Given that the annual meeting is not the most popular, there was a good turnout, possibly due to a ‘just in case’ factor as members might have found being voted in as president in their absence was not what they had in mind.
After Janis welcomed everyone, including WI adviser Ann Dixon and WIA Brenda Houlison, the agenda was quickly gone through.
The birthday girl was Pam Mugggleton, who was presented with a lovely bouquet, and Ann Coyne was the winner of the year’s competitions.
Treasurer Clair Smith started the annual meeting with the financial statement. This was followed by the annual report, which in the absence of secretary Yvonne Farmer was presented by Pam Muggleton. It covered the diverse, excellent speakers we had, organised by programme secretary Celia Collinson. It was also our 99th birthday party this year, held in the Hindmarsh Hall.
Our president then thanked everyone for their efforts and input into our WI, which wouldn’t run without them. She particularly thanked Sue Ellis, Barbara Galbraith and Yvonne Farmer, who are standing down, for their sterling work.
Janis then handed the meeting to Ann Dixon, who gave a brief talk of NFWI activities, plus a funny poem, before starting the vote for the new committee.
The committee is staying, apart from Sue, Barbara and Yvonne. Ethel Cook and Di Sparks are joining, and after a vote for president, we were delighted to welcome back Janis Crook, our previous president, who we are sure will lead us with her usual enthusiasm and humour.
We were now more than ready for our pie and peas, with the very necessary cup of tea. Sue Stancliff and Ann Coyne were at the ready.
Our speaker for the May meeting is Margaret Woodlif Wright on Hats, and our competition is a favourite hat.
The Food Festival in Alnmouth was excellent in every way. The sun shone, with lots of happy people and all sorts of interesting food. We shared the Hindmarsh Hall with stallholders from all parts of Northumberland, and we sold all our cakes and produce. Thanks to everyone involved.