North Sunderland and Seahouses WI

Our June meeting took place on a fine evening when 23 members attended.

After the usual business formalities, ie correspondence, balances of accounts and minutes of the previous meeting, the future events list was read out.

These consisted of: June 10, Sand sculptures at Bamburgh; July 1, Coffee morning at Bellshill; July 6, Cullercoats stroll; September 8, Moderate walk; October 6, and 20, Ghostly and grisly walk, Newcastle; October 12, Down your way,garden village; The group meeting will be held on September 15, at Seahouses; Our next pub lunch will be June 26, at Grays Inn, Embleton.

Our speaker for the evening was our very own WPC Rebecca Perry. She has been with the police for 12 years, based at Seahouses for the last eight months. She said at the onset that she has been made to feel welcome.

A few issues were raised, namely parking on Main Street and speeding. With regard to the parking, there is a 24 hour restriction in force, although many do not adhere to it. At peak times during the holiday season indiscriminate parking near the shops causes many difficulties, especially for delivery vehicles, not forgetting that it is extremely dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Various suggestions were put forward, ie opening up another car park “somewhere”, the introduction of more cctv cameras and 24 hour police surveillance but this, of course, depends upon budget control.

We were warned about the serious problems of bogus callers purporting to be officials, about the theft from cars and parking meters. WPC Perry also asked us all to lock up our out buildings and to be aware of oil tank robberies.

The competition, for a pretty mug, was won by Doreen Edmison, Sandra Graham and Carol Philips.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 7.