Papworth Everard WI – Update for October 2020

 

Unfortunately as the Covid situation continues to be very uncertain, our WI ladies have been unable to meet again this month as a Group.  However, some of the ladies have met up in small groups for a coffee or lunch at the local garden centre.  It is important for many of us to try and meet up and chat on a regular basis while the rules allow!

The one highlight of this month has been the 94th birthday of our lovely member Ruth Hurst.  Ruth has been a WI Member for over 70 years!!   She has served on Committees as President on more than one occasion of her WI in Upshire in Essex and Frinton on Sea in Essex before moving to Papworth around 20 years ago.  Ruth lives on her own but is frequently visited by a couple of our WI members who have enjoyed a drink and nibbles with her outside of her home.  The photograph below shows just how youthful our Ruth looks enjoying her glass of wine and holding the lovely card made by our member Liz.

The Committee continue to Zoom once a month to discuss future options and plans once things return to normal.

Keep well everybody with best wishes from PEWI

 

 

 

 

 

Papworth Everard WI – Report for September 2020

PAPWORTH EVERARD WI – UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

 Our plans for another Picnic in the Park for September have unfortunately been postponed due to the new restrictions introduced by the Government reducing the numbers of people meeting to 6.   However, it is proposed that groups of 6 ladies wishing to share a coffee or lunch together will be arranging between themselves to meet up and have a chat and cuppa.

Several ladies met up earlier in the month to remember one of our most senior members, Doris Davey, who sadly died in July 2019.  A beautiful rose, named Especially for You,  was planted in our memorial garden by the library in her memory.  We then shared memories of Doris over a coffee at the Café – self distancing of course! Many people in the community will remember Doris who was one of the most joyous and interesting people you could wish to meet.  Doris is dearly missed by us all.

The ladies continue to support each other , some learning new skills – Joan is taking up the piano again – she explains – I had piano lessons until I rebelled at 14, since then I have tinkled away with just the right hand when I needed a tune so I am now relearning how to play with 2 hands!!

Pat has made a simple autumn wreath for the door with seed heads and berries from the garden – it not only looks cheerful and seasonal but the birds love it too.

The Committee continue to Zoom once a month to discuss future options and plans once things return to normal.

Keep well everybody with best wishes from PEWI

 

 

 

 

 

Report from Lockdown July/August 2020

PAPWORTH EVERARD WI – KEEPING IN TOUCH THROUGH JULY/AUGUST 2020

Hello everyone

Despite the lockdown easing somewhat, Papworth Everard are keeping safe and no monthly meetings are currently taking place.

We continue however to hold our monthly Zoom Committee Meetings and at our last meeting decided to arrange a ‘Picnic in the Park’ afternoon for those who wished to join in.  This will take place on the green in Papworth Park on Sunday afternoon August 23rd.   Many members were delighted at the thought of having the opportunity to meet and chat with each other again after such a long period of time, especially those members who have been unable to socialise at all during the last 3-4 months and for those who live alone.

Our choir continues to hold Zoom practice meetings weekly and we continue to keep in touch with each other with regular phone calls etc.  Many members have become very ‘crafty’ during lockdown and here are a few of the beautiful embroidery and knitted items made by one of our members Joan, and also a couple of wonderful paintings by members Gill and Ann.  It’s never too late to learn something new!!!

The highlight for members in August was a Picnic in the Park on Sunday afternoon.   Over 20 members turned out with their chairs and picnic – safe distanced of course – to enjoy a great afternoon of chatting and catching up with each other after such a long period of time.  This was the first gathering of the WI members since lockdown – the weather was bright and sunny and the rain only kicked in as we were leaving.  We are hoping to arrange another similar event in September before the weather becomes too cold.

Take care and keep safe and very best wishes to you all from PEWI

PAPWORTH EVERARD WI FROM LOCKDOWN IN JUNE 2020

 

As lockdown continues Papworth WI members continue to give support to one another by way of emails, telephone calls, etc.  particularly in respect of our members who are vulnerable and live alone.   We have been sent uplifting words and a yoga class which is most calming and uplifting at this time. Weekly ‘brain teaser’ quizes sent round to all the members with the occasional joke to keep the grey cells working. Weekly Zoom meetings of the choir so that we can continue to rehearse and get a chance of a brief face-to-face chat.   Wonderful birthday cards made by one of our members who is sending beautiful hand-made cards to those who are vulnerable and live alone with a ‘thinking’ of you message. We are holding our THIRD Zoom Committee Meeting on Tuesday to enable us to discuss ways of continuing to help members and the community at this time.  Many other members continue knitting, crocheting etc to help the community.

 

To celebrate VE Day many of us organised afternoon and evening ‘picnics’ on their front gardens so that they could chat across the 2 metres or so to their neighbours. This was a most enjoyable afternoon to commemorate the end of the 2nd World War.   The photographs show celebrations of VE Day and a lovely photograph of our eldest member Ruth, now in her 92nd year enjoying a celebration drink and chat – gin and tonic being her favourite tipple!! with two of our members who continue to ensure she is not alone.

 

 

UPDATE FROM PAPWORTH EVERARD WI DURING APRIL 2020

 

Following Lockdown in March, unfortunately like everybody else, we can no longer hold our March or subsequent monthly meetings for the foreseeable future, including our AGM meeting due to be held in March.

Papworth WI members, however, are a great bunch of ladies who continue to give support to one another despite the lockdown, by way of emails, telephone calls, etc.  particularly in respect of our members who are vulnerable and live alone.   We have been sent uplifting words and a yoga class which is most calming and uplifting at this time. Weekly ‘brain teaser’ quizes sent round to all the members with the occasional joke to keep the grey cells working.  Weekly Zoom meetings of the choir so that we can continue to rehearse and get a chance of a brief face-to-face chat.   Wonderful birthday cards made by one of our members who is also sending beautiful hand-made cards to those who are vulnerable and live alone with a ‘thinking’ of you message.

We recently embarked on our first Zoom Committee Meeting  to enable us to discuss ways of helping members and the community at this time and to discuss plans as to how we will move forward in the future.  Many other members continue knitting, crocheting etc to help the community.

We all look forward to when we are able to meet again, but in the meantime, let us keep well and safe and continue the good work of supporting one another during this time of crisis.