Our Programme

 2017 – 2018

 April 20th Penhaligon’s Friends:
Speaker: Doreen Hocking

Penhaligon’s Friends is a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. The charity offers children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.

They also deliver an extensive programme of training and advice for other childcare professionals and those interested in becoming a volunteer.

Over the years the organisation has grown and there are now 3 full time and 3 part time staff members and a dedicated team of over 50 volunteers.

 May 18th
Resolutions Meeting:
Two Resolutions have been chosen to go forward to this year’s A.G.M. They are:

Alleviating loneliness

“This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.”

Read the briefing notes HERE:

Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean

“Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.”

You can read the briefing notes on the Resolution by clicking HERE:

 June 15th The Work of a Physiotherapist:
Speaker: Lesley Harry MCSP

Lesley grew up in Penzance and qualified in 1989 from Kings College Hospital and started her career in Oxford working within the field of Orthopaedics. She returned to Cornwall in 1996 initially based at the RCHT,  before moving to West Cornwall in 1998 where she was lead clinician and also set up the acute service for RNAS Culdrose.   Her main interests involve the sporting world and alongside teaching a HND in sports science and injury management in 1999, was an approved tutor for the Football Association sports injury courses. Lesley has been the lead Therapist at Harbourside Physiotherapy since the opening in 2003.

See their website HERE:

 July 20th:
 Denman College:
Speaker: Kathy Reed

Denman College is the WI’s centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and short courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle. Everyone is welcome – men and women, members and non-members – we can even cater for groups of friends who are looking for something a bit different.

Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, near Oxford, the Georgian mansion and 17 acres of grounds provide a relaxing environment for learning.

The Denman range includes something for every interest – from curries, cakes and crochet to papercutting, photography and Pilates – and the courses are designed to cater for the complete beginner to the more accomplished practitioner.

 August  There is no Members’ Meeting this month.

Our usual fund-raising stall in Causewayhead will be on Saturday, August 19th – we welcome contributions of books, plants and cakes.

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 September 21st
Land’s End Airport

Speaker: Chris Pearson

Land’s End Airport is owned and run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.  Apart from regular flights to and from the Isles of Scilly, there are commercial flying activities available such as aerial photography, and charter work can also be arranged.

 October 19th
 Stately Home Gardening:

Speaker: Peter Auger

Peter is a craftsman gardener who has worked at Blenheim Palace, Rodmarton Manor in the Cotswolds and the National Trust’s Buscot Park in Oxfordshire.

Having relocated to Cornwall, he now works as a garden consultant. He believes that every garden, big or small, can be well presented – come and learn how to make your own little piece of paradise in your own small patch of Cornwall.

Look at his website HERE:


Buscot Park

November 16th
 Parchment Craft:

Speaker: Margaret Walton

Parchment craft, also known as Pergamano, is the art of embellishing and decorating parchment paper (or vellum paper) through the use of techniques such as: embossing, perforating, stippling, cutting and coloring.

The kingfisher pictured may be a little beyond us, but with Margaret’s help we will all be able to make a start on this fascinating craft.

 December 21st:
 Christmas Party:

Celebrate the arrival of the festive season with your friends from the W.I.


 January 18th
Weleda Cosmetics:

Speaker: Naomi Smith

Begun in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory with its own medicinal plant garden, Weleda is today a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics.

February 15th Veterinary Practice:

Speaker: Zack Such

Rosevean Veterinary Practice has been based at Rosevean House in Coombe Road, Penzance for over 100 years. Our speaker, Zack Such, joined the team recently, in 2016, having graduated from Liverpool Vet School.

As well as domestic pets, the practice deals with farm animals, horses and exotics such as reptiles and the birds of Paradise Park in Hayle.


 March 15th

Annual Meeting:

Once again, your chance to elect your Committee and President for the coming year.

The evening will also mark the tenth birthday of Mount’s Bay W.I., so come along and help us celebrate.

 April 19th
Speaker: Steve Moine

Steve is the General Manager of Penzance’s Sainsbury’s store on the Eastern Green. Many of the recent W.I. campaigns have touched directly on retail – recycling, plastic bags, food waste etc. This is our chance to hear from the boss how Sainsbury’s are tackling those issues locally.