North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, May meeting

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ROYAL GARDEN: There was a new programme and committee formed at the May meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, which was opened by Pat Minto in place of our president, who was on holiday. Twenty two members were present.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The secretary and treasurer gave their respective reports and the items of correspondence read out.

These included: August 26, Renaissance costume fashion show; June 6, tea with Irina; August 3, strenuous walk in the Ingram Valley; July 8, literary lunch.

Outings include a trip with Travelsure to Gallowshiels, Rosslyn Chapel and Dobby’s, on June 23, and to Seaton Delaval and Boundary Mill on September 28.

Our next pub lunch will be on May 21, when we will go to the Horseshoes at Rennington for 12.30pm.

Our speaker for the evening was Mr Bland who kept us enthralled with a selection of slides and commentary of the garden at Highgrove, the estate of Prince Charles.

Mr Bland explained how and when he had visited Highgrove and who had introduced him and the approximate costs per person for those lucky enough to obtain a ticket entry.

The countryside is level (by our standards) and the very best use has been made of the large area.

It was purchased some 30 years ago and our heir to the throne was able to look ahead and foresee the need to conserve and go green.

Nothing is wasted and the estate, including woods, vegetable garden and dove cotes are pleasing to the eye. The cottage garden was a delight to behold.

There were little nooks and cranies and walls of unexpected items, immaculate hedging and many interesting unusual big pots.

The main house did not look large to the eye but was interesting and the whole aspect was one of a very pleasing relaxing atmosphere.

The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Wood. The competition for a garden photograph was won by Jean Dawson, Pat Tucker and Mrs Petty Wood.

Our next meeting will be on June 2, with a talk given by the local police. All invited.