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ST BREWARD WI
Meet every 2nd Tuesday at 12.15 in the Memorial Hall St Breward.
We start with a light lunch; followed by a speaker (see the calendar)
Then WI Business meeting to discuss our activities.
New members and visitors are welcome.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2017
Frances Calver                 President
Pat Lismore                      Vice President and Trip Organiser
Fenella Lady Barry            Treasurer
Bonny Bryan                      Secretary
Christine Woolf                 Competition Hostess
Val Hill                              Speakers’ Hostess
Sue Scrivener                  Programme Secretary
Dawn Hewitt
Non-committee members are:
Abigail Kirby-Harris        Press Officer
Rosemary Low   Raffle and Social Hostess
St Breward Carnival 1st July 2017
WI wins the cup again.

St Breward WI won 1st prize cups in two categories in the St Breward Carnival held on Saturday 1st July 2017.  The theme was based on the BBC’s  “Call the Midwife”, and fun was had among bicycles; nuns and midwives as well as expectant mums and children.

St Breward WI April 2017

Our April meeting saw two of our own members, Sue Scrivener and Pat Fletcher give an account of the recent training course they attended, on behalf of the Institute, all about Food Hygiene – the dreaded Elf and Safety! They were a great double act, very knowledgeable and very droll as they shared the details of the difference between “best before” “use by” display by” and “sell by” and then lots to do with food preparation and storage – you could be forgiven for thinking that common sense would prevail (not to mention how our mothers taught us our Kitchen Lore) but rules and regulations have caught up with us. It is important that we have members with this certificate (and they both have!) especially when we invite the Village to our events, such as the panto, just in case…!We were delighted to welcome several visitors also and they seemed to enjoy themselves – as well as the usual delicious lunch! Preparations are well in hand for our entry into the Royal Cornwall Cup competition with fingers crossed for another success …and our thanks to our talented members for their enthusiastic support and creative endeavours. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9 May, in the Memorial Hall starting at 1215 and we will be discussing the Resolutions and hearing the background to all of them. The WI has a great track record – on Honeybees, Midwives, food labelling, women JPs – on tackling women’s and family issues and punching above our weight, so the choice of which Resolution to go for could influence future government policy, come along and Hear All About It! A warm welcome is extended to ladies of the four Parishes (we have members from Blisland, Helland and Temple so there is always someone to have a lift with) and if you would like a lift, or just someone to walk in with please give Fran a ring (851235), a warm welcome awaits you

St Breward WI March 2017
St Breward WI February 2017

Annual Meetings are not usually a Must Go To as there is always the fear of walking in with a light heart and exiting with a heavy burden! but not so in our WI where we had sufficient nominations to form a committee but not require an election and Yvonne Nobbs from St Tudy WI very kindly attended to oversee the election of our new President. Fran Calver was re-elected and we are all delighted and thank her for her enthusiasm and hard work in this role. The outgoing committee provided a stupendous lunch (but then again our lunches are always super!) and a very enjoyable social time preceded the business of Secretary Bonny Bryan presenting the report of our years activities, and it made for amazing listening to our visitors as the varied activities and events attended by our members is remarkable for a small moorland village! The panto, written by Christine Woolf and performed by our talented members not only gained lots of publicity but was presented again, in a shorter form, in Church for Revel Sunday and everyone was thanked for making this such a lovely occasion. Treasurer Fenella Barry then presented her report and we were all pleased to know that the Institute had been able to subsidise so many members to attend the Annual Council Meeting in Truro which helps give an insight into the wider world of the WI in general to those newer members – and it is always a great day out! Not wanting to rest on our laurels however it was agreed to run a fundraising Coffee Morning on 1 April and keep our funds topped up. We were then pleased to hear from Ted Raynham about the plans from the Community Bus Committee to offer a free shuttle service round the village every Tuesday, once the Post Office and Stores have moved up to Churchtown, which many residents will find less convenient than it’s current location in Row. Years ago of course Churchtown was the hub of the village with the Church, Pub, School and several shops – so the wheel will have turned full circle.

We next meet on Tuesday 14 March when we look forward to hearing from Alan Endacott, a maker of stained glass and he will be talking about and demonstrating his craft – should be fascinating. The competition is for something made of glass, and there is also Flower of the Month – should be fun and a warm welcome is extended to ladies of the four Parishes (we have members from Blisland, Helland and Temple so there is always someone to have a lift with) and if you would like a lift, or just someone to walk in with please give Fran a ring (851235), a warm welcome awaits you

St Breward WI January 2017

St Breward WI December 2016

PANTO COMES TO ST BREWARD

St Breward WI presented on Tuesday 13th December at the Village Hall a Pantomime called The Tale of No Tail loosely based on a stray tortoiseshell cat who happened to turn up in De Lank without her tail.  It was written and produced by Christine Woolf and acted by other members of the WI.  Many villagers were in the audience and having lunch served sat back and watched the performance, which was reported as  professional standard, very funny  and enjoyed by all.

