Alnwick Centre WI, March and April meetings

WOMEN TO ADMIRE: President Sylvia Taylor welcomed members to the March meeting of Alnwick Centre WI and introduced Mary Pinder and her talk entitled Women I Admire.

Her subjects were chosen from a wide range of personalities, from the Bible, history and from modern times, beginning with Eve and the Madonna, and continuing with Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Bess of Hardwick, lady pirates, Emma Hamilton, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, until finally she mentioned the contributions of Margaret Thatcher, Mary Whitehouse and Joyce Grenfell.

She admired the strength and tenacity of women striving in a man’s world and their devotion to duty or a cause, as she pointed out the virtues and foibles of her characters, and Mrs Pinder was thanked warmly by Rosemary Lee for her research which had produced a most enjoyable talk.

Flowers and the Royal wedding were the topics at the April meeting, when Elaine Forman shared her floral art with members.

She suggested how foliage such as hebe or eucalyptus merged with ivy or begonia could form an attractive base and provide a suitable background for groups and patterns of flowers, like roses, carnations, lilies or chrysanthemums.

Her demonstrations accomplished with such skill, produced a beautiful table arrangement, finishing off with a golden horseshoe and reeds threaded with pearls.

In a relaxed and friendly manner, Elaine explained the build up of her creation at every stage, while members tried their hand at a table arrangement, benefiting the occasion.

The results were amazing, a blaze of colour and such ingenuity, where new talents were revealed.

Hazel Shell thanked Elaine for the presentation and workshop from which members had learnt a great deal and were encouraged future efforts.

A splendid buffet and a glass of wine followed this enjoyable activity, and surrounded by decorations in red, white and blue, a toast was proposed to William and Kate, and their forthcoming marriage.

The president and secretary then dealt with correspondence, and Pat Parker gave her report on the council meeting at Hexham in March.

The evening closed with arrangements for the annual coffee morning on May 21, for which wrapped tombola prizes are requested and to be brought to the May meeting.