Constantine Cornwall

Constantine W.I. looks back during lockdown

Our last meeting before lockdown was on 9th March. Our guest speaker was Lynn Kentish and she showed us how to make a willow heart. It was a good fun evening with something to show for it, at the end.

The W.I. was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the W.I is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The W.I. plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Constantine W.I. was formed in 1951.

Constantine W.I. puts community at its heart. We run Soup and Pud meals from September to April on the last Monday of the month, which is very well attended by the village. We have a village craft and chat Club every week. Our knitters are in the Primary school teaching the children to knit. There are currently on-line craft and art classes and some of our ladies are making face masks.

Apart from the monthly meetings, when we have a wide range of speakers, from the Dynamics of DNA to gin production (that was a good evening – many samples). We organise monthly walks, lunches in different pubs and cafes, and outings. For example, last year a river Fal trip with pasty supper and The Christmas lights tour with a meal at the Meadery in Penzance. Friends and husbands were invited.

We help at charity and fund raising events collaborating with other organisations in the village, like the Bosahan Woods path project which several members supported with shovels and rakes. Most of all we have really lovely ladies, who soon become friends, who are willing to help and support each other and those in Constantine. During this lockdown, we have kept in touch almost daily sending group emails with jokes, videos, poem, news and messages to those in need of some support. Those not on email, get cards, letters and phone calls. A number of the W.I. ladies have been paired up with people in the care homes in the district, who we write to as a friend. I personally have been allocated two ladies and am on my 10th letters to them.

This is a very difficult time for us all, as almost all our activities have been sus- pended, but being part of the Constantine W.I. has certainly helped us all through and will do, until we see the light at the end of the tunnel and can meet up again.

New members are always welcome. In the past year we have welcomed 10 new members and were growing nicely. Until the lockdown we were looking forward to an exciting year full of events and fun!