Beadnell WI, Meeting

Beadnell bay
Beadnell bay

Broadening horizons

Beadnell WI returned for the autumn session to be greeted by a talk about obstetrics, gynaecology and safari in Kenya – an intriguing mix.

Leading us through this fascinating area was Stuart Walton. Having trained in Newcastle, he branched out to work in Nairobi and its surrounding countryside in the 1970s.

We were given an insight into his medical responsibilities and how they differed from other work he had undertaken in the North East.

Moving abroad with a young family offered the opportunity to increase his expertise and broaden horizons for them all. Not least of these was camping in safari parks, with small children and wild animals in close proximity.

Stuart’s enthusiasm for his work and love of the country were very obvious.

It was interesting to learn how influences of practices from African medicine have since been incorporated into western medicine. Lack of modern facilities had led to the development of improvements useful to other cultures.

We were joined for the evening by two visitors, one of whom was successful in winning the raffle. Some interesting items inspired by the letter ‘K’ were brought in for the monthly competition.

Our secretary reported that numerous interesting courses were available for members to attend, which were put on display.

President Pat Brand spoke of the tremendous efforts put in this summer by all those who had catered for Wendy Clarke’s magnificent 90th birthday party, and also the weekly coffee mornings for visitors. This resulted in a spontaneous burst of applause.

Very many thanks were also given to members, their families and friends, who worked hard at our annual fete. On a wonderful sunny day, £1,700 was raised to help maintain the hall. This is much appreciated.

With our evening and social programmes, and a shopping event with many interesting stalls on October 26, from 3pm, we have much to occupy us throughout the autumn – no opportunity for anyone to feel bored.

At our October meeting, Andy Griffin will join us to talk to us about The Delavals – The Rise And Fall Of An Illustrious Family, another interesting prospect.

Having visited Morpeth’s Sambuca restaurant in September, the lunch club will meet closer to home on October 5, at the Salt Water Cafe in Beadnell.