St Teath WI
... has a membership of about 40 people and has been meeting since 1941. Our membership's ages range from 20 upwards. We are affiliated to the Cornwall Federation of Women's Institutes and the National Federation of Women's Institutes.
St Teath Women's Institute
What we do
Our programme is varied and we try to cater for all tastes, from complementary therapy to local history, reminiscences of a school teacher to the history and ecology of Bodmin Moor.
We have outings to places of interest, for Christmas shopping and to appreciate the beautiful gardens of Cornwall. Some of our members regularly do litter picks around the village roads in the summer, and we support other village events, ie, the concert, horticultural and craft show, carnival, etc.
The Ladies of the WI also like to support local and County charities by fundraising at coffee mornings and afternoon teas. We have lots of fun on cycle rides, picnics and a fish and chip supper in the summer months and join with other WIs in the area to hold quizzes and joint in spring and autumn. During the winter we play bowls, have wine & cheese and Christmas parties and each January celebrate the founding of our WI in 1942 with a wonderful birthday party, most recently themed on the 40s and 50s.
For those who wish to follow up on an interest, Denman College, the WI's own educational establishment in Oxfordshire, provides year round courses on virtually every subject imaginable, in beautiful surroundings with accommodation of very high quality.
No matter what your interest, the WI caters for all. We are a friendly bunch and welcome visitors to our meetings.
For more information, phone Barbara Clark on 01208 851884
We hold monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, except August, when we arrange more informal events.
Group Meeting 2011
April 2011 Report: Anne Perisic, Photos: Lorraine Jasper
'Has anyone seen the spare doilies?' was the plaintive cry as St Teath WI prepared to play host on April 16th to members of the other Institutes in our cluster. The afternoon's entertainment included something for everyone. Our Guest Speaker was Anne Coker who gave a spirited talk and demonstration of Belly Dancing, after which several members threw caution to the winds, gamely donning jingly scarves and shimmying and swaying with gay abandon.
This spectacle was followed by afternoon tea with an abundant array of savoury and sweet treats and as much tea as we could drink. The gathering was rounded off with a short revue entitled Women for all Seasons, depicting Cornwall's dauntless womenfolk and their battle with unreliable builders, Health & Safety rules, fussy visitors and above all the Cornish Summer weather.
Looking exceptionally appealing, whether wielding feather dusters in their pinnies and headscarves, or giving a soulful rendering of Summertime in their pac-a-macs, or lobbing sprouts in their Christmas party hats, the troupe of Jean Burden, Barbara Clark, Wendy Down, Daphne Dunstan, Pat Harris, Heather Hill, Rose Honey, Lorraine Jasper and Mary Watkinson gave it their all and put on a unique performance. Our heartfelt thanks go to Helen Brown who gallantly accompanied the shenanigans on her squeeze-box and to David Jasper, without whose practical assistance we could never have managed to get onto the stage at all.
Group Meeting 2008
15 April 2008 Report and photos: Anne Perisic
Members of St Teath WI hosted the Group Meeting on April 15th in the Church Hall. After an interesting talk on the work of the Smile charity in Romania, followed by copious refreshments, the Strictly Morris Dancing team entertained us with a lively selection of dances, involving bells, hankies and sticks, all accompanied by the talented Helen Brown on her melodeon and Lorraine Jasper on the drum. What the dancers lacked in skill, they more than made up for in enthusiasm and gave their all in a spectacular performance. They were joined by a harmonious group of singers for a rendition of traditional Folk Songs including ‘Sprightly Maids with bouncing busts’, ‘A Cornish Country Garden’ and Lorraine & Heather’s ‘Scrumpy Song’. Their efforts were warmly applauded by an appreciative audience.