Lesbury WI, September meeting

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TASTY TREATS: With the gusts of the remains of Hurricane Katia still buffeting around our ears it was time to resume Lesbury’s WI meetings after a short summer’s break.

Our president Val Brooks welcomed everyone to the meeting and then led us in a few moments of silence in remembrance and reflection on the passing of a former member and mother of a current member Rosie Smith.

The gales had brought a tree down in our guest speaker’s garden so we veered from our usual format and went straight to the talk, although the more cynical might suggest it was just a ruse to hear this tasty talk as soon as possible.

We were most fortunate to have as our speaker the talented local chocolatiere/patissiere, Louise Frederique.

Louise’s CV reads like the pages of a Michelin guide and she has acquired knowledge and skills from some of the favourite eateries in the UK and Europe before returning to roots to start her own business in Warkworth.

Just listening to the techniques, the ingredients and the fine details of the end products we could feel the calories being piled on, one can only hope that the A1068 will cope with the volume of traffic from Lesbury to Louise’s door in Warkworth.

After the sugar high we settled down to calmer tasks; The Institute business was addressed, and before Louise left she had time to judge the monthly competition. Following the theme of French chique this month’s item was a silk scarf, with Susan Wood’s, being adjudged to be the winning entry, with Betty McQueen and Sandra McKnight second and third respectively.

The belated special birthday flowers for August went to Molly Fairbairn and September’s to June Level.

The raffle this month was a lucky dip, of which the surprise element was very much enjoyed.

As Val drew the meeting to a close she reminded us that next month is our annual meeting, plus it will be a pooled supper evening. This will be on Tuesday, October 11, and the monthly competition will be an evening bag.