Centenary Celebration – September 3rd, 2015

As part of the WI’s Centenary celebration, we have organised a special event — prior attire 2‘Clothes From Another Era.

prior attireIzabela Pitcher of Prior Attire will talk about women’s fashions circa 1915. There will also be a demonstration, with authentic and reproduction clothing, including corsets, lingerie, dresses and hats, for ladies to try on.

Guests are more than welcome. Tickets are £4 for non-members and include light refreshments.

Buckingham Palace Garden Party, June 2, 2015

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Two lucky members, Ruth and Anne, represented The Shelfords WI at the recent Buckingham Palace garden party held to commemorate the centenary of the Women’s Institute. The party was hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall and Countess Wessex was also present. Several members of the original Calendar Girls there too, as well as ladies from WIs all around the country.It was a beautiful day and the delicacies served for tea got rave reviews. Looking good, ladies!

May Meeting – Cambridge Street Pastors, Cambridge City Foodbank & our WI Baby!

Baby's first W I meetingWe had a visit from our first WI baby—Isla!

An informative evening with speakers from both the Cambridge City Food Bank and the Cambridge Street Pastors.

The Street Pastors have been at work in Cambridge since 2009, offering practical help to keep young people safe on the streets at night especially after clubs & pubs have closed. We watched a video showing their volunteers at work both on the streets and in the Nightlight drop-in centre and heard how they work in conjunction with emergency services and nightclubs.

We also heard from a volunteer from the Cambridge City Food Bank about how the need has grown in Cambridge, how people are referred to the Food bank and the principles behind the organisation.

March Meeting – AGM, a New Committee and a WI Baby!

This was well attended, with 29 members present.  As it was our first AGM, Ruth Bond OBE and Sally Kingman also attended to help us out.  Reports of the year’s events and financial statement were given.  The election of the new committee and voting for the President were held. Janice Layer was duly elected as our new President.

Many thanks to our outgoing President, Deborah Record, Secretary, Carol Grenz, Treasurer, Carole Lyne, and all the committee for their wonderful, hard work in establishing our WI over the past year. They created a warm, welcoming WI, with a varied and interesting program of events.

Isla and presentsThe new committee is larger than the previous one, with 12 members elected. The aim is to share out the roles and responsibilities more evenly.

Great news! We have our first WI baby! Emma and John Heras are excited to announce the arrival of Isla Molly on 18th March, weighing 8lbs 13oz! Everyone is doing well.

Thank you to the many members of the knitting groups who made lovely presents for Isla. Here she is, enjoying them!