May’s meeting was a busy and significant one for Beadnell WI.
Annual reports were given by the secretary, treasurer and president. These served as a great reminder of the interesting and challenging year we have had, which has involved everyone pulling together. President Pat Brand thanked everyone for their help.
It was good to look back on the fun we had on members’ night in January, when Doreen and June had us making headbands and fascinators out of bits and pieces. They certainly made good use of their visit to Denman College. Another member, Margaret Shuttleworth, entranced us with her short story ‘Birth-right’, which was inspired by Grace Darling.
February saw us enjoying painted glassware. Carol Nicholson, from Rowlands Gill, demonstrated how her hobby of watercolour painting had transferred into decorating glass, which she now sells and trains others to do. Three members had a go.
Another enthralling session was held when poet and historian Katrina Porteous explained how she constructs poetry. We learnt of her need to communicate through sound in a special way from an early age. Demonstrating her work, including snippets from BBC recordings, she transported us into the traditional life and language of the area.
The lunch club recently enjoyed a meal at the Pack Horse in Ellingham. June’s lunch will be at the Craster Arms in Beadnell.
A short discussion was held about the possibility of holding winter meetings during the afternoon. This will require further consideration since several members have commitments.
The main feature of the evening was a discussion about our hall. Possible new developments containing community facilities have been proposed, which we would not wish to jeopardise. We voted on our four perceived options and the overwhelming decision was to continue to repair and rejuvenate our hall so that the village does not suffer the deprivation of having nowhere for meetings and activities.
Annette won the raffle and Jenny the competition, with some most interesting WI memorabilia.
The Huntley Cup for the year’s competitions was presented to Pat, with Annette and Angela second and third.
Next month we are planning to party for the Queen’s 90th birthday.