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The meeting on November 1 began with our AGM. Chairman Chris Hull started with his report of the year.
Three topics have been discussed – a club outing, which was not pursued because of a lack of interest; a projector that we borrow from Bamburgh WI and we agreed to share the cost of a replacement when it fails; and the meeting room accessed by steep stairs, which is difficult for some members. The matter will remain under review.
The recommendations of the committee for office bearers in 2018 were accepted. They are chairman A Willis; vice chairman M Gledston; secretary F Suffield; treasurer W.F Grant; auditor J Scott. Additional committee members are G Cowen and I Wilkinson.
The annual lunch was held on October 18 at Bamburgh Golf Club, attended by 38 members and guests, including Harry Wilson of Berwick Probus, Ian Chapman of Warkworth Probus, and Andy Bardgett of Seahouses Rotary.
After presentation of a past chairman’s tie to Chris Hull, we were introduced to Judy Summerson, of Friends Of Red Kites In North East England. She gave an absorbing talk on the birds’ return.
The red kite is a bird of prey, has an average wing span of 6ft, a forked tail and a hooked beak. Adults have a ‘window’ of white plumage under each wing.
It rarely takes live animals as food. It is a scavenger and eats carrion, particularly ‘road kill’. As far back as the 1200s red kites cleared the streets of rubbish.
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It largely died out in England and Scotland, but a colony survived in Wales and a few in the Chilterns. The Northern Kite Project reintroduced them to the North East in the Rowlands Gill area, the Derwent Valley. This is an ideal habitat, with woodland, wetlands and open countryside.
From 2004-2007, 20, then 41, and finally 33 birds were released, and they are regularly monitored.
Since 2006 they have begun to breed again in the region, but not as prolific as hoped. The Welsh colony is thriving, kick-started by a German red kite that strayed over.
Contrary to general belief, the red kite does not take lambs and small animals.
To round off Gordon Cowan led a vote of thanks.