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.


Bath WI’s Community Garden

Did you know that Bath Women’s Institute has created a beautiful community garden within the city’s Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park?

The garden is entirely made up of edible plants and flowers. The idea is to inspire people to plant edibles that are not only useful, but beautiful as well.

The garden was featured this evening on BBC’s Gardeners’ World, and you can catch it on BBC iPlayer here. (The segment about the garden starts at 15:35.)

You can read about the garden here.

Quiz Success (almost)

I’m pleased to report that your Crowlas & Ludgvan quiz team did not embarrass you on Friday evening at the Connor Downs & Giwthian WI annual quiz.

We knew there was no chance of beating perennial champs Mount’s Bay WI, but we did manage to come second! That’s a step up from last year’s third. So next year, the third time will be a charm, right?!

quiz plaque

Well done to Pippa Lilley, Polly Little, Helen Kestle and friend Liz Woods who filled our fourth spot.

(We are now experts on snooker, assassinated American presidents and badgers’ anal glands, so feel free to come to us with any questions!)

Who fancies a quiz?

Would anyone like to go to Connor Downs & Gwithian WI’s annual quiz? We can enter a team of four, and so far it’s just Helen and Kathy. If you’d like to join them, please drop us an email on crowlasludgvanwi@gmail.com.

The quiz is on Friday 7 November at 7pm at Connor Downs WI Hall and is always a great night out. The cost to enter is £8 per team (or £2 a person if we can put together a team of four).

We fielded a team last year and came a more than respectable third. But let’s try to improve on it this year!