Bamburgh WI, April meeting

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ELECTION TIME: Members of Bamburgh WI tucked in to an early lunch of chicken pie with mixed veg, before the meeting, it was a real treat and an enjoyable social occasion as WIA Prudence Marks joined us.

During the main business section members heard a report from the delegate to the Hexham council meeting which had been greatly enjoyed by all who went.

We were disappointed to read in the WI Northumberland News that the wrong information regarding the Bamburgh Sand Sculpture Challenge on June 20, had been printed and it is hoped that any institutes thinking about taking part will not have been misled.

The invitation to join Howick in their quiz night was warmly received and we are hoping to get a team together to take part.

When the secretary read her yearly report, members were surprised to learn how many activities Bamburgh had taken part in over the past year, from willow weaving to choral poetry reading and regular monthly trips to different venues with the luncheon club. The members interested in gardening and the theatre had enjoyed visiting both gardens and drama productions and it is hoped in the new programme croquet will see some members wielding their mallets.

The treasurer’s report showed that Bamburgh WI was on a sound financial footing and with the gradual increase in membership the future for Bamburgh looks bright.

We have very much enjoyed inviting men, fellow institutes and friends who are not yet WI members to some of our meetings during the year and we continue with our local community work helping to run the Bamburgh Village Show, joining in the beach cleaning weekend and providing meals for the church volunteer youngsters who spend a day doing community work in the village.

The retiring committee then stood down and the WIA took over directing the election of the president for 2011/2. Anne Ness was re-elected for a second term in office and all the committee were willing to stand with the inclusion of a new member Janet Wilkinson.

After all this detailed information it was time to relax and listen to the choral reading group’s rendition of Joyce the Librarian. Once again it produced hoots of laughter and requests for copies to be taken home. The WIA said she had heard it read several times in the past few weeks as Bamburgh had supplied many copies to institutes who thought it was quintessentially appropriate for Nedderton’s resolution against library closures.

The new Bamburgh events programme looks exciting, thought-provoking and entertaining so why not join us on the second Wednesday each month and find out what you have been missing? Our next meeting is on May 11 at 2pm in Bamburgh Pavilion.

Maureen Foreman will be talking on Pearls and Poverty, her experiences at a children’s orphanage in Hong Kong and a display and description of the wonderful pearl jewellery that she sources in that area of the world and produces.