CAKES AND CHAT: Members were welcomed to the May meeting and various apologies received. It was reported that a profit of £61 had been made at the ACT Table Top Sale in Acklington Village Hall but as we still have items left it was decided to do a car boot in Amble on July 16.
Members were reminded of the Cake Break at the home of Margaret Hammond in aid of Multiple Sclerosis on May 23.
Margaret Hammond then took us through the resolutions for the AGM.
Members enjoyed a pooled supper and raffle with plenty of time to chat with each other. The competition for a topical limerick was won by Moira Peden.
Next month will be a demonstration by Anne Burke from Amble Flower Centre who will judge our efforts.
Out of 16 Institutes who entered the Reading Aloud Team Competition, Acklington were extremely pleased to gain second place in the final at Stannington.
They were June Barras (with the most difficult part) reading an unseen extract from Case Studies by Kate Atkinson; Barbara King, who recited her own choice poem by an unknown author titled The Colour of Your Life; and Wilma Nicoll, who read out the challenging Federation-set poem entitled Reflections by Louis McNeice.
The Cake Break for Multiple Sclerosis was due to be held in the garden of Margaret Hammond but due to the extremely high winds the venue was changed to Acklington Village Hall. Despite the horrendous weather conditions there was a steady number of people who came to enjoy a cuppa, slice of cake, and there were many home-made varieties to choose from, and a chat with people old and new.
There were two competition winners for guessing the best cake and many raffle prizes to be won. The total raised was a staggering £322.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the members who helped on the day but especially to those who came along to support and give their money to this very worthwhile charity.