WI Day Celebration

The WI was formed in 1915 to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.

Under the auspices of the Agricultural Organisation Society, the first WI in Britain was formed in Llanfair PG, on Anglesey, North Wales, and held its first meeting on 16 Setember 1915.

LLanfair PG Women's Institute
LLanfair PG Women’s Institute

One hundred years later, members of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI, Zennor WI, St Ives WI, Carbis Bay WI and Gulval WI met on Friday to celebrate that remarkable beginning.

A celebratory birthday cake, courtesy of St Ives WI
A celebratory birthday cake, courtesy of St Ives WI

About 50 women came together to enjoy cream teas, some fun and games and spectacular views over Mount’s Bay.

Colleen, Liz and Pat have a go at boules
Colleen, Liz and Pat have a go at boules

We also used the opportunity to raise funds for ShelterBox, a Cornwall-based international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and vital aid to people affected by disaster worldwide. You’ll be pleased to hear that through our donations and raffle proceeds we raised over £350 for ShelterBox!

Sue x 2
Two Sues are better than one!

A very special thank you goes to Pippa Stiwell (Zennor WI) and her husband John for giving us the run of their beautiful home and garden.

Click here to see more photos of our WI Day celebration.


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