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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.



 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 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.

Report from Lockdown July/August 2020


Hello everyone

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.



What has been happening at Papworth WI in February 2020

We started February with our usual monthly lunch, this time at The Three Horseshoes in Graveley. Our lunches are a great way of getting together giving us a chance to chat, catch up and get to know each other more with many a laugh and joke!

Our speaker this month was Helen Tilley who is a bespoke self-taught milliner. Helen brought along an amazing selection of hats that she has made all by hand at her home. Helen explained how she started out after she purchased a hat from a store which started to fall apart! She decided to make her own and found she really enjoyed it. She went on to purchase the wooden hat makers moulds for the crown of the hat, she described the various materials that can be used to make the hats ranging from very expensive to a more reasonable price and how she goes about making and decorating the hats.   She has attended various courses both locally and in London and currently makes around 300 hats per year. Helen makes all the silk flowers by hand and also dyes feathers and fabric to decorate the hats. Helen also offers a service to update existing hats adding her own hand-made flowers, or home-dyed feathers and various ribbons and beads. No two hats made by Helen are the same.   Following such an interesting talk, Helen invited the ladies up to try on different hats – all shapes and sizes – there was a hat to suit everyone and lots of laughs to go with them.   Helen works closely with Cream Rose in Fenstanton who sell special occasion wear.

Here are some of the hats worn by our ladies and Helen of course:


Many of us are looking forward to a theatre trip on 7th March to the Milton Keynes Theatre to see The King and I preceded of course by a spot of lunch!

Our March meeting will be our Annual General Meeting for members.