Lesbury WI, March meeting

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WOMEN AT WAR: Lesbury WI president Val Brooks, looking tanned and healthy after her recent break, opened the meeting firstly by welcoming visiting WI members from the Shillbottle Institute and then reported on the performance of the two Lesbury teams that had entered into the county carpet bowls competition.

The team of Brenda Ord, Muriel Prior, Janet Towers and Pat Edwards (from Alnmouth) did really well, eventually only losing out in the final. Denman College had sent a letter thanking Lesbury WI for their efforts and donation towards the refurbishment of the Northumberland room.

The speaker was local historian Alan Fendley, whose topic was the role of Women at War.

This was a whistle-stop tour through two millennia of British warfare, starting at Roman times through the Napoleonic, Crimean and world wars, right up until the modern-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was amazing to hear of the often unsung and sometimes forgotten roles yet tremendously valiant deeds that we women have played in the history of this land.

After this very serious subject it was then time to enjoy something much more light-hearted, a pooled supper. As usual, the ladies of Lesbury had excelled themselves with an array of culinary delights.

The theme of the monthly competition was wartime memorabilia. This had prompted a tremendous display of artefacts. Jane Norris was the winner.

The birthday flowers for March went to Eleanor Morgan.

Val drew the meeting to a close by reading an amusing recipe which likens the formula for a happy WI to a cocktail of fine human values.

We were also reminded that our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 12, which will include a talk by John Young from Amble Lifeboat, and the monthly competition is a seashell.