Our December meeting, taking the form of a Christmas party compete with Panto was a triumph! Christine Woolf pulled off another amazing feat, a new panto – A Tale with No Tail -a worthy successor to her previous winner (of the nationally awarded Lady Denman Cup) The Feline Federation, and the cast proved that WI members are women of many talents! Not only a beautifully decorated Village Hall, with delicious eats for the lunch but also a thespian tour de force! Friends and neighbours had been invited and there was more than one comment along the lines of “I never thought that the WI was like this!” We often wonder what other women DO think the WI is – as it is pure and simply women enjoying themselves, meeting the neighbours and with  a serious purpose for those so inclined. We always enjoy the meetings and this one could be a hard act to follow! but the hostesses in January won’t object to washing up for fewer than sixty people!  Rebecca Evans will join us on Tuesday 10 January for a light lunch starting at 1215pm and then telling us about Working for the Diocese – many people aren’t really sure of where The Church (in their own village) finishes and The Church of England (as in the Diocese of Truro) starts, so it is sure to be interesting and informative as well as entertaining. Bring along your worst cracker joke, and a garden flower of the month and also recycle /pass on those items perhaps duplicated presents? for our occasional Bring and Buy stall – and also those glossy magazines you have enjoyed, the Magazine Swap table as cleared last month! We always aim to finish by 3pm to permit the schoolmums to slip away and a very warm welcome awaits you. Just give our President Fran Calver a ring on 851235 for further details, or be put in contact with someone who can give you a lift, or just company with whom to walk into the room! You’d be very welcome.
St Breward WI November 2016
Our November meeting was a veritable feast! James Lismore, head chef at The Deck in Bude (and son of our Vice President Pat) joined us and made our lunch! a delicious Paella (the family lived in Spain for some years) cooked in front of us with a most entertaining commentary (lots of notes were taken) and eaten with great pleasure by all present – there was such a generous amount that some members were even able to take some home for later! The hostesses provided the delicious sweet things to accompany our coffee and tea and everyone felt totally replete – but this was truly a One Off so we aren’t setting up in competition to the Lunch Club. The business part of the meeting included feedback from members who had recently attended the splendid Autumn Hanging Baskets Day at Bodmin Nursery, and looking forward to further workshops making Christmas Wreaths; it was decided to enter the competition at next years Royal Cornwall Show – the theme is Home Sweet Home, and as previous winners hopes are already high! Follow this, one might say, but no problem, our December meeting will be a Christmas Party, with a new Panto specially written by our award winning member Christine Woolf – A Tale with no Tail – and performed by members. We are all invited to bring along a guest – friend / spouse / new neighbour – and a plate of festive food to share and fill the Village Hall – please note the change of venue as we need the larger area and also a slightly later time, 1245 as the Hall has a regular Tuesday morning booking (our very own member Marilyn Hunter with her Yogalates class) which we need to respect. We always aim to finish by 3pm to permit the schoolmums to slip away and a very warm welcome awaits you. Just give our President Fran Calver a ring on 851235 for further details, or be put in contact with someone who can give you a lift, or just company with whom to walk into the room! You’d be very welcome.

St Breward WI October 201

We were very pleased to welcome three new faces to our October meeting – keen gardeners all! as the draw was our guest speaker, and neighbour in the village, Lorely Stanton giving an illustrated talk on garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, and especially her collaboration with architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. An example of this is not far away, at Castle Drogo, but Lorely had lots of pictures of the many other gardens created by Gertrude Jekyll and most inspiring it was too! The members who had attended the recent Autumn Hanging Basket Day at Bodmin Nursery were keen to book for the Christmas Wreaths Day in late November, we are lucky to have such an excellent nursery so near. Pat Lismore gave an account of the recent Annual Council Meeting at the Hall for Truro where the guest speaker was the highly entertaining Toby Buckland – a rather gardens-focussed couple of weeks! Nest month however we will have something completely different when James Lismore, son of Pat and Head Chef at a large hotel in Bude will come and talk about, and cook (and then we will eat!) Paella. There is always lunch as our meetings which start at 1215m and the speaker is always invited to join us (and none have ever refused) but as James will be actually cooking the paella for us to eat we will start with the demonstration at 1230, and the hostesses will provide the “pudding” element of sweet items to have with our tea and coffee afterwards. Do come along to the Memorial Hall from 1215, on Tuesday 8 November – we have always finished the business of the meeting in time for the schoolmums to slip away on time. If you are a newcomer and would like someone to walk in  with, or need a lift then please contact our President Fran Calver on 851325.

St Breward WI September 2016

Most of our experienced-drivers-of- many- years- standing members were somewhat horrified by their marks in some of the fun quizzes from Pat Fletcher, one of our own members and a driving instructor, who talked to us on “Updating your driving skills” – something of an eye opener! She made it such fun however, and most of us were in the same boat, so we just quietly learned and resolved to Take More Care in future! It was, of course, particularly timely with all the extra traffic on our local lanes, due to the many diversions caused by the works on the A30 when all sorts of surprises seem to lurk round many of the sharp bends! Vice President Pat Lismore also gave us an account of her recent visit to Denman College – sounded more like a five star hotel! where she enjoyed an excellent course on The Tudors, including a guided tour of Hampton Court Palace and she found learning really was fun. There was the usual delicious lunch and we were very pleased to welcome our new member, a newcomer to the village and also make plans for going to the Annual Council Meeting in Truro. We really need to encourage someone to become our driver for the minibus for these Institute outings – our village is so blessed to own a Community Bus which makes it possible for the non-drivers, or no-longer-driving members to attend these events so here’s hoping that we will encourage someone to step forward! Next month, on Tuesday 11 October, we look forward to welcoming village resident Lorely Stanton as our speaker on the subject of the work of Gardener Gertrude Jekyll – do come along to the Memorial Hall from 1215, for a light lunch and to hear her speak. We have always finished the business of the meeting in time for the schoolmums to slip away on time. If you are a newcomer and would like someone to walk in  with, or need a lift then please contact our President Fran Calver on 851325.

St Breward WI June 2016

We were very pleased to welcome Mrs Anne Bray from Egloshayle and Trevanson WI who gave us her report on the annual meeting held in Brighton this year and complimented us on the delicious lunch – as always! Members who had been unable to attend the Royal Cornwall Show were delighted to see our winning entry in the Royal Cornwall Cup, the cup itself and the china plate which is ours to keep – and join the other two we have won in recent years! It was a great effort and all the component items won much praise – the chutney will be available for tasting as part of the lunch next month at our Birthday Meeting, to be held in Blisland at the home of Edith Carey. Our main speaker was Michelle talking about the correct fitting of lingerie and swimwear – and she brought with her some gorgeous samples from the stock in her Wadebridge shop – just opposite Wadebridge Wines – where members are assured of a warm welcome. There are some great events in the next few months and members also had the opportunity to sign up for our August outing to Duchy Nurseries and Lostwithiel – there really is a lot going on and a warm welcome if offered to ladies of the four parishes – St Breward, Blisland, Temple and Helland. We always start at 1215 with a tasty, light lunch, and out usual meeting place is the Memorial Hall in St Breward. If you haven’t been before and would like either a lift, or just someone to walk in with, please give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235

