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
We had our third full Zoom Members’ meeting on Tuesday 18th of May, and happily saw lots of smiling members join us.
Our speaker for the month was Chris Hickey a very knowledgeable plant and vegetable grower, having worked for Frosts Garden Centre for some 16 years. Chris told us she got her love of gardening from her Father, he had “green fingers” and specialised in growing Dahlias and Geraniums. Chris herself has a compact and very colourful garden along with an allotment for growing vegetables. We were given lots of tips on which type of composts to use, growing and storing bulbs, types of Clematis and one of her favourites, the Alstroemeria flowers/plants.
Regarding vegetables Chris suggested members could put some compost into a container, set some lettuce and spring onion seeds, then when they grow the leaves can be freshly picked as and when required.
Chris was a very entertaining speaker and considering she was suffering from a bad back she still kindly joined us from her granddaughters bed, for which we were very grateful.
Still on the subject of gardening, here are some lovely words from Daphne with supporting pictures from her garden.
‘Having experienced exceptionally hot weather after so much rain over previous weeks it inspired me to take a few photos of the wonderful blooms just showing their colourful faces to bring us joy and a smile on our faces. We live in a great area with lots of places and gardens to enjoy; so enjoy the outdoor life and explore our surroundings.
OUR NEXT ZOOM MEETING IS ON TUESDAY 15TH JUNE AT 7.30PM WHEN WE HAVE SPEAKER KATE KIRK TALKING ON THE SUBJECT OF:
CICILY SAUNDERS THE CAMBRIDGE PHENOMENEN
Kate Kirk is a writer and communications consultant . She currently focuses on management and entrepreneurship, and is co-author of The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise. A niece of Dame Cicely, Kate volunteered at St Christopher’s Hospice in her youth. She is also a trustee of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridge and volunteers for the hospice in a variety of roles.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL FOR ANOTHER GREAT EVENING
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.
PAPWORTH EVERARD WI – KEEPING IN TOUCH THROUGH JULY/AUGUST 2020
Despite the lockdown easing somewhat, Papworth Everard are keeping safe and no monthly meetings are currently taking place.
We continue however to hold our monthly Zoom Committee Meetings and at our last meeting decided to arrange a ‘Picnic in the Park’ afternoon for those who wished to join in. This will take place on the green in Papworth Park on Sunday afternoon August 23rd. Many members were delighted at the thought of having the opportunity to meet and chat with each other again after such a long period of time, especially those members who have been unable to socialise at all during the last 3-4 months and for those who live alone.
Our choir continues to hold Zoom practice meetings weekly and we continue to keep in touch with each other with regular phone calls etc. Many members have become very ‘crafty’ during lockdown and here are a few of the beautiful embroidery and knitted items made by one of our members Joan, and also a couple of wonderful paintings by members Gill and Ann. It’s never too late to learn something new!!!
The highlight for members in August was a Picnic in the Park on Sunday afternoon. Over 20 members turned out with their chairs and picnic – safe distanced of course – to enjoy a great afternoon of chatting and catching up with each other after such a long period of time. This was the first gathering of the WI members since lockdown – the weather was bright and sunny and the rain only kicked in as we were leaving. We are hoping to arrange another similar event in September before the weather becomes too cold.
Take care and keep safe and very best wishes to you all from PEWI
As lockdown continues Papworth WI members continue to give support to one another by way of emails, telephone calls, etc. particularly in respect of our members who are vulnerable and live alone. We have been sent uplifting words and a yoga class which is most calming and uplifting at this time. Weekly ‘brain teaser’ quizes sent round to all the members with the occasional joke to keep the grey cells working. Weekly Zoom meetings of the choir so that we can continue to rehearse and get a chance of a brief face-to-face chat. Wonderful birthday cards made by one of our members who is sending beautiful hand-made cards to those who are vulnerable and live alone with a ‘thinking’ of you message. We are holding our THIRD Zoom Committee Meeting on Tuesday to enable us to discuss ways of continuing to help members and the community at this time. Many other members continue knitting, crocheting etc to help the community.
To celebrate VE Day many of us organised afternoon and evening ‘picnics’ on their front gardens so that they could chat across the 2 metres or so to their neighbours. This was a most enjoyable afternoon to commemorate the end of the 2nd World War. The photographs show celebrations of VE Day and a lovely photograph of our eldest member Ruth, now in her 92nd year enjoying a celebration drink and chat – gin and tonic being her favourite tipple!! with two of our members who continue to ensure she is not alone.