Acklington WI, annual meeting

President Sylvia welcomed members and Jo Dickson, WIA, to the annual meeting of Acklington WI.

A minute’s silence was held for Isabella Telford, a very pro-active raffles member and a great, fun-loving, helpful member of our institute who will be very sadly missed.

The minutes of the last annual and monthly meetings were read. Arising from these was the cost of each Institute to the centenary WI agm on June 4, in London.

President, Sylvia Linnett, had written to NFWI outlining a fairer proportion for each Institute that would benefit the very small and very large Institutes.

She had received a reply to say this had been discussed by the Board of Governors and a decision reached that the current system will remain. Fortunately, one of our members has very kindly donated the whole cost for our Institute.

Definite names were taken for the darts match against Shilbottle to be held in November. Names were also taken for the Brazil International Day event.

The treasurer, Barbara Cock, gave a resumé of the annual accounts, which were agreed, and proposed that we keep our current accountant which was also agreed. The WIA congratulated us on our fund-raising over the past year.

The annual competition winners were announced: 1 Moira Peden; 2 Linda Aston; 3 Mary Guy. Barbara Cock (first) and June Barras (second) were congratulated for the Institute competition at the Warkworth Show for their plum and apple jam along with individual winners from the Institute for various crafts.

A programme change for November will now be Margaret Hammond with An Introduction to Patchwork. Human and Canine Therapy will now be in April.

Sylvia gave her president’s report congratulating all committee members for their hard work throughout the year. She also said she had enjoyed her first year as president stating that if members wished her to continue she would gladly accept.

Sylvia then handed over to Jo Dickson who also gave her views on the cost to each Institute for the agm. She also showed us various WI items that were available for sale.

Jo gave a round-up of proposed events to be held at Cresswell House for the following year and then recited a humorous verse on food comparison of years gone by.

The new committee was elected and Sylvia accepted a second term as president after an overwhelming majority vote.

The competition for a kitchen utensil beginning with ‘G’ were: 1 Linda Aston; 2 Sylvia Linnett; 3 Barbara King.

The meeting closed after tea/biscuits and chat.