Acklington WI, November meeting

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Malcolm and Sue Craven gave us a very interesting evening with the history of the Northumberland pipes, including exhibits of various pipes from earlier days.

Flora Steele opened her first meeting as president and briefly went through business matters including a beetle drive, carpet bowls, a Christmas craft fair at Heighley Gate on December 7 and 8 and the forthcoming Reading Aloud competition for which we hope to enter a full team. Flora will be going to the Warkworth 90th birthday celebrations.

Replies had been received from both Sir Alan Beith and two from Morrison’s regarding the current debate on the price of milk. Flora suggested that if some ladies did not wish to buy raffle tickets then perhaps they could make a donation. All this adds to WI funds which help to pay for good speakers.

Correspondence included a survey regarding suggested requirements for Denman College and how money could be saved.

Lengthy discussions followed regarding the Institute’s Christmas party on December 11 and it was decided that the committee would do a soup and cold buffet/sweet and all agreed to contribute £5 each with any surplus going into WI funds. A selection of old-time board games would be brought along by members reminiscent of our childhood days. The competition will be a home-made Christmas cracker which would be used as table decorations.

Barbara Cock asked that our Institute took part in the forthcoming ACT Christmas Tree Festival to be held on December 9. This was greeted with enthusiasm and Sylvia Linnett volunteered to be the co-ordinator.

The winners of the competition for a kitchen item beginning with E were Barbara King, Jean Shaw and Moira Peden.