FRIARY FIFTY: Val Brooks opened the April session by extending warm greetings to all members and our guests. Then thanked Irene Frater and Susan Wood for organising and running what had been a highly enjoyable games evening, last month.
First up was the institute’s business with Ann Turnbull, who had been Lesbury delegate, at the NFWI spring council meeting, (held in the Playhouse at Whitley Bay) reporting back on the day’s proceedings, where the Lesbury Institute was presented with a certificate marking its 90th anniversary.
We welcomed a returning guest speaker for the evening, Roy Todd, who was accompanied by Micael Christoffer. Roy gave a fascinating insight and overview of The Friary of St Francis at Alnmouth, which celebrated its 50th birthday last year. How in its early days due to the benevolence of Lady Grey of Howick they became known as Molly’s Monk’s and the more earthly devotions of these first brothers in restoring and refitting what was then a large derelict Victorian house.
Micael Christoffer from Sweden, one of recent intake of new novices to the Friary, talked about his life, his spiritual journey to Alnmouth and day-to-day proceedings at the Friary.
The monthly competition on an Easter theme was a dyed egg: 1 Veronica Merryweather; 2 Molly Fairbairn; 3 Kathleen Turnbull. We then all tucked into a lovely pooled supper provided by our members.
Birthday flowers for the month of April were presented to Annette Ord.
As the meeting came to a close Howick Institute members thanked every one for a lovely evening and supper.
A reminder that our next meeting on Tuesday, May 8, is ‘Resolution Night’.
Plus an evening of fashion and make-up with June Level, the monthly competition is for A Powder Compact. This will be followed by a surprise.