International Women’s Day

There was quite a turnout at The Exchange Gallery in Penzance for Saturday’s International Women’s Day event.

Lis Davies talks about our banners.
Lis Davies talks about our banners.

Three Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members made presentations about various aspects of the WI and what it means to them: Hazel Brown, Lis Davies and Helen Kestle. There were also speakers from Madron, Carbis Bay, Sheffield, Perranuthnoe and Mount’s Bay.

Presentations included Liz Anderson (Sheffield and Mount’s Bay) discussing WI badges through the years; Hilary Catton (Madron) showing us the gorgeous embroidered tablecloth their members created; Jenny Fitton (Mount’s Bay) regaling us with her adventures in bobbin lace making; and Marjorie Pascoe (Perranuthnoe) showing her amazing knitted farm scene.

Hazel Brown shows off some of our Rag Dolls' beautiful work
Hazel Brown shows off some of our Rag Dolls’ beautiful work

Lis Davies spoke about our old Ludgvan banner and our reasons for creating a new Crowlas & Ludgvan banner. Helen Kestle talked about the old Ludgvan WI Sunshine Committee cash book. Hazel Brown finished up the afternoon by showing off some of the beautiful rag rug work our members have done over the years.

In the audience were Gail Allen, Wendy Allen, Shirley Battle, Julie Blewett, Gill Gowland, Kathy Merrett and Charlotte Robinson, as well as lots of others from local institutes.

After the presentations, we all retired to the Exchange cafe for coffee, cake and some good conversation.

All in all, it was a great afternoon and a fantastic way to celebrate International Women’s Day in the company of a roomful of inspiring women.

In case you missed the event, banners from all of the institutes mentioned above are on display at the gallery and will be there until the 27th. If you’re in town, do pop in to see them all – they really do look spectacular!

Some of the banners on display at The Exchange
Some of the banners on display at The Exchange

See more photos of the event here.

(The Exchange Gallery is located on Princes Street, just off Chapel Street.)

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