Merry Christmas from the Ladybirds!

December 2015 A Christmas party isn’t a Christmas party without a bit of dressing up. But forget Christmas jumpers, deely boppers or that little black dress; to celebrate 100 years of the WI we donned outfits from the last century of fashion.  And didn’t we look good?  With a variety of costumes from 1915 right through to the modern day we represented WI members from throughout our glorious history. We played … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Ladybirds!

Getting Crafty and Christmassy

November 2015 With November comes thoughts of Christmas, and what better way to start feeling all festive and fuzzy than with a bit of Christmas crafting? We’re a creative bunch here at Ladybirds, and it was lovely to see many of our members sharing their skills.  The crafts on offer were crochet garlands, lino print cards, felt and button tree decorations, and rag wreaths.  All of the … Continue reading Getting Crafty and Christmassy

Changing the World – one daisy at a time…

October 2015 Unfortunately our planned speaker, Sian Hogarth from Time Trippers, was unable to make our October meeting.  But as the old adage goes, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.  And this was certainly true when we welcomed our very special Cambridge WI sister Joanne Croxford to talk to us about her personal journey from addiction to recovery, and about setting up Daisy Change, the first … Continue reading Changing the World – one daisy at a time…

Organ Donation #WITimetoTalk

Ok so a lot of us know the WI has a passion for cakes, but here at the Ladybirds the campaigning side of the Women’s Institute is just as close to our (cake fuelled) hearts! In 2014 a national resolution was passed to get members talking about organ donation, so in our last meeting we explored the sensitive issue with a talk from a local transplant nurse. Thank you to our … Continue reading Organ Donation #WITimetoTalk

‘Life in the Beehive’ and our ‘Charity of the Year’ vote

There was a huge buzz(!) in the room at our June meeting as we welcomed the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stephen Poyser from the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association.  But before we tell you what we learnt about honey bees there were some exciting updates from our committee… Helen filled us in on her visit with Kathy to the Buckingham Palace Centenary Garden Party.  She’s written a … Continue reading ‘Life in the Beehive’ and our ‘Charity of the Year’ vote

Trip to Buckingham Palace 2nd June 2015

The day dawned; grey, cloudy and damp. Looking out of the bedroom window the trees were also bending at funny angles and looking a tad menacing. However with all the ‘it will brighten up later’ talk on the Facebook page I tried to think positive and spent the hour after breakfast cramming all and sundry into my handbag from sun cream to a brolly and … Continue reading Trip to Buckingham Palace 2nd June 2015

Bakes and Bunting at Strawberry Fair

Last Saturday saw the Ladybirds turn out in force at Strawberry Fair, an iconic Cambridge event that takes place on the riverside Midsummer Common. The event has been going since 1974, and we may well be the first Cambridge WI to have a stall. We partnered with local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint and combined two of the things the Ladybirds do best – Cakes and … Continue reading Bakes and Bunting at Strawberry Fair


Last Bank Holiday weekend Helen and I stepped back in time to recreate the wartime efforts of our WI foremothers at Middy at War in Suffolk. To pay tribute to all the hard work of WI women on the home front we put together a rationing and dig for victory display, complete with homemade jam of course. With thanks to fellow living history re-enactor Jenny Gurton for … Continue reading Jambusting!

Ladybirds Learn Car Maintenance!

Last week lots of Ladybirds gathered at Kwikfit for special session to learn all about our car maintenance. We were welcomed by Mark and the team and donned our very fetching overalls (We were rather excited about these, Sue even tried to go home in hers!) before getting our hands dirty… We learnt a whole load of facts, tips and practical information, and went away … Continue reading Ladybirds Learn Car Maintenance!