Lindisfarne Group

The seven institutes in the Lindisfarne Group chose September 16 for their annual meeting, the date of the inauguration of the WI movement in the British Isles in 1915.

Held in Howick Village Hall, the evening was a celebration of the centenary, with a sparkling supper, cake made by Margaret Smith, of Belford, and lots of fun as people became reacquainted with friends from other institutes.

Information of programmes and activities was on display, and there was much talk of the special celebrations we had been involved in to mark this significant year. The proceedings began with a rendition of Jerusalem.

Our WIA Prudence Marks brought news of the Northumberland Federation. One of Howick WI’s members, Pat Tulip, who is on the National Executive, sent apologies for her absence since she was appearing on TV show Lorraine. Prudence cut the cake and led us in the toast to 100 years of the WI.

Before supper, we entered the world of Jane Austen with a fascinating talk on Regency Costumes by Julia Soares- McCormick. She showed us examples of typical dresses and undergarments of the period, which she has made, and spoke of where they would have been worn. Her talk included facts and fun – a great combination.

The craft competition for a tea cosy was won by Craster’s Heather Lee. Heather also won the cookery competition for ginger parkin. Craster’s president Doris Clark took the one-off prize for a card that celebrated the centenary.

All the institutes worked hard to provide a wonderful supper. A memorable evening in a memorable year.