A Happy New Year is wished to all our supporters who are so willing to step forward and assist the Choir during the year, This year Lyrical Voices are planning an afternoon of Music and Song to be held at the Papworth Village Hall in June. This will be an opportunity for friends and family along with local villagers to come along and enjoy this musical enterprise with refreshment and a raffle to complete what should be, a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Information and details of this event will be announced later.
The Choir are also singing at a local care home in the Spring and arrangements are going ahead with this. We would like to extend a warm welcome to any like minded persons who feel they would enjoy singing with the Choir. We are a very friendly group and have a lot of fun and laughter during our singing sessions. There is no need to have sung before or to read music, just come along to the Studio on the lst, 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm and join the girls.
For the forth year running the Choir have sung at Ely Cathedral for their annual Charity Carol Service with proceeds to Royal Papworth Hospital. Our song this year was a traditional German Carol ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson, a very pretty Carol and one we all enjoyed singing. We would like to thank Thania, a good friend of our musical director Jan, who kindly conducted the choir in Jan’s absence, also Penny our pianist. The Choir arrived early to enjoy a light lunch in the Almonry Tea Room before heading up to the Lady Chapel for a quick rehearsal. After the Service mince pies and mulled wine were served to the congregation by some of our choir members.
On Saturday 22nd of December we sang at Elsworth Trinity Church Carol Service. Our choice of songs were ‘In Winter’ by Victor C Johnson, ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ by Leslie Bricusse and John Williams, ‘Starlight’ by Giles Swayne and we finished with a lighthearted rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red=Nosed Reindeer’. Once again the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies were served and a very social time was enjoyed by all.
In December, W.I. members tucked in to Christmas fare at the lunch at Slepe Hall, St Ives, held at the beginning of the month with more laughter and fun at our Christmas social where again we enjoyed some delicious fare.
Part of the fun was taking part in two quizzes. Each table formed a team and we were named after 6 of the reindeer. Donner and Blitzen were the winners and the prizes were chocolate decorations. The beautiful table decorations made by Lynne , a committee member and these were prizes in one of the raffles. Mother Christmas distributed the Secret Santa presents and the Lyrical Voices Choir sang festive songs before we ended the evening with everybody joining in our favourite carols. Our thanks to the committee for organising the evening so well.
The Lyrical Voices Choir from the Papworth Everard and Elsworth W.I.s had the privilege once more of singing in the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity Christmas Concert held at the beautiful Ely Cathedral, singing in front of the cathedral’s breathtaking Christmas tree. Feedback was that it was our best performance yet and we thank our Choir Director, Jan Fletcher for preparing us so well and her friend Thania who was the stand-in conductor on the day as Jan was not able to attend and also Penny Hardy our accompanist.
The choir were also made very welcome at the Elsworth Parish Church Carol Service on Saturday 22nd December where they sang three pieces from the Christmas repertoire: “In Winter,” “Somewhere in my Memory” and “Starlight”as a “musical interlude” between the more traditional carols then raising a smile at the end by singing “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” before refreshments were served.
In the New Year many of the W.I. members are looking forward to a theatre trip to Cambridge to see “My Fair Lady” and also our January meeting when the speaker will be Sallie Crawley who will talk on Reducing Stress and Anxiety and guided relaxation.
Marian Leaper lead us into a fantasy world when she told magical and mysterious stories, inspired by her late Mother’s stories when she was a child, including fairies,colours and ”the cat in the kitchen’. Marian puts her amazing storytelling skills down to her past teaching profession, but mostly memories of her Mother’s most wonderful stories.
Remembrance Sunday To commemorate the centenary of the First World War wreaths were laid at Peter’s Church in Papworth including a wreath on behalf of Papworth Everard WI laid by our member Jenny Wilson. This was followed with a parade down to the Village Hall for the 11 o’clock for a very moving memorial service.
It is hoped that a Remembrance Parade will take place each year in the future.
This month lunch was enjoyed by many at the Waresley Garden Centre in Waresley,followed by a little early xmas shopping!
We had our usual summer break during August this year but several members enjoyed travelling back to the golden age of luxury rail travel and indulged in a delicious cream tea at Carriages of Fen Drayton, Cambridge. From the moment you step into the 1920’s station, you are transported back to this romantic era with all its luxury and decadence.
The highest attention to detail has been paid to creating this very special venue from the original Pullman style Carriages, separate armchairs, locally grown ingredients in the Victorian Garden and enticing menu of traditional English Afternoon Tea with a contemporary twist.
Members’ social evening to support a MacMillan fundraising event was the theme for our September meeting. Several members brought along cakes to purchase and eat on the night, or to take home and we enjoyed taking a chance and guessing the number of spots on the cake and another finding the pot of gold – a fantastic £150 was raised on the night.
Along with the fundraising our members tried their hand at Origami! Cutting out and making doyleys – it came quite naturally to some, but for others it was a hilarious disaster!
Members were very generous again this year bringing along bulbs to be planted in the Village so hopefully next Spring should bring much pleasure to the people of Papworth.
Our lunch this month was held at the Hartford Marina in Huntingdon.