Our annual statutory meeting was well attended by 23 members, plus WI adviser Anne Dixon.
President Pat Minto, opened the meeting, welcomed everyone and presented our entertainments committee, which set the scene with some amusing poetry, some based on the well known Two Ronnies.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Sandra MacFarlane, our secretary. Notices were read, together with correspondence and dates of events.
These include: Dessert Dilemmas Discussed (June 17); Beginners’ Crochet and Knitting (June 2); Teddy Bears’ Picnic (July 5), all at Cresswell House, plus a guided tour of Headstones and Heritage at St Mary’s Gateshead (June 29).
A visit to Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden is being arranged on July 6, the coach leaving Cresswell House at 9.30am. Further details are obtainable from the secretaries.
Celebrating Northumberland Food and Drink Week, a demonstration is at Cresswell House on May 23, at 10.30am.
Our next pub lunch willbe at the Apple Inn, Lucker, on April 29, at 12.30pm.
Results for the competition for the year were: 1 Sheila Dixon; 2 Pat Hewitt; 3 Sandra MacFarlane, these ladies having the most points.
Our secretary gave her report regarding previous meetings. This included the interesting speakers, outings and visits to other institutes.
Treasurer Carol Phillips gave an up-to-date report, outlining future expenses.
Mrs Minto concluded the reports by adding her own as she is retiring from her role.
Ann Dixon then took over the meeting, collecting our votes for president. Judith Stephenson was voted in, together with a new committee.
Ms Dixon brought us up to date with various events taking place – the meeting in Liverpool, the resolutions, the Associated Country Women of the World Organisation, and the WI Fair held recently in London, which she had attended and enjoyed immensely.
Workshops are being organised at Widdrington for new officers and members.
The competition, a decorated egg, was won by Mrs MacFarlane and Doreen Edmisson. After refreshments the raffle was won by Sheila Young.
Mrs MacFarlane announced that the next meeting, on May 2, will feature Blood Bikes by Nigel Barlow. The competition will be WI Survivors’ Kit. Do come along. Our meetings are always interesting and informative, and include refreshments.