Summer Barbecue

Monday night was all about fun, food and fire safety!

We celebrated summer with our annual barbecue, and what a wonderful celebration it was.

Jane and Di manned the barbecue with great skill.
Jane and Di manned the barbecue with great skill.

Before settling in to our lovely meal, we were given a brief talk about barbecue safety from Jordan Snook of Tolvaddon Community Fire Station. Jordan gave us pointers about both gas and charcoal barbecues, as well as on the use of disposable ones on the beach. We then also heard about general fire safety in the home and discovered that our local community fire stations offer free home fire safety checks! If you’re interested in arranging for some strapping firemen to come and make sure you’re safe, click here.

It was then barbecue time!

WI members always form orderly queues!
WI members always form orderly queues!

The Committee prepared a gorgeous spread of burgers, sausages and veggie kebabs, along with all sorts of delicious salads as accompaniments. Afterwards, we were served strawberries, cream and Jane’s marvellous meringues.

Sue can't get enough of those meringues!
Sue can’t get enough of those meringues!

We were so lucky that it was a beautiful warm evening. It was perfect barbecue weather!

On top of all that, we were visited by old friend Maureen Fordham who was holidaying in Corwall, and we also welcomed our newest member, Elaine Hughes!


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Our resolutions meeting

Last night was our annual resolutions meeting. This year’s NFWI resolution reads:

This meeting calls on HM government to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of the needs of individuals, in order to advance health and wellbeing.

After hearing our guest speaker and engaging in our customary spirited debate, we voted on the resolution. This year’s vote was close, but the resolution failed to pass with 17 no votes and 14 yes votes.

Our vote will now be sent to the NFWI Annual Meeting in London with our link delegate from Porthleven WI, Jill Blunn. We will invite Jill to attend our June meeting and hope she’ll be able to attend to share some of her Annual Meeting experiences with us.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion and who voted last night.


Our April meeting

We had a very full house for our meeting this month, and for very good reasons!

Our speaker, Mrs Ute Brice, kept her audience rapt with a talk about being an evacuee during the Second World War. As a young child, Mrs Brice, along with her family, was evacuated in 1938 from Stuttgart to a village in the Black Forest. She shared with us all of her stories, some good and some bad – from collecting bilberries in the countryside with her twin sister to having her family home in Stuttgart destroyed by bombs. It was a fasincating talk and we were all completely caught up in it.


Crowlas and Ludgvan WI was founded on 27 April 2000 which makes this our 15th birthday! To honour the occasion, after the meeting this week, rather than our usual biscuits, we were treated to a very special birthday cake. A huge thank you goes to Val Puddiphatt for making the delicious cake which was enjoyed by all.


Feast meeting!

This year’s Feast meeting was a great success. The Murley Hall was about as full as it’s ever been as members enjoyed a curry supper with the usual splendid array of desserts to follow.

Everyone had a happy time!

After our meal, we were entertained by stories from Shanty Baba.

To top it all off, we collected boxes and bags full of items to take to the Penzance food bank. Well done, everyone!

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Our November meeting

The Murley Hall was busy and buzzy last night with a very jolly atmosphere. We were pleased to welcome seven guests, friends of existing members. Isn’t it great that we love our WI so much that we all want to bring our friends!?

Philip Rodda
Philip Rodda

Guest speaker Philip Rodda regaled us with stories of his family’s business, beginning with his grandmother who, at age 18, worked out a way of preserving clotted cream so that it would last three months. This meant that the delicious cream could be sent to London and beyond!

After the talk, Philip was kind enough to provide us all with samples of custard, crème fraiche and butter to take home. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be having apple crumble and custard tonight!

Roddas stuff

Congratulations to Sue Knights who won both Flower of the Month and our competition! And also to Pam Smith who won the raffle prize.

