Lerryn WI Summer News

Monday 9th August 2010

Lerryn WI Summer News

Lerryn WI had another busy month in July. It started with an outing to Sterts Theatre, the Lerryn WI being joined by other WI members from the Restormel Group, to see “A Voyage Round My Father” by John Mortimer. This proved to be a very enjoyable evening and old friendships were rekindled and new friendships formed. It is hoped that this is the first of many joint ventures.

The Branch meeting welcomed, as it’s guest speaker, Mary Murfin, from the Precious Lives Appeal. Representatives from the various Village Organisations joined the WI to hear Mary outline the plans for the Safe Harbour Hospice due to open in the winter of 2011 at Porthpean in St. Austell. “Big Ros” (Hawken), from The Tuesday Club, and “Little Ros” (Lee), from Mother and Toddler Group, ran a raffle and bric a brac stall. Paul Weatherhogg donated a cheque for £100 from the Lerryn Players, and the WI ran a “Name the Doll” competition, the doll being made and donated by Ivy Richards of the Lerryn WI. Catherine Murphy was the winner with the name, Demelza, resulting in another £35 being added to the pot. To date, over £350 has been raised for the Precious Lives Appeal. Jan Collett, who organised the event, felt it had been an all round success and drew awareness for this local charity.

Later in the month the WI expended yet more energy canoeing on the river Fowey. As the intrepid paddlers, some of whom were complete novices, passed Malcom Bell’s riverside cottage, they were amused to hear the unmistakable sound of “Jerusalem” ringing out from his piano. They canoed into Woodgate Pill on their way to have lunch at Angie’s café at St Winnow. Her food, as always, hit the spot and fuelled the canoeists as they returned towards Lerryn. En-route, the ladies visited Penquite Boathouse, the haunt of Edward VII, situated where the Rivers Fowey and Lerryn meet. The rain held off for the day although the wind was blowing fairly strongly but the canoeists were ably assisted by Damon Wilcox and Tim Bulmer, the support team from Encounter Cornwall.  Everyone felt it had been a very successful trip and they arrived back in Lerryn tired but elated.

Julia, Sue, Mary and Kay 
show us how it’s done!

The next WI meeting will be on Wednesday, 1st September in the Memorial Hall.


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