Bamburgh WI, January meeting

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The business section of Bamburgh WI’s January meeting was kept to a tight time schedule as we needed 15 minutes of discussion about the Women’s Institute resolutions before introducing our speaker Virginia Mayes-Wright, curator of the Grace Darling Museum.

Virginia’s talk was entitled Life Before Grace and she gave us a vivid description of her personal journey into the professional world of museum management and artefact upkeep.

Hers is a fascinating story from her time of study at Durham University to being curator of a lighthouse museum in Fraserburgh with occasional times out in sleep-overs at the British Museum and with Viking re-enactors.

January looks to be a very active month for members as we have a general clear-out of WI items in the Pavilion before the builders start work on the kitchen and changing rooms, a 2013 lunch party date at the Barn at Beal today, a walk to Bellshill Farm on January 28, a village show schedule meeting in the church on January 31, and a meeting to discuss possible entries for the reading aloud competition.

The resolution, resolving to keep young people suicide-safe online, received a substantial majority vote to be carried forward.

Our next meeting is on February 13 when Neil Fairbairn will give us the tales of a shepherd’s life.

The venue will be the Grace Darling Museum as the Pavilion will not be available due to building work.