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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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