Janis Crook, president, and Pam Muggleton secretary welcomed everyone to the November meeting.
Janis started off by thanking everyone for all the hard work put into our Nearly New Sale and Winter Warmer, which were enjoyed by the helpers at both venues and of course our customers.
It was good to meet fellow members from other WIs who joined us for lunch and a mooch through the Nearly New.
The food was a credit to our WI cooks and the choice of Nearly New was excellent. A big thank you to all who contributed, as after much sorting by our dedicated ‘NN’ team the choice was very wide indeed.
Pam then went through our diary of events, including our visit to the Tyne Theatre to see Paint Your Wagon and Christmas shopping in Edinburgh also pointing out the various WI activities at Cresswell House on the notice board.
Our next meeting will be our Christmas party, which is the usual format, bringing our own place setting, including a glass and whatever you choose to put in it and a wrapped present for Secret Santa.
Misspent Yuke will entertain this year, so all we have to do is eat, drink and enjoy.
Janis asked members to put their name on the list, which was being circulated, to give our in house catering team an idea of how many members will be with us.
Our entertainers for the evening, Fools Gold, told us a little of their background, describing the type of music they played and sang, which is folk based, and telling the stories behind the music with the visual accompaniment of very cleverly done pictures on a large projection screen.
Carol and Steve Robson are talented musicians and played a choice of instruments, singing and telling stories. They call folk singing, story telling which of course it is, as most were written describing the living and lives of bygone days.
Given the audience, most of their music and stories had a local flavour, which we all enjoyed, recognising some of the views of old Newcastle shown on the screen and there was no shortage of singers when asked to join in as we all love singing – belting out Keep your feet still Geordie Hinnie. Judging by the enthusiastic extended applause it is safe to assume Fools Gold gave us an excellent night.
Janis thanked them for a wonderful evening.
The birthday girl this month was Margaret Stephenson and the competition for an interesting rock was won by Jill Bourne.
Our December meeting will be our Christmas party.