Lesbury WI, October meeting

Lesbury WI president Susan welcomed a full complement of members to our October meeting, and introduced Jenny McClean, the WIA for our annual meeting.

We began with a spirited rendition of Jerusalem, then settled down to deal with the usual business.

Last month’s minutes were read, agreed and signed by the president, the Northumberland News was gone through and correspondence dealt with.

It was noted that the Hotspur Group meeting in November has been postponed to a date next year.

Susan gave her president’s speech, in which she thanked everyone for helping her through her first year in the role and secretary Annette gave her review of the year. It’s amazing how much some of us had forgotten.

Our treasurer Janet supplied us all with the audited accounts for the year, which were presented in her usual immaculate fashion.

Jenny McClean then told us about herself. She was chairman of the North Tyneside Federation before its amalgamation with Northumberland, and thought the joining of the two had been very worthwhile and she was enjoying getting out into the county. She recognised one of our members from when they were both involved in guiding in Gosforth many years ago.

She showed us examples of some of the souvenirs available to commemorate the WI centenary next year, and a programme of special events will be issued.

Asked for comments about events at Cresswell House, Jenny was told that we think more events should be held in the north and west of the county and that it is not possible to get to Cresswell House by public transport.

She will pass our feelings on to the board.

She ended by telling us a lovely story before conducting the vote for our new president which gave the position unanimously back to Susan, who presented her with an orchid as our thanks to her for coming.

Our usual gourmet pooled supper was enjoyed by us all, then it was time for thanks and presentations.

Irene thanked the committee for all their hard work, and Meg was given a planter full of polyanthus as she has retired from the committee.

The rose bowl and a voucher for the winner of the year’s competitions was awarded to Kathleen Turnbull, with vouchers for Susan in second and Elaine Foreman in third.

The monthly competition winner was Elaine, and the birthday flowers were presented to Peggy Holden.

Three lucky winners walked away happily with the raffle prizes at the end of a lovely evening.