PAPWORTH EVERARD WI – NOVEMBER 2021
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.
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.
ALL LADIES WELCOME
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.