Beadnell WI, May meeting

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BUSY YEAR: May saw Beadnell WI’s annual meeting. A time to celebrate a year packed full of interesting activities both within and surrounding our set programme, with an opportunity to appreciate our treasurer’s ability to keep us solvent and our hall committee’s efforts to protect our building and garden from the ravages of time.

President Lynne Angus welcomed our WIA Brenda Houlison, who graciously dealt with our questions and comments, and supervised Lynne’s re-election. We thank Brenda for her help and humour on this occasion.

We were delighted to have an update from one of our members, Ciara Van Vogt, on how she is settling into her new post as CEO of the Seahouses Development Trust. She outlined the many and varied projects with which the Trust is involved and emphasized its’ commitment to promoting local employment and services.

During the meeting we had reports on our quiz team’s enjoyment of their outing to Howick WI, arrangements for the trip to see Midnight Tango and the pleasant and successful bridge afternoon. Lynne gave special thanks to Doreen Godfrey, and her team of helpers, for organising the bridge event and the table at Beadnell’s car boot sale.

Plans for the Jubilee party on June 14, were outlined, together with hopes that members will invite guests to come along, wear something incorporating red, white and blue, and try to bring food to share which has a Commonwealth connection.

After Lynne had explained the points system for our monthly competition for the benefit of new members, Brenda judged that recipes submitted by Heather, Pat and Sue, using parsnips, crab, and fish and feta respectively, would take the honours this month. Many other tempting ideas were brought along and members are reminded that Nancy Wardropper will be delighted to receive more contributions to collate for the anniversary cookery book.

The annual Huntley Competition Cup was awarded to Pat Brand, with Angela Peereboom and Jenny Spark in hot pursuit.

Painters are required on May 22, to work on the background to the anniversary screen with Jill McConnell-Wood. If anyone has time to come along and show her how their embroidery is progressing, that would also be much appreciated.

The proposed visit to our twin WI in Thornton le dale has been postponed until the autumn because of a plethora of other commitments. The luncheon club will visit Belford on June 1.