Lesbury WI, November meeting

SILENT TRIBUTE: Our meeting opened with a few moments’ silence as our president Val conveyed the sad news of the passing of Edith Ord earlier in the day.

We departed from our usual format and commenced with the talk from our guest speaker John Moreels MBE, with assistance from his wife Shelia.

The title of his presentation was Nostalgic Views of the North. John had been associated in an executive capacity with the Newcastle/Gateshead printers Ward Philipson, when in 1997 during a rationalisation/reorganisation at the company a fabulous archive of etched plates and photographic images of the region were uncovered.

In all it is thought to consist of at 150,000 images spanning more than 200 years.

On his retirement, John with helpers has made it his mission to digitise and collate this Pandora’s box of local history for posterity and generations to come.

Little or nothing is known about many of the images but through his talks John has, on occasions, been able to piece together some of the stories behind the images by meeting those who recognise relatives or old colleagues.

The interval gave an opportunity, over tea and biscuits, for those born and bred in the North East to recount and recall stories of places that are long gone but were depicted in John’s presentation.

With thirsts quenched and memories relived, we swiftly moved to Institute matters.

The monthly competition, an old North East photograph, was won by Eleanor Morgan, second Audrey Millar and third Sandra McKnight, but as mentioned earlier all evoked many memories.

The November birthday flowers went to Thelma Anderson.

Final details and arrangements were made for Lesbury’s domino drive to be held on the following day.

The Institute is now looking forward to December 13, when it will be our Christmas party, and keeping the festive theme the competition will be a home-made Santa.