Bamburgh WI, December meeting

Members of Bamburgh WI were delighted to receive an unexpected visit from Father Christmas armed with bottles of warming sherry and snowmen gingerbread biscuits.

It was such a pity that president Rosemary Skinner missed his flying visit as she seemed to have disappeared from the hall.

We all certainly needed the winter warmer as the weather outside was atrocious but with a very noisy beetle drive followed by a thought-provoking Mrs Beeton quiz we all fell quickly into party mode.

The festive food tables were beautifully decorated with Christmas garlands made by members at Lizzie Harratt’s Christmas workshop the previous day and a beautiful Christmas tree left in situ from the village Christmas party contributed to the party spirit.

The business section to the afternoon was kept to a bare minimum when members were informed about the Bamburgh WI New Year lunch at the Mizen Head Hotel on January 20, quiz night on January 26, at the Castle Inn, and a ‘Sparkling lunch,’ at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, on March 23, with a speaker from the BBC Antiques Roadshow in the morning and a fashion parade during the afternoon.

As the Pavilion is closed for refurbishment in January, our meeting on January 14, will be at Bell View, Belford, when we will be hearing from members who Have a Story to Tell.

A Bamburgh WI member mentioned during any other business that she had asked the Pavilion committee to consider installing a disabled toilet during the hall refurbishment, as many folk who use the hall find it impossible to access the toilets at present.

Members were also informed that the NTC will be producing Rumplestiltskin in the Pavilion on January 8.

Obviously Linda Snell (the Archers) had not had an input in this Christmas production, thank goodness.

Members who had attended the village Christmas party, organised by the Bamburgh Village Coffee Stop, had very much enjoyed the ceilidh and the delicious Christmas tea and hope it will be repeated next year.