Bamburgh WI, June meeting

Members of Bamurgh WI had attended events at the invitation of other institutes during May and had thoroughly enjoyed them.

An afternoon of fun and games, at their twin Shilbottle, in their excellent venue, established a firm bond with these fellow institute members and an evening helping to celebrate North Sunderland/Seahouses Institute’s 90th birthday with sumptuous fare, delightful music and excellent and informative exhibitions of this institute’s past and craft skills.

Unfortunately, our June meeting was less joyful as a valued past committee member, Sylvia Dickinson, had passed away after a very sudden illness, leaving members in shock. Acting President, Janet Wilkinson had produced a wonderful Ikebana arrangement, to commemorate Sylvia, and she described the meaning of each of the sample of flowers on show.

During the business section, members learnt that invitations had been sent to Shilbottle, North Sunderland/Seahouses, Lesbury and Embleton to invite them to join us in the next few months and members were asked to help in the forthcoming events of a Bamburgh village litter-pick, on June 23, a sandcastle competition on August 5 and a high tea on August 12.

The defibrillation demonstration, organised by the WI for the village, had proved to be of huge value and a refresher demonstration will take place annually.

Our speaker for the afternoon was Chris Hull who gave us a vivid description of the past history of disease and anaesthetics.

Intriguing jealousies between the scientific fraternity over the discovery of a gas that could subdue the nervous system when a patient was under the knife meant that the findings of a discovery in 1842 were not brought to light until years later, an unnecessary delay in relieving pain.

Members were pleased to acknowledge the advantages of living in modern times.

Our next meeting is on July 9, when Charles Deaken will tell us about the Chillingham herd before our visit to the herd on August 13. Visitors are very welcome to join us.