Alnmouth WI, July meeting

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There was a new slant on Alnmouth WI’s July meeting as it was in hands of Haley Hackett, vice-president and Yvonne Farmer, assistant secretary.

They had added their little touch to the notice board a large L-plate but they certainly didn’t need it as they ran it with great efficiency and humour.

Haley started the evening by welcoming all members and guests. She handed over to Yvonne to read last month’s minutes before moving on to matters arising, particularly mentioning our Newcastle City Walk which was a great success – interesting facts about the Quayside and the view from the Pitcher and Piano, where we finished our evening over a drink and ‘lite bite’.

As no correspondence from Cresswell House or Northumbrian had arrived, Haley moved on to the various events and outings which are coming up – our trip to Durham starting at 9.30am outside the church and finishing off at the Cook and Barker - was discussed, also fund-raising.

Two offers of coffee mornings were made the first from Gill Bourne on the morning of Tuesday, July 12, and Jan Straughan, September 6, which has started the ball rolling towards keeping us in the ‘black’ and of course Friary Day on Sunday, July 31, when offers of tombola prizes and, of course, cakes etc are much needed. The last event planned is an ‘Afternoon Tea’ day in the Hindmarsh Hall on Sunday afternoon of August 14, between 3pm and 5pm when visitors to Alnmouth can sample some real Northumberland baking.

Before announcing our speaker for the evening, Yvonne reminded members about the WI County Day which this year is at Wooler on October 29, pointing out the various categories open to all, from beginner to expert in a wide variety of skills.

It is always an excellent day out, either to the participator or bystander and well worth going to.

Marjorie Read, our speaker for the evening, who had been patiently waiting and was more than ready to start, got straight into demonstrating her skill, sugarcraft. She talked first about the various designs and how simple it is to enhance plain iced cakes with sugarcraft giving us some great ideas for decorating our Christmas cakes and then proceeded to show us how to make a rose. And then it was our turn. I must say we all thoroughly enjoyed it and although not all of us suceeded in making a recognisable ‘rose’ – unless it was a variety not quite recognised yet! It was great trying. Barbara Naylor thanked Marjorie very much on our behalf.

Just before we had our tea, Pam, our president (she was there!) announced there was going to be a sandcastle competition on our beach organised by the Hotspur Group, on Tuesday, July 19.

Unfortunately, she had just had notification of it but perhaps with a bit of luck, we might get a team together. She is trying anyway.

After refreshing ourselves with a good cup of tea, cake and scones, the meeting ended, but not before our birthday girls were announced – July, Pat Horn and August, Esme Forster. Haley and Yvonne were great in their roles at the ‘top table’ and we look forward to seeing them there again.

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