Warkworth WI, September meeting

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

Tales from the trust

The September meeting of Warkworth WI was attended by 35 members, three new members; and two visitors.

President Marion welcomed everyone to the meeting, including Duncan Hutt from Northumberland Wildlife Trust, who was the speaker for the evening.

Marion thanked Serena Coulter for organising a most enjoyable coach trip in July and suggested that next year’s outing would be an evening meal.

Serena was also congratulated on recently becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Audrey Jones was given the same award two years ago and they were both warmly applauded.

Marion thanked everyone who had helped at, or attended, the August tea party when a total of £250 was raised towards the Shannon Lifeboat Appeal.

June Carruthers was thanked for hosting it and congratulated on her lovely garden. It was a very successful event, despite the wind that threatened to blow away the tablecloths.

All the members who had won prizes at the recent Warkworth Flower Show were congratulated. A large number of members had entered the many competitions, acted as stewards, run the administration and done numerous other tasks, and had therefore helped to make the show such a success.

Judy Townshend was congratulated on winning the WI Salver for her trench cake, Serena coming second.

Our WI quiz team has been very successful, reaching the final to be held on September 24.

Marion spoke of our WI tablecloth that depicts all the members’ signatures. She asked if recent new members could sign it and her mother would complete the embroidery.

Various correspondences were read out by secretary Judy, including invitations from neighbouring WIs to attend their celebratory meetings, and various courses and events organised by the federation.

Jan Archibald and Valerie West won the birthday flowers. The competition for a wildlife photograph was won by Kate Burnham, second was Helen Franklin and third Audrey Jones.

Duncan Hutt, from Northumberland Wildlife Trust, then gave a most interesting talk on the exciting re-development of Hauxley Nature Reserve and the building of the new information centre there.

It was a lively talk with a slide show. Who knew that you could build structural walls out of straw?

June Carruthers gave a vote of thanks and presented him with a beautiful cake she had made, which was to be shared with the team at Hauxley.

The next meeting will be on October 6 when Diana Stewartson will give a talk on ‘Sea Glass Jewellery’. The competition will be an item of green jewellery.