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
We enjoyed our second Zoom Members Meeting on 23rd March with more members mastering the technology to join us this month. The theme for the evening was Easter and many of us appeared in our Easter bonnets/hats/bunny ears to get in the Eastertide mood.
Some of the ladies showed off their lovely easter crafts on screen – many of which were made and donated to the Papworth Community Group to hang in the trees along the Craft Walk that the Group had organised for the Easter weekend.
Following the usual business we had two demonstrations by members of the Committee, Lyn and Gill. Lyn showed us how to make a simple plant arrangement on a plate to bring a little sunshine into the house. By using a few small pots of spring bulbs and primroses Lyn’s display looked amazing. Gill then demonstrated making yummy chocolate easter nests using crushed shredded wheat, melted chocolate and some colourful mini eggs.
Not all the ladies are able to join the Zoom meetings at the moment but are kept fully informed and copied in with everything that goes on. To ensure we include the whole membership members of the Committee delivered lovely chocolate Easter bunnies to all the ladies as a little treat for Easter.
A REMINDER OF WHAT IS TO COME AT OUR NEXT ZOOM ON TUESDAY 20TH APRIL AT 7.30PM
A talk by Andy Malcom from The Fishermen’s Mission entitled
THE REAL COST OF FISH AND CHIPS
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
Unfortunately as the Covid situation continues to be very uncertain, our WI ladies have been unable to meet again this month as a Group. However, some of the ladies have met up in small groups for a coffee or lunch at the local garden centre. It is important for many of us to try and meet up and chat on a regular basis while the rules allow!
The one highlight of this month has been the 94th birthday of our lovely member Ruth Hurst. Ruth has been a WI Member for over 70 years!! She has served on Committees as President on more than one occasion of her WI in Upshire in Essex and Frinton on Sea in Essex before moving to Papworth around 20 years ago. Ruth lives on her own but is frequently visited by a couple of our WI members who have enjoyed a drink and nibbles with her outside of her home. The photograph below shows just how youthful our Ruth looks enjoying her glass of wine and holding the lovely card made by our member Liz.
The Committee continue to Zoom once a month to discuss future options and plans once things return to normal.
Keep well everybody with best wishes from PEWI