President Sylvia Linnett welcomed everyone to Acklington WI’s meeting, making special mention of new members Mary Guy, Sue Straughan, Janet Leonard and two guests.
It was held for the first time in the Guyzance Room, the new extension to the Village Hall.
The roles and responsibilities of the new committee were outlined to members and plans for future fund-raisers were covered. These include a special raffle, a cheese and wine event in February, and a soup and sandwich lunch later in 2014.
After the business meeting, Sylvia welcomed back Kathleen and Harry Gilbert, whose topic was entitled Awesome in New Zealand.
Their presentation certainly lived up to its title, as they proceeded to take us on a tour through this antipodean country by means of stunning photographs enhanced by a congenial musical accompaniment.
Kathleen provided the narration, giving a fascinating account of their travels there.
Their talk evoked memories for many members who had travelled to this beautiful and diverse country.
Sylvia gave the vote of thanks, expressing the appreciation of us all.
The competition for a A Holiday Souvenir was won by Mary Guy; 2 Wilma Nicoll; 3 Moira Peden.
The next meeting is our Christmas party on December 10, with catering by The Running Fox and seasonal music from The Linden Singers.
The competition is for a homemade Christmas party hat. The evening ended with light refreshments.