Acklington WI, February meeting

The life of a grocer

A warm welcome was extended at Acklington WI to speaker David Carr, whose talk on A Day in the Life of a Grocer gave an entertaining insight into his life over the past four decades since opening his grocery shop in Longframlington in 1978.

He regaled us with amusing anecdotes – how six weeks of snow benefited trade, whereas refitting to create a self-service facility caused problems.

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With his day starting at 3am, making some 60 rolls daily and opening every day of the week, it was surprising to hear how David manages to find time for other interests, such as his involvement in the Restorative Justice Programme at HMP Northumberland and his voluntary gardening at St Oswald’s Hospice.

In the long-standing, but sadly fading tradition of the village shop, David’s store fulfils the wider role of serving the needs of the community as a source of advice and help whilst also playing a part in local activities. It was not surprising to hear that he has won two national awards.

The president then opened the business of the evening. Forthcoming events include the Ringtons Tea competition, annual carpet bowls competition and Warkworth Show entry. The winner of the competition for three scones was Moira Peden.

The evening ended with a pleasant social interlude. We next meet on March 8 at The Railway Inn, Acklington, for our birthday meal.

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