Beadnell WI, March meeting

MUSIC TRUMPETED: The March meeting of Beadnell WI heralded the promise of interesting things to do in the forthcoming year. Plans are afoot for celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and our own 90th anniversary in a variety of ways, intertwined with fund-raising.

President Lynne Angus reported on our involvement with the Federation darts and quiz events and the on-going proposal for a Presidents’ Board.

A mixed Valentine’s meal had been enjoyed at The Links Hotel in Seahouses, while the luncheon club had visited The Castle Hotel in Bamburgh. The club will not meet in April because of the Easter holiday, but plan to have an outing to The Craster Arms in Beadnell in May.

Lists were circulated for members to pledge support for July’s fete, visiting the theatre and indicating an interest in meeting up with our twin WI in Appleton, North Yorkshire.

Treasurer Angela Peerboom reported on the replacement dishwasher which has just been fitted, much to everyone’s delight, ahead of our bridge afternoon on April 27, when it will be most welcome.

Guest speaker Richard Stamp talked to us about the orchestral trumpet, giving us an insight into its development as both a signalling and musical instrument.

His passion for the trumpet began as a schoolboy in 1958 and he showed us his collection of instruments gathered over the intervening years.

We were intrigued to listen to demonstrations of how different sounds are achieved and were fascinated by tales of how a variety of well- known musicians are able to distinctively ‘blow their own trumpets.’

The competition for a musical souvenir was won by Doreen Godfrey with a Bolivian pipe, with Denise Soulsby’s Botswanan hand piano and Pat Brand’s programme for a concert she’d played in 1950 following up.

It was a very difficult choice for Richard to make, since many fascinating objects had been submitted. He was, however, very good at explaining his choices.

Next month there is an alteration to our printed programme, as we are to have a talk about the Falkland Islands. Members are invited to bring along a friend or relative if they wish.