North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, September meeting

INDIAN ADVENTURE: There was a good turn out for North Sunderland and Seahouses WI’s first autumnal meeting on September 1.

President Mrs Walton opened the meeting and Sandy McFarlane read out the minutes of the previous meeting, which were all accepted and signed.

We had held a successful afternoon tea day in August, despite the very wet weather.

Future dates and events: September 15, group meeting, Seahouses, pooled supper, cost £1.50; September 26, a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall and Boundary Mills is planned with Travelsure; October 5, craft taster day, Shilbottle; October 14, domino drive, Stannington; October 29, County Day; December 8, Bouldering Wall, Willowburn.

Our next pub lunch will be Saturday, September 24, at 12.30pm when we hope to visit the Apple Inn, Lucker.

A letter from the BBC was received advising that there are to be open day tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Our speaker for the evening was Kelvin Rushworth who gave us a very colourful and interesting talk about his last visit to India.

He explained his reasons for going and had brought along a few items of Indian clothing plus three very unusual objects upon which we were asked to guess their uses.

A few colourful slides depicting modes of travel, ie bullock carts, all decorated, and how to climb upon an elephant and a camel, these animals were also decorated.

There were slides of cows everywhere, which are sacred; slides of the Hindu temples, very colourful and decorated; a very splendid picture of an Islamic mosque; some slides of traditional dances; a beautiful picture of a floating palace; slides of some happy people on board a rice boat; slides of a wagon with a load of marble from the nearby quarry and the well-known scene of the Taj Mahal.

Mr Rushworth concluded his enthralling talk by playing a cassette of restful music, along with scenes of everyday life in India, most peaceful and happy.

Betty Walton gave the vote of thanks.

The competition for a holiday souvenir was won by Jean Dawson, Nora Mileham and Doreen Edmison.

Our next meeting, after the group meeting, will be held on October 6, when we have Helen Grayson giving us a talk about stained glass. All invited.