Lesbury WI, Meeting

Daffodils at St Mary's Church in Lesbury.
Daffodils at St Mary's Church in Lesbury.

President Susan Wood welcomed almost a full house of members and the speaker, Mick McMahon, to the meeting.

After apologies and the minutes of the last meeting were approved, the 10 members who are to attend the fun quiz at Shilbottle were reminded about the timing. Who knows how they will fare? By their own admission some of them are “no good at a quiz”, myself included.

Our financial situation is healthy, although not quite as healthy as it was due to subs being paid to the federation. WI raffle tickets were on sale, and members were asked to sign up for the craft/flower competition. There are five entries, with pin cushions and flower arranging the most popular. This is no surprise as we have talented ladies in both areas.

Summer promises to be an exciting time for us as we celebrate our 95th anniversary in July at Eshott, and our outing in August is to Floors Castle in Kelso. Ladies rushed to sign up, then it was time for our speaker.

Mick McMahon, a resident of Lesbury, treated us to a photographic slideshow and talk about his look at wildlife in and around the parish.

He included the background to how he became interested in the subject and revealed what we could hope to see in our gardens, nearby farmland, on our river and estuary, and on the seashore.

Members thoroughly enjoyed the photographs, picked up snippets of information and had their favourites. Canada geese were loathed by Eleanor, dippers loved by Jean, and mating toads loathed by all.

The competition was a bird in any medium, which produced some surprising entries. It was won by Annette Ord with her own artwork depicting a bird of prey. Second was Veronica Merryweather’s embroidered book, and third was Ann Turnbull’s colourful metal pheasant.