Beadnell WI, January meeting

The January meeting of Beadnell WI began with a silent tribute to photographer Bob Huggins, who died recently and had always been a good friend to the Institute.

We then reflected on the very happy Christmas party we had in December. Members had thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful buffet prepared by the committee, heralded by a superb WI grace written by Ciara.

Later, we were regaled with readings from Sue, Jess and Ciara, followed by Ciara’s hilarious adaptation of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which she performed together with Jess, Vanessa and Pat. Written with mature ladies in mind, it will never be forgotten.

President Lynne Angus passed around special Christmas cards which had arrived from our twin WI in Appleton le Dale, and our postman Wayne, for us to enjoy.

Business was kept to a minimum, a welcome consequence of the temporary closure of HQ.

Members were asked to provide questions for April’s Gardeners’ Forum by the March meeting and informed that the competition for April has been altered to a gardening tip.

The theme for the evening was soup, stotties and stories.

While we sampled delicious soups made by committee members, we considered plans for our forthcoming 90th anniversary party.

Nancy Wardropper then led us into the story section with a thought-provoking reflection on Queen Victoria.

Other members followed with short stories, jokes and poems, resulting in an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

The competition for something Victorian was won by Kathleen with a lovely delicate small cup, followed by Pat’s Bible and June’s decorative footstool.

Members enjoyed a special New Year’s lunch at The Beadnell Towers Hotel the next day. On February 1, the luncheon club will visit The Castle Hotel in Bamburgh.