Acklington WI, April meeting

The speaker for the April meeting of Acklington WI was Ailsa Standring talking all about nearly everyone’s favourite subject and at an appropriate time of year, chocoholics.

Ailsa had brought along an amazing array of white, milk and dark chocolates.

She has been a distributor for a family-run business, Chocolates for Chocoholics, which is based in Reading, for two years. She visits many trade fairs, including Europe.

To tease us all she sent round an assortment of chocolates – salted caramel, Mississippi mud pie, chocolate cupcakes and white chocolate covered strawberry – while showing us youngsters’ chocolates shaped like rabbits, footballs and stars.

The adults’ chocolates were half chocolate shells containing various chocolate.

We were all then handed round a blank piece of paper and a pen and told to close our eyes and draw what she told us to. The end results caused a lot of laughter at our mish-mash attempts.

Then we had a quiz followed by a raffle of chocolates and sweets. The winners were Jean McDougall, Doreen Colbourne and Kath Gregor.

Margaret Hammond gave the appreciation.

The business part of the meeting followed tea and chocolate cake donated by Moira Peden.

We discussed the entries for Warkworth Show (plum and apple jam made to a given recipe), participation in Felton’s car treasure hunt on May 16, a visit to Shilbottle WI for the subject of butchery and an invitation to local WIs in September.

Congratulations were given to the quiz team of Barbara Cock, Wilma Nicoll, Moira Peden and Sylvia Linnett who won the Federation regional quiz heat and now go on to the finals at Stannington.

The bowls club (June Barras, Janet Bell, Barbara Cock and Margaret Hammond) were also congratulated on coming second to Stamfordham by a whisker in the Federation’s bowls competition finals.

The winners of the decorated egg competition, judged by Ailsa, were Isabella Telford, Mary Guy and Sylvia Linnett.

Our next meeting on May 13, will be a resolutions discussion followed by a demonstration of making hanging baskets.