Lerryn Women's Institute

Lerryn Women's Institute

Jam and Jerusalem - and the rest!

Lerryn WI has been an important part of village life ever since it was founded in 1948, and its traditions of mutual support and shared activity still continue.  In other respects, however, Lerryn WI – like its members! – goes way beyond all the conventional assumptions  about the Women’s Institute.

Our lively programme of meetings and outings, combined with our sponsorship of attendance on courses, has involved members in recent years in making shoes, playing the harp, studying languages, doing carpentry, upholstering furniture, rearing pigs, designing jewellery, winning prizes for craft activities at the Royal Cornwall Show, foraging for wild food (and, even more bravely, cooking and eating it!) learning about sewage processing systems, undertaking a one-year intensive study of local woodland and winning county-wide competitions for writing about the development of threaded needle-work and the role of women. 

We meet in Lerryn Memorial Hall on the 1st Wednesday of each month, except August when there is no meeting.

Meetings start at 7.15 pm but members are asked to arrive at 7.00 to read the correspondence and notices set out on the table.

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We are also involved in more traditional domestic craft activities, and our long association with the local Produce Association means we organise and arrange judging for the cookery sections of the village’s annual Produce Show. Our interest in food doesn’t stop there however. We also have concerns about its production and marketing, and we have actively campaigned on behalf of local dairy farming and in support of local shops.

Our monthly meetings often attract very good speakers and we have never kept these to ourselves. On the first Wednesday of most months, we hold our business meeting at 7.15pm, but at 8.00pm the doors are open and anybody in the village is welcome to come in and join us for the talk and for refreshments afterwards.

If you are interested, scroll down or follow the link to our Programme, which will give you an idea of what we are getting up to this year.  You can also scroll down or click on Community links, which will show the ways we have worked to support both the village community and the Memorial Hall where we meet.

Find out more about the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, or about the work of the Cornish federation based in Truro.

Our membership numbers have climbed steeply in recent years, but there is always room for newcomers! If you are thinking about joining, why not come along to one of our meetings for a “free sample”? You will be very welcome. 

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Upcoming events

There are no events for Lerryn Women's Institute.

Lerryn WI is part of Lerryn and we have always wanted to make a useful contribution to our local community.

Daffodil bulbs planted around bench by Lerryn WI

The appearance of the village

One of our first moves, once we could afford it, was to work in consultation with the Parish Council to buy and plant daffodil bulbs in public spaces within and around the village. These are now naturalised and something to look forward to every year.

 

The Memorial Hall

We are grateful to be able to meet in such a comfortable and attractive hall, and we have tried to find ways to maintain and improve its facilities:

Other local organisations

Lerryn is a lively place with many thriving clubs and societies and we work in active co-operation with many of them:

 

Open meetings

Our monthly business meetings are for members only, but most meetings end with an outside speaker. These are often very good, and we do not keep them to ourselves. The talks are widely advertised and anybody in the village is welcome to join us. Sometimes, such as the night two of the original Calendar Girls came to speak, this makes for a big event and a packed hall. On other occasions, just one or two people join us to hear a speaker on a topic of special interest to them.  Either way, all are welcome, and there is usually no admission charge.

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News

Lerryn W.I. Visit to The Theatre Royal Plymouth

24th July

An amazing evening was enjoyed by members of Lerryn W.I. when they visited The Theatre Royal in Plymouth. The performance of ‘Calendar Girls, The Musical’ was fabulous, with wonderful singing and a brilliant, funny and poignant script.

Lerryn WI outing to Rosemoor

12th July

On Thursday 11th July, the Lerryn W.I. and friends enjoyed a day out at the RHS garden Rosemoor - a great time was had by all. Highlights included the rose garden, the lake and the spectacular fruit and vegetable garden.

Three minutes to take-off

9th June

Lerryn WI always open up the second part of their meeting so that anyone in the village is free to come and hear the guest speaker. When David Earl came to talk to us about the Cornish Air Ambulance, we had to get out extra chairs.

WI talk on 5th June

5th June

On Wednesday 5th June at 8.00pm, after the regular Members' meeting, there will be a talk in the Lerryn Memorial Hall on the work of the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Contact Lerryn Women's Institute

Contact details

Leslie Bonsey
Tel: 01208 873738
Email: lbonsey21@talktalk.net

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