Bamburgh WI, September meeting

WONDERFUL WOOL: After the summer holiday break members returned full of vigour and ready to enjoy the winter meetings.

The WI hosted a reasonable fund-raising day for the Pavilion association on August Bank Holiday Monday but the horrible weather prevented many visitors dropping in to the Pavilion for coffee and tea.

However, we were more fortunate with the Bamburgh Horticultural and Industrial show, in September, when with the improved weather conditions folk descended in their hundreds to view entries and take part in the extra entertainments.

It was a real joy to see so many children enjoying themselves and entering the competitions with a special mention for Pip Scott, the grandson of a Bamburgh resident, whose many entries had such great success. Children are the future of village shows and with encouragement from parents and grandparents they will see this great village tradition continue.

Catherine Fawdry was the speaker and demonstrator at our September meeting and she impressed members so much with her skills in turning wool into wonderful designs that she has been invited to return to take a workshop on her craft.

Members who attended the Embleton WI birthday party had thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite having to work very hard to satisfy the admirable Peter Brown and his musical desires.

They had also enjoyed an evening in North Sunderland at the Lindisfarne group meeting when members from seven institutes can mingle and exchange ideas. At this meeting Bamburgh invited other institutes to join them when they celebrate with a Christmas lunch at Cragside on December 1.

Now there is great activity to prepare for WI County day in Wooler on October 29. As we won an award at last year’s show we cannot rest on our laurels.

Our next meeting is on October 12, when Jim Railton will value antiques members bring along to the meeting and also tell us about possible antiques of the future. Members are invited to bring with them a friend or neighbour who is not a WI member so they can have an idea about what they are missing and hopefully be impressed in what we have to offer.