St Breward WI

Norman Trebilcock’s rather racy style is well known (and much enjoyed!) by those of us who have lived here for some time, and he made further fans amongst our newer members and recent residents at our May meeting! Everyone felt very proud that here in our village we such vital life-saving equipment and after Norman’s talk we all felt more conversant with how a defibrillator works and, more importantly, felt confident about using it should the need ever arise. Norman has done amazing work with the establishing of FLEET and the supplying of defibrillators so widely in Cornwall and we all much enjoyed his visit. Normal WI business included the very important business of how we wished to instruct our representative to vote on our behalf at the forthcoming national AGM on the important resolutions of reducing food waste and also permitting patients with dementia to have their carers with them in hospital. Many of us can still remember when parents had very restricted visiting access to even young children and it is our hope that this resolution will be passed and hospitals receive the message! Our representative, from Egloshayle and Trevanson WI will join us next month, on Tuesday 14 June, and we look forward to hearing her report. We will also be welcoming Michelle from Mish Online Underwear as our speaker / demonstrator and a warm welcome is offered to any lady of the various Parishes who would like to come along too – we start at 1215 with a tasty, light lunch. If you haven’t been before and would like either a lift to the Memorial Hall in St Breward, or just someone to walk in with, please give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235
St Breward WI  8th  March 2016
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Our speaker, John Burden from Bodmin and Wenford Railway showed us wonderful old slides and gave  a fascinating talk on the history of this particular line, and also the development of the railways through our part of Cornwall. Some of our older members still remember when the line was running so it was all a bit nostalgic as well as really interesting social history. John was also most complimentary about being given lunch! We tried a new layout with the various tables for magazines, the competitions and the newsletters in the larger lower room to give us more space as our numbers have grown so much recently and it seemed to work very well, especially as we also had some free samples of Vichy cosmetics to give away! We will vote at the next meeting on the various options for our meeting place. We are looking forward to having with us Emma from Heavenly Bliss, a Holistic and Beauty Therapist so do come along on Tuesday 12 April, to the Memorial Hall at 1215 for our usual light lunch so if you are a newcomer to the three Parishes (St Breward,  Blisland and Temple and Helland) you’d be made very welcome and if you’d like someone to walk in with, or need a lift then do give Fran a call on 851222 .
THIS IS WHAT ST BREWARD WI HAS BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST 3 MTHS

St Breward WI have been actively enjoying the Festive Season.

Happy New Year to you all.

WI celebrate their Centenary at the Old Inn

WI celebrate their Centenary at the Old Inn

Bonny, Pat and Sue enjoying WI Christmas lunch at Bowood Golf Course

Bonny, Pat and Sue enjoying WI Christmas lunch at Bowood Golf Course

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Ivor Chivors shows the WI how to use pastels

WI xmas meeting. Lunch in the upper room of the Memorial Hall

WI Christmas meeting. Lunch in the upper room of the Memorial Hall

Trevor Ternouth entertains the WI Christmas meeting in the lower room of the Memorial Hall

Trevor Ternouth entertains the WI Christmas meeting in the lower room of the Memorial Hall

Sue meets Adam at Book signing WI Annual Meeting Truro

Sue meets Adam at Book signing WI Annual Meeting Truro

Adam Henson Had a Farm Eei Eei Oh WI Annual Meeting Truro

Adam Henson Had a Farm Eei Eei Oh
WI Annual Meeting Truro

Mick Madden with painting of one of his race horses and winning cup

Mick Madden with painting of one of his race horses and winning cup

WI Centenary Birthday Party held in St Breward Village Hall

All the St Breward Village Groups and children were invited to celebrate the Centenary of the WI at the Village Hall last Wednesday the 9th September. The Cake was made by Emma, the daughter of Fran Calver and was cut by Margaret Willets who is our longest current member. Afterwards we enjoyed a performance of the Golden Fish by the Penny Puppets.

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WI Centenary cuttting the cake WI Centenary Puppet Show

 

St Breward WI  September 2015
We had all been looking forward to meeting Annie Siebert from The Fish Kitchen and had even brought along the relevant items for the competitions, only to find that she had had to cancel at short notice. But all was not lost! In response to the email plea (what did we used to do before email?) sent round by Fran, our President, member Sharon Loveridge, one of our members from Blisland stepped forward and brought along some samples of her work. She is a marvellously talented stitcher and quilter with a wonderful creative flair and we were all mesmerised as she produced wonderful examples of her art – and some of us felt very untalented indeed! but we all agreed that this had been a most enjoyable meeting.  As we now all vote for the winning competition entry (rather than asking the visiting speaker to do so) by placing small denomination coins next to our choices – with the monies collected going to Coins For Friendship – the lack of an “expert” judge wasn’t felt at all! We welcomed several visitors – possibly future members – and this showed off our activities at their best, preceded as usual by a delicious light lunch. Plans were well underway for the Village Teaparty the following day when our Institute invited residents of the Parish to a teaparty to celebrate the Centenary of the WI. This also proved very successful and jolly, with a vast age range! and everyone enjoyed the delicious tea and then the antics of The Penny Puppets performing their latest offering of The Golden Fish, written by Christine Woolf our own prizewinning playwright. Fran and Hilary Craggs were congratulated on their wonderful contributions to the recent Flower Festival in the Parish Church and advance notice was given of our next meeting, Tuesday 13 October at 1215 in the Memorial Hall when our speaker will be Mick Maddern from St Tudy talking about My Life with Horses. Do come along, a warm welcome awaits you!
St Breward WI July 2015
Alpacas come to WI tea

Alpacas come to WI tea

Our 87th birthday party was a really great occasion and our warmest thanks to member Felicity Swindell and husband Barrie for hosting it at their beautiful home, the Old Rectory in Helland. The weather was a bit disappointing and members contented themselves with admiring the stunning gardens through the windows, comforting ourselves that gardens really do need rain! The tea was, as usual,   stupendous! and the alpacas from Carpella Alpacas were great entertainment and we enjoyed hearing from Nigel and Margaret Retallack all about these fascinating animals; and several of us indulged in buying some of the cosy and luxurious items which Margaret crochets using their super soft and extra warm wool. We are out and  about again next month, with our annual outing, this year to Boscastle Farm Shop and surrounding area and as the Community bus is full already there will be several cars going too, so give Fran, our President, a call on 851235 if you would like to join us. Many photos were taken of the float which swept the board at the Carnival, where we paraded The WI Centenary Book of Nursery Rhymes – huge fun all round! We will be back in our usual venue, the Memorial Hall, for the September meeting on Tuesday 8th at our usual time of 1215 to meet Annie Sieber from The Fish Kitchen. Ladies from St Breward, Blisland, Helland and Temple are members and we offer a warm welcome to all.

