Warkworth WI, November meeting

Warkworth WI, centenary celebration.
Warkworth WI, centenary celebration.

Celebrating century

For the October meeting of Warkworth WI president Marion Jones welcomed 35 members and three visitors.

The quiz team were congratulated for coming second in the final. Kate was also congratulated for her photo of Warkworth Castle, which has been included in next year’s WI calendar. Rosie Adams won the birthday chocolates. The competition for an item of green jewellery was won by Rachel Parks; 19 people had entered the competition.

Marion then introduced our speaker Diana Stewartson, who talked about sea-glass – the history of glass making on the North East coast, the places she finds the glass and how she makes her beautiful jewellery. She showed us fascinating examples of old glass and several examples of her jewellery. We all enjoyed her lively talk and Kate gave a vote of thanks.

The November meeting was our centenary celebration and we were delighted with the turn out – 46 members, one visitor from Inverness, and seven visitors from Ulgham and Widdrington Village WIs. The speaker was Andy Griffin who had been invited to talk about the year 1915.

Marion thanked the many members who had contributed to our celebration, Diana for helping to sort the archive cupboard and putting up the display about our WI since its inauguration in1922, Helen for making the cake, and June for icing it, and Serena for all her work in organising and making the wall hanging, which is almost complete, and to those who had helped.

The competition for a 100-year-old item of memorabilia was won by Pat Boyd, and Caroline Mailer won the birthday chocolates.

The Memorial Hall looked splendid adorned in bunting, with the historical display and the ‘memory book’ of accounts and photos for the past year to look at, the groaning table of pooled supper and anniversary cake.

The talk about 1915 illustrated how far women have come; pictures of corsets and restricting outfits demonstrating how women were expected to conform. Of course, the demands of the Great War and the efforts of the Suffragettes changed women’s lives forever. The contribution of the Women’s Institutes to the war effort was described and by the end of the conflict there were 199 institutes in this country.

Diana gave a vote of thanks for such a lively and well illustrated talk; just right for the centenary meeting.