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COVID-19 – A message from the County Chairman to all members

Hello I hope that as the coronavirus continues to spread that you are all keeping well and following the Government guidelines which are being put in place for our wellbeing. It is important for everyone’s health that we work to limit the impact this virus is having on our day to day lives. We are in unchartered territory and I, for one, am happy to take the advice of those who are more qualified. I know in my heart that I need not ask you to watch out for the vulnerable people in your neighbourhood, but please make just one extra telephone call a day to someone you know who is in self isolation. This can make all the difference to them. Prolonged lack of contact with others can lead to feelings of lack of self esteem and, in extreme cases, to self neglect. To those of you who are self isolating, if you need help please do not be too proud to ask for it. Our Company Secretary, Karen, has done a marvellous job in keeping everyone up to date with HCFWI policies during this crisis so I will not reiterate these here. Should these need to be updated as Government strategy changes you will be informed. By working together and supporting others in our communities we can get through these difficult times and the changes being imposed upon us.

Stay Safe


Gina Ireland

Chairman HCFWI

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Spring Council Meeting - new date confirmed for Wednesday 23 September 2020, at the Guildhall, Portsmouth (please keep your Ticket/ Agenda already issued) 

Cardiff Holiday new date confirmed for 28 September 2020 to 1 October 2020

An Audience with Nick Bailey - new date confirmed for Tuesday 18 August 2020.  Tickets are still available and this event is open to friends and family.  New closing date 1 August 2020.

Curry & Quiz Night - new date confirmed for Tuesday 13 October 2020.  This event is open to friends and family.  New closing date 4 September 2020.

Thanksgiving Lunch - 26 November 2020.  Don't miss the opportunity to attend this event in a beautiful venue.  This event is open to friends and family.


Darts -    2020 matches are cancelled, and the competition will start in 2021.  Any entry fee already paid will  remain as credit for the 2021 competition.    

Skittles - The 2019/2020 final has been postponed and a new date for this will be fixed according to Government guidelines.   There will not be a competition in 2020 but it will resume in 2021. 

General Knowledge Quiz - As the closing date is not until the 10 April 2020, this year's competition is cancelled.  Any entries received will be negated and WIs will not be invoiced.  This competition will resume in 2021.  


Annual Meeting - at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June 2020 has been cancelled – refunds for observer          tickets will be given, but not for any WI member travel. You will still receive your Annual Meeting documentation in the upcoming NFWI mailing as this was signed off at the end of February. Please retain this documentation and we will be in touch to confirm how we will proceed with regard to the selection of this year’s resolutions. 

Wales Conference - on 26 April 2020 is postponed until later this year. 


Denman - is postponing all courses and specific events that were scheduled to run until 12 April 2020Please contact Denman directly if you have a booking to discuss how you wish to proceed. We understand that many of you are concerned about current bookings and may wish to receive a refund, however we are all conscious of the financial impact this period of closure may have on Denman and therefore request you to consider postponing your booking to a later date rather than cancelling if this is possible. Please note that future courses will be reviewed again in a week’s time. 


England Netball - have announced that all netball activity is being suspended until further notice, which includes Walking Netball. Walking Netball hosts will be contacted directly to discuss further. 

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