President Judith Stephenson opened the meeting, welcomed 19 members, plus a new member, and introduced Laurie Gray and Jane Draper.
These two young ladies entertained us by producing brushes, glitter and liquid glue, with an array of teacups and saucers. We then proceeded to decorate the inside of the teacups, producing gales of laughter.
The finished products looked good, although the glitter – various colours, seemed to end up on us, on the table, on the floor, and everywhere else. Some teacups looked to be very skilfully finished.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Stephenson for what had proved to be a very entertaining activity.
The competition, Craft, was won by Mrs Turner, Mrs Edmison and Mrs Wood.
After refreshments we settled down to the business meeting. The minutes were read and approved. Correspondence was read out. The treasurer gave us her report.
An acknowledgement had been received from Mrs P Minto, who had received a card and flowers as she had been in hospital. We had given a donation to the North Sunderland Garden Association. An invitation had been received from Belford to attend a meeting, and forms were received from Denman College in respect of bursaries.
Future dates include: November 2, International Day (Netherlands), Stannington Village Hall; November 16, visit to the Lit & Phil, Newcastle; November 29, Christmas craft day, Cresswell House; December 14, Christmas at the Abbey, Hexham Abbey, 2pm; December 19, carol singing at Heighley Gate, Morpeth.
Our Christmas lunch is being organised at the Craster Arms, Beadnell, hopefully for Friday, December 8. It is hoped to visit the pantomime in Newcastle on Saturday, January 20. Our next pub lunch will be at the Black Bull, Lowick, on Saturday, October 28.
Last, but not least, please note our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 7. This will be an open community meeting. The fire brigade will come along and advise us regarding home safety, fire alarms and fire precautions. Do please come along and hear how to safeguard us all during the coming winter months.