Nordic walking at Trelissick

Some of our Crowlas & Ludgvan members recently took part in CFWI’s Nordic Walking day, set in the beautiful Trelissick Estate. It was a lovely day with Shirley, Mary, Val, Julie and Pat all excited about learning to walk in the ‘Nordic Way’.

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Learning the fundamentals of Nordic walking at Trelissick

The event was held in conjunction with Walk Kernow, a local Nordic walking group. The organisers were pleasant and accommodating and the woman who demonstrated the rudiments of Nordic walking was very competent. She explained the importance of the correct use of the sticks, the health benefits and outlined the various walks that Walk Kernow organise throughout Cornwall.

There are various levels of Nordic walking – a 15 mile walk takes place next May. Being Crowlas & Ludgvan WI ladies, we felt we could manage the 15 miles and all five of us are seriously considering signing up for a workshop to get us started. Unfortunately, the session at Trelissick only lasted 30 minutes and we did not in fact do any Nordic walking, but were just given a talk on the techniques.

– Reported by Pat Gloyn

Julie, Mary, Val and Shirley enjoy a coffee at Trelissick
Julie, Mary, Val and Shirley enjoy a coffee at Trelissick

A Bee-yootiful day with the Bees!

Last month, a group of us headed north to spend a day with beekeeper Lynda Evans as part of a CFWI event.

In the morning, we sat in the sunshine in Lynda’s beautiful garden as she explained the process to us – and we all came away with new-found respect for beekeepers and the hard work they do. Lynda has 35 colonies but at one point had 60! And this is in addition to her full-time office job.

After that came the moment we’d all been waiting for – the donning of the bee suits! Amid giggles, we all managed to get ourselves dressed in our suits, wellies and Marigolds, and were ready to meet the bees.

Beekeepers for a day: (left to right) Charlotte Robinson, Gail Allen, Alison Latham, Mary Venn and Helen Kestle
Beekeepers for a day: (left to right) Charlotte Robinson, Gail Allen, Alison Latham, Mary Venn and Helen Kestle

The walk to Lynda’s hives too us through fields where we met a turkey, a cockatoo and a pony – all friendly and eager to join us.

Once we reached the hives, Lynda opened one up for us to see the bees. We were amazed at how clearly we could see them returning to the hive with their bright pink or yellow pollen-laden legs! It was truly an eye-opener.

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Alison Latham gets up close and personal with the bees

Back in the garden, we divested ourselves of our very warm bee suits and settled in to eat our sandwich lunches and talk about bees.

After lunch, it was time for some candle-making, using the beeswax Lynda collects from her hives to melt down. We took turns patiently dipping our wicks into a big pot of wax and eventually were rewarded with beautiful amber-coloured tapers!

The beautiful honey-scented beeswax candles we made
The beautiful honey-scented beeswax candles we made

Before going home, Lynda gave us all cake slathered with clotted cream and her own delicious honey. We all came home with jars of honey, beeswax furniture polish, candles and a huge amount of new knowledge about the importance of bees.

What a wonderful day it was!

Click here to see lots more photos of our day.

 

A CFWI outing to Tavistock and Buckland Monachorum

Sue Badcock and Wendy Allen enjoy a little coffee break in Tavistock.
Sue Badcock and Wendy Allen enjoy a little coffee break in Tavistock.

On Thursday, some of us went on a lovely CFWI outing to Tavistock and The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum.

Our coach arrived in Tavistock in the morning and we had time for coffee, some window shopping, a look around St Eustachius Church and an al fresco lunch.

We then travelled on to Buckland Monachorum for a tour of the gardens at The Garden House. Head gardener Nick walked us around the whole garden, telling us about its history, his work and future plans for the garden.

Nick, the head gardener at the Garden House
Nick, the head gardener at the Garden House

It was a full day but a very good one! And we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather!

If you’d like to see more photos of our day out, click here.

Chairman’s Coffee Morning

Some of our hard-working Crowlas & Ludgvan members staffed the kitchen at Friday’s CFWI Chairman’s Coffee Morning.

Diana Kelynack and Gill Gowland  wait for the hordes to descend.
Diana Kelynack and Gill Gowland
wait for the hordes to descend.

Serving well over 200 WI ladies from all over Cornwall was a tough job, but we rose to the occasion and made it through!

Val Thomas was up to her elbows in soapy water all morning!
Val Thomas was up to her elbows in soapy water all morning!

The day was a great success and CFWI Chairman Kathy Reed was extremely grateful to us for our help.

Julie Blewett wielded the teapots like a pro.
Julie Blewett wielded the teapots like a pro.

Read ‘The WI Guide’ and win money for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI!

WI GuideThe WI Guide is now available.  This is a new WI publication designed to recruit new members and give existing members more information about the WI brand.

If you’d like a copy, please see Alison. Copies of the Guide are available for £5 each.

Otherwise, you’re welcome to print your own copy here, or view a screen version here.

star-hiOnce you’ve read through it, why not enter the CFWI WI Guide quiz? All the answers you need for a perfect score on the quiz are within The WI Guide. You could be a star and win £75 for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI!  You’ll have received a copy of the quiz by email but in case you’ve misplaced it, you can find it here.

Who did their shopping today?

Avril Woolcock (WI Advisor and member of Gwinnear WI) with the CFWI table at Sainsbury's.
Avril Woolcock (WI Advisor and member of Gwinnear WI)
with the CFWI table at Sainsbury’s.

If you paid a visit to Sainsbury’s today, you might have seen some familiar faces!

Our County Federation set up a table at the entrance to Sainsbury’s, and some of us spent the day distributing information about the W.I. and answering questions to women who might be interested in joining.

Braving the cold, we shared our enthusiasm and hopefully recruited a few new members for various Institutes throughout the county.

Diana and Jane were spotted this morning – did anyone else stop by later in the day?

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.)

It’s for the birds!

Today we all had a birdwatching taster day, led by the very knowledgeable David Chapman.

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We started at the hide in Hayle, and walked around the estuary, looking for the elusive osprey (David was very keen to spot it!). Unfortunately, it remained hidden. We did, however, see about 35 different birds including a rare arctic tern and Mediterranean gull.

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After a rather wet afternoon, we retired to Birdie’s Bistro for hot chocolate!

A big thank you goes out to Pat Gloyn for organising this great event for us.