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The Shelfords WI

 August 2018 update

We do not hold a meeting in August but fifteen of our members visited The Manor at Hemingford Grey on August 2nd. It was a very hot day and our party displayed a pretty selection of charming sun hats. We soon arrived in the village at Hemingford Grey and were seated in the outside area where we enjoyed our pre-ordered lunches, and jugs of cold water. The community rooms were spotless with mostly volunteer waitresses cheerfully served our teas and coffee. We wandered along the river bank, admiring the grand and smaller cottages en route, the village had a gentle and bygone feel, with a post office and small school. There was plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful grounds of the Manor House and sit under the trees before our guided tour of the house began at two o'clock. Despite its close proximity to the river the garden was clearly suffering from the drought and the heat, never the less the rambling roses and numerous other scented herbaceous plants were a joy to behold.

DIana Boston, who lives in the house now, enthusiastically showed us around her property which is crammed with paintings, collections, toys and treasures from the past. This fascinating property is a rare survival of a moated two-storey Norman hall built in the twelfth century and crammed full with objects of the previous owner, who created in the house scenes from her world famous children's books. This house being continuously lived in was not allowed to fall into disrepair and it is truly amazing that it has survived for 900 years, despite fire and two world wars. During the last war the RAF sent recovering service men to stay there and musical evenings were held in the upper hall where we were privileged to listen to music played on the old record player using the bamboo needle. We also saw perhaps the most amazing collection of quilted patchwork bedspreads in the country which had been created over many years by Lucy Boston who was creating her stunning pieces until her death aged over 97.

Our monthly meetings resume on 6th September when Hilary Ritchie will speak about the history of Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Please note there will be a change of meeting venue beginning with our meeting on Thursday 6 September. From this meeting onwards we will be meeting in the Community Room behind St Mary’s Church in Great Shelford.

We are always ready to welcome new members and visitors at every meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m.

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Rosemary Livings & Mary Talbott


July 2018


The Shelfords WI

 

On Thursday 5th July we held our annual Garden Party which was well attended and later in the month we were pleased to be able to serve teas at the Shelford Feast, where we met a number of potential new members who we hope to see again in the autumn. We do not hold a meeting in August but there will a trip to The Manor at Hemingford Grey on August 2nd. Our monthly meetings resume on 6th September when Hilary Ritchie will speak about the history of Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Please note there will be a change of meeting venue beginning with our meeting on Thursday 6 September. From this meeting onwards we will be meeting in the Community Room behind St Mary’s Church in Great Shelford.

New members and visitors are very welcome at every meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m.

 

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Mary Talbott


The Shelfords WI

 May 2018 news

Our speaker on Thursday 3 May was Nicholas Henderson who gave a fascinating talk on the lives of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boelyn which was beautifully illustrated with a variety of portraits of the two queens and with photographs of actresses in their roles in various films. Beginning with Henry VIII’s mother Elizabeth of York we were led into the Tudor Dynasty and into the lives of Catherine and Anne before they became entwined with Henry and with each other. It was fascinating to look at this period in history from this angle.

At our next meeting on Thursday 7th June Fiona Rose will speak about the Life and Work of William Morris. The following meeting on 5th July will be our annual Garden Party at 12 Church Street, Great Shelford. On 15 July we will be serving teas at the Shelford Feast, if you would like to volunteer to help us you will be very welcome, you do not need to be a member of the WI

At our April meeting we pledged to do a collection of spectacles and sunglasses for Josie Charter from Aqua Aid to take out with her on her next trip to Malawi. Thank you very much to everyone who has responded to this appeal, we have collected over thirty pairs of glasses.

New members and visitors are welcome at every meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August) at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

 

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Mary Talbott


March 2018 news


Our AGM planned for Thursday 1 March was cancelled due to the icy conditions. The AGM will now take place at our next meeting on Thursday 5 April. The speaker will be Josie Charter from AquaAid Lifeline who will talk about the charity’s work in Malawi, providing care and education for needy children.

 

We are continuing to collect plastic bottle tops (with a 2, 02, 4 or 04 recycling mark) for the Arthur Rank Hospice

New members and visitors are welcome at every meeting. We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

 

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Mary Talbott


February 2018 update


The planned speaker for the February meeting was unable to join us and we look forward to welcoming her at a future meeting. At very short notice John Warbrick, the husband of one of our members, stepped in at very short notice and gave a fascinating talk on the history of English bell-ringing. John is the tower captain at All Saints, Little Shelford. His beautifully illustrated talk took us through the changes in bell-ringing from its earliest beginnings to the present day. There is far more involved than any of us realised. We learned how bells were often cast in pits next to the church and how some local bells were cast in a bell foundry which used to exist in Royston. We were then treated to a visit to the tower and to the bells themselves. John was assisted by Mark Norris, another member’s husband. The evening was rounded off by a hands-on session trying out various peals, not in the tower, but on hand bells.


Our next meeting on Thursday 1 March is our AGM when we review the activities of the last year and look forward to the next. It is a good opportunity to come and find out about the W.I. and new members and visitors will be very welcome. Our speaker will be Elaine Westwick who talk about ‘Visualisation’. If you can’ make it in March come another time, we meet on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

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Mary Talbott

January 2018 update


At our January meeting the speaker was Andy Malcolm from the Fisherman’s Mission whose talk entitled ‘The True Price of Fish and Chips’ was very entertaining and informative. He entertained us with sea shanties and a quiz but also really raised our awareness of the dangers and difficulties faced by those who provide our fish. 
 
