Beadnell WI

ISLAND LIFE: President Lynne Angus welcomed members and 10 visitors to our April meeting.

She updated us on the timings and locations of the Post Office and Library vans and urged members to support them, to ensure continuity of service. She also spoke of our involvement with the village’s Jubilee Garden committee and our intention to have a stall at May’s car boot sale. Brenda Tinker reported on an enjoyable day spent at the spring council meeting in Whitley Bay, where she represented our institute.

Treasurer Angela Peereboom was pleased to report that letting fees for our hall this past year were sufficient to cover the everyday running costs, although not the major items of replacements and re-decorating.

Members were invited to sign up for a variety of interesting activities, including a proposed visit to our twin WI in North Yorkshire.

The luncheon club will visit the Craster Arms, Beadnell on May 4. Jill Stevenson, Phyl Willett, Jenny Spark and Denise Salisbury shared the competition points, with interesting cups and saucers.

Speaker Janet Wilkinson fascinated us all with her ‘swan song’ talk about living and working on the Falkland Islands for 10 years. Punctuated by excellent photographs, we learned about the landscape, flora and fauna, social and everyday life which make up the normal course of events for the islanders. To those of us who are more familiar with the islands from reports given by war correspondents, this gave a different perspective.

We shared the obvious pleasure of living close to nature, getting involved with locally produced entertainment and the opportunity to meet special visitors to the Islands. Janet helped us to appreciate the grandeur of the terrain and the strong supportive spirit of the inhabitants.