Bamburgh WI, January meeting

Members who attended the January meeting of Bamburgh WI were suitably impressed with the warm and roomy venue of Bell View where we were welcomed whilst our usual meeting place, the Pavilion, is being refurbished.

During the business section of the meeting there were long discussions about many items on the agenda.

As the Pavilion committee are in the process of buying new curtains and blinds for the Pavilion windows the curtains that had previously been in place have been returned to the W I. Members were asked if they could find a personal use for these curtains, which are a as good as new, fully lined, treated against fire and had been recently cleaned. If no member is interested the offer will be made to other institutes and organisations.

The Federation Sparkling Lunch at the Grand Hotel Tynemouth was also discussed as it was proving difficult to book a possible coach due to the numbers being able to attend the event will not be realised until March 3.

The New Year lunch was at the Mizen head Hotel and members were reminded about the quiz night on January 26.

Members with a Story to Tell were the speakers for the afternoon and the stories were both interesting and amazing.

A member who had been Berwick mayoress gave us a resume of the very busy, time consuming schedule she had to fill as part of her duties. We were all suitably impressed when she retold her expedition to walk to cover the full circumference of the Isle of Arran, during a cold February, sleeping under canvas and walking 10 miles a day but with the reward of raising several thousand pounds for her charity, the Macmillan Nurses.

The deed of ‘daring do, by the amazingly courageous ship’s captain, grandfather of another member, left us gasping as he and his crew in their storm battered small ship attempted, for 11 days in very rough seas, to rescue a much larger ship escorting it eventually into a safe harbour.

There were other tales covering an embarrassing moment at the Horse of the Year Show, Kevin Whateley’s Oxford seat and another worrying time at sea that held us transfixed.

This is the second year we have held a Story to Tell meeting and it proves that every member has an interesting past.

Our next meeting on February 11 is an introduction by Hala, an IT expert (for Age Concern), on How to get the most from Camera/Tablet/i-pad. All those attending who own any of these pieces of equipment should bring them along. The meeting will be held at Bells Hill Farm at 2pm.