Acklington WI, meeting

Church of St John the Divine, Acklington
Church of St John the Divine, Acklington

Adviser in attendance

There was almost a full attendance at the annual meeting of Acklington WI. President Sylvia Linnett welcomed everyone and introduced Mrs Julia Davidson, the Women’s Institute Adviser (WIA).

The minutes of the last meeting, held in August, were read and matters arising were discussed.

These were the non-viability of a vandal-proof bench due to cost, but it will be put on hold, and the darts loss 3-1 to Whitfield. It was mentioned to the WIA how disappointing it was that in the early stages of the tournament teams were drawn so far away from each other. The WIA said she would mention this at the next governors’ meeting.

It was also discussed that six members won the village hall quiz, and a Resolution entitled “The NFWI calls on this Government for an enriched culture medium test for Group B Streptococcus to be available from the NHS for every pregnant woman in the UK” had been submitted.

The business part of the meeting followed. It was felt that a superior Christmas hamper be made up and raffled. A list of items had been made and each member chose what they would contribute. An invitation had been received from Widdrington Station with Stobswood to its evening on November 14.

The Northumberland News was gone through and the hyperlink for PC users taking them to an up-to-date edition was highlighted. There was no correspondence. Names and money were taken for events in November. The deputy treasurer gave out a copy of the pre-prepared financial statement and gave a brief explanation. It was proposed that GS Nicholls once again be our auditor.

The winners of the annual competitions were: 1 Moira Peden; joint 2 Barbara Cock and Linda Aston.

The secretary read the annual report. This was followed by the president’s address.

The winners of the competition of a kitchen utensil beginning with H were: 1 Barbara King; 2 Moira Peden; 3 Mary Guy.

The next meeting will be on November 10, when members Janet Leonard and Sue Straughan will be talking about Festive Flowers, with a demonstration and a practical, which will be the competition. Members need only bring about three flowers and a candle.

The WIA remarked on what a lovely atmosphere there was among the members and how our institute not only invited other institutes to our meetings, but how well we supported other invitations and events. She also spoke about various ways of fund-raising.

The new committee was proposed and accepted. Sylvia Linnett remains as president, Barbara Cock will continue as treasurer and June Barras will take over again as secretary.

There was a lot of chatting during tea and biscuits before the meeting concluded.