Alnwick Centre WI, May and June meetings

MUSEUM VISIT: President Sylvia Taylor welcomed Alison Strong to the 87th annual meeting of Alnwick Centre WI in May.

As WI advisor, she explained the two resolutions concerning mega farms and the closure of libraries, which had been selected to go forward to the national annual meeting in Liverpool in June.

The voting of members was recorded in each case.

Treasurer Marjorie Brown presented her financial statement which showed solvency, and secretary Margaret Gardiner outlined a very busy year of activities in her report.

The president in her address emphasised the importance of promoting our institute in the community and in the country.

Mrs Strong presented the trophies for the points gained in the monthly competitions throughout the year.

Sylvia Taylor was awarded the silver vase for most points, while Doreen Angus in second place received the Easton jug and the Eyre cup for third place was presented to Anne Kirkbridge.

Tea and scones were then enjoyed and Alison Strong was thanked warmly for her help in the meeting and was presented with a basket of fruit.

In place of the usual June meeting, an educational outing was organised consisting of a visit to Bamburgh, where members enjoyed a talk in the Grace Darling Museum, followed by an interesting tour of the exhibition.

In addition, St Aidan’s Church and its churchyard, with its memorial to Grace Darling, were visited. The county newsletter was distributed and members were reminded that orders for 2012 calendars and diaries must be made at the July meeting, when there would be a demonstration of summer cookery and the competition would be three fruit scones.