We have so much going on at the moment that I thought it would be a good idea to run through some of our events here:

  • Julia and Richard are generously opening up their home to us for a Christmas buffet lunch on Thursday 4 December from 12 noon. This is sure to be a wonderful celebratory event, so make sure you book! Tickets are £5 per person and partners are welcome to attend. If you haven’t yet put your name down or if you need to arrange to make payment, please contact Alison Latham on (01736) 740259 or by email on
  • Shirley Battle will be leading one of her very popular flower arranging workshops on Wednesday 10 December at the Murley Hall. You’ll be making Christmas arrangements and a wreath. This workshop is sure to fill up quickly, so do contact Lis Davies as soon as possible to book your place! You can reach Lis on (01736) 754146 or on email at
  • Our Christmas meal out is on Monday 15 December at 12pm at the St Ives Harbour Hotel (formerly the Porthminster Hotel). If you’re taking the train, please catch either the 11:18am from St Erth or the 11:21am from Lelant Saltings (park and ride). For those of you taking the bus, we’ll meet you there! If you haven’t yet paid for your meal or if you still owe the balance after paying your deposit, please contact Kathy Merrett on (01736) 757107 or by email on
  • Our next meeting is our annual Feast meeting on Monday 19 January. Your committee will be preparing and serving a wonderful curry supper for you. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements ( Also, don’t forget to bring a tin of food or some other non-perishable foot item for us to donate to the Food Bank.
  • If you haven’t yet put your name down to attend either or both of the Centenary Baton day events on Wednesday 18 February, make sure you do! This is a once in 100 years opportunity! The morning event at the Land’s End Hotel is from 10:30am until 12 noon and costs £4.75 per person. The afternoon event at The Godolphin Arms in Marazion is from 3 to 4:30pm and costs £3.00 per person. You are more than welcome to attend both if you’d like. To sign up or to make payment, please contact Alison Latham on (01736) 740259 or by email on

There’s never a dull moment in the WI!

October meeting

Despite the end-of-summer flu striking down some of our members, Murley Hall was full and buzzy at last night’s meeting.

We welcomed four new members  – Gill O’Connor, Rosemary Western, Sue Eames and Liz Hosking – putting our numbers now over the 50 mark! Crowlas & Ludgvan is growing! If you haven’t yet met our new members, make a point of introducing yourself and getting to know them at our next meeting.

Just to show how busy we are, here’s a picture of our activity table and the line-up of signing in sheets. We think Kathy’s cornered the market on clipboards!

October 2014 meeting

Last night’s speaker, Inspector Jean Phillips of Devon & Cornwall Police, spoke to us about personal safety. She gave us a lot of great tips on staying safe – including using indoor bank machines and putting handbags in the bottom of shopping trolleys. She also told us about the scary new telephone ‘courier scams’ which are becoming more widespread. You can read more about them here on the Metropolitan Police website.

Jean also brought with her Mary Shead, the district Neighborhood Watch representative for Penwith. Mary explained what her job entails and shared her insights with us about the value of local neighborhood watch organisations. I think more than a few of us are interested in starting up groups in our own areas!

Our safety slogan competition was won by Helen Kestle, with Kathy Merrett second and Colleen Lewis third. It was a good night for Colleen as she also won Flower of the Month!

Thanks to tea hostesses Pat Adams, Colleen Lewis and Polly Little.

And thanks everyone, as always, for making it such a lively and fun meeting! Happy and healthy vibes go out to those of you who were under the weather and unable to be there last night.




Our September meeting

Tonight we were treated to a highly amusing and entertaining talk by Sarah Chapman, an obsessed knitter. Some of us had previously explored the Hayle estuary looking at birds with Sarah’s husband David, but most of us had no idea he had a hand in designing some rather risqué and very comical jumper patterns for Sarah!









In addition to the tank tops for David, Sarah has knitted some remarkable pieces using all sorts of unconventional materials including garden twine, tights, orange net bags, wire and torn up duvet covers.

We were all absolutely enthralled by the “surprise jacket” knitted by Sarah’s mother-in-law, Shirley, and some of our members think they may try tackling the project for themselves!

Sarah Chapman shows off the very complicated surprise jacket.
Sarah Chapman shows off the very complicated surprise jacket.

All of our Crowlas & Ludgvan knitters came out in full force tonight and the competition table was positively laden with spectacular entries. The winner was Charlotte for her adorable bunny. Rosemary came second and Mary was third.

What a lot of clever members we have!

Charlotte’s winning rabbit and Rosemary’s second prize bag.

Our Flower of the Month competition was no less popular with a dozen entries! That’s got to be a record. The winner was Sue Knights for her stunning dahlia.

Sue's winning dahlia
Sue’s winning dahlia