Embleton WI, June meeting

Royal occasions

For many members of Embleton WI, it was a double event week as some members joined up with Embleton Flower Club to visit Mill Pond Flower Farm.

The following day, together with other members, they met in the Embleton Parish Rooms on a lovely June afternoon for a combined business meeting and strawberry tea.

A report was given by Sue Black on the visit to the flower farm, where everyone had enjoyed an interesting afternoon.

The farm north of Berwick is run by Pauline Baxter who, with the help of friends, has worked hard to restore the old buildings and attached land into a working project.

A walk around the fields of flowers was followed by a workshop and then tea and homemade cakes. A scenic trip back to Embleton completed the day.

Business matters included county events, ranging from a lunch to the selection of teams for the county quiz and dominoes drive.

Much publicity has been given to the Royal WI Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and the National AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating 100 years of the WI.

The Embleton president Norma Ham attended the garden party, while secretary Lizzie Harrett was the AGM delegate, and both came to the meeting dressed in their London finery to report to members on these special events.

They had greatly enjoyed the experiences with many tales to recall, with the sounds of Jerusalem at both events being a memory to retain.

Both occasions were honoured by the presence of royalty with the Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra being at the Palace; the Queen, Princess Royal and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attending the AGM.

One highlight of the meeting was the handing over to the Queen of the baton, which had traversed the counties at many special events.

Speakers at the AGM were Lucy Worsley, who is to present on TV a history of the WI, Baroness Grey-Thompson and Helena Morrissey.

There were broadcast links with Anglesey, Devon and Cheshire. The whole meeting was screened throughout the country and Joan Littler joined up with members of other local WIs to watch the event at the Tyneside Cinema.

Talking over, it was time for everybody to enjoy a strawberry, cream and shortcake tea, together with a glass of bubbly.

The competition winners for a single bloom were 1 Lynn Harris, 2 Jean Lawrence and 3 Joan Littler. The raffle winners were Jean Cockerill and Millie Emmerson.