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June 2019

Our speaker at our meeting this month was the wonderful Dr Tim Wreghitt who spoke about Building a Stand for Chelsea Flower Show.   Dr Tim is a Consultant Clinical Virologist who walked us through the many stands that he was involved with at Chelsea in conjunction with the Royal College of Pathologists, many of which were awarded silver, silver gilt and gold medals. The themes of the stands were centred around plants and their role in medicine, explaining the link between plants, diseases and remedies. The stands always attracted many celebrities, and was a favourite stop of Her Majesty the Queen. We were all enthralled by Dr Tim and we all left with lots to think about the plants living in our gardens.

 

May 2019

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Liz Barrett.  Liz had always been a very good friend and support to Papworth W.I. from its very beginnings and was always ready with a friendly greeting and big smile to give us help where it was needed.  We will forever be grateful to her for her support of our W.I. over the last 11 years.   Liz obtained permission for our W.I. to have a small part of a bed near the library in which we have planted roses in memory of the Members we have lost and we felt it would be fitting that, although Liz was never a member, we would add a rose there in her memory.  The rose we are purchasing is called Lovely Lady which is how we all remember Liz.

Beware Sharks!  Keyth Rooney, who was our speaker at our May meeting, certainly came with plenty of advice to help us make good decisions with estate planning, wills and Powers of Attorney.  Keyth lives locally in Willingham and is an Estate Planning Consultant.  He, himself, has had personal experience of dealing with the estates, wills and PoAs for his own family members.  His own mother suffered with Alzheimers and we are delighted that his “fees” will be passed on to Alzheimers UK.  Despite the negative nature of this kind of planning, Keyth assured us that we would feel a sense of relief when we had put plans in place.

His talk gave us an overview and basic advice and covered the problem of the fact that with rising house values, probate costs have been increasing year on year.  He illustrated the differing probate fees depending where properties are located and other factors which can cause fees to escalate.

He encouraged us all to make sure we had up-to-date Wills and gave advice as to who to appoint as Executors.  Will writing is unregulated and he related some warnings where fraudsters had stripped assets from an estate and related some stories of contested Wills such as Prince Rogers Wilson whose estate of $100 plus $200 in unpublished music attracted 700 claims and advised us to be like David Bowie who had an excellent Will and probate easily obtained.  His talk also covered Inheritance Tax, Sideways inheritance, and ownership of a property, Care Home costs, Gifts made before death, and funeral planning. All serious subjects but Keyth put it over in a very interesting way with excellent slides and examples.

Beware Sharks – Talk by Keyth Rooney

Members have also been asked to vote for the Resolution which they would like the Federation of Women’s Institutes to take forward from the short list of two: Don’t Fear the Smear and Call Against the Decline in Local Bus Services.  Both are important issues and it will be interesting to see which gets the top vote.  Whichever it may be, I am sure both issues will be progressed further.

Other activities in May included some of our members attending the Centenary Annual Council meeting at which Baroness Foella Benjamin was the speaker and our monthly lunch which was held at the Three Horseshoes in Gravely where members enjoyed chatting as we relaxed over our lunches. Next month we are off to Bourn Golf Course for lunch.

 

Members enjoying lunch at the Three Horseshoes Graveley
May 2019 Lunch at Graveley

April 2019

Love Hearts, Candy sticks (once known as Sweet Cigarettes), wine gums, dolly mixtures, sherbet fountains, flying saucers and other old fashioned confectionery were the prizes at our April meeting which our guest speaker, Bob Jones, handed out. Bob had us racking our brains to remember faces, shows or catch phrases and there were plenty of cries of “oh what was his name”.

Bob Harding-Jones, to give him his full Equity title, came along to remind us or, for the younger members, tells us about the greats of British comedy.

 

Bob’s talk entitled “A Personal Pick” and illustrated by photos or film clips, started with Tommy Handley and a recording from ITMA of “That’s my weakness” from September 1928 and included “Can you hear me Mother” (1930), “The day war broke out” 1940, Arthur Askey, Richard Murdock, Hattie Jacques who played in so many comedy shows (1944), Much Binding in the Marsh, The Glums, Percy Edwards, The Goons, Fawlty Towers and not to forget Dad’s Army.  There were plenty of others and the list is a long one.   And Bob kept us so well entertained and amused.

Our Easter Bonnet parade and competition followed with Yvonne Gover’s hat being voted the best and Yvonne received a pot plant as her prize.

