More from the Royal Cornwall Show!

A little addendum to our Royal Cornwall Show blog entry from a few days ago!

Beth's entryBeth Marshall, one of our talented Crowlas & Ludgvan crafters, entered the Barbara Reed Trophy competition at the Show. She didn’t win a prize, but it was her very first time entering and I think the bag she made is great!

The theme this year was ‘a bag suitable to take on a parish walk’. We’d be proud to take that beautiful bag on our walk!

Well done, Beth!

We know Crowlas & Ludgvan WI is full of creativity and talent! Next year if you don’t fancy joining the group and putting together the Cup competition entry, why not enter the Barbara Reed Trophy competition? We’ll let you know next year’s theme as soon as possible!

And, from Saturday, here are Colleen Lewis and Gill Gowland looking very happy as they help with teas in the WI Marquee.

Colleen and Gill

Royal Cornwall competition – “A very attractive entry”

For those of you who didn’t know, a small team of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members has been hard at work for the past month or so working on our entry for the Royal Cornwall competition.

our exhibit

The theme this year was ‘A Parish Walk’, and Wendy Allen, Shirley Battle, Di Curnow, Helen Kestle, Val Puddiphatt and Jane Twose made up our team.

The four elements of the exhibit were cookery (an item of Cornish fayre to sustain you on your walk), a craft item for your walk, a photograph of a gate along your walk and a floral arrangement to depict a cottage garden.

Shirley looks a bit concerned as she stages our entry on the Wednesday before the Show opens.
Shirley looks a bit concerned as she stages our entry on the Wednesday before the Show opens.

Jane made us a fabulous Cornish seafood pasty, with a delicious filling of crab, monkfish, prawns and saffron. Wendy took a beautiful photo of a gate. Shirley came through as always with a lovely floral display. And, finally, our craft item was a little ‘Field Notes’ notebook for a walker to jot down details about plants he or she found on the walk – Helen and Jane made handmade paper (with instruction from Gail Allen), Di embroidered a stunning flowery cover for the notebook and Val filled it with spectacular watercolours of flowers and plants.

The best part of our exhibit (we thought) was our staging. At the centre of the exhibit was a mini stile on which we placed the pasty and the notebook. The base of the display was covered with broken bits of slate with scattered moss, bark and pinecones. It all looked so beautiful!

St Breward WI came second.
St Breward WI came second.

In the end, we came fifth out of 29 entries which we were very pleased with. It’s only our second time entering and we’re still learning the ropes! Our highest scores came for Interpretation, for which we were given 19/20 (“A lovely interesting idea well displayed”); Staging, for which we received 18/20 (“A very attractive entry. The stile is the right proportion.”); and Shirley’s flower arrangement which also received 18/20 (“Creative and imaginative. Delicate colour harmony. Really charming.”)

There were some really wonderful entries this year so we were all delighted to have done as well as we did.

A ginormous thank you goes out to the entire team, as well as Gail Allen, Ted Battle and the incredible John Curnow who built our stile and without whom we’d have been sunk!

And finally, a photo of some of our tireless members after finishing their stint serving tea in the WI marquee at the Show on Friday:

Julie Blewett, Val Puddiphatt and Wendy Allen
Julie Blewett, Val Puddiphatt and Wendy Allen

Gill Gowland and Colleen Lewis also volunteered and served teas on Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who helped both with the competition entry and with the teas!


A very belated Royal Cornwall Show update

Royal Cornwall_1The Royal Cornwall Show was a busy few days for a number of our Crowlas & Ludgvan members. Julia and Beth were there working on behalf of the CFWI Board of Trustees, and Mary put in a lot of hard labour helping to set everything up as a member of the Exhibitions Sub-Committee.

Royal Cornwall_3Dorothy made an appearance in the WI Marquee with a table devoted to her lovely folk art. She was very clever to position herself directly below our Crowlas & Ludgvan penant!




And Colleen and Helen spent a long day serving tea and coffee.

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It wasn’t all drudgery, though! We did get a peek at Princess Anne as she was escorted round our marquee by CFWI Chairman Kathy Reed.


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Last but certainly not least, a huge amount of time and effort was put into our entry in the WI exhibition, ‘An Afternoon Tea for Today.’ We didn’t win, but our score was quite good and we did our WI proud! A big thank you to those who helped: Diane, Dorothy, Helen, Jane, Pat G., Shirley, Susan and Val P.

Better luck next year!

A Day at the Royal Cornwall Show

Gill Gowland and Helen Kestle set off today to work as stewards at the Royal Cornwall Show, with a kind lift from Dorothy Oliver and her husband, Alan.

The W.I. tent was easy to spot …

… and our Crowlas & Ludgvan pennant looked lovely displayed with the others from all over the county:

Beth Marshall and Mary Venn were there too, wearing their CFWI hats, and County Chairman Kathy Reed manned the Chairman’s Table:

Before our first shift, we had time to have a look around at the Royal Cornwall’s flower show and were particularly taken with this cauliflower sheep:

We reported for duty and were provided with very official-looking sashes:

Meanwhile, both the Trading Post and the plant stall were doing roaring trade:

And our own Dorothy Oliver held painting demonstrations throughout the day:

The Jubilee-themed W.I. entries were all so impressive …

… but the winning entry from St. Breward was definitely deserving of the trophy:

Feeling exhausted and with aching feet, our only remaining dilemma was to try and remember where we’d parked the car!