Warkworth WI, July meeting

Summer view of Warkworth castle and river.
Summer view of Warkworth castle and river.

A Borders’ banquet

The July meeting for Warkworth WI has in the past few years been a social affair with a trip out or a meal, as well as convening the business meeting.

This year was no exception, with a scenic coach trip to the Barn at Beal via Millfield and Kelso. We left Dial Place at approximately 9.20am, heading to Alnwick where we picked up some more passengers, making it 25 members and 11 guests. Then we were off to Millfield where the café provided tea, coffee and wonderful home-made scones.

We held the business meeting on the coach.

In Kelso we were able to visit Mayfield Garden Centre and look at the shops, abbey and castle, depending on interest. A short shower of rain did not concern us.

Back on the coach Marion drew the raffle and bags of sweets were won. The birthday gift was awarded to Angela Chapman.

We enjoyed the drive through the Borders. We arrived at the Barn at Beal in good time to browse in the shop, order a drink and look at the fabulous view before sitting down for a most enjoyable meal. It was soon time for a group photo, then back on the coach, arriving at Warkworth at about 5.30pm. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their day.

August is a quiet month with no official meeting. However, the committee decided to host an afternoon tea.

June had volunteered her wonderful garden and a band of helpers made sandwiches, sponge cakes and other delightful mouthfuls, while others battled to erect tables and keep tablecloths on them.

Although the main purpose of the day was to be sociable, we asked for donations for the RNLI Shannon lifeboat appeal. More than 30 members attended and we raised more than £200.

It will be business as usual in September with members meeting in the Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm, with a representative of Northumberland Wildlife Trust talking about the Hauxley Reserve and a wildlife photograph competition.