Warkworth WI, April meeting

Daffodils blooming at Warkworth Castle.
Daffodils blooming at Warkworth Castle.

In fine fettle

For the April meeting of Warkworth WI, president Marion Jones welcomed 43 members and seven visitors.

Marion spoke of the sad loss of one of our long-standing members, Patrica Nyberg, who died recently. She had been a very loyal member.

The bowls team was congratulated for reaching the semi-finals of the competition. Marion thanked June and Kate for organising the future 16-17 programme so well.

The Boathouse menu was available and members were asked to make their menu choices with their £5 deposit.

We were reminded that National Federation raffle tickets were available at £1 each, the first prize being £10,000.

Correspondence included notices of a floral art design workshop, a trip to Askham Hall, a photography workshop, lunch at Doxford Hall with Sir Alan Beith, lunch with Ivan Day (culinary historian), the WI Sports’ week, from September 12 to 18, and an evening with Rory Bremner on May 13, at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.

Audrey Jones won the birthday flowers and the competition for a humorous poem was won by Pat Wood, with Chris Harrison coming second and Caroline Stamp third.

Marion then introduced speakers Catherine and Paddy L’Anson-Clough, or Best of Fettle, who entertained us with Tyneside songs, Geordie jokes and recitations in local dialect.

We laughed and joined in with the singing. They were brilliant and all who attended agreed it had been an excellent meeting.

Next month’s meeting will be the annual meeting when Joanne Patrick, NFWI advisor, will be attending. We will be having a pooled supper, and a photograph of all members attending will be taken before the meeting begins.