Beadnell WI, October meeting

Beadnell WI president Pat Brand was pleased to welcome back Jan Brunt and a visitor, Alice, to October’s meeting.

An enjoyable lunch had recently been held at Robson’s of Craster and November will see the luncheon club visiting The Mizen Head in Bamburgh.

Several members had attended the get-together on September 26, for all those Beadnell people who had volunteered to work for the benefit of the village during the past year. It was a resounding success and there are hopes that there will be similar events in the future.

Although the November 7 craft evening had been postponed until the spring, members agreed to hold a coffee morning on Friday, October 31, from 10am to noon, where some craft items will be on sale, with Christmas in mind.

Catherine and Jan gave out menus for the December meal at The Barn at Beal, so that personal choices can be made at next month’s meeting.

January’s lunch out has been changed to The Beadnell Towers Hotel.

Pat thanked the committee, and Nancy in particular, for carrying out the committee meeting in her absence.

It was a much-lengthened event at which there was a demographic report given to committee members, trustees and members of the hall committee.

Louise Curry, from Community Action Northumberland, delivered the report. We are now entering the next phase of seeking funding to help rebuild our hall.

Lynne Angus, one of our trustees, gave us a clear précis of the skills required to help us progress. All members were asked to consider their own areas of expertise, or to note others who may be useful to the project.

It was good to be able to welcome back Andy Griffin to our institute. He spoke eloquently about the work of the group Action for Hearing Loss (formerly RNID).

Pictures of contraptions and horns used to help non-hearing people at the turn of the past century amazed us.

The talk was stimulating, well-researched and thought-provoking.

It raised questions of why some people conceal their deafness, how hearing aids have developed over the years and why not many people afflicted by deafness from birth appear to have become celebrities.

We touched upon the use of lip reading and were pleased to learn that at last, after representations from Action on Hearing Loss, classes are now being held locally to help people to develop the skill.

Alan judged our competition for ‘A hero or someone who has made a difference to life’. Pat took first place , followed by Angela and Wendy. Dorothy Oglethorpe won the raffle.

The next meeting will take the form of a fun quiz run by Colin Brunt, with a competition to feature something beginning with A.