North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, September meeting

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Pat Minto, the president of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, opened the September meeting by welcoming all and thanked everyone for the assistance given at our successful afternoon cream tea held in August.

Our outing to Newcastle BBC was on July 15, which had been very interesting and entertaining.

Sandra MacFarlane, our secretary, read out the minutes of our previous meeting held in July.

These were accepted. She also read out the various items of correspondence.

These were: AGM Royal Albert Hall, June, 2015; invitation to Embleton’s birthday party; pledge auction, tba October; flowers and sugarcraft, Cresswell House; Newcastle walk, September 18; Rothbury walk, September 25; Speed Awareness Day, Cresswell House, October 23.

Our next pub lunch will be at the Cottage Inn, Dunstan, on September 27, at 12.30pm, all invited.

The group meeting will be at Craster on October 21, with a pooled supper and entertainment.

It was agreed that Elizabeth Fortune would be our representative to keep in touch with our Norwegian friends.

It had been reported that the seat at the top of the harbour, which has our 1965 name on it, is in need of repair. This is being organised to commemorate the WI centenary.

Other items of interest and importance: New emergency hospital at Cramlington, an update meeting to be held at Belle Vue, September 29, at 2pm, open to all; Alnmouth railway station parking, open meeting at the Cricket Club, September 17, at 6pm.

Our speaker for the evening was Geoffrey Stewart, our parish council chairman. He brought along an excellent selection of slides depicting photographs of Seahouses, harbour and other buildings way back in the late 1800s.

These were extremely interesting to all members (including those who had not lived in the area very long) and gave us an insight into the lives and livelihood of the people in those days.

The slides did show us the various developments that have taken place, and the characters and ancestors of present-day people.

The vote of thanks was given by Val Hart for what had proved to be an interesting evening for all present.

The competition was won by Laurie Grey, Jean Dawson and Doreen Edmison.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7, when we hope to have Brian Burnie giving us a talk on Daft as a Brush.

Do come along and join us. Our meetings are always interesting and informative, with supper included.