Seahouses WI, March meeting

Seahouses harbour
Seahouses harbour

Wonders in wood

It was the evening of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI’s March meeting when we had a good turnout.

First on the agenda was our speaker, Graham Ambrose, who brought his wood-turning lathe, with a varied selection of chisels, waxes, unusual looking tools and finished objects.

Graham also had a small selection of different woods and explained the best uses for them. He showed a good range of bowls and dishes, beautifully finished. These were passed around.

Graham 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.

Eileen Braidford gave the vote of thanks. The competition, a wooden object, was won by Eileen, Brenda Tinker and Pat Hewitt.

Refreshments were served, which gave us a chance to look at the finished objects and browse the other small items Graham had brought.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved. Correspondence was read.

The spring council meeting is to be held on April 9 at the Royal Grammar School. There was a list of courses at Denman College. In June there will be a visit to Kirkharle, the 18th century courtyard. Three chemistry days are planned for April and May, a street party at Stannington Village Hall will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, there will be Down Your Way at Earsdon, and a demonstration of spring planters at Heighley Gate Garden Centre on Saturday, 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 in the corridor made from them. Each pupil completed a jigsaw with information about a child who had died. These pieces were fitted together to complete a class jigsaw. Our WI gave boxes of buttons, but more are required. The WI also gave a see-through container to enable people to see what 15,000 buttons look like.

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