Lesbury WI, April meeting

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SPRING FEEL: With the clocks changed and the return of the light evenings there was a real feel of spring about Lesbury’s April WI meeting. President Val Brooks gave a cordial welcome to all of the members and the evening’s guests, and then addressed the Institute’s business matters.

Ann Turnbull had been our representative at the spring council and gave us a résumé of the meeting, telling us what a lovely day it had been and recommending the experience to others in the future.

With the warmer days now here many of us are drawn to the sea or it’s shores so it was fitting that this month’s main talk was from members of Amble RNLI.

Val introduced the evening’s speakers, John Young, part of the management team and Rodney Burge operations manager from Amble Lifeboat. Although they made light of their devotion to duty it was clear to all what tremendously courageous men and women that the RNLI volunteers are. With the rugged Northumberland coastline the debt of gratitude owed by those who make a living from the sea or those just seeking recreation from it to Amble and her sister lifeboat stations is enormous.

As always we attempt to link the monthly competition to the evening’s main talk, so with shorelines in mind this month the item was a seashell, the winning entry was a superbly marked shell from Elaine Foreman.

The birthday flowers for April went to Annette Ord.

Val reminded everyone that the next meeting on Tuesday, May 10, is resolution night, entertainment and a cheese and wine evening and so the monthly competition will be cheese straws.