Warkworth WI, October meeting

For the October meeting of Warkworth WI, president Serena welcomed 37 members and one visitor.

As promised in the last meeting organ donation, being the resolution for the current year, was explained and members were encouraged to spread the word and to make sure that our next of kin knew our wishes.

The competition for a poem on the theme of Warkworth was won by Linda Bell and the birthday prize was awarded to Lorna Allen.

Our speaker for the evening was the local vicar Rev Mike Dent who gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the best known women of modern times.

Interestingly she died five days after another 20th century icon, Diana Princess of Wales.

He described how she left a happy middle class family life to answer God’s call and went on to help the ‘poorest of the poor’, looking for the dying destitute and after making such a fuss in the local medical centres she was eventually given space to work in.

By the end of her life she had 3,500 Sisters and 1,000 Brothers working for her charity all over the world and had won many prestigious awards including the Nobel peace prize in 1979.

Amanda Hood-Gater expressed our thanks for a wonderful and illuminating evening.

The next meeting will be on November 4, when Julie Porksen will give a talk on Women’s International Development and the competition is ‘something new from something old.