Alnwick Centre WI, January meeting

Alnwick Centre WI began 2015 with a new member. We hope she enjoyed the afternoon.

As it was the first meeting of the year, and a celebration of 1915 when WI was founded, we traditionally opened the meeting by singing Jerusalem.

It was members’ afternoon. Instead of a speaker, each committee member told of their favourite recipe and how to prepare it.

These dishes had already been prepared and laid out on a table for members to sample during the tea break. We had shortbread, cheese tart, savoury bake, ginger nuts and even parsnip and peanut soup.

They were all very much appreciated and greatly enjoyed.

The competition for an old recipe book was won by Hazel Shell with an old book, carefully written but with some rather odd spellings, from her childhood.

After tea, a Seaman’s Mission letter of thanks for hats was read out, voting slips for the national resolution were collected, Northumbrian News noted, the raffle was drawn and the birthday flowers given.

A light-hearted flower quiz was won by Sylvia Taylor and Marjory Brown.

The meeting ended with a song, celebrating the end of the Christmas and New Year festivities.

A coffee morning is to be held at Baileys on January 23, at 10am, with Joan Muter giving the historical information on a nearby subject .

At the next meeting in the Costello Centre on February 12, at2pm, Andy Griffin will talk about Whitley Bay. The competition is for a holiday postcard.