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Papworth Everard WI Activity for October 2019

We held a fundraising evening  at Papworth Village Hall on Friday 27th September in aid of the youth organisations of Papworth.   WARRANT OFFICER MO HOWARD MBE (Mo as he prefers to be known) a most distinguished speaker from RAF MARHAM gave a very informative  talk and slideshow giving an insight into the Past Present and Future buildings and aircraft capabilities based at RAF Marham throughout its entire history.The evening was a great success with a diverse range of people attending from not only Papworth but Huntingdon, Hilton and other surrounding villages.  Mo (as he prefers to be known) a most  gave a most impressive talk describing aircraft and their capabilities in the Past compared to now and to what they will be in the future.   WI homemade cakes and refreshments added to the evening as did the raffle where a great variety of prizes were donated by our members.  Thanks go to  our members for providing the wonderful cakes and raffle prizes, to the Courtyard Café and the Deli for selling tickets on our behalf and of course to everyone who came along to make the evening such a success.   A total of £600 plus was raised on the night and we will shortly be announcing how the money will be distributed..Our monthly lunch this month was held at Willingham Barns & Auction Rooms at Willingham where we enjoyed browsing around the antiques and collectables before  enjoying a delicious lunch.

Sarah Bellows from Care Network Cambridgeshire was our speaker this month and described the amazing services and support the organisation offers to people in the their own homes following a hospital stay, illness at home, loneliness etc and how they can help with arrangements to have volunteer support workers to help them get back in some way into the community.  Many of us were surprised at what is being done by Care Network Cambridgeshire and this maybe something our WI could contribute to in some way in the future.



We had a very enjoyable and lively meeting with members catching up with friends and news following the August break.

Jason Middleton along to talk about Gem Stones.  He spoke about various gems, and showed examples of what they were made of, passing round samples of stone for us to handle.  His depth of knowledge and explanation of the Gems gave us all a new interest in our own jewellery and to perhaps think deeply and explore where it originated from. He recommended great care be taken of all pieces of jewellery that you have being mindful of how it was found,  by whom, and how it was mined.  He also brought along a wonderful display of original jewellery for the members to handle and purchase.   He donated a beautiful pair of pearl earrings for our raffle prize.  Many thanks to Jason for a great evening.

As shown below another delicious lunch! – this month at the George and Dragon in Elsworth enjoyed by all.




July 2019

We celebrated PEWI’s 12th birthday this month and an evening full of fun began with a glass of wine or soft drink.  This was followed by our speaker, Elaine McGregor from the Nordoff-Robbins organisation. Elaine told us that the Nordoff–Robbins music therapy charity is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music no matter how ill or disabled. Elaine enthralled us with her stories and the video clips she showed us upheld their view that the unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively.  Elaine works with people of all ages and issues.  Elaine had brought along with her a selection of instruments: drums, rattles, cymbals, and so on and before her talk finished we all joined in accompanying Elaine as she played a few well-known songs and from the smiles on members faces no further proof of the efficacy of music was needed!

Elaine McGregor from Nordoff-Robbins

Members accompany Elaine McGregor from Nordoff Robbins






The next part of the meeting was for the Breast Cancer Appeal. Members brought along delicious cakes for us to purchase and enjoy with our refreshments (or to take home) and also items for our bring and buy trading table and from the proceeds of this and our raffle ticket money £177.00 was raised for this very worthy cause – a great result.  The evening was a great success.

Our W.I. has a number of individual groups where members get together to enjoy a shared interest and these include cinema and theatre visits, trips to events put on by Cambridge Federation or at Denman College, crafting groups and so on.  A favourite which usually draws around 20-25 members is our monthly lunch and in July we met up for delicious food at Johnsons Farm at Old Hurst and members were able to take time to look round the shop and grounds.

We will be holding a Prosecco and Cupcake evening on Friday 16th August at the Studio by the library and all the ladies of the village, young (over 18) and old, are warmly invited to join us to sample an evening with the W.I. to see what we do. Members will be available to show the things we get up to: patchwork, embroidery, crochet, painting, knitting, card making, and so on.  Please feel free to come down and join us and have a look at what goes on.

