SW&CI Regional AGM 2015



Kay photo (1)Regional President Kay Turner supported by SI St Austell hosted a very successful Regional A.G.M and Conference at Kingsley Village Fraddon.

Seventy Five delegates from sound the South West and Channel Islands attended the event and  heard from some local Inspirational Women

Daphne Skinnard a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County opened the Conference. International Programme Director Hilary Ratcliffe OBE was the principal speaker. Other speakers were Charlotte Davies, Barrister, mother of two young children, commended in the Women in Business awards for her two companies one with a design for a baby safety product and one a smart-phone app. Pauline Giles is a breast cancer survivor who founded the Charity “Bosum Buddies”. She visits schools to talk to girls about Breast Cancer. Her mission is to educate girls so that they know how to check themselves, not frighten them but empower them and keep them safe. Laura Smit is the team leader for the local Independent Domestic Violence Advocate service and helped launch REACH a service which offers advice support and referral for all victims and survivors of domestic abuse living in Cornwall.

Heather Bishop a Founder Member of SI St Austell read the Vision & Mission statement of SI. During the AGM SI Barnstaple received the Ellen Brawn Award for Programme action with SI St Austell as runners up.

Pat Wakeford a club member spoke out the club Bursary which began after the clubs 10th Anniversary. After a delicious lunch provided by Chef Henk De Villiers Ferreira, delegates received some self defence tips from James Turner (Kay’s son a Martial Arts expert) with audience participation. Finally we were entertained by the ladies of Champagne Cornwall Chorus based in Par.

The Conference was the central part of a Friendship weekend, which included a visit to the Shipwreck Centre in Charlestown, followed by supper at the Bosuns Diner on Friday night. A pasty and strawberry and clotted cream supper overlooking St Austell Bay at Porthpean Golf Club was held on Saturday night. Elvis popped in to entertain. On Sunday visitors were invited to visit the  internationally famous Pine Lodge Gardens and lunch al fresco in the beautiful garden of club Member Libby Moore and the sun shone.


A Break Down of our Weekend of Activities (More Pics to follow)
Friday 19th June 18.00
A visit to the Shipwreck Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, PL25 3NX. Followed by a two course supper. £12.95 per person. (Menu attached to pre-order)
Saturday 20th June
A.G.M and Conference at the Conference Hall Kingsley Village, Penhale, Fraddon TR9 6NA. £36.00 per person.
Guests welcome, but unfortunately they will be unable to attend the A.G.M.

09.30 – 10.00            Registration, Coffee/Tea & Danish Pastry
10.00:                       Welcome and AGM
11.00                        Opening of Conference followed by Speakers & Presentations
12.45                        Summer Lunch Buffet
14.15 -16.30             Afternoon Session
17.00:                       End of conference with Tea/Coffee & Biscuits and Entertainment by the Champagne Ladies Barbershop Chorus                               

There are several outlets, jewellery and clothing shops in the village and a Next store opposite for retail therapy!

19.30 A Cornish Supper of Pasty & Strawberries at the Porthpean Golf Club, Porthpean Road, St Austell PL26 6AY. Including entertainment. £6.00 per person.

Sunday 21st June
A leisurely start with an optional visit to Pine Lodge Gardens, Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 3RQ £7.50 concessions £7.00
Followed by a complimentary Buffet Lunch at Hunters Moon, Boscundle, St. Austell PL25 3RJ. 12.30 onwards.