Beadnell WI, April meeting

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Members of Beadnell WI were welcomed to April’s meeting by two life-sized garden gnomes!

Our hostesses, Ciara and Vanessa, had taken the garden forum theme of the evening to their hearts and come dressed as gnomes, complete with beards and boots. It was wonderful to begin the proceedings with a good giggle, which put us in the right frame of mind for our anniversary photograph, kindly taken by Mike Spark.

President Lynne Angus was delighted to welcome back Brenda Tinker after her recent medical treatment. It was also good to have two visitors in our midst. She reported that the next lunch outing would be to the Cottage Inn on May 3. and that a ‘mixed’ meal has been proposed for the evening of June 27. at the Links Hotel, Seahouses.

We have been invited to Howick WI’s meeting on June 5, when there will be a demonstration of Indian cookery by Mary Manners.

Our treasurer reported that since our hall has been hired out more regularly to members of the local community, maintenance costs are being covered more easily. Our next gathering will be the annual meeting on May 9. Following that, on May 23, we will be having our 90th anniversary celebration, where we look forward to the unveiling of our new screen, which several members have been working on very hard for the past year.

Lynne and Margaret Brambley had just returned from representing us at the Spring Council meeting during the day held at the Alnwick Playhouse. They reported on how amusing, informative and extremely interesting it had been and gave us a taste of what had made them laugh so much. They finished with the county president’s invitation to all of us to challenge her to do something.

The garden forum went extremely well. Armed with books, pamphlets and years of valuable personal experience, our panel of Liz Heard, Angela Peereboom and chairwoman Jenny Spark, ably fielded questions about a huge variety of gardening topics. Ranging from advice on seaside gardens, through shrubs and apple trees, to siting ferns and dealing with rhubarb and hyacinth bulbs, their depth of knowledge and help was impressive. They concluded by describing for us some of their favourite specialist gardens they have visited locally, nationally and abroad.

The gardening tips competition was won by Angela Peereboom, with Margaret Bramley and Sue Dawson in second and third places. Vanessa Hodgson won the raffle and Ciara Von Vogt gave the vote of thanks. To round off a very pleasant evening perfectly, Mike returned with copies of the photographs he had taken earlier. The garden gnomes won the popular vote – naturally!