Beadnell WI

SCHOOL MEMORIES: At the well-attended February meeting of Beadnell WI, we heard reports of an excellent lunch held at Sunnyhills Farm, the very narrow defeat of our darts team and a proposed visit to Edinburgh in June to see Midnight Tango.

The venue for the next luncheon club meeting is yet to be confirmed. Interested members are asked to meet up at the institute at 11.45am on March 2, to share lifts.

Several people signed up for a mixed, belated Valentine’s meal at the Links Hotel on the evening of February 16.

There was a reminder given of the next session for working on the anniversary screen on Monday, March 19, at 11am. Members who have not yet picked the area they would like to work on will be warmly welcomed.

Our speaker for the evening was Brian Brand, who led us through a series of reminiscences and anecdotes of out of school activities that he, pupils and colleagues engaged in when he worked in schools in Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington.

Ranging from hikes, theatre visits and sports, to foreign exchange visits, it gave us an insight into the extra time and effort that teachers often put into extending the experiences of young people.

In giving the vote of thanks, Jess Craig said it was good to be reminded of those in the profession who gave their time so freely over and above their normal teaching commitment, in order to enrich pupils’ lives.

There was a wonderful and varied response to the walking stick competition. Jenny and Denise each gained points, but June Scott took first place with a magnificent stick that she had made herself.