Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 2016

A busy month full of fun things which started with the monthly ‘lunch’ outing being replaced by an evening meal at the Duncombe Arms, Waresley, so that those with daytime commitments were able to come along too.

Choir members ran a stall at the Village Fete in aid of the Papworth Hospital charity with help from  ……    (see full report in the Choir section)

....... some unexpected visitors.
……. some unexpected visitors.

Then on one of those rare sunny days in mid-month our regular meeting was replaced by a coach trip to Holkham Hall in N. Norfolk, for which members were joined by family and friends as well as others from neighbouring W.Is. Many took advantage of a private tour of the Hall while others spent time visiting the other attractions on site, before they all joined the coach (in a torrential downpour) for the journey home via Old Hunstanton where a stop was made for an evening meal.

Holkham Hall
Inside Holkham Hall

On the 22nd, for the first time ever, we hosted the Annual Group Meeting of six local W.Is. in the Village Hall. We provided our visitors with a much appreciated spread of home-made cakes (well, the W.I. does have a reputation to live up to) and ran two competitions themed around the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Guest Speaker was Lord Jeffery Archer who talked about his experiences as an author and then spent quite some time answering a myriad of questions. Unsurprisingly he is an accomplished storyteller who informed and entertained us and kept us wondering what was coming next!

Officers from the visiting WI s
Officers from the visiting WI s
Quite a spread!
Competition for Memorabilia of the Queen's Reign
Competition for Memorabilia from the Queen’s Reign







Guest Speaker Jeffery Archer
Guest Speaker Jeffery Archer……


.....demonstrating his activity Tracker......
…..demonstrating his activity Tracker…..
... looking thoughtful .....
… looking thoughtful …..







... saying Farewell.
… and saying Farewell.










At the end of the month choir members were in good voice when they sang in St Peter’s church at the close of the weekend Flower Festival.











In the coming weeks there will be a lunch outing to the George & Dragon at Elsworth then on July 20th our meeting, during which we will be marking our 9th birthday, will feature Kathleen Dogget on ‘Fun and Flowers’. There is no monthly meeting in August but the lunchtime outing will be a bring-and-share gathering in a member’s house and, hopefully, garden. (We could all do with rather less rain and more sun!). A tour of Ely and the Cathedral has been arranged for 5th August, then in September Kerry Botha is due to come and demonstrate ‘Forever Living’ toiletries and cosmetics.

St Peter’s Flower Festival and Finale


A wonderful cusion of flowers
A wonderful cusion of flowers
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A beautiful flower arrangement

White and Icy flower arrangement representing the North Pole
White and Icy flower arrangement representing the North Pole

A wonderful arrangement of flowers representing the World were on display at the Church over the weekend. The South Pole, Australia, Japan, Africa they were all there in their glory; an amazing effort from so many local and interested people coming together in this way. The Choir then sang a lovely song ‘You Raise me up’ followed by the hymn ‘Amazing Grace and the finale ‘A Gaelic Blessing’. A social chat followed, with Pimm’s nibbles and cakes being served to the congregation. Thank-you St Peter’s; the Choir look forward to another opportunity to sing along with you again.

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The Congregation with Jo at the alter
The choir seated and ready to sing

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Ladies busy making the cushion

The Choir seated behind the beautiful flower arrangements
'Pimm's with cake, a very hard decision'
‘Pimm’s with cake, a very hard decision! ‘




Papworth Everard Queens Birthday Fete

The Choir represented the Papworth Hospital Charity by holding a stall at the Queens Birthday  Fete on Sunday 12th June.  The weather could have been better but as we can see the girls made the most of every minute and the presence of the Queen and Prince Philip rounded up the day nicely with many smiling faces.  The Choir’s next performance will take place on Sunday 26th June at the St. Peter’s Church Flower Festival.