Special day

Beadnell Bay'Picture Jane Coltman
Beadnell Bay'Picture Jane Coltman

A perfect summer’s evening marked Beadnell WI’s June meeting.

An interesting visit to Hedgeley Antiques had been enjoyed by members of the lunch club at the start of the month, followed by an excellent meal. The journey there had also been much appreciated. July will see the club in The Pack Horse at Ellingham.

Rotas were circulated for volunteers to cover proposed drop-in coffee mornings during the holiday season, and also for the summer fete. People were asked to indicate their intention to attend the Lindisfarne Group’s Sparkling Supper on September 16. We need to know that there will be sufficient celebration cake and fizz to go round!

Teams were organised for the darts, dominoes and quiz competitions and members were reminded to sign up for any social outings they were interested in.

Wearing her special outfit that she had worn to the WI’s Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, president Pat Brand gave a flavour of what had been a wonderful ’away day ‘ to the capital.

She also read from Shirley Tucker, of Craster’s, account of attending the Royal AGM in the Royal Albert Hall on behalf of a small group of WIs.

Nancy Wardropper was thanked for compiling our new programme, there was a hall update and information about many courses given out.

Business had taken a long time, so when the suggestion came from Lynne Angus that in future we save that side of the meeting until after hearing our speakers for the evening, there was unanimous agreement from the floor.

We were delighted to have with us for the evening, Kath and Harry Gilbert. They transported us from a beautiful Northumbrian evening to summer in Iceland, by means of sharing their personal saga of a visit to the Land of Ice and Fire. They depicted this through photographs, accompanied by a soundtrack of music, spoken commentary and bird song. It was punctuated with wonderful cartoons painted by Kath. We were given glimpses of beautiful scenery, flora and birdlife.

We gained an insight into the country’s history and customs, and were able to appreciate the mix of ancient and modern buildin designs. We were transfixed by the presentation, and many felt the desire to follow in their footsteps. Several people asked for them to return to tell us about more of their travels.

Our competition for something connected to ice or fire was won by Brenda Tinker, with Pat and Denise being second and third. Eva Rutter won the raffle.

Next month Andy Craig will be with us and members need to choose their favourite Northumbrian song for the competition. You can sing it if you wish, but it’s not compulsory!