Early in the month a few W.I. members together with our President and Liz Barrett’s husband gathered for a short ceremony to plant the rose “Lovely Lady” in memory of Liz Barrett who had always been so supportive and encouraging to our W.I.  The rose is growing in the bed beside the library and is now flourishing and has been flowering profusely.

Why not bring your friends and family along to our open meeting with “RAF Marham – Past Present and Future”  to be held at the Village Hall on Friday 27 September 2019 at 7.30-9.30 pm.  There is a £5 charge for refreshments and a donation the youth organisations in the village.  Tickets for this are now available.



Lunch: This month several members had a most enjoyable lunch at the Ferryboat Inn at Holywell, near St Ives.

Monthly Meeting: Delicious samples of Spanish food were enjoyed by our members at our meeting following a great talk and demonstration by Amanda Hoskins who talked us through the chicken and vegetable paella accompanied by a delicious tomato salad she prepared for us. While the paella was cooking, she held a short quiz with 10 questions relating to Spain and Spanish Food – it was surprising just how much many members knew – resulting in much discussion about people’s holidays and eating experiences in Spain. A very enjoyable fun and tasty evening!!

The Royal Papworth Hospital and Village Fete:


Papworth Everard WI are very proud to announce that our ‘Vintage Tea’ and Puppet Workshop held at the Royal Papworth Hospital and Village Fete proved to be an amazing success with over £1000 raised on the day. This was a tremendous achievement and, despite the hard work, it was a great day with our homemade cakes and scones almost selling out!  


The Puppet Lady was a great attraction for young children with many of them making their own puppets.



 A Huge Thanks to everyone who helped by donating cakes, provisions, money, time and effort to make the day the success it was.   We will announce how the money will



The Baton comes to Papworth

On Friday 31 October, the baton came to Papworth but this time not for the Olympic or Commonwealth games but a baton to mark the start of the Women’s Institute Centenary.  A large group of us gathered at the Studio at midday and enjoyed a delicious lunch of tasty fish and chips from Luke’s Fish shop followed by fresh fruit or petit fours: lemon meringues, chocolate profiteroles and orange chocolate truffles.

Shortly after 1.00 p.m. the President of the Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes, Sally Kingman, arrived with her team, bearing the baton and we gathered outside for a photo for the archives to mark the occasion and passed the baton round the group.  The baton has been travelling round 69 W.I. Federations to 6,600 Women’s Institutes and over 212,000 members to kick off a year of celebrations ahead.

The Women’s Institute in Britain started in 1915 to encourage countrywomen to grow and preserve  food to help the war effort.  Our own Papworth Institute restarted in July 2007 (there were 2 previous groups) and we will be taking part in many of the forthcoming activities to celebrate the centenary year over the coming months.

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Sally Kingman handing the Baton round W.I. members
Papworth Everard W.I. members (and some grandchildren) receiving the Centenary baton
Passing the Centenary baton round the Papworth Everard W.I. members

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The W.I. Centenary Baton being handed round the Papworth Everard W.I. members and some grandchildren
The W.I. Centenary Baton being handed round the Papworth Everard W.I. members and some grandchildren

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Sally Kingham trying Rosie's Orange Chocolate Truffles
Sally Kingham trying Rosie’s Orange Chocolate Truffles

The recipe for the delicious orange chocolate truffles made by Rosie Blencowe(using a Josceline Dimbleby recipe) which members enjoyed is as follows:

Orange Chocolate Truffles

250g (8oz) plain chocolate

75g (3oz) unsalted butter at room temperature

2 tablespoons double cream

50g (2oz) ground almonds

Finely grated rind of 1 orange

1 tablespoon drinking chocolate (or mix in a little cinnamon – optional)

Break up the chocolate and put in a bowl set over a pan of very hot water but not boiling.  Melt the chocolate and then add the butter, a little at a time.  Stir in the cream and keep stirring until melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in the ground almonds and orange rind.

Let the mixture cool and then put into the fridge until stiff enough to roll into balls about  the size of a marble.

Put the balls on to grease proof paper on a flat tin or board and then return to the fridge.  When ready, put the chocolate powder in a shallow dish and roll the truffles into it to coat them thoroughly.  Put them into little paper cases and return to the fridge until needed.