Beadnell WI, May meeting

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Beadnell WI president Lynne Angus began by welcoming our WIA, Prudence Marks, to our annual meeting.

Luncheon club members reported on having had an enjoyable meal at The Cottage Inn, Dunstan, and are now anticipating their next outing to The Coach House at Lesbury.

Since a plethora of activities are on offer at the moment from the Federation and other WI branches, the red book was very much in evidence throughout the meeting, with members trying to fit some of them into their busy diaries.

Those who are going to Beamish on August 15, are asked to pay their bus fare by the June meeting.

Help is requested to set up the hall for the 90th anniversary party on May 23, at 2pm.

Secretary Sue Dawson reported on our wide variety of activities undertaken this past year.

Our treasurer Angela Peereboom gave an encouraging financial report, while Annette Manning outlined the guardianship of the hall committee.

Lynne thanked the whole committee for all of their hard work this year.

In particular she commented on the busy and productive time hiring out the hall, our secretary’s dedicated work carried out with great panache and the treasurer’s success in keeping us in the black.

She thanked retiring committee members Annette Manning, Dorothy Oglethorpe and Denise Salisbury for their valuable years of service, which is much appreciated.

Making a plea to other members to help run the institute, Lynne stressed the fact that our three major officials wished to stand down very soon from their duties, since they have been in situ for a long time.

She then presented the Huntley Cup for competition points gained during the year. Jenny Spark and Pat Brand jointly shared first place, with Sue Dawson coming third. Brenda Tinker gave an appreciative vote of thanks to Lynne and the committee.

Prudence Marks said she has enjoyed visiting us over the years, watching the hall developing and improving.

Acknowledging that our income is very hard-earned she said how fortunate we have been to have a treasurer with the ability, knowledge and will to drive forward the winning of grants for our organisation.

She discussed the difficulties of filling important posts and wished us well in future appointments.

She then took us through a short discussion on the resolutions for Cardiff and answered some of our questions about the Federation.

That we were able to have some moments of laughter during the proceedings is a testament to her pragmatic and humorous approach to life.

The subsequent voting procedure resulted in Lynne being re-elected as our president for the coming year.

During the evening members enjoyed looking at items of WI memorabilia brought in for the competition, which was won by Kathleen Dixon. Ciara Von Vogt brought hilarity to the night by reading a Woody Allen poem in her own inimitable style.