North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, January meeting

North Sunderland and Seahouses WI is planning a Burns supper.

North Sunderland and Seahouses WI is planning a Burns supper.

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The January meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI was held in the Social Club, Seahouses.

It was a very pleasant meeting, 20 members attended and we wished each other a Happy New Year. We also celebrated two birthdays, one that day and a big one which had taken place the previous Sunday.

Our Christmas party held in December and our Christmas luncheon had both been excellent and all who attended the carol service in Hexham Abbey thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the initial introduction and reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, plus our treasurer’s report, we discussed future events for the current year.

At our next meeting onFebruary 3, we will hold a Burns supper when we will pipe in the haggis in fine style. Our next pub lunch will be at the Ship Inn on Saturday, January 31, at 12.30pm.

Our seat at the top of the harbour is being repaired and will soon be ready to use.

The Women’s Institute was founded during the First World War to assist and enable housewives to make the most of resources available at that time. Hence the recipes and sewing events that are held throughout the country.

Food rationing was not introduced at that time – as was the case during the last war – and so families had to make the very best of whatever was available. Food was not wasted and, of course, freezers and refrigerators had not been invented. Fuel was also in short supply. New clothing was very difficult to obtain.

As this is the Women’s Institute centenary year, many events are being planned by our Northumberland Federation. First of all, a tree planting event, followed by the Sparkling Lunch at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, on March 23.

A journal is being prepared at Cresswell House and will be on display around February 2016 and will eventually go into the archives. Individual WI memory books are invited to be displayed at the Abbey in November 2015.

Let’s talk about food – spices takes place at Cresswell House on February 26 and International Women’s Day is on Friday, March 6.

New members are always welcome. Our meetings, outings and lunches are always well supported, entertaining and interesting. Do come along and join us.