Longhoughton and Boulmer WI, January meeting

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SURPRISE VISIT: What a difference a year makes.

Last year was slipping and sliding, cancelled concerts and Christmas cheer.

So it was lovely to meet up for Longhoughton and Boulmer WI’s Christmas party at Westfield Park, enjoy good company, festive food, mulled wine, a quiz and some silly games.

Our first meeting of the new year was very well attended and Sheila Graham our president dealt with the evenings business as swiftly as possible.

We had a surprise visit from the new RAF policeman. He came to introduce himself and chat about any problems we may have in the community.

At the Longhoughton lights switch-on we provided mince pies, shortbread and other tasty bites.

They went down very well as the church was packed and £34 was raised for church funds.

The WI calendars and diaries were handed out and a Coins for Friendship envelope did the rounds.

It was interesting to hear this year’s sculpture event will be combined with the coming of the Olympic Torch to the town. Sandcastles in the Market Place sounds fun.

We have a team to compete in the quiz at Ulgham in March and hope to drum up some interest for the indoor bowls at St James’.

We are having a total change this year for our meal out and travelling by minibus to the Beresford Arms at Whalton. A good group are going so it should be a very enjoyable evening.

It was time for our event of the evening, Mrs Turner from north Sunderland taking us through a full manicure aptly named Bed of Nails.

Nail files were handed around, nails were shaped, cuticles pushed back pampered with rose petal oil, beautiful perfume.

By the time varnish was chosen and applied, well no one was going to wash dishes tonight.

Feburary 7, at Westfield, will be our next meeting with Eric Ford and Art for Fun. The competition is a Valentine message or card.