Roddam WI, March meeting

The March meeting of Roddam WI at the Cheviot Centre was well-attended when the speaker was Fiona Burn, who gave us a cookery demonstration inspired partly by her recent holiday in France but also using locally-produced and sourced ingredients.

Three different types of cheese were used and some delicious dishes produced which we were able to sample.

Our president Janet Laycock led the business of the evening when the minutes of the previous meeting were read, agreed and signed.

Janet reported that we had done very well in the recent Federation quiz heat, narrowly missing going through. Transport to Netherton was arranged.

She told us that our delegate to the spring council meeting will now be Janet Gray.

Cresswell House in Newcastle has recently undergone a massive refurbishment to make it more user-friendly.

There will be an inaugural cookery demo, a fashion show, craft classes for beginners and many other events coming shortly, in which we were all invited to take part.

The darts and dominoes competitions are running again this year. We hope to enter a team in each.

A group of children from Chernobyl is coming to the area soon and we would like to buy some clothing for one of the party so Janet asked if anyone would like to give a small donation towards this.

We have donated an oak tree at Roddam Rigg to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which we are all invited to see on Thursday, April 18.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Countryside Day will be Flour Power with the emphasis on bread and we are already committed to helping on the day.

We had a moment of fame last week when some of our members were featured on BBC TV taking part in the Glendale Show.

Finally, Janet reminded everyone that we have a quiz night next month – a new innovation – which should be great fun.

The evening ended with supper and the raffle.

The competition for a dessert made with fruit was won by Mrs M Nelson with Mrs H Oliver second and Lady Vinson third.