Monthly Archives: January 2016

Papworth and Elsworth WI Choir is Growing into the New Year

After a very successful 2015 the Choir is looking forward to yet another eventful  year.  Our numbers are increasing steadily and we welcome newcomers to come along and see what a wonderful time we all have. Singing fortifies health,   widens culture, refines the intelligence, enriches the imagination,  makes for happiness and endows life with an added zest, it really does.  Ask anyone who has joined a Choir what it is they get from it and they will say the same.  The ladies’ Choir is open to all and we are now a mix with non WI members, so do come along and ‘see/sing’ for yourselves;  remember everyone can sing!

The Choir will be singing at Trinity Church Elsworth  on 22nd May for their Trinity Service, and  are at present working on their Programme for the coming year.  Please get in touch if you would like the choir to sing at your event.


January 2016

Attendance at the January meeting can often be affected by the wish to stay tucked up cosily indoors but this year a very frosty evening was brightened for us all when the monthly meeting was turned into a French Evening.

About 40 of us, almost the full membership plus two visitors, were wondering what was in store as we gathered in the Studio. The place was decorated with tricolour bunting, ribbons and banners and the tables were covered in bistro-like checked cloths.


The business part of the meeting was cut to the minimum, after which our President Rosie Blencowe (who lived in France for several years) treated us all to Gateaux des Rois – a large traditional cake they share with friends at this time of year – each one topped with a golden crown. Rosie had spent the afternoon making five of these delicious goodies ……………..

Gateau des Rois
Gateau des Rois

………………  each one containing a small porcelain figurine, the finder of which then wore the crown for the rest of the evening.


This was followed by our Secretary Anne Laing entertaining us with her knowledge of French Public Holidays, Rosie talking about the early life of the infamous Pauline Bonaparte who was the youngest sister to Napoleon, an all-things-French quiz and finally a French-themed raffle. Altogether a fun evening.


Early in the month about two dozen of us had an enjoyable lunch at the Three Horseshoes in Graveley, while in February we are planning to lunch at Rocky’s for the first time. Meanwhile the choir have already started rehearsing for forthcoming commitments which will include Elsworth Church and a return visit to Ely Cathedral.

The meeting on 17th February will feature Jane Kennedy talking about Sign Language including differences due to accents, dialogues etc, and she is hoping for full audience participation! Our AGM will be on March 16th. We have lots of exciting plans for 2016 and look forward to welcoming new members and visitors.