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PAPWORTH EVERARD WI Annual General Meeting




Thank you Joan for your Report detailing our year which has been a combination of ‘Zoom’ meetings and face-to-face.  However, since September we have managed to meet regularly face-to-face at the Studio after nearly 18 months of Lockdown.   Naturally some members were a little nervous to return initially, but I believe we are now looking forward to a full year of meetings at The Studio – fingers crossed!!

Despite the rising costs, the Committee have worked extremely hard to keep us all  involved with many wonderful speakers on Zoom, and with some lovely chatty crafty evenings at The Studio – something I know many members find really joyful after such a long time ‘locked-up’ and they continue to work and plan for the coming year with a programme that will I am sure please everybody.

We started our face-to-face meetings back in July with another successful Picnic in the Park and have enjoyed many lunches at various venues including a great Christmas Dinner evening at the George & Dragon in Elsworth.   So far this year we have enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the local garden centre, a trip to Milton Keynes Theatre with another trip to Cambridge Arts Theatre at the beginning of April.

Our choir Lyrical voices have now resumed face-to-face weekly evenings with Penny our musical director following a year of Zoom sing alongs which were great fun but nothing like the ‘real thing’.  Everyone was so pleased to be back in full voice at The Studio.

I want to take this opportunity to thank every single member of the Committee for their unfailing support over the past year – they have the most wonderful team spirit and have provided our members with memorable evenings under very difficult circumstances.

On a special note I want to thank our outgoing Treasurer Janet for the amazing job she has done over the last 3 years – making sure our bank balance is healthy – despite all her cruises!

We will miss you Janet but I know you will be there to help and encourage Charlotte who we now welcome to take over the role of Treasurer – thank you Charlotte for coming forward – we know you will do a fantastic job.

And a farewell to Clair – without whom our Zoom meetings would not have happened – not only the Members meetings, but all the Committee Meetings too.  How will we manage without you Clair!   I know again you will be happy to support us with any technical issues in the future and we thank you so much for all the advice you have given over the past !!!  years!

Finally – a big thank you to all of you – our members – without your support there would be no Papworth WI  – we share a fantastic friendship between us all and long may it continue.



Papworth Everard WI April 2022



April meeting took place on 20th and started with the AGM which was held over from March due to members’ absence caused by illness and bad weather.

The Committee were re-elected with 2 members standing down and one new member joining us as the new Treasurer. 

 Following the business we were lucky enough to have the Parish Tree Warden, David Potter come along to give an interesting talk on tree planting in and around the village.  David described his role as ‘Tree Warden’ and spoke of the many wonderful trees we have in Papworth and the need for the residents to protect them and to plant more in their own environments.  He finished with a quote from an old book which described the importance of trees to maintain our planet.   A cheque was presented to David as a donation to St Peter’s Church following his talk.

 Our speaker for May is Emma Sanders from the Magpas Air Ambulance – who will be giving a talk with supporting slides of the remarkable work that they undertake in our area.

Magpas Air Ambulance give the best pre-hospital emergency care, in the air or on land 24/7, including treatments normally only available in hospital. By providing this advanced care to critically ill and injured patients across the East of England and beyond, the charity not only saves lives but limits disability.

Our talk will take you behind the scenes to learn more about how Magpas Air Ambulance, its clinicians, staff, volunteers and supporters come together to save lives in your community.

The talk incorporates video footage and a power point presentation.

Do come along and support this marvellous charity – all ladies over 18 welcome.



February and March have seen a lot of activity among the WI members.


We held a super Afternoon Tea with around 20 members enjoying delicious sandwiches and cake at Dobbies Garden Centre in Huntingdon.

Our February meeting was a ‘crafty’ evening with lots of lovely Easter Chicks being made in the form of knitted, crocheted or cards.   These items were brought  back to our March meeting where we decided to donate them to help raise funds for a good cause.


A coach trip to Milton Keynes Theatre to see Jersey Boys started the month off in March – a great show with dancing in the aisles enjoyed by all.        Our March lunch was held at the Wheatsheaf in Perry – a great venue and wonderful food.

If you have walked past the garden alongside the library in Papworth, and many of you have, you will have noticed the wonderful work carried out by our WI under the guidance of one particular member of who we are extremely proud.

Part of the garden has been adopted by us as a Memorial Garden for past members but the remaining part was particularly overgrown and in need of attention.  In true WI spirit pulling weeds, cutting back, mulching and much more went ahead with further planting to be carried out to create a garden for bees, ie a garden to encourage wildlife.  We hope we can continue with this work which will benefit not only the wildlife but the people of Papworth who can enjoy the flowers and plants.  If you pop down to see the garden you will find it a joy of flowers – pulmonaria, primroses, violets and daffodils in bloom.  Soon there will be other flowers and then the lavender and roses.  It has lifted the spirits of the people who have walked past it and their complimentary comments have been most welcome.

Do go down and take a look – you will be amazed!!

Our meeting in March saw members bring along their completed Easter chicks – around 40 in total! – together with a lovely Easter teddy bear and attractive crocheted bag and it was agreed to donate these to the East Anglian Childrens Hospice (EACH), complete with Cream Eggs.  The chicks were delivered to the Hospice Shop in Huntingdon for them to sell in their shop – all the proceeds going to help the children of the Hospice.   If you hurry you may still be in time to purchase one, but they were selling fast!!  The Shop were absolutely delighted to receive them.


We have organised another theatre trip for 2nd April to the Arts Theatre in Cambridge to see Priscilla Queen of the Dessert – This is sure to  be another successful outing!



Our April Meeting will take place on 20th April when we have our AGM –  everyone is welcome to come along to find out what we are all about.   We also have the Papworth Tree Warden, David Potter, coming along to give us a talk about tree planting in Papworth.


Papworth Everard WI is the perfect way of meeting new friends, enjoying social events and listening to interesting speakers and also learning new skills and crafts.   Do come along ladies – all are welcome (over the age of 18) .  We meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except for August) at The Studio at 7.15 for 7.30pm.  We look forward to meeting you.





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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