Bamburgh WI, February meeting

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DISTRICT NURSING: Once again local talent pulled in a crowd at Bamburgh WI when Celia Darling spoke on A Life in the District, covering the history of the district nurse and her personal history in this role.

This is anything but a nine-to-five job due to an increasing work load and the distances nurses have to cover in north Northumberland.

Celia gave great credit to the wonderful team she works alongside and members present could confirm the excellent after-care they have received in their own homes from Celia’s team.

However, Celia made a comment that it is with huge regret that sometimes patients in hospital cannot return to their homes at an earlier date because she just does not have the staff to cover home care, especially if they live in an isolated area. Perhaps this is an area to look at for a future WI resolution?

During the business section members were delighted to learn that six new members had joined them and they were encouraged to take part in the many activities the Federation and institute offers besides the monthly meetings.

The lunch club has booked at the Craster Arms, Beadnell on Shrove Tuesday, February 21, perhaps pancakes will be on the menu.

A bric-a-brac stall in the old bird house will be organised by members for the day of the Olympic Torch run on June 14, and the Pavilion fund-raising coffee morning is to take place during the autumn half-term.

Members were also told about the coastal Lucker/Bamburgh willow weaving group that had developed from the Bamburgh WI willow workshop in 2010. this group is now running beginners courses.

A WI workshop on felt making will take place in the Pavilion in early April.

Members were also asked to order tickets for the next performance of the NTC in the Pavilion on March 10. The drama 4 Words is being produced by this very talented group.

The next meetingon March 14 sees another local hero/heroine taking the platform when renowned cook Susan Shanks once again demonstrates her culinary skills with A Riot of Rice and Pulsating Pulses.

Institutes from the Lindisfarne group have been invited to join Bamburgh and of course we are always delighted to have visitors join us.