Alnmouth WI, June meeting

INSPIRING WOMEN: It was a lovely evening for our June meeting, what a difference it makes to be able to shed our heavy coats and enjoy the walk to the Hindmarsh Hall.

There was a reasonable turn-out, considering the holiday getaway has started so, after Pam welcomed members and visitors to our meeting, the evening began with the reading of minutes which lead to discussion of the various outings and events which have either taken place or are about to.

The open day at The Friary was a great success. A team of WI members did the teas and the small home-baked iced cakes went down very well. All in all, with contributions from other organisations, a good amount was raised to help the Brothers keep the wolf from the door a little longer.

Final names were taken for our Newcastle city walk, also our summer outing to Durham which we are all looking forward to. Various suggestions were made for fund-raising events in the coming months.

We have almost achieved something which has been on the back boiler for quite a while, a new members booklet. Our vice president Haley introduces new members to, as the WI Magazine calls it, the WI Inspiring Women.

It is excellent, covering the WI aims when it was formed in 1915 and bringing it bang up to date with both the serious issues we get involved in and, of course, the social side which can be anything from a night at the Theatre Royal to learning how to do sugar craft, which sometimes is amazing given that many of us haven’t a clue when we start.

Haley hasn’t quite finished it yet, as she says she needs to tweak it a little, but I think it will be a popular read to our existing, as well as new, members.

After thanking Haley for all her endeavours, Pam announced our speaker for the evening, Chris Mitchinson, a former solicitor, whose subject was How To Defend Someone Who You Know Is Guilty.

Chris enthralled us with his view on court life and was very entertaining with anecdotes of his involvement in criminal law and his role as a defence solicitor, giving us a hint of what happens in the real world of crime.

Chris was the first solicitor in Loughborough, his then home town, qualified to appear in the crown court.

We thoroughly enjoyed his talk and Celia Collinson thanked him on our behalf.

The birthday girl this month was Doreen Warwick, one of our longest serving members, who is celebrating a very special one indeed.

Tea was served accompanied by delicious home-made scones and the evening closed.