Help needed to bring back local club

Tuesday 9th August 2022 11:00 am
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ABOVE: Helen Naylor, vice chair of Altarnun WI. RIGHT: WI County Chairman Helen Kestle and Shirley Trewin of Bodmin Gaolbirds WI

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ALTHOUGH the number Women’s Institute clubs in attendance at this year’s show were down they still put on a wonderful display of what the WI is all about.

During the pandemic a number of local WI groups sadly disbanded leaving Bodmin Gaolbirds WI to take the helm at this year’s show, with the support of Altarnun WI.

Leading the tent was chair Shirley Trewin of Bodmin Gaolbirds. She said: “We are here and we are coming back but slowly. It has been a tough year for WI groups, not just in the South West but across the country. We lost a few groups during the pandemic who sadly had to shut down and a few still haven’t got back into the swing of things yet.

“However, despite all that, we have had a lovely day here. We have had a lot of people coming in to the tent to see what we have to offer.

“WI is such an important group and I would encourage anyone in the local area who is keen to get their WI back up and running to contact the County WI!”

Adding to this sentiment, Helen Naylor, vice chair of the Altarnun WI, said: “It’s been a very successful year for us. It’s so nice to see everyone back today. Hopefully next year there will be more entries, individual and corporate.”

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