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Our annual statutory meeting was well attended by 23 members, plus WI adviser Anne Dixon.
President Mrs Pat Minto opened the meeting, welcomed everyone and presented our entertainments committee.
It set the scene for the evening with some amusing poetry readings, some based on the well-known Two Ronnies.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sandra MacFarlane, our secretary. These were accepted. Notices were read out, together with correspondence and dates of events.
These include: Dessert Dilemmas Discussed (June 17), Beginners’ Crochet and Knitting (June 28), Teddy Bear’s Picnic (July 5), all at Cresswell House, plus a guided tour of Headstones and Heritage at St Mary’s, Gateshead, (June 29).
A visit to Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden is arranged on July 6. The coach is leaving Cresswell House at 9.30am. Further details from the secretaries.
The Celebrating Nothumberland Food and Drink Week demonstration is at Cresswell House on May 23, at 10.30am.
Our group meeting will be held at Seahouses on Wednesday, April 26, at 7pm. All invited. Refreshments will be served, along with entertainment.
Our next pub lunch will be at the Apple Inn, Lucker, on April 29, at 12.30pm.
The competition results for the year were: 1 Sheila Dixon; 2 Pat Hewitt; 3 Sandra MacFarlane – these ladies having won the most points.
Our secretary gave her report regarding meetings held during the last few months. These included interesting speakers, outings and visits to other institutes.
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Treasurer Mrs Carol Phillips gave us an up-to-date report, outlining future expenses in 2017.
Mrs Minto concluded the reports by adding her own as she is retiring from her role.
Ms Ann Dixon then took over the meeting, collecting votes for the future president. Mrs Judith Stephenson was voted in as president, together with a new committee.
Ms Dixon brought us up to date with various events to take place – the meeting in Liverpool, the resolutions and the Associated Country Women of the World Organisation. She spoke of the WI fair held recently in London, which she had attended and enjoyed immensely.
Workshops are being organised at Widdrington for new officers and members.
There is the federation centenary next year, plus the bi-annual trip to Denman College, with coaches being organised.
The competition for the evening, a decorated egg, was won by Mrs MacFarlane and Mrs Doreen Edmisson. After refreshments, the raffle was drawn and won by Mrs Sheila Young.
Mrs MacFarlane announced that the next meeting, on May 2, will feature Blood Bikes by Mr Nigel Barlow, and the competition will be WI Survivors’ Kit.
Do come along and enjoy our meetings. They are always interesting and informative, and include refreshments.