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Money was the theme at our April meeting.

Monday, 8th May 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:05 pm

Mrs Pat Potts and her husband were invited to Windsor Castle, where Mr William Potts was presented with a red purse and a white purse by the Queen containing Maundy Money.

This money is presented to pensioners for their services to the community and the church.

The red purse contains a £5 coin commemorating the Queen’s age and a 50 pence coin commemorating The Battle of Hastings, while the white purse contains uniquely minted Maundy coins, equating in pence to the Queen’s age.

This is an ancient ceremony originating in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples the day before Good Friday.

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Mrs Potts said it was an honour and a privilege to have taken part in the service.

The two resolutions to go forward to the AGM in June at Liverpool are Alleviating Loneliness and Plastic Soup.

Members are asking services to raise awareness of loneliness and take action to support people who may be chronically lonely.

They are also concerned about the amount of micro plastic fibres that are entering our oceans, impacting on aquatic life. These fibres are shed from synthetic clothes after every wash, contaminating the sea and entering the food chain.

There are plenty of activities to occupy members during the summer months.

A visit to the Trossachs in June is something to look forward to, and the bus will come to Norham to pick us up.

Further afield, a musical based on the Calendar Girls has been written by Gary Barlow and is showing at the Phoenix Theatre in London.

Rylstone and District WI began its daring fund-raiser of making a calendar to raise money to buy a couch for the waiting room at the local hospital. A member’s husband had died there of cancer, aged 54. They had no idea a small local project would eventually raise nearly £4million for blood cancer charity Bloodwise. Ordinary ladies can do something extraordinary.

The next meeting will be postponed to Thursday, May 11, because of the election on May 4, and the competition is Ships and Boats. The speaker will be from the Grace Darling Museum.