Beadnell WI, November meeting

On a wild evening, it was a pleasure to meet in our cosy hall for some fun at Beadnell WI’s November meeting.

President Pat Brand welcomed a visitor, Elizabeth, who went on to win the raffle.

The Mizen Head meal had been much appreciated by the luncheon club, who favoured a return there in the New Year.

Members were asked to make their choices for the Christmas meal at the Barn at Beal and to indicate if they wanted to travel there on the coach which has been booked.

Catherine Willis, Jan Brunt and volunteers were warmly thanked for their organisation of the recent coffee morning. It had been a friendly event, which had added over £200 to our rebuilding fund.

Those members who had attended the Lindisfarne group meeting at Craster had enjoyed the evening which gave them the chance to catch up with friends from other institutes.

They had also been given the opportunity to tap their toes to the music from Beadnell duo Greycatz, who played a variety of instruments and entertained us with traditional folk songs and stories, interspersed with some modern pieces.

We also heard of the excellent Federation International Day based on Brazil, although none of the attendees got up to show us their prowess in the samba they’d been taught.

Treasurer Angela Peereboom was glad to report on the appointment of the firm Thornton-Firkin as our project managers for the hall rebuild, now that we have completed the necessary surveys to start on our bid for funding.

She was also delighted to have received a very generous donation to the whole funding process from a good friend of ours in the village. Members were very appreciative of her help.

Volunteers were asked for to make soup for December 5, when Beadnell’s Christmas lights will be switched on.

Contributions to the meal we will have on our Christmas party night on December 11, were also sought. Those who would like to help with setting up the hall for the party are asked to be there at 2pm. The competition for that evening will be for a small table decoration.

We had a great time quizzing for the remainder of the evening.

Colin Brunt had put a set of questions together for us which were answered in a novel way akin to playing bingo.

Jan, Winnie and Pat were the overall winners, with several other teams able to claim winning lines.

The competition for something beginning with ‘A’ was won by Denise Salisbury’s piece of African art work, followed by entries from Annette Manning and Dorothy Hodgson.

Guessing the weight of the Christmas cake, a competition begun at at our coffee morning, was won by Kate Frogson.