Beadnell WI, April meeting

St Ebba's Church,  Beadnell
St Ebba's Church, Beadnell

Beadnell WI’s April meeting started with a busy news session. Outings, invitations, competitions and courses were on the agenda.

This was followed by reflections on our Spring Fling shopping event which had taken place on the previous day.

Thanks were given to all who had contributed to make it a resounding success, WI members and their families, Beadnell Village Volunteers, members of St Ebba’s Church and the wider village community.

Everyone combined to work towards raising funds to rebuild the hall that we all use.

Stall holders had helped by providing quality prizes for the raffle, in addition to setting out inviting and interesting produce.

Refreshments sold well throughout the entire day and children enjoyed having their faces transformed by Laura.

Our greatest thanks and appreciation went to the two main organisers Catherine Willis and Jan Brunt.

In what almost amounted to an Oscar-like ceremony, special accolades were given to those who had gone over and beyond the call of duty, including Beadnell’s Jen Hall, who stepped in to ensure that the Fling had plants to sell when our expected stall provider was unable to attend at the last moment.

Thanks must also go to both local people and visitors who came and helped us to raise a magnificent £1,004,25p.

President Pat Brand was pleased to inform the meeting that Awards for All end of project report had been submitted on time and that the demographic report compiled by Community Action Northumberland has been printed.

We now have all the information required to go forward to apply for help from the Big Lottery Fund. She quoted an apt remark from past president Lynne Angus: “This is going to take more than one cream tea and a fete.”

Our evening’s speaker, Bill Devonshire, graciously accepted our apologies for keeping him waiting.

He was able to chuckle over elements of procedure which had reminded him of meetings he had been part of in past years. He then led us through the splendour and tranquillity of Gems of British Gardens situated in Northumberland.

They were a mixture of the familiar and lesser-known, and it was interesting to see photographs of different angles and seasons.

Also, it was fascinating to note that many of them are in the grounds of celebrated buildings, which had to defer for the evening to provide a back-drop to living plants.

Bill then judged our competition for something connected to plants. Denise won, followed closely by Val and Jenny. Dorothy Hodgson won the raffle.

Next month heralds our annual meeting, when pies and peas will fill the supper slot.