Our president Susan Wood welcomed everyone to the meeting.
This included the speaker and a prospective new member Liz Storey, who has recently moved to the village. Our thanks go to her neighbour Julie Whitney for bringing her along.
After the minutes of the last meeting were approved there were a number of matters arising.
Members present had all paid their deposits for the summer outing to Kelso, leaving our treasurer to chase up absentees.
Ann Turnbull, who had attended the annual council meeting in Newcastle, gave a detailed account of the day. She had attended with several other members and they had thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Finally, we had a winner in the 100 club, Irene Frater, who told us she was going to use the winnings to take her family out to eat when the exhausting lambing time was complete.
After our less than successful attempt to win at the recent Hotspur group quiz, members were eager to sign up to another quiz evening at Howick WI. Let’s hope we fare rather better there.
Elspeth Horsfield then took over the floor and began to share her insight and expertise in painting on silk, accompanied by a multitude of silk scarves to die for.
She explained how she got into the art form and the different effects and techniques, showing us examples of how different outcomes can be achieved, never really being sure what will happen.
She is influenced mainly by nature, mood, music and landscapes.
It’s not an art form for control freaks so definitely not for some of our number. However, she had an impact on some when she implied that there is a lesson for life in painting on silk – go with the flow.
During refreshments members were eagerly rifling through the merchandise, spoilt for choice.
We applauded Annette Ord on her birthday this month, as it ends with an 0. She was presented with flowers and a card.
Congratulations were also given to two members who won prizes at the recent spring show. Vera Murphy won second prize in a flower arranging category and Penny Hewitt won a first.