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Treat Yourself Day...and we did!

What a lovely day we had on 15th September, when we invited in stall holders offering beauty products, jewellery, gifts, fabrics, crafts and all sorts of other treats at Otterham & St Juliot Hall. Punters browsed the stalls and treated themselves to all sorts of goodies before settling down for a cuppa, cake and chat in the refreshments areas and also hopefully buying raffle tickets - we had some stunning prizes! Profits from the day will go to Cornwall Air Ambulance. Below: setting up.

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Two Cooks take Marshgate by Storm!

They’re known as Alison Gribble and Rosemary Slee to their friends and family….to their fans they are the amazing Two Cooks (have plastic bag, will travel). And they travelled to Otterham & St Juliot Hall for our November meeting, which was opened to friends, family and our sister WIs in North Cornwall.

Alison had a present for Rosemary – a plastic bag filled with some fairly random groceries.  And Rosemary promptly repaid the compliment by giving Alison some of her own.  The ladies then set to work – with lot of entertaining chat – to prepare two three-course meals from this assorted fare.  An hour later the guests were all tucking into chicken stew, meatballs, Eton mess, soup and other goodies, before attacking the mince pies provided with coffee…and a jolly good time was had by all!

The only sad point in the meeting was when the pair announced their retirement after 15 years.

Below: Rosemary and Alison (centre) with their “roadies” Daphne and Jean.



Greetings….from WI members

Our card making session resulted in 50 gorgeous glitzy greetings cards, all ready to send to members when their birthdays come round.  Truth to tell, there was more chatting than crafting, but that’s sort of what WI is all about, isn’t it?

L-R are Diane, Pauline, Diana, June, Kaye, Tessa, Maire, Jenny and Linda (sitting) with naughty Pat hiding behind her cards in front.



Goodbye Jackie…


Our lovely Jackie is sadly leaving us after serving as secretary for two and a half years, and is moving with husband Dave to Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire – we shall all miss her.  But we all enjoyed taking her to lunch at one of her favourite venues, Boscastle Farm Shop, where she was presented with a card signed by members, a gardening voucher and a CD of the Boscastle Buoys – signed by the chaps themselves.


Below: the ladies who lunch line up for a photo with Jackie.  L-R are Kaye, Jenny, Diana, Barbara, Jackie, Hazel, Zena, Wendy, June and Val, another member who has sadly moved away but came along to wish Jackie all the best.


Party time!

We weren’t going to let an excuse for a party go by, so on 16th September, WI Day, we invited members and friends from across North Cornwall and laid on a big tea.  We set up display tables for craft, and other WIs brought along their craft items and photos, so there was plenty to see.  A pleasant sociable afternoon to celebrate the national centenary of the great organisation we belong to (founded in the UK in Anglesey in 1915) – and we got to wear our sunflower badges.

To quote a well known ad: “it’s good to talk!” (below).














Below: helpers in the kitchen (all wearing their badges). L-R are Tessa, Terry, Diane and Maire.





Happy smiles say it all after members sat down to make sunflower badges for the centenary party in September and have a good chat.  Probably more chatting went on than sewing, but most people finished their work, or at least got the badges in good enough shape to finish at home.  The design was made by June, who based it on the badges worn by the choir at the national AGM.  Left to right are Freya and her granny Kaye, Janice, June and Jackie, all sporting their badges.



Where did you get that hat…?

Looking the picture of elegance, our Kaye models the outfit she wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party to celebrate the WI Centenary.  This pussycat didn’t get to meet the Queen, but she did find out how Buck House make such elegant sandwiches (which we then all enjoyed at the Village Hall open day) and had a wonderful day.


Our beautiful centenary gift box, our entry for the 2015 Royal Cornwall Show WI co-operative class, which earned us overall second place!  The posy, created by June, won top marks for the floral exhibit.  June also made the Victoria sandwich, the beautiful knitted jumper was made by Joan, the greetings card by Barbara and the jam by Val.  Well done girls!     And the exhibit got another airing when it formed the centrepiece of our display table at the open day for the hall (below).                                                                                                                                            





Gadzooks! WI Ladies Tackle Tudor Times


What does any girl do on her birthday?  Dress up in her glad-rags and go out for a good time with her friends, of course.  And you don’t get much gladder than gorgeous glitzy Tudor gowns of velvet and satin, complete with jewellery and the latest in 16th century headgear.  Members, husbands and guests had an awesome time at Poundstock Gildhouse, a restored building from 1540 that now offers historical days out.

We started out as Cinderellas, donning homespun skirts, bodices, aprons and shawls to make bread the 16th century way, brew ginger beer and learn about building with cob.  Then it was off with the work clothes and on with glamorous costumes which would have been worn by the gentry before sitting down to lunch, followed by some music and Tudor dancing. 
















Ladies Who Lunch….

(And a few gentlemen too!) We like to lunch (who doesn’t?) so every year, around Christmas, we take ourselves out to somewhere nice and enjoy a lovely meal in good company.  Members and husbands lunched at Boscastle Farm Shop in January, where the delicious food and friendly staff made the visit a delight. In our picture, our lovely Val, who has now sadly moved away, enjoys her pudding – the smile says it all!

Our fabulous Tomorrow’s Heirloom entry, which was selected to go forward to National as Cornwall’s top entry in the Secretary’s Portfolio section.

The base is hand-made felt, and the amazing appliquéd pictures represent the Four Seasons and were made by June, Diana and Kaye using a variety of crafts including embroidery, beadwork and tatting.


































Whirlybirds are go! 

The famous red and yellow whirlybird had no sooner hit the helipad than a dozen WI members hurried over to inspect the Cornwall Air Ambulance and meet the crew. A handsome paramedic in an orange jumpsuit showed them over the aircraft, which has saved so many lives in the county in the last year, and members were allowed to get up close and personal with the vehicle and even sit inside.  Then it was off to the Watergate Hotel for coffee and cakes.  What a fab day out for our April meeting.  Below: Jackie tries out the pilot’s seat for size.



Bunting again!

Machines hummed and cups of coffee were rushed to thirsting workers as volunteers made 70 metres of bunting in WI green and white during a morning in the hall.  Inspired by our workshop, we invested in some fabric and a lot of bias binding, and set out to create bunting for future events like the national WI centenary coming up in 2015 and the opening of our new hall.

In our pictures: Left, June shows off her newly made bunting to Marion, while Pauline and Valerie stitch and cut. Right, June, Wendy and Diane at work.


Bunting Day


Bunting Galore!

Our bunting workshop in November 2013 was enormous fun.  Karen Davey of “JustBunting” from Delabole showed us how to create beautiful bunting for very special occasions, using nothing more complicated than a cardboard template and a sewing machine.

In our pictures:  Wendy, Kaye and Marion deep in concentration as they create…



The ladies at work on their bunting projects.



Put out the flags!  We made our bunting! Left to right are Tessa, Marion, June, Roberta and Wendy.




Royal Cornwall Show - past glories. 

Marshgate members take pride in always supporting this important local event.


Below: Our 2014 entry “A Parish Walk” included the amazing bum-bag in the shape of a pasty and a real live tree.





“Afternoon tea”: our entry in the show in 2013.  The floral exhibit made by Marion won top marks.



Our 2012 entry:



Our 2011 entry:



Marshgate members are keen!  When this lady’s car broke down, she came to the meeting in her farmer husband’s tractor!



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