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St Breward WI June 2015

Warmest congratulations to our President on winning the Pat Ward (Novice) Cup at the Royal Cornwall Show and also that her stunning arrangement “100 Year Party” won the Best in Show award too! Also thanks from the County Federation to Fran and her team for the amazing Scarecrow – Winnie Breward from Home Fires! complete with ration book and bike – which attracted a lot of admiration from all the visitors to  the WI marquee at the Show.  Such a shame that the theme for the Scarecrow competition this year in the village won’t quite fit her!

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Lunch at Cedar Croft

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Enjoying the sunshine

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Retail Therapy

The June meeting was held “off site”, up at Cedar Croft and was most enjoyable. Members started, as is their wont, with a delicious lunch in the conservatory (Sue is the cook) and then Penny gave a talk on Vita Sackville West and her fabulous garden at Sissinghurst, well illustrated with super photos and then we toured the small scale White Garden which has been created at Cedar Croft. The glasshouses were well stocked with tempting plants to buy – and  members indulged in some retail therapy which will benefit their own gardens. Next month we are Off Site again, but then we always are for our Institute Birthday Party and this year we will be over in Helland, at the Old Rectory, home of member Felcitiy Swindell. We will start at the later time of 5pm, for tea and to meet the special guests – the alpacas! Guests and visitors are also most welcome to this meeting. Our members live across St Breward, Helland, Blisland and Temple and a very warm welcome is offered to ladies of these four Parishes If you’ve never been before and fancy giving it a try, and maybe need a lift or someone to travel with, then give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235a

St Breward WI May 2015
Rosie Jackson from the Red Cross

Rosie Jackson from the Red Cross

We were delighted to welcome our neighbour from Helland, Rosie Jackson to talk to us about the work of the Red Cross, right from its early days through to the current crisis in Nepal. Rosie is a qualified nurse and drew on her experiences working in Beirut to illustrate the role played by members of the ICRC. She also reminded members that her beautiful gardens at Helland Bridge are open, in aid of the Red Cross on June 14 It made a fitting introduction of the Institute to our visitor and we were also pleased to learn that a recent visitor has now joined! There have been several little meetings to discuss our entry to the Carnival -you’ll have to come along to see what we decided! and also for the scarecrow which we are entering at the Royal Cornwall Show as part of the Scarecrow Trail – come along to the WI marquee and meet her! Our thanks also to the hostesses who produced such a super lunch. Next month we are visiting Cedar Croft Nursery, meet there at 1230 and enjoy a light lunch or bring your own packed one if you prefer.Guests and visitors are also most welcome to this meeting. Our members live across St Breward, Helland, Blisland and Temple and a very warm welcome is offered to ladies of these four Parishes If you’ve never been before and fancy giving it a try, and maybe need a lift or someone to travel with, then give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235

St Breward WI  April 2015

puppets 1A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES AND INVITED TO HAVE A GO AT PUPPETEERING

