We celebrated PEWI’s 12th birthday this month and an evening full of fun began with a glass of wine or soft drink. This was followed by our speaker, Elaine McGregor from the Nordoff-Robbins organisation. Elaine told us that the Nordoff–Robbins music therapy charity is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music no matter how ill or disabled. Elaine enthralled us with her stories and the video clips she showed us upheld their view that the unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively. Elaine works with people of all ages and issues. Elaine had brought along with her a selection of instruments: drums, rattles, cymbals, and so on and before her talk finished we all joined in accompanying Elaine as she played a few well-known songs and from the smiles on members faces no further proof of the efficacy of music was needed!
The next part of the meeting was for the Breast Cancer Appeal. Members brought along delicious cakes for us to purchase and enjoy with our refreshments (or to take home) and also items for our bring and buy trading table and from the proceeds of this and our raffle ticket money £177.00 was raised for this very worthy cause – a great result. The evening was a great success.
Our W.I. has a number of individual groups where members get together to enjoy a shared interest and these include cinema and theatre visits, trips to events put on by Cambridge Federation or at Denman College, crafting groups and so on. A favourite which usually draws around 20-25 members is our monthly lunch and in July we met up for delicious food at Johnsons Farm at Old Hurst and members were able to take time to look round the shop and grounds.
We will be holding a Prosecco and Cupcake evening on Friday 16th August at the Studio by the library and all the ladies of the village, young (over 18) and old, are warmly invited to join us to sample an evening with the W.I. to see what we do. Members will be available to show the things we get up to: patchwork, embroidery, crochet, painting, knitting, card making, and so on. Please feel free to come down and join us and have a look at what goes on.
Early in the month a few W.I. members together with our President and Liz Barrett’s husband gathered for a short ceremony to plant the rose “Lovely Lady” in memory of Liz Barrett who had always been so supportive and encouraging to our W.I. The rose is growing in the bed beside the library and is now flourishing and has been flowering profusely.
Why not bring your friends and family along to our open meeting with “RAF Marham – Past Present and Future” to be held at the Village Hall on Friday 27 September 2019 at 7.30-9.30 pm. There is a £5 charge for refreshments and a donation the youth organisations in the village. Tickets for this are now available.