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Papworth Everard WI – Annual General Meeting March 2023




Thank you Joan, as always a great reflection over the past year with a full programme from our Committee.

Following the pandemic we were very unsure how we would progress into 2023 but thanks to the hard work of the Committee we have had some great meetings, wonderful theatre trips, picnics in the park, not to mention the  ‘1950s theme Vintage Tea’ to celebrate our beloved late  Queen Elizabeth’s life.

We have continued to enjoy monthly lunches and afternoon teas – always a favourite, and we look forward to many more this year.

Many of you will know and have noticed the wonderful garden outside the library which in part is the WI Memorial Garden and also part belonging to the Community.   The latter was quite run done, but due to the expertise of our very active member Jenny Wilson, she has turned this into the most beautiful area, planting and re-planting over the months, and much admired by the local people passing by.  Thank you Jenny you have certainly put a WI mark on the village with all your hard work.

Our choir continues to meet on Wednesday evenings (except for WI evenings) under the guidance of Joyce, Lyn, Rita and Penny.  Singing for joy and performing during the year with a Concert for friends and family in aid of the Ukraine War and also performing at a joint Concert at the Village Hall.  Even though I say it myself, we make a wonderful sound!

On a special note I would like to thank Gill who has served on the Committee for many years and who has been a great Vice President to me.   She has continually welcomed members and visitors at the door with her  warm personality and has always given that extra something which I know you will miss in the future.  We wish you well Gill.

Thanks to all the Committee, Joan, Charlotte, Gill, Daphne, Lyn and Eunice – you have kept us going throughout thick and thin of the Pandemic and I know you will continue to make our WI one of the most (I think the most!) welcoming, friendly and caring Institute’s anyone could hope for.  I will miss our monthly meetings and chats but I know we will continue always to be friends and keep in touch.

Finally, my resounding thanks to all you members, without whom there would be no WI.  We share a fantastic friendship and I know it will continue well into the future.

My very best wishes to you all for the future and thanks for everything.


February/March 2023

February started with tea and cake at The Stove Café in Bourn to brighten up a very dreary February afteroon.

Our monthly meeting on 15th February saw many members and visitors come along to listen to a most interesting talk and presentation given by Maggie James about her experiences when living and working in Saudi Arabia back in the 1980s.  Maggie quoted passages from her new novel ‘No Way Home’ and brought along signed copies for members to purchase.


Over 30 ladies enjoyed a great evening out to the Peterborough Key Theatre to see the wonderful ballet of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.   A thoroughly enjoyable experience with wonderful costumes and music.


  MARCH 15TH 2023



7.15 for 7.30pm at The Studio, Pendrill Court, Papworth Everard

All ladies over the age of 18 welcome

Following the business a fun evening of Bingo will follow with fantastic prizes!!!

We look forward to seeing you there






Pudsey Bear again this year found himself on the Top Table at our November Meeting when much money was so generously donated by our members for Children in Need.


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We all enjoyed a fabulous Demonstration by Madelaine Bradley: Demonstrator, Tutor and Freelance Florist.   Madelaine made six amazing arrangements, and at the same time chatted about how she first got hooked on flower arranging after joining a local flower club many years ago.  She gave much advice on how we can use plants and greenery from the garden to create our own arrangements.


The arrangements were donated by Madelaine as raffle prizes so many lucky ladies went home very happy at the end of the evening.

Our next meeting is our Xmas Bash on Wednesday 15th December – we look forward to seeing you there.






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We kicked off the Festive Season with a great Xmas Meal on Friday evening, 3rd December at the George and Dragon at Elsworth.   The food was excellent and, as you can see, the members had a really good evening getting into the Xmas Spirit.

 Several ladies made beautiful items for the Community Group’s  Xmas parcels again this year and this is a sample of some of the lovely items made:


Our last face-to-face meeting of the year was held on 15th December when members enjoyed a fun social evening with the them being a  Reindeers.  Traditional Christmas fayre of mince pies, mulled wine, sweet biscuits and chocolate reindeers were enjoyed followed by a hilarious game of Reindeer Drive.

 Our first meeting of 2022 will be on Wednesday 19th January, we look forward to seeing you all again then.

 From all the ladies of Papworth Everard WI we wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2022.

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Celebrations were the order of the day when we met for the fist time since Lockdown restrictions were lifted.    We arrived, armed with chairs, food and drink for a Picnic in Papworth Park on Saturday 31st July.   Around 20 ladies gathered to enjoy a lovely afternoon, with lots of chatter and catching up with what had been going on during lockdown.  Celebration cupcakes were enjoyed by all to finish off the afternoon and all agreed it was great to get back to some kind of normality after such a long period of time.

We look forward to meeting ‘inside’ for our first Members’ evening on Wednesday 15th September at the Studio for a Social Evening giving all a chance to enjoy the company of others.  Please bring along any crafts or makes/bakes or ideas that have come during Lockdown to share with us all.

Remember the date:  Wednesday 15th September 2021 – new members/visitors welcome