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Thropton WI, December meeting

Thropton War Memorial Hall.
Thropton War Memorial Hall.

Poetry and prose

The December meeting of Thropton Women’s Institute was a festive occasion, which we were pleased to share with four visitors.

Everyone received a free raffle ticket, glass of Prosecco and a promise that the business part of the meeting would be brief.

Tables were decorated with floral arrangements prepared by members for the monthly competition. The winner was Florence Baker.

Business was kept to a minimum. We made final arrangements for our trip to Durham City’s Christmas fair and our festive night out. A walk from Netherton was agreed on, and we plan to use Rothbury’s Spirit Buses for transport.

The main part of the evening comprised music from James Tait and readings of poetry and prose. A number of members contributed. Marian Lampert read from Susan Hill’s book The Magic Apple Tree, Ann Bland read The Nativity Play, a poem by John Betjeman, and from Ursula Mavin we had two humorous poems which she had first heard on the radio.

James followed with dialect poems of his own composition. Jean Boyle’s choice from Flora Thompson’s Larkrise to Candleford completed the readings.

A large pooled supper, accompanied by James playing the keyboard, was enjoyed.

After we had eaten, we sang Christmas songs.