Acklington WI, August meeting

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Sylvia welcomed all those present to the August meeting of Acklington WI, including two ladies from Warkworth WI. Four apologies were received.

She introduced Valerie Everett, who gave a very interesting talk about Joyce Grenfell.

Not many people knew that Joyce was actually born into aristocracy. She married at 19. Joyce joined ENSA and entertained the troops both at home and abroad. Sadly, she would have become a Dame, but died just a few months before it could be awarded.

Valerie went onto recite three of Joyce’s well known pieces – Three Brothers; Free Activity and The Widow.

This was an extremely interesting and informative talk enjoyed by everyone. Margaret Hammond gave the appreciation.

Sylvia went on to conduct the business part of the meeting before tea and biscuits.

Minutes of last meeting were read. Sylvia also asked if members would like a holiday month each year. It was decided to review this again next year. As quite a number of members would be away for the September meeting, it was decided to have that month as a holiday this year.

A tin would be going round at the end of the meeting for those who would like to contribute to the Great North Air Ambulance Service in memory of Margaret Howie.

The Northumberland News subscription will shortly be due and will be £2.86 per annum.

The Northumberland News was gone through, with events highlighted, plus invites from Alnmouth and Felton and Thirston.

The annual darts rounds had been received and our first game will be at Whitfield in Hexhamshire. Janet Bell, Barbara Cock, Barbara King and Margaret Hammond volunteered to have a go.

Correspondence had been received regarding the WI calendar for 2017 and members were invited to submit prints/transparencies, with the subject being ‘Down by the River’.

Sylvia asked if any members would like to submit a resolution for consideration. Two subjects were suggested – public transport in rural areas and death of babies at birth from Strep B.

Valerie judged the competition for a limerick starting with Stately as a Galleon: 1 Moira Peden; 2 Mary Guy; 3 Sylvia Linnett.

Our next meeting will now be the annual meeting on October 13, at 7.15pm, in Acklington Village Hall.