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Beryl Hood Bursary

The Federation is offering a bursary from the Beryl Hood bequest of £330 pounds for an open course at Denman to be used between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020. The winner will also receive help with travel expenses up to £50.  If you are interested please send your name and contact details to WI House, 11 White Friars,  Chester, CH1 1NZ by 13th September 2019.


There are still a few places available for the CFWI visit in October and I know some of you were not able to commit so far ahead but if you can join now is your chance. Please send your name and contact details to for further information. Lyn Hand, CFWI Denman Ambassador

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The Modern Voice For Women

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.

A Message From Our Chairman

We had a very busy but extremely rewarding June with the NFWI Annual General Meeting in Bournemouth. Those representing Cheshire at the AGM had a very enjoyable time thanks to the excellent organisation of Trustee Mary Hignett and Federation Secretary Hazel Fogg. Apart from the time spent at the meeting when members learn so much about the organisation, have the opportunity to take part voting on the selection of resolutions and listen to various speakers, it is always a pleasure to travel on the Federation coach with members and then share social time at the hotel.

The AGM was followed by the superb Royal Cheshire Agricultural Show. As always, the Marquee was an amazing interpretation of the theme ‘The Silver Screen’, the Oscars looked fantastic, all thanks to Mary Ann Dryer, Norma Dent and their team. The exhibits were so impressive and greatly admired by all those who viewed them. My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the Show in any way, it was a resounding success because of the hard work and dedication of members, it was a team effort, you must all feel extremely proud of yourselves. Again, a huge thank you from me and the Board of Trustees. A full report will appear in the next edition of Cheshire News.

Having been invited to many WIs over the last couple of months, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many members and have been made very welcome. I look forward to meeting many more members over the coming months. Thank you to all the WIs who have invited me to their meetings and events, every invitation is appreciated, my apologies if I am not always able to accept due to a prior engagement.

The Federation has several sub-committees, Archives, Art & Craft, Home & Gardens, Public Affairs, Sport & Leisure and Website, if you feel you could contribute to one of these committees do not hesitate to contact the Federation Office so you can be invited as an observer at a meeting. Meetings are held quarterly. There is also the Cheshire News team who publish our popular newsletter; if you feel your expertise is this area then do not hesitate to volunteer. Look forward to hearing from you.

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25th March 2020

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Board of Trustees

Federation Chairman: Jean Harding

Federation Hon. Treasurer: Ann Daughtrey

Federation Vice-Chairmen: Selina Prescott, Georgina Denny, Mary Hignett.

Trustees: Norma Dent,  Zeta Emmett, Veronica Gough, Sybil Graham, Lyn Hand Co-option: Wendy Morris, Alia el Asmar