very sunny which made a perfect afternoon for viewing the gardens, after which members made their way to the café for a lovely cream tea.
Lindy's Fun With Photographs was held at her home and garden on August 21, when a group of about nine enjoyed looking at architectural shapes out in the garden and then went indoors to exhibit their photographs – thank you, Lindy.
September began with a small group enjoying a guided tour of Truro Cathedral, followed by the monthly meeting in the community hall.
Janet Crooms gave an interesting talk, explaining how felt designs were made and gave a background of their origins in the Middle East.
She brought with her lots of her own work, from scarves and hats to handbags and a great many rugs, some with traditional designs and some more modern, while demonstrating the beginnings of a new piece of work.
An enjoyable evening was had by all, followed by a cup of tea and biscuits while the competitions were being judged.
A small, colourful object – 1, Fiona; 2, Diana; 3, Maureen. Flower Of The Month – 1, Roz; 2, Eileen; 3, Nina.
The raffle was won by Sheila.
Janet Crooms was thanked for a lovely evening and for judging the competitions.
The next meeting will be in Ladock Community Hall at 7.30pm on October 16. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
IN THE absence of president Vicki, on holiday in Spain – lucky girl! – October's meeting was taken by vice-president Rosemary Freestone, who was delighted to welcome two visitors, Joan Root and Marjorie Thompson.
Rosemary brought to the attention of the meeting a number of activities that were forthcoming, either within Launceston WI or from the county federation.
The first major item from county is the annual council meeting at the Hall For Cornwall on Wednesday, October 23. The guest speaker in the afternoon will be Guy Watson, of Riverford Organics, who will be speaking on sensible farming for the future: a subject dear to the hearts of WI members with their campaigns on farm gate prices and clear labelling of food with country of origin.
Launceston WI will be receiving a certificate at the annual meeting for achieving second place in the Spring Quiz. This will be collected by team member Rosemary McClenaghan.
The second major item is the County Carol Service which this year is coming to Central Methodist Church, Launceston, on Thursday, December 5, giving the WI the opportunity to provide refreshment after the service.
Other items in County News gave a distinct feeling that Christmas is on the way!
On the domestic front there will be a skittles evening at the Black Lion, Lewdown, on Friday, November 15 – always a jolly evening – and a Christmas shopping trip to Barnstaple and Atlantic Village on Thursday, November 14. This trip will be offered to members of neighbouring WIs and their friends so as to have a full coach.
David Lamond always brings a feeling of elegance and sophistication to his visits. This was his third to Launceston WI and on this occasion his subject was collecting for pleasure. As always he had brought a wonderful collection of artefacts in silver and porcelain with varying price tags to illustrate how easy it was to start a collection by buying something you like.
He did emphasise that knowledge is the key to collecting, so it was worthwhile doing some research beforehand if you were aiming to collect a specific type of item.
He kept his audience fascinated by his descriptions of the many beautiful items he had brought and was thanked by Rosemary O'Brien for his knowledge and expertise.
Flower Of The Month – 1, Vi Brook; 2, Marion Ruse; 3, Mary Bedwell.
Luxulyan & Lanlivery
THE SEPTEMBER meeting was held in Luxulyan Village Hall and was attended by approximately 27 women, including four visitors, who were very welcome.
Birthday posies, made by Wendy, were presented to Dolly, Salli, Melita and Rebecca.
The president, Joan, then reported on events held during the summer break.
The cream tea afternoon, held at Margaret Trethewey's, was extremely successful and was blessed with beautiful weather, as ordered.
The trip to the Minack to see Wuthering Heights was also enjoyed by many members.
Arrangements were then discussed for a second trip to the Minack for the Last Night of the Proms at the end of the month.
Members were then entertained by Penny Gorman, who told of LADS' journey towards winning the chance to perform on the stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, a major accomplishment.
Penny, who wrote the script while convalescing, punctuated her talk with readings and performances from Shakespeare plays.
Members then enjoyed lovely home-made refreshments provided, this month, by Sara, Barbara and Marina.
The competition, for an ode to Shakespeare, was won by Janet; second was Wendy and third, Melita. They were each read to the group – what talent!