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Many of our keen gardener members, revelling in the glorious weather, had downed tools to come out to lunch and they weren’t disappointed! So many members have joined in the five years since the Penny Puppets were formed – and they had grown out of one of our meetings activities – that it seemed appropriate to present them to the membership. Christine Woolf narrated their history, with many interjections from the puppets! evoking happy memories of popular vice-president Yo Hall, whose untimely death last year shocked us all. Yo was an enthusiastic member of the puppeteers and her artistic talent lives on in several of them. The lunch was, as usual, delicious though with warmer weather now seemingly set we are being encouraged to offer Lighter Lunches! One recent visitor signed up as a member and we had the pleasure of welcoming another newcomer to the village  – we hope to see her again. We meet next month, on 12 May (the second Tuesday)   in the Memorial Hall at 1215 for lunch and look forward to welcoming Rosie Jackson, our neighbour from Hellandbridge, and also the President of the Red Cross in Cornwall, to tell us about their recent activities. Our members live across St Breward, Helland, Blisland and Temple and a very warm welcome is offered to ladies of these four Parishes If you’ve never been before and fancy giving it a try, and maybe would like someone to show you the ropes, then give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235 And don’t forget the Magazine Swap – the table was cleared this month! St Breward WI  March 2014 Our planned speaker wasn’t able to come, due to illness and we were all set to play some silly, fun board games when one of our own members, Pam Otley Hemming from Blisland gallantly stepped into the breach and proved a most entertaining replacement – we can play games at home anytime but to hear Pam’s fascinating account of her childhood, and young womanhood in India, and her subsequent travels round the world was a unique treat! We are all grateful to her, and to the hostesses who provided another superb lunch, and it all proved a super introduction to yet another visitor who is considering joining us for the longer term. Our numbers are growing steadily and next month, when the Penny Puppets will be making an appearance, we will probably have to use both rooms in the Memorial Hall – but this is a challenge to which we will enjoy rising! There may be a couple of seats available for the show and on the community bus when we go to see Sister Act on April 18th– give Fran a ring if you would be interested. By the time this appears we will have held our Craft Taster Day and had a display at the Village Market but there are lots of other fun activities planned. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14 April, at 1215pm for a “light lunch” and then on with the activities, finishing in good time for the school mums to slip away. St Breward WI    February 2015 We were delighted to welcome two possible new members, as well as two visiting relatives to what proved a most entertaining Annual Meeting – these are not usually the highlight of our calendar, essential though they are! The success this year could be attributed to the recruiting of a committee BEFORE the meeting! so, whilst it was great to welcome Yvonne Nobbs from St Tudy to help with the telling – we didn’t actually need her. The outgoing committee excelled themselves with a superb buffet lunch and our thanks to them all for this and also for their hard work during the year to make our Institute the thriving and fun place to be every second Tuesday of the month!  The account of our activities through the year showed what an interesting variety of speakers and other events we all enjoyed and gave our newer members a good taste of what goes on. We were all thrilled to be only one mark behind the winner at the Royal Cornwall Show – better luck this year perhaps? and delighted and proud of Christine’s success in winning the Blaikeley Salver (for poetry) yet again! We will be holding a Four Corner Day on March 20th when members and friends can have a go at several interesting crafts and we’re looking forward to going to Sister Act in April – as well as our next meeting, on Tuesday 10 March when Alan Endacott from Angel Stained Glass will be our speaker – after we have enjoyed the usual delicious lunch! There will be a Flower of the month competition and members are asked to bring a glass ornament. And don’t forget the Magazine Swap – the table was cleared last month! If you’ve never been before and fancy giving it a try, and maybe would like someone to show you the ropes, then give our President, Fran Calver a call on 851235 St Breward WI    January 2015 The New Year started very auspiciously with not only a delightful meeting but also the enrolling of three new members – a very warm welcome to Marilyn Pluess, Lesley Page and Tanya Knight and we were also pleased to welcome a new resident as a visitor. It was a very lively meeting as the Quiz devised by Edith Carey generated a good deal of hilarity and she kindly produced boxes of Smarties for the Smarties in the winning team!  Lunch was, as ever, delicious and it was all very jolly. The magazines on the Swap table disappeared quickly and there was good discussion on attendance at future County events, and also our own outing to Sister Act on 18 April, and our possible entry for the Royal Cornwall Cup, in this the centenary year of the WI. February is our Annual Meeting, when reports are presented on our activities during the past Year and a new committee is elected – that’s quite enough without a speaker! but of course there is the lunch to start it all off, at 12.15pm. Visitors, whilst they can’t vote, are nevertheless warmly welcomed as this is a good opportunity to learn about our activities and there is also the usual lovely lunch! We aim to be coming to an end in time for the School Mums to slip away just before 3pm. We’d be very pleased to see you, and if you are new to the village or haven’t yet been to a meeting and would like a lift, or someone to go into a room full of strangers with! please give a call to our President, Fran Calver on 851235 –you’ll be made very welcome.

St Breward WI December meeting

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The Memorial Hall and lower Reading Room all smelt delicious for our December meeting! this was partly form the tantalising aroma from the several soups which members had brought and also from the delightful fragrance of all the conifer and other greenery which Val Bluett had brought with her for us all to rise to the challenge of a Flower Arrangement using just Five Blooms. Most of us had no idea we are so talented in this area – it is amazing what a difference a good teacher can make! We were all able to go home with a really delightful floral arrangement and it was a pleasure to have something to show for our efforts! The upper room also looked delightful as we had all brought a seasonal table centrepiece (not a competition!) and a Secret Santa present and this WAS the competition, for the best wrapping etc. We have now adopted a different method of choosing the winners and no longer ask the guest speaker to do this but instead members put a coin, of any denomination, next to their choice and these are then, after counting to find the one awarded the most, put into the Pennies For Friendship box and everyone thinks this an excellent scheme. Now that we have so many members the logical conclusion is that a Bring and Share Lunch produces a veritable cornucopia of goodies and this lunch was One to Remember! We were delighted to welcome several visitors, who all seem very likely to turn into new members so we may have to use the larger, lower Hall before too long – but having so many ladies interested in our activities is a source of great pleasure to us all and finding somewhere larger to meet is a challenge we shall enjoy meeting!. Thanks must go to our President, Fran, who brought along so many extras to make the place look so super, and who also assisted Val with the working session, she’s a treasure! We meet again on the second Tuesday of January 2015, 13th, at 1215 in the Memorial Hall and it’s usually quite a fun meeting and this time Edith will produce a quiz as our Activity, so it’s a good meeting to come along and meet us all if you’ve been thinking about it for a while. Bring along your favourite Christmas Card, for our competition, Flower of the Month (there are quite a few even in January) and any contributions to the Bring and Buy Table, not forgetting our Magazine Swap. We aim to be coming to an end in time for the School Mums to slip away just before 3pm. We’d be very pleased to see you, and if you are new to the village or haven’t yet been to a meeting and would like a lift, or someone to go into a room full of strangers with! please give a call to our President, Fran Calver on 851235 –you’ll be made very welcome

Val Bluett

Val Bluett

Sue enjoying making her arrangement

Sue enjoying making her arrangement

St Breward WI November 2014

St Breward WI
The weather on 11 November was simply awful and our members who were present at the War Memorial to lay the WI wreath got thoroughly soaked, but the Memorial Hall was a cosy and welcoming place to which to retreat! It was a pleasure to welcome Coastwatcher David Bartlett (and his wife Margaret who is President of Trevanson WI) to our November meeting. He had some wonderful slides of glorious views of the beautiful coastline round Stepper Point where the lookout is situated and we were all most interested to hear of the work of these committed volunteers. As Val Hill commented in her vote of thanks, many of us don’t realise just how much we owe to volunteers and where would we all be without them? In an effort to reduce the time spent on Institute business a newsletter has been put together listing the main areas where members need to make their views known, express an interest – or volunteer! This will have been delivered, along with their copy of County News to those members who were not able to attend. Next month we will welcome Val Bluett, an old friend and accomplished florist, who will lead a workshop on a Five Bloom Flower Arrangement – all we need to bring is the five flowers, those with just a single bloom per stem are best – as Val will provide everything else. Members are asked to bring a plate of festive food to share, and also a little gift for our Secret Santa – no more than £2 in value please and the competition is for the best wrapped one! We aim to be coming to an end in time for the School Mums to slip away just before 3pm. We’d be very pleased to see you, and if you are new to the village or haven’t yet been to a meeting and would like a lift, or someone to go into a room full of strangers with! please give a call to our President, Fran Calver on 851235 –you’ll be made very welcome

