Beadnell WI, September meeting

Beadnell bay
Beadnell bay

Studies in soil

September’s meeting of Beadnell WI saw president Pat Brand thanking members for all their hard work in fund-raising at the annual fete, and also at the series of weekly summer drop-in sessions.

These had been pleasurable events and members’ dedication has brought in valuable money to support the hall and provided good opportunities to meet the public.

The August celebration of the centenary of the founding of the WI was most enjoyable, with a harbour walk and drinks, followed by an excellent meal at the village’s new bistro, Salt Water Restaurant.

October 2, will be a busy day, with the lunch club meeting at the new Italian restaurant in Seahouses, followed by a social evening with the many volunteers who work throughout the year for the benefit of Beadnell. This will be held in the hall at 7pm and those attending are asked to take along some savoury or sweet food to contribute to the supper.

Our quiz team is in the Federation final on September 24 so we wish them well.

Books of tickets for our grand Christmas raffle were handed out in the hope that members might be able to help with trying to raise funding towards our hall re-build fund.

Catherine Willis handed out the new social calendar, together with a questionnaire seeking to clarify what activities people would like to see included in a future programme.

Doreen Godfrey and June Scott spoke warmly of a recent visit to Denman College, which they had thoroughly enjoyed. They each modelled two attractive hats they had made there during a millinery course.

Lynne Angus also reported on a very inspiring outing to join Craster’s WI, who were singing at the harbour to commemorate the centenary.

In addition to a group who recently joined in a fun afternoon birthday party at Embleton, this has been a very active summer ‘rest’ for the institute.

Doreen Wright, a consultant from Wyevale Garden Centre, came to speak to us about North East Soil and Wildlife in the Garden. The topic interested us, and some local gardeners, who joined us for the evening.

Her talk was both informative and intriguing. It was amazing to learn from her how small a percentage of our planet Earth is covered by soil, made even smaller by our building on it. Her main message of the evening was, ‘Feed your soil, not your plants’. Interesting questions followed.

Wendy Clark won the raffle and Liz Freeman gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for something connected to wildlife was won by Annette Manning, with Pat Brand and June Scott as runners-up.