To end the evening arrangements were made for the institute's harvest supper.
Food is to be provided and members were asked to bring along produce to be auctioned. It promises to be a lively evening.
GARDENING was very much on members' minds when they made their way upstairs to the conference room in Wadebridge Town Hall on Friday, September 20.
However, they had no intention of plunging their hands into a bag of compost, or picking up any utensils – apart from a cup of tea!
There was no need, as speaker Nick Bacon works at Trelawney Garden Centre and is well used to potting up colourful tubs for the garden.
His theme was planting for autumn and spring flowering.
He had chosen a variety of plants, paying particular attention to colour and scent. There were plenty of gardening tips and anecdotes to pass on as he planted up several attractive containers; members now have no excuse for choosing the wrong compost or plant remedy.
After a most relaxing afternoon of gardening the results were raffled and the winners went home to add a touch of colour to their surroundings.
Before setting Nick to work, business was dealt with. Unfortunately no one can attend the autumn meeting in Truro this time. Members perused the menu for the Christmas lunch, at the Molesworth Arms, on Friday, December 13.
The next meeting may be of special interest to dog-lovers. It will be held downstairs in the town hall at 2.15pm on Friday, October 18, when Shona Moon will be on hand to explain how to look after pet dogs, with advice on training and exercise.
Visitors will be very welcome, so do come along. Refreshments are included and there will also be a harvest stall, so there may even be an odd pot of jam for sale this time too.
Competitions will be Flower Of The Month and an old sewing accessory. Visitors are charged £1.50; for more details phone 01208 79939, or 01208 816307.
IF YOU get the chance to hear (and see) Eleanor Bell speak about her passion for design and lighting, don't miss it!
It was riveting and the title of her talk, The Creative Power Of Light For A Designer, doesn't really convey the breadth of her love of her art.
Eleanor, who sports amazing pink-blonde hair, described how at the age of 30 she came to college in Falmouth to study art. The third year of her course saw her sculpting in metal and specialising in light.
Almost a soon as she graduated she realised her lack of technical knowledge and embarked on a three-year course to become a fully qualified electrician, having to leave Cornwall to do so.
Specialising as a lighting designer has taken her to some amazing places, including exhibiting at the Eden Project. Her beautiful wave design is stunning and so apt for this area.
She then attempted to demystify the correct choice of light bulbs for housing, which members all seemed to remember was once quite a simple task, urging members to select a good brand.
In a similar vein she implored members to always employ a qualified electrician for jobs around the home as during her surveys she has encountered some very unsafe wiring, the result of enthusiastic DIY work.
While design work is clearly her passion, she is also employed to install electrical circuits in new-builds, both on large sites and in one-off developments; her bread and butter work, as she described it.
She spoke warmly of how well she is treated on the sites by other workmen, perhaps unnsed to female electricians. She knows she is "one of the lads" when teased unmercifully.
Eleanor was then thanked by Shirley Dennis.
A brief business meeting was followed by the announcement of the competition winners.
This month's meeting will be at 2.15pm on October 17, at which members will be privileged to watch a cookery demonstration by Rick Stein's chefs. The competition will be for old or unusual kitchen utensils.
As always visitors will be very welcome; see you there!
THE OCTOBER meeting started with the speaker, who brought along a small bag made in about 1580, in the reign of Elizabeth I.
This small cream and green bag was handed round for all to see, before Rachel told members where the fabric was likely to have come from, how it got to England, the threads used to embroider it and the products used to dye them, the stitches used and about medieval and Elizabethan embroidery in general.
After a cup of tea, two visitors were welcomed and introduced, before members discussed the delegate to the county annual meeting in Truro later this month, the Christmas meal in December and, especially for this year, the 95th since Veryan WI was founded, a walk around Lanhydrock planned for the middle of the month.
There was also a collection of items for the Women's Refuge in Truro, to which the members contributed very generously and nine large boxes were taken to Truro the next day.
The next meeting, on November 5 in Veryan Parish Hall, will feature a talk on the life of a Fleet Street journalist.
Visitors are always welcome. For more details, please contact president Sue Day on 01872 501673.