WI Poppy Wreath Prior to our monthly meeting we braved the wind and rain and attended the Remembrance Day Service at Mine Hill where Fran Calver laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the St Breward WI. WI Meeting

David Barlett

David Barlett

We soon warmed up after coffee in the Church and lunch at the Memorial Hall.  Our speaker was Mr David Barlett from the National Coastwatch Institution based at Stepper Point near Padstow.  We enjoyed seeing various slides from that Point.  As well as being a look-out for people in distress, all passing vessels have to be noted from the Jubilee Queen to a rowing boat. St Breward WI October 2014Rev Sherry Bryan at St Breward WI Reverend Canon Sherry Bryan speaking to the St Breward WI We were delighted to welcome three newcomers to the village at our October meeting – and three further visitors too including a historic first male visitor – Edward aged 7 months accompanying his mother! Everyone enjoyed the delicious lunch and warmest thanks to the hostesses who must have guessed that we would be so numerous as there was plenty! Everyone who attended the Annual Council Meeting the previous week in Truro agreed that it had been a super day and helped us all feel part of a much larger membership and a very jolly day was had by all! We were all particularly proud to be present when Christine Woolf was presented with the Blaikely Salver for poetry by National President Janice Langley who was overheard asking her “does it live at your house?” We then much enjoyed hearing our very own vicar, the Reverend Canon Sherry Bryan on how she became a vicar and what all this entails. The competition (for those who like that sort of thing!) was The Menu for the Vicar’s Supper and some excellent suggestions they were! The magazine swap table proved very popular – recycling at its best. Next months meeting will include a talk on Coastwatch – a vital service in this coastal area and we look forward to welcoming any ladies in the parish who would like to come and meet us – Tuesday 11 November at 1215 for as light lunch, so plenty of time for those who wish to attend the short service of Remembrance – conducted by Canon Sherry – at the War Memorial at 11am. We aim to be coming to an end in time for the School Mums to slip away just before 3pm. We’d be very pleased to see you, and if you are new to the village or haven’t yet been to a meeting and would like a lift, or someone to go into a room full of strangers with! please give a call to our President, Fran Calver on 851235 –you’ll be made very welcome St Breward WI September 2014 We changed out planned monthly meeting format to enable our members to attend the funeral of our popular and well respected Events Coordinator, Kathy Hoskin. Her untimely death came as a great shock and 16 WI members joined her many other friends from the village and wider community at her very well attended funeral, conducted by the Reverend Sherry Bryan, which was a joyous celebration of a good life well lived. We are most grateful to Ivor and Jan Chivers for agreeing to postpone the Working in Pastels workshop until the New Year so we simply met up at the Memorial Hall, as usual, for tea and cake and chat and to plan our future activities, The death of two stalwart committee members in a comparatively short time has posed it own problems but the programme is well advanced and we are grateful to former committee members Muriel Wilton and Bev Allison for stepping back into the team to take us to the end of the year. There is great excitement at the prospect of welcoming to Cornwall the national President for our forthcoming Annual Council Meeting on October 8 at the Hall for Cornwall where she will present the Blaikley Salver for poetry to our very own Christine Woolf, , who has won it for the fifth time! We will be filling the Community Bus to enable as many members as wish to attend this historic occasion! Institute member Abigail Kirby-Harris was in charge of organising the recent very successful celebratory lunch at the Carlyon Bay Hotel- 95 years of the WI in Cornwall and plans are well under way for how we will all celebrate the 100 anniversary of the National Federation when the Baton tours Cornwall in February 2015. On a much more local level our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14 October when we will look forward to hearing from our very own vicar, the Reverend Canon Sherry Bryan on how she became a vicar and what all this entails. The competition (for those who like that sort of thing!) is The Menu for the Vicar’s Supper, and a flower arrangement in  a teacup and saucer. There will be the usual popular magazine swap table – we haven’t had that for a while so do dig out those glossies and let someone else enjoy them before the final recycling! We will, as usual start with a light lunch, from 1215 and aim to be coming to an end in time for the School Mums to slip away. We’d be very pleased to see you, and if you are new to the village or haven’t yet been to a meeting and would like a lift, or someone to go into a room full of strangers with! please give a call to our President, Fran Calver on 851235 –you’ll be made very welcome St Breward WI August 2014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our August meeting took the form of an “outing” though this year we didn’t go too far afield and all met for tea (and totally scrumptious cakes!) at the Snail’s Pace Cafe at the Wenford end of the Camel Trail. This brand new venture, by one of our very own residents is proving a great success and we were all delighted to meet up for a sociable chat – some grandchildren were also able to join us! There are many events planned for the autumn, by the County Committees and there promises to be a good turnout of our members to attend the Annual Council Meeting in October. This is a good place to correct a previous mistake as Christine Woolf has won the Blaikeley Salver for Poetry an incredible FIVE times and so it seems fitting that this year Janice Langley, the National President, one of our speakers, will present the trophy to her. In September there is also the super celebration lunch for the 95th anniversary of the County Federation to be held at the Carlyon Bay Hotel – promises to be quite a Do! Back in St Breward we restart our Autumn programme in September with our monthly meeting back in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 8th when we meet as usual for lunch first, at 1215pm and then look forward to another hands-on painting workshop with Ivor Chivers with whom we will learn how to work in pastels. Do come along and give it a go! If you would like a lift, or just someone with whom to walk into a room full of strangers (!) please give our President Fran Calver a ring on 851235 St Breward   WI July 2014 Our eighty-sixth Birthday Lunch turned out to be a very poignant occasion. The planned venue was to have been Lower Hamatethy, the lovely home of our popular Vice President, Yo Hall but when she was taken into hospital we re-arranged the venue to be the Memorial Hall, where we hold our monthly meetings but in the full expectation that she would be joining us there once she had recovered. We were therefore all particularly shocked by her sudden and untimely death and so our meeting commenced with a minute’s silence in her memory. She will be sorely missed in so many ways as in the eight years she had been a member she had served on the committee first as Hon Sec and then later as Vice President  and was a member of the team working our popular Penny Puppets – as well as being a charming and delightful person. We all feel her loss. A happier note was struck with the announcement that Christine Woolf had won the prestigious Blaiklely Salver, for poetry, for the second year running and an astonishing third time in total. Members were delighted to congratulate her and it is hoped to fill the Community bus when we attend the Annual Council Meeting in the Hall for Cornwall on October 8th. Janice Langley, the National President will be one of the speakers and we are all very proud that Christine will read her winning entry, and be be presented with the salver in front of her. Our Bring and Share Lunch was, as ever, delicious and members enjoyed each other’s company and the planning for the various events and outings in the next couple of months. Our August meeting, on Tuesday 12th, will, as usual, take the form of an outing and this year we are visiting Saltram House, the wonderful National Trust property near Plymouth and as we would like to fill the Community Bus a warm invitation is extended to members’ friends and relatives! Please contact Abigail Kirby-Harris on 850651 if you would like to add your name. We will be back in the Memorial Hall for our September meeting, on Tuesday 9th when Ivor Chivers will hold one of his ever popular art workshops, this time on Working with Pastels.   St Breward WI June 2014

