Beadnell WI, March meeting

Illness affected Beadnell’s March meeting with our arranged speaker, president Lynne Angus and several members unable to attend. Pat Brand presided for the evening and wished everyone a speedy recovery.

She was pleased to welcome a new member, Liz Freeman, to our group, together with a visiting WI member Angela, from Manchester.

Information about forthcoming courses, social events and money-raising ideas was given out.

This month’s visit to The Olde Ship in Seahouses had been enjoyable. In April, the luncheon club will be going to The Craster Arms in Beadnell.

Apologies must go to Howick WI for not recording them coming second in last month’s quiz.

Pat gave an account of the recent spring council meeting which she and Margaret Shuttleworth had enjoyed. She included a few snippets from an educational and hilarious expose of how people have striven through the ages to enhance their appearance, given by speaker Dulcie Harris. Some methods almost brought tears to our eyes.

Treasurer Angela delighted us with the news that our full alcohol licence has been granted, which will be useful for social events held in our hall.

Nancy Wardropper was pleased when members responded to her request to help with the domino drive due to take place on the day following our meeting.

Pat asked for members to consider joining the committee as several members are due to stand down this year. She outlined the voting process for electing a new president for the benefit of newcomers to the movement. In particular, she pointed out the necessity of approaching a potential candidate before the annual meeting in May, so that being nominated did not come as a complete surprise.

We were very pleased, and most fortunate, to be able to welcome Pat Scott as a replacement speaker for the evening.

She spoke very movingly about the work of the NSPCC, from its inception in 1880 under the guidance of the Reverend Benjamin Waugh, to the present day.

As a former school coordinator for the Society, Pat has a very personal insight into its activities. In addition to describing its background history, she told us of how children reacted to the information she gave them.

Many of them showed great empathy for other young people, even though some of them may have suffered cruelty themselves.

Outlining modern problems and innovative solutions such as Childline, it was obvious that we need to be as alert as our predecessors to what children can be experiencing. This was most poignantly illustrated to us by an account Pat gave of ‘the baby who didn’t cry’.

Our evening’s competition for someone who has made a difference to my life, highlighted the subject of Pat’s talk. Most of the entries centred on the influence of loving parents, while the children we had been hearing about lacked good role models and protection from danger in their young lives.

Competition winners were: 1 Pat Brand; 2 Sue Dawson; 3 Margaret Bramley.

Next month will give us the experience of trying out a few fun games. See you there.