Lesbury WI, September meeting

After a summer that has just whistled by, it was the first of the autumn meetings for the ladies of Lesbury WI.

President Val Brooks welcomed everyone back and it was great to see a new face among us. The highlight of the summer had been the fabulous weekend of celebrations for the 90th birthday. Val thanked all those members who had participated, also those husbands and friends who had been coerced into providing muscle and other help.

The remaining institute business was dealt with and details of the group meeting in October given out.

On the eve of the county’s digital switchover, we had our own 3G communication, The Gazette’s gardening guru Tom Pattinson. Tom is passionate about both the growing of vegetables and their subsequent cooking and the fantastic gambit of life skills these activities can teach. But most importantly how these hobbies can be a form of relaxation.

He had come well armed with samples of fruit, vegetables and flowers from his garden and talked about varieties that prosper in our harsher northern climes, also how and when to take cuttings.

Tom was bombarded with questions from those of us who attempt to garden while we took tea and finally got to sample the much-awaited 90th birthday cake.

His final duty of the evening was to judge the monthly competition, which was for flowers arranged in a cream jug. In first place was Julie Whitney, second Sandra McKnight and third Veronica Merryweather.

With no meeting in August, there were two lots of birthday flowers to be presented, Jean Wilson received the August bouquet and June Level the one for September.

Val reminded the members that the next meeting is on Tuesday, October 9 – our annual meeting with a pooled supper.