Welcome to the site for Papworth Everard’s Women’s Institute.
DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE UNABLE TO HOLD OUR MEETINGS FACE TO FACE. HOWEVER, WE HAVE NOW ARRANGED TO MEET VIA ZOOM ON EVERY 3RD TUESDAY EVENING OF THE MONTH AT 7.30 PM AND HAVE AN EXCELLENT PROGRAMME OF SPEAKERS GOING FORWARD. WE ARE HOPING TO MEET OUTSIDE FACE TO FACE DURING JULY AND AUGUST AND TO HOPEFULLY RESUME OUR NORMAL MEETINGS FROM SEPTEMBER 2021.
Hello and Welcome
We hope you will enjoy reading and viewing all the information provided on this site.
The first WI in Papworth was founded on October 6 1922, with a membership of 36 and an annual fee of two shillings. However, it has lapsed and restarted on a couple of occasions since. More recently, we reopened in July 2007 and have quickly grown, and currently have a membership of 50. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month and, as you can see on our web-site, we have had a wonderful variety of speakers. Besides the monthly meetings, we have a host of other activities such as our WI choir, a darts team, a quiz team and monthly lunches or dinners that are available for those who wish to join in. We have one-off outings, some large, some small and have also: baked cakes for events, helped at the bi-annual Flower Festival; knitted jerseys for the Tour de France; crocheted flowers; yarn bombed the church lych-gate; attended WI courses and much more.
Why not come along and join us for an evening? We are a friendly group and you would be made to feel most welcome.
We look forward to meeting you.
Do you ever wish that there was somewhere locally where you could meet others who are in a similar situation to yourself, who have similar interests, or even just for a friendly chat in a relaxing atmosphere?
If so, have you ever thought that our local Papworth WI can provide an opportunity for you to do just that?
Since its formation in 2007 our membership has steadily increased but we would dearly love to attract additional members too. It would be good for us to learn from newcomers how our activities and interests can be developed to appeal to every age group in the village.
Do come along and give us a try. Come with a friend or a group of friends! We can help with transport if needs be. You can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome and hopefully it will be the start of something enjoyable and worthwhile for us all.
The annual subscription this year has been reduced due to the current pandemic and is now £22.40 from 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022. Visitors fee £5.00 per meeting including refreshments.
If you would like to know more about the WI as a national organisation then please go to: thewi.org.uk/about-the-wi
Here is a message from one of our members that may encourage you to give us a try!!
Some six and a half years ago I settled into the village of Papworth Everard; feeling like the new girl going to school I wanted to make friends and become part of the village community.
I had been a member of my local WI for some 20 years or more and was hoping that I would be able to join this organisation here. I had previously experienced a most enjoyable evening with the WI offering a friendly welcoming atmosphere amongst its members. Day trips were also organised for those wishing to visit the theatre or seaside for a breath or fresh air and sample the local fish and chips. Most evenings, a speaker would be present enlightening and entertaining the members on different interesting subjects. Occasionally members would make their own entertainment, crafting etc.
Therefore, my first port of call was to contact the Papworth Everard WI via their website (PEWI) for short. I was delighted to be contacted by one of the members who advised me of the night and time they met (once a month) and invited me to come along to see what they had to offer. I was welcomed by the very friendly members and soon became part of the WI family. I tried to sit with different people each month to learn their names as they had a good number of members who attended most meetings.
Well; I must have been impressed as I quickly joined in and now I am part of the committee and although sometimes very demanding, its fulfilling and enables me to have my say in planning how to keep the members happy, ensuring the evening goes as expected.
We now find ourselves in very difficult times under this lockdown, but I am just writing to say we are still here and will be strong again once this situation has been resolved. (Organising our speakers/outings; having a laugh and generally enjoying the moment of being part of a friendly caring club). Some of our ladies enjoyed monthly luncheons choosing different venues to visit and sample (keeping our local publicans/restaurants in business). We hope this will still be the case in the near future. Others joined the choir which has proved very successful, entertaining at different venues and The Ely Cathedral singing festival. The choir have still been meeting on ZOOM throughout the lockdown. Therefore, we offer members variety and entertainment as well as friendship and companionship.
Should you be feeling in need of some support and friendship we would welcome you and help you through these hard times too; working together in a common cause. If you have a certain skill or interest you wish to share with us, or would like us work on together; we would be happy to discuss this with you and hopefully incorporate it into our meetings.
Please contact us on our website….. ..…papwortheverard.org.uk
Please use the map below for directions.
Our group is part of the Cambridge Federation for Women’s Institutes and more details of this organisation can be found on their Home Page. www.cfwi.co.uk