Monthly Archives: July 2018

Activities July 2018

July is the month when we celebrate the anniversary of the launch of our W.I. and to mark the occasion delicious cakes were served with our refreshments.

Our anniversary was not the only cause for celebration as during the meeting we celebrated the success of the Vintage Cream teas which we served at the Royal Papworth Hospital Centenary fete by presenting cheques to 4 local good causes.  The first donation was presented to Megan Sandford  from the Royal Papworth Hospital and she told us the money would be put to good use within the Critical Care department, a further cheque was presented to Rosie Blencowe for St Peter’s Church where it will help with emergency repairs to roof leaks  The third presentation was made to Jenny Howlett for the Papworth Day Centre and will be put towards their Christmas festivities and our final gift was presented to Joyce Burton for our own Papworth Everard and Elsworth choir, Lyrical Voices.


Cheque presented to Megan Sandford  for the Royal Papworth Hospital, Critical Care Department


Cheque presented by Clair Smart, Secretary, to Jenny Howlett for Papworth Day Centre Christmas celebrations

Cheque presented by Pat Martin, President, to Joyce Burton for Lyrical Voices Choir

In addition, our President, Pat Martin, attended Pendragon School Leavers’ Assembly and presented three £10 book tokens to the top 3 pupils in year 6 for the Endeavour Cup and as support to the school fete, a £20 Marks and Spencer voucher was donated as a raffle prize.

Our speaker for the night, Caroline Meyrick, came to tell us about Fine Cell Work, a charity which teaches prisoners in many British prisons to produce high-quality needlework which is made into beautiful handmade products.  This paid work boosts prisoners’ self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives.  It also enables the prisoners to fill the many lonely and frustrating hours spent languishing in jail.

Caroline has a group of 12 prisoners and the embroidery work they produce is incredible.  It was often difficult to work out which was the back of the piece and which was the front.  The embroideries are sent on completion to a warehouse in London where they are made up into cushions, wall hangings, lavender bags and other similar pieces.  The standard of the items that Caroline displayed was inspiring.  A proportion of the sale price is paid to the prisoners which they can use to help support their families or put aside for their release. Many of them go on to get formal qualifications to enable them to carry on in paid employment for example to become tailors or work in theatrical costume once they leave prison.  Supporters include Prince Charles and Camilla and Cornelia Parker, the artist. More information about this fascinating aspect of prison life can be found on their website. (


For our usual monthly social, we lunched together at the White Swan, Connington



Choir sings at St Peter’s Church Flower Festival

On Sunday 1st July,  St Peter’s Church, Papworth held their bi annual Flower Festival and Lyrical Voices were invited to sing at a small concert during the afternoon.  The weather was fantastic and  friends and family turned out to look at the spended flower arrangements to the theme of  ‘Hats’ and what a show they put on.  The choir then sang to their audience some lovely songs as ‘The Rose’,  ‘ Hallelujah’, ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and more.  All this was followed by refreshments out in the very pleasant July sunshine, an altogether delightful day.

Also during July the Choir was presented with a cheque from our own WI.  As we are self funding we do have to raise monies ourselves and this will help to pay our entrance monies when we sing at differant functions,  so a big thank you on behalf of the members.





Lunch: This month several members had a most enjoyable lunch at the Ferryboat Inn at Holywell, near St Ives.

Monthly Meeting: Delicious samples of Spanish food were enjoyed by our members at our meeting following a great talk and demonstration by Amanda Hoskins who talked us through the chicken and vegetable paella accompanied by a delicious tomato salad she prepared for us. While the paella was cooking, she held a short quiz with 10 questions relating to Spain and Spanish Food – it was surprising just how much many members knew – resulting in much discussion about people’s holidays and eating experiences in Spain. A very enjoyable fun and tasty evening!!

The Royal Papworth Hospital and Village Fete:


Papworth Everard WI are very proud to announce that our ‘Vintage Tea’ and Puppet Workshop held at the Royal Papworth Hospital and Village Fete proved to be an amazing success with over £1000 raised on the day. This was a tremendous achievement and, despite the hard work, it was a great day with our homemade cakes and scones almost selling out!  


The Puppet Lady was a great attraction for young children with many of them making their own puppets.



 A Huge Thanks to everyone who helped by donating cakes, provisions, money, time and effort to make the day the success it was.   We will announce how the money will