At the end of the evening all the members received a chocolate bunny so no one went home empty handed.

Some members are attending the Centenary Annual Council meeting at which Baroness Foella Benjamin will be speaking.  Most of us remember her from Play School but these days she is busy looking into primary education on behalf of the Liberal Democrats and lending support to many children’s and health charities.

Our April lunch held at the Wheatsheaf at Perry was again a great success and as always we were well looked after there. For the May lunch we are returning to the Three Horseshoes at Graveley who are under fairly new management and feedback reports tell us they serve one of the best Sunday lunches locally so it should be good.

The choir continues to rehearse ready for the ‘Afternoon of Music and Song’ to be held in the Village Hall on 9th June.  Tickets £10 each are on sale now and children under 12 are free.

February 2019

At our W.I. meeting in February, we had the great pleasure of having the author, Peter Murphy, as our speaker.   He has written a series of books (they could be on your TV soon) with the main character Charlie Warden reminiscent of Rumpole of the Bailey.

Peter Murphy was born in 1946. After graduating from Cambridge University he spent a career in the law, as an advocate and teacher, both in England and the United States. His legal work included a number of years in The Hague as defence counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal. He returned to England in 2007 on his appointment as a judge of the Crown Court.  He lives with his wife, Chris, in Cambridgeshire.

We were totally enthralled as he recounted the course of his career, the ideas behind the plots to his books and hinted at his thoughts on other topical issues.  Peter has written a series of books based on a character called Ben Schroeder with the action placed in the 1960s and early 1970s set against the backdrop of ethics, capital punishment, terrorism and so on, also an American series and the Walden series which are the books which feature his “Rumpole” character.

At the end of the meeting, all the books he had brought with him displayed on the table were completely sold out and we kept him busy signing them all for us.  I am sure many of us will be purchasing other titles from Amazon etc. and maybe there will be a bit of book swapping going on

On the night we also celebrated a special birthday for Shirley Baxter and presented her with a gift and card. We were delighted to hear that we had raised £90 for Sue Ryder in memory of Janet Kemp in lieu of sending Christmas cards to one another.  Also our donations of old spectacles have been gratefully received by Rosie Blencowe for onward transmission to Africa.

Before we meet again for our AGM next month when we will vote in the new committee and also welcome Sally Kingman, our Cambridge Federation Chairman, we have a social get together for lunch to look forward to at The Windmill at Somersham.

 

2019

January

Handling stress was the focus of our January W.I. meeting.  Sallie Crawley, our speaker, explained to members the difference between stress and anxiety and gave advice as how best to handle pressure by changing how we think and so turning the negative into positive.  Sallie has over 12 years’ experience as a coach and therapist.  She is a qualified Life Coach and H.M. qualified Executive Coach and Mentor, a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.)  and a trained Hypnotherapist and members enjoyed joining in the various situations discussed.  Sallie explained how to become calmer by controlling your breathing and at the end of the meeting members took part in an exercise by closing their eyes, placing hands in their laps and feet flat on the floor and while listening to some calming music Sallie talked members through a lovely relaxing process.

One of the tenets of the W.I. is to campaign to change things for the better and tackle issues that matter to members.  Each W.I.member plays a role in bringing issues into the national agenda through our public affairs and campaigning.  Over the years this has ranged from equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee.  At this time of year members discuss 6 items on a short list and then vote on the issue that they would like to see go forward to regional and then national level.

After discussion and consideration members voted on the 2019 Resolutions.  These were:

  1. Improving Plant Biosecurity in the UK
  2. Trees – improving the Natural Landscape
  3. Pelvic Floor Education
  4. Suffering in silence; and the taboo around menstrual health
  5. A call against the Decline in Local Bus Services
  6. Don’t fear the smear.

 

Please use the link below if you are interested in reading more.

www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/resolutions-and-mandates

When the vote was taken, the issue of “the decline in the Local Bus Services” was the Resolution chosen.  Perhaps this reflects the recent problems there have been with the bus service in Papworth.

Despite these weighty issues, we have definitely not neglected the social side and a large number of members gathered on Saturday 19 January for a trip to see “My Fair Lady” at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and then on Thursday 24 January, afternoon tea at the Golden Lion Hotel, St Ives.

 

Members enjoying Cream Tea at the Golden Lion Hotel, St Ives on Thursday 24 January 2019