December 2022

Many of us enjoyed a Members’ Evening at our December meeting, starting with a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily on High sung by our choir, Lyrical Voices.  Among other things, one of our members Lyn demonstrated how to tie and wear a scarf well, as you can see from the picture below.  Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and a Fun quiz and Raffle all made the evening go with a swing.  All members were presented with a box of Christmas Biscuits to enjoy over the festive period.

November 2022

Christmas is looming and to get ahead with some Christmas Shopping many of us visited Waresley Garden Centre where there were plenty of gifts, glitz and glitter to choose from.  We took a break for some lovely lunch then back to the shopping!!!  A great afternoon out.

Our November meeting held on 16th was a great evening of song and entertainment when the fabulous Shannon Express Male Barbershop Singers performed to us for over an hour.  There was plenty of audience participation too which at times was hilarious when trying to keep in time with the jingle bells!   Everybody had such a good time and they definitely got us into the Christmas spirit, albeit still November!

October 2022

Countryfile Children In Need Ramble took place on 8th October:  Several ladies took part in a very enjoyable ramble around Papworth woods for around an hour to raise funds for Children in Need and then headed back to the Courtyard Cafe for coffee with other members who were waiting there for us.  Our fundraising for Children in Need will continue into November when we will have the Pudsey Collection box waiting for members to donate.

September 2022

Following our break in August, many ladies gathered to enjoy a super lunch at The Duchess in Fenstanton earlier this month.

At our September meeting held on 21st September,  Graham Potter  came along and gave a most interesting talk and presentation on the wonderful work he and several volunteers undertake to help the waterfowl around our area.

On the 29th September  we held a Vintage Tea to celebrate our late Queen’s lift.  This took the form of a 50s Vintage and many ladies dressed in period fashion.  It was a truly lovely occasion with scones, jam and cream being served, following a glass of ‘fizz’ to get the party going in style, and with visitors from local WIs.   Ann, one of our senior members, gave a wonderful recollection of the King’s funeral and memories of the late Queen’s Coronation; Jenny gave a most entertaining account of her a ‘The Golden Coach’.

August 2022

The Papworth and Elsworth WI Choir recently hosted a fund raising evening for the Ukraine. The evening was a great success along with audience participation, and raised the amazing sum of £700 which we have sent to ‘Disasters Emergency Committee – Ukraine Appeal’
We would like to thank everyone for their help and support for this wonderful achievement.

July 2022

Our speaker for July was Angela Potter a landscape gardener and designer from Hilton.

‘Ratty Goes To Chelsea’ is the story of her award winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show, which was a water vole friendly garden.

Angela gave us an excellent talk and slideshow on the highs and lows of being accepted to build a garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2008 whilst still a mature student studying at Capel Manor Horticultural College in Enfield, London.

Her story kept us on the edge of our seat wondering if she and her friend and business partner would ever make it following many hiccups along the way – plants and trees ordered the previous year grown specially that became infected with disease just weeks away from the show, together with struggling to find a sponsor to cover the costs which amounted to around £27,000!  Just one week away from the show Angela had an accident resulting in her breaking her ankle badly.   The garden, a garden for water voles, attracted many celebrities with the Queen, Princess Ann and Prince Philip also visiting the garden.  The photographs were amazing and the garden, albeit very small, looked fantastic.


Papworth Family Fun Day 23rd July 2022

Hopefully many of you will have come along to the above event which took place on Saturday 23rd July on the Recreation Field in Papworth.   In true WI fashion, our ladies put on a ‘Vintage Cream Tea’.   Set up outside the Pavillion with delicate china cups and saucers, pretty table clothes, lovely flower arrangements on the table – the marquee looked the part in every way.   We served the most delicious scones, jam and cream together with tea/coffee and cold drinks which went down very well with the customers.  Thanks to all who supported us on the day.   We also welcomed our Parish Councillor Mark Howells who introduced us to the newly elected Anthony Browne – MP for South Cambs.


June 2022

Geoff Lambert and Buddy who is a Medical Detection Dog were the highlight of our June Meeting.  Geoff gives over a 100 talks a year and so far has raised over £110,000.00.  His dog, Buddy, is now 14 years old and has been trained to recognise various illnesses by smell.  The main ones are cancers and diabetes, and a new programme is starting for Parkinson’s Disease.  All training is done in Milton Keynes.  A Cheque was handed to Geoff as a donation to the charity and also many members put personal monies into the collection box displayed on the night.


May 2022

The ladies of Papworth WI enjoyed an excellent evening with a talk and presentation by Emma Sanders from Magpas Air Ambulance.  The meeting was attended by many members and visitors who found Emma’s talk most interesting and informative.  The work carried out by this marvellous organisation has, over the years, saved thousands of lives by having the most skilled doctors and paramedics available in all kinds of emergency situations.  Magpas relies totally on donations and does not receive any Government money, therefore the talks and presentations and promotional material is the only means by which this amazing service can continue to help save lives.

A donation was presented to Emma on behalf of the members and there were some promotional items to purchase on the night.  Our members trading table collection was also donated which we are sure will help in a small way towards keeping this service running – who knows when any one of us may need it in the future!!


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 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.


March 2022

A coach trip to Milton Keynes Theatre to see Jersey Boys started the month off in March – a great show with dancing in the aisles enjoyed by all. Our March lunch was held at the Wheatsheaf in Perry – a great venue and wonderful food.

If you have walked past the garden alongside the library in Papworth, and many of you have, you will have noticed the wonderful work carried out by our WI under the guidance of one particular member of who we are extremely proud. Part of the garden has been adopted by us as a Memorial Garden for past members but the remaining part was particularly overgrown and in need of attention.  In true WI spirit pulling weeds, cutting back, mulching and much more went ahead with further planting to be carried out to create a garden for bees, ie a garden to encourage wildlife.  We hope we can continue with this work which will benefit not only the wildlife but the people of Papworth who can enjoy the flowers and plants.  If you pop down to see the garden you will find it a joy of flowers – pulmonaria, primroses, violets and daffodils in bloom.  Soon there will be other flowers and then the lavender and roses.  It has lifted the spirits of the people who have walked past it and their complimentary comments have been most welcome.

Our meeting in March saw members bring along their completed Easter chicks – around 40 in total! – together with a lovely Easter teddy bear and crocheted bag and it was agreed to donate these to the East Anglian Childrens Hospice (EACH), complete with Cream Eggs.  The chicks were delivered to the Hospice Shop in Huntingdon for them to sell in their shop – all the proceeds going to help the children of the Hospice.


February 2022

We held a super Afternoon Tea with around 20 members enjoying delicious sandwiches and cake at Dobbies Garden Centre in Huntingdon.

Our February meeting was a ‘crafty’ evening with lots of lovely Easter Chicks being made in the form of knitted, crocheted or cards. These items were brought back to our March meeting where we decided to donate them to help raise funds for a good cause.