Alnmouth WI, May meeting

WARM WELCOME: Pam gave her usual hearty welcome to members and guests at the May meeting of Alnmouth WI, including, particularly, four new members who have joined this year’s committee. They are Tess Allan, Celia Collinson, Haley Hackett and Yvonne Farmer.

The rest of the committee, including herself, decided to stay on this year, with the exception of Rosie Balmbra, who decided to retire. Pam thanked her for all her input over the years, particularly making sure everyone got a good cup of tea at the end of our meetings.

After last month’s minutes were read, Pam reported on The Full Monty, which was enjoyed by all, and the traditional afternoon tea submitted by us at the NFWI’s auction bid and won by Southridge WI (Whitely Bay), which was a great success.

There seemed to be a lot of correspondence and invitations to various events so lists were put up on our noticeboard for anyone interested, so that was a busy chatty corner for a while, particularly the interest groups which Jill Bourne had chosen from last month’s questionnaire.

As some of our members are very involved in local charities, two up-and-coming events were asked for support, lunch at Nether Grange on June 15, in aid of our local hospice, as well as a run for Cancer Research in Newcastle.

Volunteers were asked to help with tea at an open day at The Friary at the end of the month. The Big Society is well and truly up and running in our part of the world and has been for a long time.

The Melody Makers, from Hexham, were our entertainers for the evening. Pam introduced them and they performed a wide selection of music for all tastes.

Gill Lyons gave a vote of thanks and another good evening ended.

Pauline James was the birthday girl for this month.