WI won 2nd prize

WI won 2nd prize

WI spent an evening with St Kitts Herbery making chocolate

WI spent an evening with St Kitts Herbery making chocolate

Let them eat chocolate! was the theme of our June meeting as we all went to St Kitts Herbery at Camelford for a super evening of a chocolate-making demonstration, then a hands-on have-a-go – and quite a lot of sampling in betweenwhiles! Despite it being so near our own village many members had not previously been here and thus enjoyed some delightfully fragrant retail therapy as well! of plants and perfumery with many wishing to return during the day when the coffee shop is open. It was lovely to have such a festive meeting as we needed also to congratulate all those members who worked on our entry for the Royal Cornwall Cup at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show where we came second – just one mark behind the winners, Crantock WI, well done everyone! More eating and fun next month too, as it is our 86th birthday and we always celebrate this with a Bring and Share Lunch and we will also look forward to welcoming back Margaret Ward from St Neot to tell us about the Annual Meeting in Leeds where she went as our Link delegate. We will meet at 1215 in the Memorial Hall, our usual venue, and hope to be able to have the opportunity of having our own Private View of the WW1 Exhibition – our member Val Hill, a member of the History Group, has been one of the workers putting this super exhibition together., and if you would like to come along (guests are welcome) please contact Fran, our President.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

St Breward WI May Meeting
The Memorial Hall was full for the May meeting as we welcomed most of the members plus two guests, including Margaret Ward from St Neot WI our “link” for the forthcoming National Meeting in Leeds and there was a very animated atmosphere as we all enjoyed the delicious lunch – thank you ladies! The Reverend Ray Avent told us about the important work undertaken by C.R.Y. the children’s charity and he thanked the Penny Puppets for appearing at the recent Garden Open at Tremeer, in aid of C.R.Y. Christine Woolf, our delegate at the recent County Meeting then reported on the discussions on this year National Resolution, which is to encourage organ donation and  a good discussion ensued. The Bring and Buy table did a brisk trade and many took away magazines from the swap table – recycling at it’s best! The entry for the Royal Cornwall Show was discussed and we all hope to win the trophy again this year…fingers crossed. Next month we are going to St Kitts Herbary at Camelford for a Chocolate Evening and as the mini bus will have a full complement we will also have several cars going. If you missed the meeting and would like to put your name down please contact Fran, our President on 01208- 851235

ST BREWARD WI MEETING on Tuesday 8th April 2014ANYMORE FARES, PLEASE!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nigel Mitchel took the St Breward WI down memory lane on Tuesday 8th April 2014.  Apart from the display of model buses; a ticket machine and other memorabilia, we enjoyed 4 short films and were reminded how buses eased congestion problems in the 50’s.  Regular; Frequent and Reliable.   Just what we need today. Nigel MitchellWI Lunch

St Breward WI April 2014
The Upper Room of the Memorial Hall was packed with almost a full turnout to hear Nigel Mitchell talk about his enthusiasm for the old London Routemaster buses, where he started his working life as a conductor and then at the great age of 21 became a driver! Nigel is known to us all from his work as relief Postmaster in the village and his warm chatty style made for a great presentation. He brought with him lots of souvenirs and memorabilia from the era of the tram and then the beloved red Routemasters which superseded it and showed some wonderful old films. Lots of nostalgia for those of us who remember those days – and great fun for everyone anyway! We were pleased to welcome a new member and also a guest and many thanks to the members who laid on the delicious lunch. Christine Woolf then gave her report on the recent  Annual Spring Countdown meeting where Julia Summers, author of the Jambusters (to be made into a TV series next year) was the main guest speaker, and she emphasised how enjoyable these County get togethers can be. Press Officer Abigail Kirby-Harris was congratulated on winning the Elmgate Cup at the recent Spring Show at Boconnoc and she urged all the keen gardeners not to be intimidated but to have a go themselves next year! The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is revisiting its campaign of 2010, SOS for Honeybees, and there are several events in Cornwall designed to help raise awareness further and lobby the government for action. Next month, on May 13, starting at 1215, the members will discuss this years national resolution on being an Organ Donor and there is the usual sociable lunch, for all ladies of the village, who are most welcome to attend. If you would like a lift, or simply someone to go in with then do give our President Fran Calver a ring on 851235

