Last month, Beadnell WI members voted to try starting their meetings with a speaker, rather than business, something they had last tried in 1932.
This new timing rewarded us with a tranquil start to our July meeting. Photographer and musician Andy Craig reminded us of the peace and beauty that we in north Northumberland have on our doorsteps.
He showed us evocative photographs taken on his daily dog walks. The visual was accompanied by the aural. Playing and singing original guitar compositions, Andy complemented his own artistic work perfectly.
His presentation stimulated questions and conversation throughout supper and beyond.
In an endeavour to streamline the considerable amount of information which needs to be handled at monthly meetings, president Pat Brand had prepared a handout of significant dates and news as an aide mémoire.
Federation course and application forms were displayed on a board, and secretary Annette Manning guided us towards signing-up lists and deadlines to be kept.
Arrangements were made for our annual fete on July 29, and help was sought for that and our new weekly Wednesday summer drop-in sessions.
The lunch club had recently very much enjoyed a visit to the Pack Horse Inn at Ellingham. Its next scheduled outing is to Robson’s in Craster in September.
There will not be a formal meeting in August, but we are looking forward to a celebratory centenary walk, drinks at Beadnell harbour on August 13, followed by a meal at the Craster Arms.
Pat read us an account of her memorable visit to a Buckingham Palace garden party, which will find its way into our centenary memory book. She gave us news of progress towards putting in our rebuilding plans soon, and it was decided to defer our proposed centenary bench until things look more settled.
The raffle was won by Dorothy Oglethorpe, while the competition for a favourite Northumbrian song was won by Pat. Angela and Denise were runners-up.
It was amazing that no song was duplicated in the competition entries, an interesting reminder again of our county’s diversity, in keeping with Andy’s theme for the evening.