A lovely early September evening saw 22 members gather for the meeting of Seahouses WI after the August break.
Mrs Minto, president, welcomed all present, including a new member, and introduced our guest, Mrs Marjorie Read, from Cresswell House.
Mrs Read gave us an interesting insight into the Associated Countrywomen of the World (ACWW).
This organisation is international and was set up to assist rural and urban women, specialising in nutrition, education, water and sanitation. One of the founder members was Margaret Robertson Watts.
The organisation has links with the United Nations and various other groups, including the Alliance for Health Promotion. There are four publications each year.
Mrs Peggy Wood gave the vote of thanks, giving us an update on this very valuable organisation.
Mrs Sandra MacFarlane, our secretary, then read out the minutes of our previous meeting held in July. These were accepted. She also read out the correspondence.
Our treasurer Mrs Carol Phillips gave us a report regarding our finances and the details of our very successful Strawberry Tea, which was open to everybody on August 18.
Our group meeting for this year will be at Beadnell on Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm.
The annual group meeting in 2017 will be on September 26, in our Social Club in Seahouses.
The next pub lunch will be at the Apple Inn on September 24, at 12.30pm. The previous lunch had been at The Barn at Beal and was very successful.
Arrangements are being made for the WI Christmas Carol Service at the Abbey on Thursday, December 15.
Plans are in hand for our Christmas luncheon, hopefully on Friday, December 9.
There will be a pottery visit on October 26, a harvest lunch at Cresswell House on October 6, a Caribbean Experience on November 3 at Stannington Village Hall, and a visit to the Lit and Phil on October 17.
A cookery demonstration at Cresswell House, entitled Posh Puddings, will also be held.
One of our members is going to the WI Denman College later this month. This will include a tour of the university buildings and a sight-seeing tour of Oxford.
Denman College is open to everybody, including non-members, and there is a very comprehensive range of courses and activities.
The competition for flowers in a small container was won by Mrs M Rawlings, Mrs G McLachlan, Elaine Godper and Mrs S Young.
Our next meeting will on October 6, when we hope to have Margaret Smith demonstrating marzipan sculpture. This will be interesting, giving us time to prepare our Christmas cakes.