ST BREWARD  WI MEETING on Tuesday 11th March 2014 Our speaker was Sarah Snell from the Merlin MS Centre in St Austell who spoke to us about the work done in the Centre to support those who suffer with MS and also support for their carers Sarah SnellQuilt for the Hospice     We all had a session in making the blocks and Bev Alison has sewn them altogether, padding and backing to be presented to a Hospice.   St Breward WI  March 2014 The March meeting was a most enjoyable one in many ways. Firstly members were truly thrilled when Bev Allison displayed the completed patchwork quilt, started at the October meeting last year when Jan Dodd inspired us all (including the less nimble fingered!) to the extent that we agreed to put all our efforts together and make a Knee Quilt for use at the Mount Edgecumbe Hospice and our warmest thanks to Jan who worked with Bev to complete it. Not only is it delightful to look at but is a true demonstration of the value of working together, and some of us also learned a new skill – just what the WI is all about! We agreed to enter the Royal Cornwall Cup at this years Show and formed a working group to put this together and there were also volunteers to assist at the forthcoming World of Bees Day, organised by the Floral Art and Gardening sub-committee of which our member Abigail Kirby-Harris is Vice Chairman, to be held on St George’s Day with Henry Kendall as our lecturer. We then has a most inspiring presentation  from Sarah Snell from the Merlin Centre and we were all most impressed to learn of their work. It was also a revelation to learn that Cornwall has the highest incidence of Multiple Sclerosis in mainland Britain, though why that is so remains a mystery. The Magazine Swap remains a very popular feature of our meetings, so do keep sorting out those you’ve read and bring them along on 8 April when we look forward to hearing from Nigel Mitchell who will show films and speak about London Transport. A warm welcome to all ladies of the Village at the Memorial Hall from 1215 for a tasty lunch first and give Fran a ring on 851235 St Breward WI February 2014 It was a great pleasure to welcome back Marilyn Leggett (our demonstrator for Christmas goodies) but this time as the WI Adviser at our Annual Meeting. We were thrilled to be complimented on all the aspects of our activities – but then, why not? The annual report showed that we have enjoyed a wide range of really interesting and enjoyable activities and speakers and trips and our membership has also grown steadily. We were all pleased to re-elect Fran Calver as President, Bonny Bryan as Secretary and Fenella Barry as Treasurer as well as other committee members. We are grateful to those who take on the committee responsibilities and the wider membership also plays their part in assisting with the activities and also taking turns in providing the delicious lunches with which we start each meeting. The competitions offer an opportunity for members to try out new crafts, and show off what grows in their gardens!  This year the winner of the Competition Cup was Irene Alexander and Rosemary Lowe won the Flower of the Month cup – congratulations to these two ladies. The magazine swap is a popular monthly feature with members discovering just how many different magazines are out there – without having to buy them all! Next month we will welcome a speaker form the Merlin Centre and hear about the vital work going on there. We meet on Tuesday 11 March at 1215, for lunch first, in the Memorial Hall and a very warm welcome to lady residents of the Parish, if you are new to the village, or have been meaning to come along for a while do give Fran, our President, a call of you would like more details, or a lift, or just someone to walk in n with – you’ll be very welcome.

JANUARY 2014 WI MEETING

Jewellery making
Jewellery making
Searching for Ancestors
Searching for Ancestors
Greeting card making
Greeting card making

Our first meeting of 2014 was of great interest to everyone.  Lee Brattle was invited to join us for our afternoon of Members Interest where she explained how she got into making jewellery and demonstrated her skills.  At the same time we had fellow member Edith Carey from Blisland doing a hands on demonstration of making greeting cards; and in another corner we had Val  Hill  with her laptop seeking requests to find ancestors for anyone interested. The History

1928 The first official meeting of the St Breward WI was on 13 July 1928.  An attempt had been made to start some months earlier, but owing to lack of support it was decided to postpone the opening. Mrs Dawe, the school master’s wife, had suggested this new branch and we believe the following members were the first committee : Mrs Nankivell (President), wife of Mr William Nankivell, owner of Tor Down Quarry Mrs Andrews, (Secretary), schoolmistress Mrs Dunn Mrs Hall, wife of Captain Hall, Lord of the Manor Mrs S Hawken, undertaker’s wife Mrs A Hawken Mrs A Teague, wife of local mason In later years, Mrs Hall recalled that, although she was a founder member and on the first committee, the work of the WI was “not really my cup of tea.  Dressmaking and cookery are definitely not for me” she said. The members of the new WI hastily put together a tableau for the St Breward Carnival in August 1928.  From the photograph their subject appears to be “Women of Many Nations”. The first annual subscription was 1/6d (7.5p) per annum, and a cup of tea and a biscuit during the meeting was 1d. They met in the Reading Room (the upper room of the Memorial Hall).  Those privileged to be President, Secretary and Treasurer had the honour of sitting with their backs to the open fire, whilst ordinary members froze at the other end of the room! 2011 That was 1928.  Now in 2011, we can look back on the many changes and developments in the WI’s National Federation, our Cornwall Federation and in St Breward WI itself. The National Federation has the task of overseeing the WI movement in England and Wales.  They : 1.         Lobby Parliament and others on resolutions which concern members of the WI.  These resolutions are debated at the National Annual Meeting by delegates representing every WI, on a wide range of national and local problems and topics 2.             Produce the national magazine “WI Life” 3.         Run Denman College where members can take part in short courses on a multitude of different subjects.  Denman is a delightful country house near Oxford 4.         Run national competitions – e.g. the Lady Denman Cup for writing, others for craft, ecology, cookery, flower arranging, and so on 5.         Invite WIs to take part in events on a national level 6.             Oversee the financial viability of the movement. The County Federation, i.e, for us the Cornwall Federation, is concerned with the smooth running of the movement at a more local level.  They : 1.         Consist of an Executive Committee 2.         Have sub-committees which organise events and courses.  These are advertised in the County Newsletter and are, without exception, very enjoyable.  They are held at our new eco-friendly County House (Chy Noweth an Conteth) near Truro and elsewhere in Cornwall. But it is the home WI, our St Breward WI that we concentrate on in particular.  Each month brings a speaker, expert in his or her subject, outings to plan, events to arrange in the village.  Our meetings are informal, lively and enjoyable – and we start with a delicious light lunch and friendly chatter. St Breward members are scattered widely in the parish and we would be very happy to hear from any newcomer who may like company to attend her first meeting.  Just ring President Fran Calver on 01208 851235, and she will put you in touch with a member who lives nearby.

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