Saturday, June 13, 3pm and the green, white and purple balloons were attached to the fence at Oaklands, the home of Margaret Hammond, and the directional signs were in place for Acklington WI members arriving to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute.
Inside, the Pimms was made into large jugs, the kettles were on and the petite sandwiches, sausage rolls, fresh cream scones, cream and strawberry meringues, strawberry meringue nests, lemon drizzle buns, strawberry bakewell squares and chocolate chip squares were arranged on cake stands and decorative bone china plates.
The raspberry sponge cake, iced with the WI Centenary logo, was in pride of place at the front. Outside, Margaret had covered the patio tables with white tablecloths and her cups, saucers and plates set around. We could have been in the garden at ‘The Ritz, it all looked so grand.
On arrival, members were given a glass of Pimms or tea/coffee. Sylvia read out a lovely card from Barbara Cock, who couldn’t attend, wishing us a wonderful time and sorry to miss it all.
The weather held out beautifully so members were able to sit outside and enjoy Margaret’s wonderful garden. Needless to say, there was a lot of nattering, as ladies do.
Unfortunately, for various reasons, several members were unable to make it. A group photo was taken under one of the arches and then, as the longest serving member of our Institute, Wilma Nicoll was invited to cut the cake. At that point the drizzle of rain started and we all congregated in Margaret’s lounge.
This was the ideal time to have a very short business meeting where names were taken for the Federation Quiz Night, Darts Tournament, along with orders for diaries and calendars. Sylvia regaled us with her experience at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party and the AGM in the Royal Albert Hall.
All too soon it was time to depart, but not without clearing up Margaret’s kitchen, dining room and patio.
The next meeting is on our normal second Tuesday of the month, July 13, at 7.15pm, in the Village Hall with postcards from Brazil with Kath and Harry Gilbert. All visitors and potential new members are welcome.