Thropton WI, July meeting

Alwinton
Alwinton

A taste of Greece

Thropton WI’s July meeting we were pleased to welcome members from Hepple WI and receive an invitation to their meeting.

A few days previously many members enjoyed a trip to Traquair House and brewery in the Borders and shopping in Peebles. We travelled on the community minibus, which is a great asset to Coquetdale.

We heard how some members had thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a car treasure hunt, organised by Northumberland Federation.

Upcoming events include a federation quiz, to which we are entering a team.

Marian Lampert gave us an account of her visit to the WI’s London AGM, attended by the Queen, and painted a vivid picture of many thousand ladies lunching at the foot of the Albert Memorial. One can only imagine the queues for the loos.

Somewhat delayed from our annual meeting was the business of electing our new president. Beverley Dean has been elected.

Our speaker, Helene Dolder, gave us a funny and very entertaining talk entitled The Thoughts of Charwoman Mo. Very much a stage act, Helene sported a colourful costume complimenting her purple rubber-gloves and had us in stitches with her clever play on words.

There was a serious side to Helene’s talk. Having spent many years working in Greece, she outlined some of the reasons for the debt crisis in that country, for example, widespread tax avoidance and generous pension provision.

Continuing this Greek theme, one of our members, Lesley Tweddle, had baked Kourabiedes (Greek feast day crescent-shaped biscuits) for us to sample at the pooled supper at the end of our meeting. The addition of rosewater in the recipe gave them a hint of Turkish delight. They really were lovely.