President Marion Jones welcomed 36 members, one new member and two visitors to our April meeting.
The business meeting consisted of notices from Cresswell House and a reminder about the trip in June to Kirkharle and Kielder.
Three members had attended the Shilbottle WI quiz. They hadn’t won, but enjoyed it. Marion and Judy attended Acklington WI’s 95th birthday party.
The craft afternoon on March 21 was well supported and 80 premature baby hats were collected and sent off. Members were invited to support the Hall coffee morning when our WI was in charge of the tombola.
Notice was given of the May meeting, the AGM. Because Marion is stepping down as president and two committee members are to retire we need new committee members.
The birthday flowers were won by Pat Dodd. The competition for a decorated egg was: 1 Jan Shotton; 2 Kate Burnham; 3 Pat Dodd.
Marion welcomed John Yearnshire to speak about his experiences working in forensic science.
John told us of his training in the police force and work in CID, followed by 20 years as a crime scene examiner, covering more than 80 murders. He explained that without evidence the crime cannot be solved.
John gave a brief history of the development of forensic science from the 19th century when there was only trace evidence, such as footprints, to the 20th century when the fingerprint bureau was established, and in the 21st century we have a DNA database.
Fingerprints are unique and therefore more accurate. For example, the Kray brothers were identical twins and shared the same DNA.
John illustrated other well documented historical murders, giving background knowledge of the forensic science used to prove the crimes.
It was a fascinating talk and Kate gave a vote of thanks.