April 2017

A busy and exciting month for our WI starting when residents and visitors at Field Lodge Care Home in St Ives enjoyed a musical afternoon on 5th April with our Choir, Lyrical Voices, performing to them.  They sang many popular songs, followed by a medley of wonderful old songs including Lullaby of Broadway, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, If You Knew Susie and more.  Many in the audience sang along and the final song, The Lambeth Walk, finished with a resounding ‘Oi’ !!  Afterwards members of the choir chatted with residents over a cup of tea and everyone appeared to have a good time.

 The Colours Fashion Show and Pop-Up Shop took place on Thursday 6th April and attracted over 200 people from Papworth and the surrounding areas making the occasion a tremendous success.    On arrival we were served ‘sparkling wine’ then took our seats for a great evening of fashion modelled by two young ladies who looked great in every item of clothing.  There was something for everybody, including skin-tight black leather-look leggings!!  Halfway through the evening a raffle took place and there were numerous prizes, many of which were kindly donated by local traders in and around the village.   At the end of the show, there was a sale of all the items modelled, and more, in all sizes for the customers to try on and buy.       Our thanks goes to the people of Papworth and surrounding areas who turned out to support the Show together with the Parish Council for their kind donation and to the following local traders who generously gave to the raffle;

TLC Hair & Beauty Papworth); Nisa Store (Papworth); Shilpa Indian Restaurant (Papworth); Norfolk Street Deli (Papworth); The Cambridge Belfry,(Cambourne); Prince of Wales Pub (Hilton)

We are delighted to announce that a cheque in the sum of £1400 will be given to the Papworth Surgery at the Patient Link AGM to be held on 16th June at the North Hall, Papworth Village to be used to buy equipment for the Surgery to enable the Practice to continue to provide an excellent service to the community.  A fantastic achievement.


Trauma Teddies:   Members of our WI, together with other ladies in the community,  have been busy knitting ‘trauma teddies’ to give to children who are sick or distressed following an accident or injury at A & E Hinchingbrooke and also the Bedfordshire Fire Service.  These are sure to bring a smile and cuddles to all the children who receive one.


Dinner: Some of our members enjoyed a delightful meal recently at the Black Bull  Godmanchester.





Speaker: Our April meeting started with the most brilliant speaker, Lucy Lewis, who spoke of her ‘Life in the Army’ and how she became the first female Bomb Disposal expert. Lucy described what it was like training at Sandhurst, firstly to become a Soldier, and then an Officer..  Her tales of the escapades and rituals that took place at various social events, and how the ‘ladies’ were expected to behave and judged following such occasions were hilarious.  Lucy described her various postings to the Gulf, Northern Ireland, Germany and  even Ecuador where her training skills were put to the test.  Lucy then joined the Military Police and completed her career as Colonel and was present at the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1999.  We were indeed privileged to have Lucy present at our meeting and she answered many questions from the members following her talk.

Next Meeting: 17th May  our speaker for the evening will be Geoff Lamberts from Detection Dogs

To find out more about what is going on you can log on to our website at www.papwortheverardwi.org.uk or if you are 18 or over just come along to one of our meetings at 7.15 for 7.30 on the third Wednesday of each month in the Studio next door to the Library. You can be sure of a warm welcome.  The visitor’s fee is  £4.00 including refreshments.

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