North Sunderland and Seahouses WI

President Mrs Minto opened the July meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, welcoming all 22 members present including Maureen Bramley who had brought along an excellent selection of old postcards dating back to the turn of the last century.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read. These were approved and signed. Sandra MacFarlane read out the report of the WI AGM which had been held recently in the Royal Albert Hall.

Dates for the diary include an invitation from Embleton to join them on September 11 at 6.45pm; also from Belford to join them on October 8 at 2pm; a swimming gala on September 10, and a coastal walk at Craster on September 5.

Nominations are requested for the Board of Trustees for 2014/15. Entries for our village show are to be in by September 1. Tickets are awaited for the pantomime.

The Travelsure bus will run on a fortnightly basis costing £6.50.

Our last pub lunch was at the Lord Crewe which had been very enjoyable. Our next one will be held on September 29 at the Pack Horse, Ellingham.

We then welcomed Mr Nairn, a deltiologist, who had come along to talk to us about old postcards. He had a wonderful, interesting selection as this is his hobby and he does deal in postcards.

His selection included the Ravensworth Estates and it was interesting to learn how postcards have changed over the years, from divided cards to pretty cards with fancy edges and some from the First World War. These were embroidered. There were pictures of the old A69, old cars and steam locomotives, the Lake District and Penshaw Monument.

There were pictures of Bevans and Parrishes shops on Shields Road in Newcastle as well as local views of Procter Steads, Embleton Post Office, Beadnell, Seahouses roundabout and the harbour, North Sunderland Railway Station, Beal, Holy Island, views of Berwick New Bridge in 1928 and the herring girls.

The vote of thanks was given by Peggy Wood as we had been given an unusual insight of life years ago.

The raffle was won by Mrs M Turner. The competition, an old postcard, was won by Mary Rawlings, Joan Foster and Peggy Wood.

We do not have a meeting in August but we will be holding a strawberry afternoon tea on Thursday, August 9, in the Methodist Church Hall from 2.30pm until 4pm. Do come and join us.

Our next meeting will be held on September 6 when Mr Sinton will talk to us about the last train to Lindisfarne. All invited.