The Fisherman’s Mission is a UK charity which provides welfare, emergency support and safety information to the UK fishing fleet and to all trawlermen who visit British ports. We were shocked to learn of the high number of injuries and deaths which occur in the industry every year. We were moved by the story of a widow whose husband was lost at sea and his body found two years after he disappeared. The practical support provided by this charity to her and many other cases is impressive and all felt that it is a very worthwhile cause. More details are available on their website. www.fishermensmission.org.uk
 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 1 February. Helen Underwood, from White Cottage Bakery, Kingston will be the speaker. Helen has an award-winning, artisan, micro-bakery, producing hand-crafted loaves from the finest natural ingredients. She will speak about the types of bread she produces and how she makes them.

 

We are always ready to make new members and visitors very welcome on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

 

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Mary Talbott


November update

 On Friday 20th October The Shelfords W.I. hosted a well-attended evening for the local group of W.I.s in Shelford Memorial Hall. The speaker was Dr Samantha Williams from the Faculty of History at Cambridge University, her talk was entitled ‘The Georgian Child Support Agency’.  Samantha first explained that she would be using the term ‘bastard’ a great deal, and that we should not be offended as historically it has been used as a legal term.  She went on to tell us that the first official recognition of the need to assist unmarried mothers began with legislation as early as 1576.  Samantha gave a very illuminating talk on a subject about which most of us knew very little.  It was obvious that she is passionate about the research she does on the subject and she has combined this into a book about unmarried motherhood in the 18th Century which is due to be published next year.

We continued with a historical theme at our regular meeting on Thursday 2 November when Vanessa Mann gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘It's on the cards - 'Tweets' from another era’,. Vanessa collects postcards from Edwardian times and uses them as a starting point to research the lives of the senders and recipients. In some cases she has even been able to contact their descendants and give them the postcard from their relative. In a time when there were up to seven postal deliveries per day postcards really were like today’s social network exchanges and provide tantalising glimpses of everyday life. Even the angles at which the stamps were fixed had their own, often romantic, messages. We really enjoyed passing the cards around, deciphering the handwriting and hearing what had been discovered about the writers, who could never have imagined that their messages would be studied in this way.
 
 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7 December and will be our Christmas Party featuring handbell ringing and simple Christmas flower arranging.

New members and visitors are always very welcome, do come and join us on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

 

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Maureen Weisner & Mary Talbott


Shelford WI news September 2017

Our programme is always varied and in August the W. I. visited Chilford Hall Vineyard. We first walked down a lovely lane to the vineyards where we saw some of the 17,000 vines which produce 20,000 bottles of wine a year. We then visited the winery where the entire wine making process was explained including fermentation, blending and bottling. At the end of the tour we sampled five Chilford Hall wines. Overall a very pleasant and fun way to spend the afternoon.

At our September meeting we tried our hand at making sculptures from chicken wire under the expert guidance of William Ashley-Norman. It certainly required a great deal of concentration and we all enjoyed it, although the standard of finished sculptures varied a great deal!

 Our next meeting will be on Thursday 5 October when nutritionist, Susan Krueger will talk about ‘How to eat healthily and why diets don’t work’

New members and visitors are very welcome at every meeting. From September join us on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

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Mary Talbott & Maureen Weisner


Shelford W.I. news July 2017

We held our annual garden party on 6th July. In August we do not meet formally but this year there will be a visit to Chilford Hall vineyard on Thurday 3rd August. Our varied programme will resume on Thursday 7th September when William Ashley-Norman will lead a session on Chicken Wire Sculpture. You will also find us serving refreshments at the Playscape Fun Run in September.

New members and visitors are very welcome at every meeting. From September join us on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the North Room behind All Saints’ Church in Little Shelford.

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Mary Talbott


The speaker at our April meeting was Nicola Sly from Bramble Lodge Alpacas. Nicola’s enthusiasm for these beautiful animals was infectious. She described how she began with three alpacas in 2014 to manage a large area of grass and now has eleven with two more to be born this year. We heard about their origins and characteristics, including how they can keep poultry safe from foxes. It was also interesting to hear about the various uses of alpaca fibre which is lanolin free and can be tolerated by many people who are allergic to wool.

At our next meeting on 4th May Chris Clark will demonstrate theatrical make-up and on 1st June Kathleen Doggett will speak on ‘Flowers and Fun’. There will be a Garden party in July and a visit to Chilford Hall vineyard in August.

New members and visitors are always welcome to join us on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’ North building, behind the church, in Little Shelford.

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Mary Talbott


At  our February meeting we learned about the history of Cambridge from Honour Ridout, Chair of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History and a former City Tourist Officer. With the help of contemporary illustrations compared with modern photographs we were able to visualise the changes over the centuries and see the many traces of previous generations in the modern city.

 

We held our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2 March, Anna Sugden was re-elected as President and Shirley Warbrick will become Treasurer. The AGM was followed by Trevor Chapman speaking on ‘The ripple effect of hearing loss’ which provoked much discussion and many questions. The next meeting on Thursday 6 April will include a talk by Nicola Sly on Alpacas.

 

Our activities extend beyond the monthly meetings and we are delighted that our newly formed darts team won their first match. We have also arranged a visit to Chilford Hall vineyard which will take place in August.

 

We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’ North Room, behind the church, in Little Shelford. New members and visitors are always welcome.

 

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Mary Talbott

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