The January meeting of Acklington WI started with a review of the Christmas party by the president Sylvia Linnett.
Everyone agreed that the buffet supplied by The Running Fox was lovely and substantial.The Linden Singers were appreciated by all.
Sylvia said that the gift of a bud vase for June Pirie in recognition of her continuous 25 years as secretary had been given to a very surprised June.
The events list was gone through, made easier with the printed list our secretary June Barras had given to all members.
A reminder was given that annual subs, including payment for the WI Northumberland newsletter, were due this month and can be given to Barbara Cock.
The secretary had enquired with Cresswell House about the Reading Aloud competition but no information was yet available.
A quarterly accounts statement was given by the treasurer.
Members were informed that the committee had suggested a soup and sarnie fund-raising event, date and venue to be confirmed, and asked if everyone agreed, which they did.
Inquiries had been made about having our birthday dinner in March at The Northumberland Arms in Felton.
The president introduced Valerie Tyler who told us all about being a councillor.
It was obvious that Valerie thoroughly enjoyed being a councillor and to that end put in very long days to achieve her aims for her constituency.
Being a busy lady, Valerie also said she looked after her six grandchildren and also ran a playgroup in Bedlington.
Valerie said she meets some amazing people (including Robson Green and Colin Firth) during her days, particularly as her main forte is families and children although she has a diverse range of other involvements within the community, including prison and mobile libraries.
Sylvia gave the appreciation, commenting she felt exhausted just listening to her hectic daily schedule.
The competition for a Christmas card was won by Sylvia, second Linda Aston, third Moira Peden.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service will give us a talk at our next meeting.