Craster WI

MEMORIES GALORE: Our April meeting sparked many reminiscences. Members of “Wansbeck Matters” entranced us with samples of their proggy mats and clippy mats.

Those I remember from my youth looked nothing at all like the examples on display.

The two ladies explained the history behind their group as well as how clippy and proggy mat making has evolved over the years into an art form. These mats are thought to have originated with the Vikings. Our grandparents recycled materials into mats in the days before recycling became fashionable when it was necessary in order to make ends meet.

We were then given the opportunity to have some hands on experience. We may meet up with Pat and Barbara again when we visit Woodhorn Museum in July.

Members were told that our Annual Tea Day this year will be July 22. We are hoping for a good day as this coincides with the annual Coastal Run.

We are all looking forward to our annual outing next month. This year we are going to Floors Castle and plan to stop for an evening meal at the Bamburgh Castle in Seahouses on the way back.

We are polishing off our walking shoes so that we can enter the “Big Walk Little Splash” event being organised by National. The secretary was trying to encourage everyone to take part.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Herd who won the competition.