Longhoughton and Boulmer WI, May meeting

What better way for members of Longhoughton and Boulmer WI to spend a Tuesday evening than bodging and whittling with John Purkins from Small Axe Creative Wood Crafts?

After setting up his draw horse, used when shaving wood, he demonstrated how he used his tools and many axes.

Working with greenwood is a very ancient craft; it is basically splitting, shaving and shaping our wood until your goal is achieved – a spoon, chair leg, dish or even a gate.

It was easy to see how much he enjoyed his work, the different types of wood he uses and his collection of tools, antique and new.

He was very proud when his craft was recognised and he was awarded a grant enabling him to buy extra tools to be used in his educational workshops and projects.

At the moment he has some public workshops running at Bamburgh Castle.

On show were some of his commissions and very original artwork carvings.

Earlier we had quickly zipped through the monthly business presided over by Sheila Graham who was re-elected at our April meeting.

Our 95th birthday is this month and it was decided to celebrate with an evening meal at the Hogs Head, Alnwick.

The quiz night at Howick was enjoyed by all who attended and Calendar Girls at the Playhouse was voted a success.

One of of their calendars was included in our raffle and we were reminded they were available at HospiceCare North Northumberland priced at £6.

Sheila Houliston attended the spring council meeting and gave us a very funny and interesting report on the proceedings which included tales of chickens, a baton to travel around the institutes in 2014 and the presentation to Longhoughton and Boulmer, a certificate of congratulations on reaching our 95th birthday.

Vicky Kinghorn, Romaine Barclay-Kim and our choral speaking team treated us to a performance of their new poems for the Reading Aloud competition final. Good luck girls, you are great.

Joan Riley was the winner of the something-in-wood competition.

Finally before supper we were reminded to turn out our drawers and lofts as it was almost time for car booting once again.

Next month’s meeting is one not to be missed, a visit to Spurreli’s Ice Cream Parlour, Amble, on June 4.