The July meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI was well attended, having 20 members, plus two visitors.
After welcoming everyone present, Mrs Lizzie Harratt was introduced, who gave a very interesting flower arrangement talk, and also assisted us with our arrangements.
She explained the importance of soaking the oasis first and fixing it into a firm base, followed by the foliage, and lastly the flowers.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs P Minto.
After supper we went on to the business part of the meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Our delegate to the AGM at the Albert Hall was Mrs Harratt and she gave an excellent report.
Our member, Mrs Elizabeth Fortune, had attended the Palace Garden Party and gave us her interesting report. We also had the report of the live screening of the AGM at the Tyneside Cinema.
The correspondence was read out.
Future dates include croquet at Newcastle on August 7, and a trip to the Centenary Show in Harrogate. Mrs Mary Rawlings is organising a coach for this event and seats are available.
Our group meeting will be held at Howick on September 16, Down Your Way on October 15 at Thropton, and a cookery demonstration in Bamburgh Pavilion, details later. On November 21, at Glendale Middle School, Wooler, there will be Christmas flowers and afternoon tea.
A singing event will be held at Craster on September 10, at 11am, celebrating our centenary. All invited. Alnmouth WI will hold an exhibition in Hindmarsh Hall on Sunday, September 13, from noon to 4pm.
Our annual strawberry tea will be on Thursday, August 20, at 2pm, in the Methodist Church Hall, Seahouses. There will be a tombola and raffle. Please come along.
Our next pub lunch will be at the Fishing Boat Inn, Boulmer, on September 26.
The raffle was won by Mrs Nora Mileham.
Our next meeting will be on September 1, with a talk about ‘Lethal Lovelies’ by Mr John Robertson. The competition is to be a ‘weed arrangement.