Embleton WI, April meeting

The Gertrude Jekyl garden on Holy Island.
The Gertrude Jekyl garden on Holy Island.

Following a busy committee meeting, the president of Embleton WI, Mrs N Ham, welcomed members and guests to the Creighton Hall for their April meeting.

The speaker, Bill Devonshire, who is well known to many members for his work in the local community, was introduced by the secretary, Lizzie Harrett.

From his series of garden talks, Bill had chosen Northumberland Gardens.

Through words and photographs, the audience travelled from Chipchase Castle to Lindisfarne via Seaton Delaval Hall, also taking in many of our other well-loved local gardens en route.

Following questions, a vote of thanks to the speaker was given by Joan Littler.

Tea and biscuits were served before members prepared for their business meeting.

Details of the group meeting to be held in September were confirmed as were preliminary arrangements for a combined outing in June with the Embleton Flower Club.

A quiz team was organised for an evening at Howick and details of county events discussed.

The competition winners for a garden photograph were: 1 Little; 2 J Littler; 3 A Jones. Raffle prizes were won by J Hall and A Jones.

To complete the business meeting a report on the annual spring council meeting held at the RGS Performing Arts Centre was given by Joan Littler.

With an emphasis on events being held to celebrate 100 years of WI the main speaker was the national chairman, Janice Langley.

An inspiring talk by Jane Graham on heart transplants gave delegates much food for thought.

The entertainment at the meeting was given by our local group WERCA’S Folk led by Sandra Kerr, who had written a new song, Loving Hearts and Skilful Hands, to mark the WI centenary.

At the completion of business, the Embleton members left for home, no doubt with new plans for their gardens on a sunny afternoon.