Our Visit to Ferrars Hall Care Home

On Sunday March 17th the Choir were pleased to visit Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon to sing to the residents. The care home has special significance to the Choir as one of the residents was until very recently a member of the Papworth and Elsworth WI. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the Choir looked really cheerful in their cerice coloured blouses.

The residents joined in to well known songs such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’ and ‘The Lambeth Walk.
The Choir also entertained them to songs as ‘Be my Guest’, ‘Hine Ma Tov’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’. All in all a very pleasant time and before leaving we were able to sit and chat to the residents.

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

New-Year New-Songs New-Challenges

Saffron Hall Festival

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 and you do not have to be a WI member so just come along to the Studio on the lst, 2nd or 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm and join the girls.

 

Choir sing at Ely Cathedral and Elsworth Trinity Church

 

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.