Lesbury WI, October meeting

GREAT SPREAD: This month’s Lesbury WI was the Institute’s annual meeting. A rather croaky, under-the-weather, Val. managed a warm welcome to everyone.

Then with day-to-day Institute matters addressed we moved on to the formal Annual Meeting.

Janet Towers gave the annual audit report. Annette Ord followed with the secretary’s summing up of the year. Finally Val Brooks gave the president’s address thanking everyone for all their help and support.

Prudence Marks (WI Advisor) kept a watchful eye over proceedings and then gave details and reasons of issues affecting the WI nationally. Such as the increase in subscriptions and then how this increase is to be shared out or spent.

The voting for the president’s role then took place and Val Brooks was voted back into office. Irene Frater, on behalf of the members, gave a sincere thanks to the committee for all their hard work over the past year.

Prudence was presented with a basket of fruit, by Hazel Wintrip on the behalf of the Institute as ta hank-you for her help and guidance during the meeting. Meg Irwin has offered to be our link delegate for the AGM at the Albert Hall next year.

With the tables positively groaning with gastronomic delights we relaxed with a pooled supper, and yet again our ladies surpassed themselves with a most magnificent spread.

After supper it was time for prize giving, Susan Wood took the first prize for accumulating most points in the monthly competitions over the past year and was presented with the crystal rose bowl. Meg Irwin came second and Elaine Foreman third.

All three received garden vouchers.

This month’s competition; An Evening Bag, was won by Ann Turnbull with a lovely little black number, Muriel Prior came second and Susan Wood third.

Val brought the evening to a close by wishing everyone a good night and thanking the members for one more year as president.

The institute is now looking forward to its Domino Drive in November and Christmas party in December.

Before then though, we have our November meeting on the 8th. Our speaker will be Mr J Moreels MBE and the title of his talk is Nostalgic Views of the North and fitting in with this theme is the monthly competition An Old North East Photograph.