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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.




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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



Our Zoom meeting took place on 16th June when, although fewer members than usual met, we enjoyed a great evening.

Following the usual business our speaker for the evening was Kate Kirk Writer and Lecturer who gave a delightful and very informative illustrated talk about her Amazing Aunt – Dame Cecily Saunders noted for her work in terminal care research and  pioneer of the modern hospice movement.  Dame Cecily worked throughout her life tirelessly to establish the importance of palliative care for terminally ill patients and their families and her work continues today with the expansion of Hospices all over the country and indeed many parts of the world.

Kate Kirk

Here are a couple of the photographs showing Dame Cicily in her early and latter years.