Spring Countdown recap

You’ll hear a first-hand account of this year’s Spring Countdown from our delegate, Lis Davies, at the May meeting, but for now here are a few quick notes about what was a really wonderful day!

The theme for the day was the Queen’s birthday, and the Hall for Cornwall was awash with red, white and blue! So many WI members got into the spirit and dressed up appropriately.


In the morning, we heard speakers discuss the two resolutions up for debate and vote this year. Two gentlemen from the Co-op and a representative from Trussell Trust Food Bank spoke on behalf of the ‘Avoid Food Waste’ resolution; and afterwards two women affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Foundation spoke about the ‘Care in Hospitals for People with Dementia’ resolution. They all gave us a lot to think about.

We’ll be hearing our own speakers on these topics at our May meeting, and there will be plenty of time for a good debate.

In the afternoon, it was time for a bit of fun. We heard Lord Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho speak, after which he made a valiant attempt to slice the birthday cake with his sword.


We then all sang ‘Rule Britannia’, led by the wonderful mezzo-soprano Karen Hurn.


Our Federation Board of Trustees really looked the part as they watched on in their patriotic finery.


We were then treated to a talk by keynote speaker Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine and author of The Queen’s Speech. She gave us a glimpse of life inside the royal palaces from a journalist’s viewpoint and some fascinating titbits about the royal family, especially the Queen.

The day was made even better by the display of the three winning Allsop Cup entries, including our own Crowlas & Ludgvan creation which placed third. Not only that, but the winners of this year’s Federation photography competition were displayed – Lisa Elsey and Helen Kestle each won three prizes and Mary Venn won one. So well done, Crowlas & Ludgvan!

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