Roddam WI Annual meeting

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The president of Roddam WI, Janet Laycock, welcomed 23 members and Brenda Houlison, WIA, to the annual meeting of Roddam WI.

The ordinary business of the evening was quickly dealt with. We will be helping with the teas at the Glendale Festival on Sunday, July 21, orders are being taken for 2014 calendars and diaries and Janet asked as many people as possible to make salt dough shapes for the Children’s Countryside Day.

Four members will be going to Glanton’s meeting as guests on June 4 and there was a full report from the Spring Council meeting by Janet Gray.

The annual meeting, which began with the treasurer’s report read by Ann Hume, showed we have a healthy bank balance although a little lower than last year. The secretary’s report, read by Marilyne Bullock, outlined another busy year and our membership numbers holding steady at 32.

In her address, the president thanked the officers and committee members for their support and hard work during the year and recalled the sad loss of one of our long-standing members. She also spoke about the oak tree we have donated at Roddam Rigg and how this is maintaining our association with Roddam, although we now meet in Wooler. Finally Janet appealed for members and ex-members who may have WI memorabilia of any vintage, to consider donating items to the archives.

The Jubilee Cup for the most points scored in competitions throughout the year was awarded and presented to Helen Oliver. The runners-up were second Mary Nelson and third Margaret Atkinson.

Susan Tilt then proposed a vote of thanks to the out-going committee and Miss Houlison led us through the elections for the new committee.

Those elected were as follows: President Mrs J Laycock; vice presidents Mrs J Scott and Mrs V Presland; treasurer Mrs C Clarke; assistant treasurer Mrs A Hume; secretary Mrs M Bullock; competition secretary Mrs M Cowlard; assistant Mrs M Mathewson (J); raffle Mrs M Logan and Mrs M Nelson.

Miss Houlison’s address touched on the changes recently taken place at Cresswell House and encouraged us all to use these, putting forward any ideas we may have for events we’d like to see there. She urged us to make use of Denman College facilities for further education in a host of subjects and mentioned a new institute which has recently opened at Seaton Delaval called Seaton Valley.

She spoke about the resolution for the AGM on the decline of the high street saying how important it is that we should all support our high streets.

Next month our speaker is on the Prince of Wales’ garden at Highgrove House and the competition is for a flower arrangement in a cup.