Warkworth WI, April meeting

TAI CHI: The April meeting of Warkworth WI was opened by our president Rachel Parks who welcomed 38 members and one visitor. Dianna Webber accompanied the singing of Jerusalem.

We had an active but calm meeting with Jane Virginia firstly explaining Tai Chi.Then expertly leading us in calm movements. We were surprised to feel how hard it is when you move extremely slowly but how very calming it is. Amanda Hood-Gater thanked Jane.

We still need someone to take on the role of president at our AGM next month. If no one comes forward the branch will have to close. Our present presidents cannot continue due to work and family commitments. All members were asked to think hard about this as it is very urgent. Speakers and programmes for next year are organised.

Dorothy Groves, who went as our representative to the spring council meeting, reported back to members.

A collection of coins for friendship was made.

Congratulations go to our bowls team, Jan, Anne, Dorothy and Helen, who won the cup.

Sadly our bees have died. The hive is being cleaned and we hope to be able to start again later in the year.

The book group continues to meet on the second Tuesday of the month at members homes. The craft group will meet again on Wednesday, May 18.

We were pleased to hear that Fay Charlton hopes to be able to come to our May meeting. Birthday flowers were given to four of our members.

Amanda told us about a craft taster day organised by county on Wednesday, May 18, at a cost of £15.

Our trip on July 20, is open to visitors. We are hoping to go to Yorkshire Lavender for a talk and to see the lavender fields. We will have coffee there and then go to Helmsley for lunch. The cost of the coach is £10 a person.

The competition of an item made in China was won by Linda Bell.

The meeting on Tuesday, May 10, will be our AGM. We will be having our postponed meal from Christmas. Please bring your own cutlery and crockery. The raffle will be hampers made up of donations. Members will receive a raffle ticket if they donate an item for the hamper.

The competition is a photograph of Warkworth WI, the last 12 months.