Delamere Women’s Institute

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Delamere Women’s Institute is a small friendly group that meets the second Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm at Delamere Community Centre on Station Road.  Most of us live in Delamere and Oakmere and we are always happy to welcome new members.

Membership costs £41.00 in 2018 (or pro rata).  Visitors are welcome on up to 3 occasions before deciding whether to join.  Contact Lorraine on 01606 889188 or just turn up!

2015 saw the 100th anniversary of WI nationally and its 95th in Cheshire.  At Delamere WI we celebrated our 75th birthday in May 2016 and in 2017 we celebrated the 70th birthday of our local ‘Forest Group’ of WIs, also the bicentenary of the local parish church of St Peters.

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The team at the 100th anniversary tea party for the community

Our two windows at the St Peter’s Church Delamere Bi-Centenary Flower Festival

The WI aims to give women a voice in their own and the wider community, and members receive WI Life magazine 8 times a year.  Our meetings may be informative, educational or just entertaining.  We enjoy the occasional meal or other trip out together and have a garden party in August.  Delamere WI also takes part in local group and county meetings on a variety of subjects, and competes in events like the County Quiz and Scrabble Tournaments.  We also contribute to local community events.  Recently we have branched out and now have our own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DelamereWIand Twitter presence (https://twitter.com/delamerewi).

Every year we discuss and vote on resolutions coordinated by County or National Federations, most of which then go on to form the basis of WI campaigns.  Recent examples are: safeguarding our food supply by working to save bees, organ donation, and rights for carers to remain with dementia patients in hospital – a 2016 national resolution, but originally put forward by Norley WI.  In June 2017 resolutions were passed on preventing loneliness and on action to tackle the ‘plastic soup’ created by microfibres in our oceans.

In January 2018 member Ellen Piercy told us all about her long distance cycle ride with her husband on the Camino de Santiago – the Pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  She’s even made us delicious Tarta de Santiago so we could share the experience without the pain and sweat!

In February we held our now annual games evening.  Being Shrove Tuesday we had a pancake race.  The hotly contested final ended with Ellen winner and Carol a close second.  Our other game was a team alphabet game, which was more sedate, but good fun.  We had pancakes cooked and tossed by WI husband Clive.  The Valentine in flowers competition was won by Lorraine.

The race is on…

Round 2…

Pancake champions!

The March meeting on Tuesday 13th featured the charity, Blood Bikes, with speaker Chris Prior from the local Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire branch.  The volunteers transport blood and other urgent medical supplies within the region and beyond by motor bike.  This vital work saves the NHS a great deal of money and can bring great satisfaction to volunteers who are sometimes involved in human dramas that can end happily or at times tragically.