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
PAPWORTH EVERARD WI
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.
Here are a couple of the photographs showing Dame Cicily in her early and latter years.
OUR NEXT MEETING IS A PICNIC IN THE PARK ON SATURDAY 24TH JULY – WEATHER PERMITTING. THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST FACE-TO-FACE MEETING
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Many members joined us for our first ‘Zoom’ meeting’ on 16th February and were delighted to see and chat to many friends. We started in the normal way with the business catching up on recent information and this was followed by our first talk and demonstration via the Zoom network. Our very own Daphne gave a brilliant talk and demonstration entitled Nurture and Nourish when she explained the importance of looking after and caring for ourselves mentally and physically before we can look after and care for others. We all joined in with Daphne doing some meditative head and shoulder exercises concentrating on our breathing – a wonderful relaxing end to our evening.
EASTER – BRING ME SUNSHINE
Several ladies wore their Easter bonnets/bunny ears to make our Easter meeting go with a swing. A lovely demonstration by Lyn on how to bring Sunshine into your room by making a lovely spring arrangement on a plate from small flowers, plants and greenery from your very own garden. Gill then demonstrated how to make chocolate easter nests filled with lovely little mini-eggs – delicious.
Several ladies made Easter crafts and Easter bonnets and donated items to hang in the trees for the Papworth Community Group who organised a Craft Walk in Papworth over the Easter.
Our next members’ Zoom Meeting Tuesday April 20th at 7.30pm
Share the love
Due to the current restrictions we find ourselves once again unable to take part in our normal everyday activities and who can believe it is nearly a year ago since the first lockdown!
Our members continue to support one another by way of telephone calls, quizzes, poems and various news items and our Committee continue to meet monthly on Zoom to discuss future plans for the members once we can return to our monthly meetings. We are planning to hold a Zoom WI Meeting again in February for the members with a short talk on ‘Wellbeing during the pandemic’ and a fun quiz. This will hopefully be an opportunity for those able to join to chat with friends who they have not seen for some considerable time and certainly have a few laughs at the same time.
With Valentine’s day looming we also have something up our sleeve for members to enjoy in order to ‘spread the love’ with their friends.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY- MAY YOUR DAY BE FULL OF LOVE AND HOPE
FROM PAPWORTH EVERARD WI
We hope everyone enjoyed a happy and peaceful Christmas, although I am sure many of you had to make changes to your plans due to the government’s new restrictions.
Prior to Christmas members rose to the challenge to help make items to be included in parcels that were being distributed by the Papworth Community Group. A wonderful variety of items from handmade cards, handmade xmas labels, beautiful knitted and crocheted tree decorations, together with handmade xmas pot pouri bags, and so the list goes on. Thanks to all the ladies that gave up their time at very short notice.
A fun Christmas Face Covering Competition among the members took place with several ladies taking part. Photographs were taken of all the entries and sent to the members to make their choice. The winner as you can see was the lovely mask made by Joyce.
A Christmas gift of scrumptious christmas biscuits were delivered personally by the Committee to all the members by way of a thank you for all their support over the past very difficult year.
Our choir had a festive Zoom Christmas Sing Along, together with a quiz which put us all in a great Christmas mood.
Finally, members were invited to a Zoom meeting to give them a chance to see other members and to offer each other Christmas wishes. Several members joined in but we are hoping to make this a regular event each month and to also arrange events that members can take part in on Zoom going forward.
We look forward to 2021 which will hopefully be a more positive and fruitful year for the WI and for the whole of the Community.