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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.





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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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