In the Pink at the Race for Life!

Last week, the prom in Penzance was a sea of pink as over 800 women turned out for this year’s Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.


Among those 800 were Hazel, Helen, Jane (along with daughter Darcy and dog Ruby), Julie, Liz H and Mary. Together, we raised nearly £1,000 – that’s an estimate; we don’t have exact figures – but we certainly did our part!


Well done to all who participated as well as those of you who helped us through sponsorships and donations.

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We Are Not Doormats! (Rag Rug Show)

If you’re at a loose end next weekend, why not head to St Just for the We Are Not Doormats rag rug exhibition?


As well as the rugs, you’ll be able to see St Just in bloom, and enjoy some delicious homemade cake. There will also be a craft stall. It all happens at St Just WI Hall, Friday through Sunday.

This will definitely appeal to our Rag Dolls, but also to anyone who appreciates beautiful handiwork!

Ludgvan Open Village Day

What a splendid time we all had at this year’s Ludgvan Open Village Day on Sunday!

Our stall was chock-a-block with gorgeous hand-crafted items, jams, books and plants. It really did look fantastic, especially with our bunting-clad gazebo and our banner proudly displayed.


If you weren’t there, you certainly missed a treat. There were 21 open gardens, varying from stunning grand lawns to tucked-away pocket gardens. We heard a jazz band, a choir and more. Sausages, barbecued fish, cake and ice cream were all on offer for those with appetites. Fantastic artwork was on display in the church, including some lovely pieces by our own talented Rosemary Gries.


The day was held to raise funds for the Murley Hall Development Fun (of particular interest to us), Cornwall Wildlife Trust and ACE (Aid Conservation through Education), all very worthwhile causes. We’ve been told that a grand total of £2,581.09 was raised!

As for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI, we raised over £100 – which still leaves us with £80 after making a contribution to the day’s fundraising. We should all be very proud of ourselves, both for adding to our own coffers and for helping to support some really worthwhile causes.


Thank you to everyone who worked on the stall, made and donated items to sell, and to those who stopped by to say hello as well!


Thanks to Mary and Ruth for the lovely photos!

Farmers’ Market

On Friday, we had a stall at the Penzance Farmers’ Market. The array of craft items we had on sale was truly amazing. You are all such talented ladies!


Foot traffic at the market was very light, unfortunately. Many of the regular vendors told us that things hadn’t picked up much since the market returned to St John’s Hall. We are sure they will, however, as the market is such a treasure!

In the end we made nearly £70 for Crowlas & Ludgvan WI, which is nothing to sneeze at. And we’ll be at Ludgvan Village Open Day this Sunday to try to add more to our coffers!


Thank you so much to all who made and donated items for the stall, as well as to those who staffed it during the morning. You’re all stars!


Moonlight Memory Walk in Falmouth

This years Memory Walk in aid of Children’s Hospice South West takes place in Falmouth on Saturday 27 September. The event brings together women of all ages who take to the moonlit streets to walk in memory of someone they have loved and lost.

By taking part you’ll help to raise vital funds to support the families who use the services of Children’s Hospice South West.

The event is a chance to reflect, remember and celebrate your loved ones, as we walk the 5 mile Falmouth route through the moonlit streets. The event is open to ladies only, aged 14+. The events begin with an uplifting memory ceremony, where your personalised candle bag will join hundreds of others aglow with memories. As the clock strikes 10pm, we’ll set off.

Each walker is asked to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. Your entry fee covers the cost of participation. To register, visit the website of Children’s Hospice South West.

Cape Cornwall Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members Rosemary Gries and Pippa Lilley would like to let everyone know about the current Arts & Crafts Exhibition being held at Cape Cornwall School in St Just.

This fantastic exhibition is held in aid of Cancer Research UK, with 25% of all craft sales and 100% of all refreshments/raffle/etc proceeds going to the charity.

With over 400 exhibitors on site, you’re sure to be able to pick up some early Christmas shopping, or perhaps just a little treat for yourself! Items include oil paintings, ceramics, jewellery, woodcraft including beautiful turned pieces and carvings, photographs, scarves, children’s clothing and a variety of other items including some beautiful handmade rugs.

The Exhibition ends this Friday, 22 August and is open from 10am until 9pm (only until 7pm on the final day).

Penwith Textile & Embroidery Group exhibition

If you’re not able to get to the either of the quilting exhibitions you read about here yesterday, you might be interested in the PenTEG (Penwith Textile and Embroidery Group) exhibition, which is a little closer to home.


The exhibition, held in Ludgvan Church, runs from Monday the 7th through Monday the 14th of July. Opening hours are subject to church opening, services, etc., but should be from around 10am until 4pm daily. This is a colourful exhibition of diverse work, with the church pillars, walls and windowsills adorned.
The exhibition coincides with the Ludgvan Arts and Crafts weekend on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of July in the Murley Hall.
It definitely sounds worth a visit!

For all of you quilters (and fans of quilting)!

There are a couple of quilting events coming up (before our next monthly meeting) that you might like to know about.

The first is the Saints of Cornish Churches exhibition, for which quilting groups throughout Cornwall have made wall hangings depicting Cornish saints. This wonderful free exhibition is on at Truro Cathedral from 30th June to 14th July from 10am – 5pm.


And, while you’re in the area, why not stop in at Coast & Country Crafts & Quilts in Perranarworthal. If you quote ‘SAINTS’ at the till, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase! Coast & Country is open Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm, and on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.

The second upcoming quilting event is the Gate Quilters Exhibition to be held at Leekseed Chapel (near the Church Rooms in St Blazey, opposite the Four Lords Pub) from the 10th to the 12th of July.

Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition

embroidery2Some of you might like to pop in to Shire Hall in Bodmin next week to have a look at ‘Forty Years On’, a stunning new exhibition by the Cornwall branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild of their work over the last 40 years.

‘Forty Years On’ has been described as a rainbow of delights. What developments there have been over this 40-year period! Gone are the days of decorating useful objects with ready-made threads and designs. Today’s embroiderers can still do that – but so much more. They make their own materials: luxurious background papers of leaves and natural fibres; and pure silk paper and threads, dyed, mixed and twisted to create new textures and colours. In addition to hand stitching they machine, glue, layer and pierce, and use wood, shells, leaves and paint.

embroidery1Embroidery has become textile art and several members are artists in their own right, bringing new ideas to their work. Like artists everywhere, our members draw constant inspiration from each other and their environment.

The exhibition will be held from Monday 16th June through Friday 27th June (but not on Sunday), from 10am until 5pm. Admission is free and there will also be sales of items and secondhand books.

For further information, email

Some colourful inspiration for our Rag Dolls

On Saturday, Sue Knights and Jane Twose attended a rag rugging exhibition at the St Just W.I. Hall put on by ‘We Are Not Doormats’.

One of the amazing rag rug chairs  on display
One of the amazing rag rug chairs
on display

Jane reported that it all looked like an explosion of colour! There was some amazing work displayed, all created with recycled materials.

This year’s theme was the covering of old chairs.

Both Sue and Jane found it all really inspiring … not just the art, but also the coffee and cake!

Of course, we’re now going to expect great things from our Crowlas & Ludgvan Rag Dolls!