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With the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.
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With the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes you will benefit from having your voice heard and making a real impact on local, national and international issues. We offer the opportunity to learn, develop and pass on new skills, to belong to something special, make friends, work as a team and have fun with events.
The WI offers all kinds of opportunities to all kinds of women. We can help you to expand your horizons and make new friends, take up new interests, learn new crafts and develop new skills. The Women’s Institute is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands. Its concerns range from climate change to cooking, from crafts to community projects, from healthy eating to Fairtrade fortnights, from traditional values to new friendships.
Cheshire Federation has enjoyed a lovely week, first there was the Carol Service at Chester Cathedral on 6th December which is an ideal start to the Christmas season.
The Federation choir, under Joyce Kirkpatrick was wonderful as members joined in Carols and listened spellbound to the choir as they performed their set pieces. Revd. Pamela Soult led the prayers and Revd. Jane Parry gave a most enjoyable and entertaining address. As always the Cathedral staff were most helpful and ensured everything ran smoothly. Many members came back to WI House after the service for coffee and mince pies.
Friday, 8th December, was Christmas at White Friars when over 90 members visited WI House, many were first timers who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to tour the House. Bacon Baps were popular and much enjoyed by many as were the mulled wine and mince pies. Many tombola prizes were won and the shop was popular for souveniers and WI stationery. It was lovely to meet so many members and the atmosphere in the House was so enjoyable.
Thank you to all who came on the day.
Saturday saw heavy snow which prevented some Trustees getting to the House or if they did make it I was concerned they would have difficulty returning home as trains were cancelled which was a cause for concern so I had to take the decision to send all volunteers home for safety reasons.
I, together with another Trustee, stayed to ensure the House was open if members turned up and we were able to offer a hot drink and mince pie at a reduced price. I am pleased to say several members did visit and again some were first timer visitors and appreciated the fact the Federation held a Saturday event for those members who work. The House tours again proved popular and the shop did brisk business. Thank you to all for your understanding of the situation with the weather and the lack of bacon baps but we certainly had a very enjoyable time.
May I take this opportunity to thank every member for their contribution to the Federation over the past year, it is greatly appreciated.
I would like to wish every member a Happy Christmas and a healthy 2018.
Jean Harding ~ Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes