Lesbury WI, February meeting

BRUSH WITH THE LAW: With Lesbury WI’s president taking a well-earned break, our vice president Hazel Wintrip took the helm and steered us through the February meeting.

Since our January meeting there had been a couple of extra mural activities, Ann Turnbull and Veronica Merryweather plus helpers had held a coffee morning in aid of the Northumberland Room at Denman College. Ann reported back that this had been very well-supported and was a most convivial morning. More importantly a pleasing sum was raised. Although now just a dim memory, the Institute met for a post-Christmas lunch at Embleton Hall, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were able to attend.

Despite our good behaviour we did have a brush with the law. The evening’s talk was from Andrew Findley, a legal advisor/clerk to the magistrates court, and Peter Slee, a magistrate. Their presentation gave a most informative, and occasionally humorous, insight into the workings of the judicial system. Although one’s perception from TV dramas that the crown court is the most prestigious, Andrew and Peter showed how the lower court can be much more demanding of its officials. Judging from members’ response, the talk proved to be very stimulating, particularly in the light of the demise of local magistrates courts in Northumberland.

With a Dickensian view of the tools of the law, the monthly competition was a fountain pen. The winner was made from the timber of a beer barrel, belonging to Veronica Merryweather.

The birthday flowers for February were presented to Janet Towers.

Hazel brought the meeting to a close but reminded us that our next meeting will be a pooled supper. We look forward to Tuesday March 8, which will include a talk by Alan Fendley.