Thropton WI, November meeting

Thropton WI  President Beverley Dean with our new shopping bag
Thropton WI President Beverley Dean with our new shopping bag

Crafty centrepieces

At Thropton WI we were pleased to welcome four visitors to our November meeting.

As part of the WI’s centenary celebrations we hosted a ‘Down Your Way’ event. This brought over 40 ladies from 14 WIs to Thropton. We took them on a circular walk in Coquetdale, followed by tea and cakes.

Chris Butterworth gave a power point display about Thropton through the ages, starting with the geology of the area. Pre-history and medieval times through to the world wars followed. Nationally recognised characters associated with our locality brought Chris’s dash through a few millennia up-to-date.

November is the meeting where we bring Christmas gifts for St George’s Hospital and Walby Hill residential home. We also make final arrangements for festive celebrations, which will be a visit to the Durham Christmas fair, a meeting and an evening out.

This month’s speaker, Marj Read, demonstrated assembling a floral table centrepiece using wet oasis in a small dish. Covering the oasis with evergreen foliage, using red and white carnations for colour and a single tall red candle for height, Marj produced an attractive and elegant table display. She explained how to add glitter, get it to stick and how to use spray snow.

Then we all had a go. Soon the tables were covered in leather-leaf, holly, conifer, red robin and other garden foliage. Masterpieces adorned every table and we were very pleased with ourselves.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 2, at 7pm in Thropton War Memorial Hall, with a festive theme, pooled supper and James Tait’s musical accompaniment. Visitors are welcome.