Acklington WI, October meeting

GREAT SADNESS: Alison Strong was the Women’s Institute Adviser for the 89th annual meeting of Acklington WI.

We were all brought to the attention of the Northumberland News in which it was with great sadness that the death of Heather Abrahams was announced. Heather was a past chairman and treasurer of the Federation and also a current WI adviser. She will be greatly missed. Also mentioned in the Northumberland News was the increase in subscriptions to £31.50.

The usual preliminaries were gone through, ie a record of the last annual meeting. There was little correspondence.

Olive Foster gave us all a copy of the annual accounts and there was a unanimous vote to keep the current auditors.

The current chair gave her report and adoption of the annual report which was given by the secretary. A vote of thanks was given to the current committee for all their hard work throughout the year.

Alison spoke to us all about how she went along to WI meetings with her mother and now her daughter goes with her.

She also reminded us of the many opportunities open to members of any WIs and to take advantage of them. A vote of thanks was given by Barbara Cock.

Apart from one very long-standing committee member the same committee members were voted on and a ballot taken for president for which Barbara Cock was appointed, yet again.

The annual competition results were announced and the overall winner was Moira Peden followed by Linda Aston and then Wilma Nicoll.

After a pooled supper the raffle was drawn and the competition winners for a paperweight, judged by Alison, were announced. First was Janet Bell with a beautiful ornate paperweight followed by Jean Shaw’s doggie paperweight and finally June Barras.

Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm in Acklington Village Hall. Visitors welcome.

The next meeting will be November 8, when we will be given a demonstration of how to make Christmas boxes and Margaret Davison, the demonstrator, will judge the best attempt at making a Christmas box on the night.