Twinning outing to Truro Cathedral

We had a fantastic day out on Friday to Truro Cathedral with our friends from Camelford WI.

After meeting for a chat over coffee and biscuits in the Cathedral café, we split off for some frantic retail therapy before lunch back at the café again. The conversation was full of laughs and we all had a great time – either reconnecting with old friends or making new ones.

Kate (Camelford) and Pat
Kate (Camelford) and Pat

After lunch some of us stayed in the Cathedral to listen to a recital by organist James Orford.

Following the recital, we were given a wonderful tour of the Cathedral. Our guide, Pam, told us all sorts of things we’d never known about the Cathedral. We explored the old St Mary’s Church south aisle (the ‘church within a church’); we learned about the two granite foundation stones laid when the Cathedral was being built, one still known as the Pillar of Faith; and we heard all about Bishop Benson, the Cathedral’s first bishop (and father of author E.F. Benson!).

Pam showing us the reredos
Pam showing us the reredos

Pam then led us down into the crypt where we were shown some of the Cathedral’s treasures. We saw some old photos of the Benson family, Bishop Benson’s death mask (!), a gorgeous silver chalice inlaid with jewels from rings and brooches from the parishioners of a London church, a piece of the Queen’s canopy from her 1953 coronation (at her request, a piece was given to every Cathedral in the country) and a bible belonging to Rowena Cade. We also examined some of the splendid robes that are stored in the crypt.

Hilda, Sue and Di examine some of the Cathedral's treasures
Hilda, Sue and Di examine some of the Cathedral’s treasures

From start to finish, it was a wonderful day and all the Camelford members had a great time. We’re told they have plans to take us to Bodmin Gaol next year!

A special thank you to Kathy Merrett for all her work in organising such a successful day.

Click here to see more pictures of our Truro Cathedral Twinning Day.

Annual Council Meeting – and accolades for one of our own!

A veritable herd of Crowlas & Ludgvan members descended on the Hall for Cornwall today for this year’s Annual Council Meeting.

CFWI Chairman Kathy Reed takes the helm at the Hall for Cornwall for the last time
CFWI Chairman Kathy Reed takes the helm at the Hall for Cornwall for the last time

Guest speaker was Mandy Hickson, a former RAF fighter pilot, who gave us a highly entertaining and inspirational talk.

Mandy Hickson
Mandy Hickson

But the highlight for us was seeing Alison Latham receive the West Briton Cup from NFWI Chair Janice Langley! The West Briton Cup is awarded annually to a first-year press officer – we’re all so proud of Alison for getting the recognition she deserves for her hard work and the brilliant press coverage we’ve received!

NFWI President Janice Langley presents Alison Latham with the West Briton Cup
NFWI Chair Janice Langley presents Alison Latham with the West Briton Cup

The winner of the centenary baton cushion competition was announced during the meeting and, sadly, Sue Knights’s cushion didn’t win. However, we all thought it was incredibly clever and we’d have been proud to see it chosen.

Have a look here at some of the cushions created by talented woman from all over Cornwall:

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This was the last meeting led by outgoing CFWI Chair Kathy Reed, and she will be missed! She was given a big bouquet and a giant card signed by everyone at the meeting. It was also the last meeting for Treasurer (and Crowlas & Ludgvan WI member) Beth Marshall. We congratulate Beth on her years of hard work as Treasurer – those will be big shoes to fill!

You’ll be getting a full report about the Annual Council Meeting from delegate Hilary Elliff at our meeting on 20 October, so don’t miss it!