Bamburgh WI, July meeting

View of Bamburgh'Picture Jane Coltman
View of Bamburgh'Picture Jane Coltman

Insight into Judaism

The July meeting of Bamburgh WI began with our speaker Brenda Dinsdale giving a talk on The Life of a Jewish Woman.

She told us how her family came to this country in the late 19th century from Russia and eventually made their home in Newcastle.

Her talk gave us an insight into the Jewish religion, and she told it in a very amusing way. We all felt we could have listened to her a lot longer, but alas, time was against us.

Brenda Houlison, a WI adviser, then gave us a report on the annual meeting of the National Federation of WIs, which was held in Brighton earlier this year.

After a very successful year, the national WI had received 60,194 new members, bringing the total membership to 226,402.

The speakers at the conference had been Brett Terry, from the Alzheimers Association, Rona Fairhead, head of the BBC, Tristan Stewart, of the Fairshare charity, and lastly, Baroness D’Souza, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords.

Our business part of the meeting then followed when we heard of county events, which included a fashion show at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre, a new members’ meeting, stained glass window making, and a harvest lunch, all at Cresswell House.

We had also received invitations from Cheswick WI to a social evening, when Rob Wilson will talk on Poison in the Garden, and also from Embleton WI to its 98th birthday celebration.

Our lunch club this month was to be on July 19, at the White Swan at Warenford, and we will be holding a sandcastle/sculpture competition on August 10.

Our outing to Beamish earlier in the month had been a success and enjoyed by everyone who participated.

Our next meeting will be on September 14, when the speaker will be Susan Fulton from @Canine Partners.