Seahouses WI, March meeting

Seahouses harbour
Seahouses harbour

Wonders of wood

Spring, and it was the March meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, held in the Social Club, when we had a good turnout.

Our guest speaker Graham Ambrose brought his wood-turning lathe and a selection of chisels, waxes, unusual looking tools and his finished objects.

Mr Ambrose also had a small selection of different woods and explained the best uses for them. He had a good range of bowls and dishes, beautifully finished. These were passed around, along with some tools.

Mr Ambrose demonstrated the many uses of the lathe and his tools. He made a “dibble” for the garden and a delightful small acorn. We were all enthralled.

Mrs Eileen Braidford gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for a wooden object was won by Mrs Braidford, Brenda Tinker and Pat Hewitt.

Refreshments were served, which gave us a chance to look at the wooden objects and other items Mr Ambrose had brought.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and correspondence was read.

The spring council meeting is on April 9 at the Royal Grammar School. There was a list of courses to be held at Denman College. In June there will be a visit to Kirkharle, the 18th century courtyard containing crafts. Three chemistry days are planned for April and May, there will be a street party at Stannington Village Hall celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, Down Your Way at Earsdon, and a demonstration of spring planters at Heighley Gate on April 23.

Mrs Minto advised us that the Holocaust Memorial Project at the middle school is coming along well. Buttons have been collected and an archway has been created from them. Each pupil completed a jigsaw with information about a child who had died. The pieces were fitted together to complete a class jigsaw. Our WI gave buttons, but more are required. We also gave a see-through container to enable people to see what 15,000 buttons look like.

On April 5 it is our annual meeting when we will have Ms Brenda Houlison as advisor. The competition is a pretty plate. Our next pub lunch is at the White Swan, Warenford, on April 2, at 12.30pm.