Alnwick Centre WI, November meeting

Co-president Ann Brown chaired the meeting of Alnwick Centre WI at the Costello Centre on the second Thursday in November. The meetings are held in the afternoon during the winter months.

Christina (Tina) Murton gave a talk and demonstration on costume jewellery. She said that crystal was her favourite and told a little of the history of Daniel Swartovski who, in 1892, invented a special machine to cut crystal. His aim was ‘to bring joy to the people through crystal’.

In 1956, he joined with Christian Dior to make crystal jewellery. The first crystal chandeliers were made in 1965 and the first figurines in 1976.

Tina passed around pieces of her own work, which included many lovely necklaces, bracelets and ear-rings.

The members were eager to have a go. The choices of design, pearls and crystal needed to make their own pair of earrings was difficult – the large box of samples all looked great.

Tina’s demonstration was very clear and helpful. The members each made a very nice pair of earrings; many went home wearing them with pride.

Tina was warmly thanked by Doreen Angus.

After tea, Ann Brown mentioned all the enjoyable and interesting WI events members had attended during the past month, including laying a wreath at the War Memorial with Brizlee WI.

Hazel Shell thanked members for their contribution and work catering for more than 80 members at the group meeting in October.

The Northumberland News sheet was distributed and arrangements made for sick and absent members to receive a copy.

Future events were discussed – a domino drive at Brizlee and our own Christmas lunch at The Oaks on December 16. Arrangements were in hand for our 90th birthday party in March.

As there were no birthdays in November, the flowers went into the raffle. Margaret Gardiner won first prize.

The competition, for a piece of costume jewellery, was won by Hazel Shell with a handmade brooch.

The next meeting will be on December 12, and is our Christmas party. There will be guests, a pooled tea and entertainment by Avril Huntly.