Longhoughton and Boulmer WI

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It wasn’t all stand to attention at our November meeting even though Nicola Day appeared armed with First world war memorabilia to give us a taste of what life was really like during those dark days in the trenches.

Nicola was representing the Northumberland Fusiliers Museum based at Alnwick Castle. They have been lucky to win a £1,000 lottery grant to redevelop the museum which is open April until October

Visits to schools and clubs can be undertaken in the closed season keeping alive the history of the Fusiliers and the part they played in the defence of our country.

She was escorted by a handsome chap in authentic First World War uniform with gas mask rations and full kit. So basic. But we do like a man in uniform!

We have enjoyed two film trips to the Playhouse and a Geocash walk around Rock followed by lunch at the Oaks.

We are hoping to host a car treasure hunt in Mày.

We will be providing festive food at Longhoughton Parish Church at the switch-on of the Christmas lights .

Names were taken for the coach to the carol service at Hexham Abbey and the Alnwick Centre musical afternoon.Members were then pressganged into saying yes to the Reading Aloud.

The sales and book table got off to a good start and Christmas raffle tickets were passed out to members, the prizes two beautiful hand-made quilts.

Two of our members have been very busy lately raising money for charity, Jen Miller swam 200 lengths at Willowburn and totaled £572 for Forward Assist Boat Project a charity which helps ex-service personnel cope with life in Civvy Street. This was in memory of her husband Dusty.

Bridie Bennett completed the Great North Run in a very respectable time, running for Help for Heroes and Breast Cancer Care. Well done girls!

December 2 is party time so its music from Simply Lyrical and bags of bling.