At Acklington WI president Sylvia Linnett welcomed those present. Apologies were received from three members. The minutes of the annual meeting were read.
Our Old Time Music Hall event at Felton had been cancelled and refunds would be issued by Cresswell House. One member was unable to go to the ‘Music is Food for Feet’ at Widdrington and offered her ticket. There were no takers so it would be offered back to Widdrington.
The Resolution we had proposed was not selected, but would be proposed again next year.
Produce for the Christmas hamper could be left in the large bag at the back of the hall. Tickets are £1 and can be sold to anyone. The draw will take place at the Christmas fair in the Village Hall on December 20.
Numbers were taken for copies of Northumberland News for 2016, which were down as many members would be using the new hyperlink.
The Christmas party would be £5 per head, with the buffet provided by the committee. Members were reminded to bring their own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery.
The competition for the next meeting would be a Christmas tree decoration, bought, made or handed down.
Sylvia then handed over to two members, Janet Leonard and Sue Straughan, to talk about and demonstrate the art of festive flowers. They had set up the table, which was covered with a wonderful Christmas tablecloth.
Sue started by giving a short talk on health and safety and then showed us how to make a wreath for practically no cost by gathering greenery, moss, cones, etc from wooded areas.
Janet said she was willing to hold Christmas workshops if enough people were interested to show us different techniques on how to enhance arrangements. She then showed us some she had made and containers we could use, including a rose wreath around a lantern, cinnamon wreath and candle, bark surrounded by dried limes, and Christmas cake and a sparkly rose tower, before making up several arrangements with greenery.
After lots of discussion, we eagerly set to work on our own creations. When we had done the best we could they were laid out and Janet and Sue did the judging, giving first to Margaret Hammond, second to Sheenagh Deakin and third to Wilma Nicoll.
Barbara Cock gave a well deserved appreciation for all the hard work that Janet and Sue had put into their presentation.
After refreshments we left remarking on what an inspiring meeting we had had.